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drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
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And that, as they say, is that. I’ve had a number of cups of this tea and I just am not in love with it the way I had hoped, or even that I was in the beginning. I gave the remains to a vanilla loving coworker and have freed myself of guilt.

When I look for a vanilla tea, I want a caramel sort of vanilla. I found this to be a coconut sort of vanilla. (I don’t know if I am the only one but I find strong vanilla smells and taste to be coconut-esque, and I don’t like coconut). Rather than force myself to like it, I’ve decided (quite rightly, I think!) to re-gift it to someone else who might enjoy it more. I wish I weren’t so prone to falling out of love with teas.. : (

Angrboda

coconut sort of vanilla! That’s it! That’s exactly the way to describe what I’m looking for in a vanilla tea. I can’t believe it never occurred to me before. That also explains why a really good vanilla black can remind me of sweets that have nothing at all to do with vanilla. Now if this one only hadn’t been Assam based…

Uniquity

I’m glad I could help you name your tea desires! I’m actually not all that fond because of the coconut associations I have always had with it, but sometimes I get one that I like. Good luck finding your own non-Assam coconut sort of vanilla! : )

Tabby

I want to try this tea sooo badly. I will eventually.

Uniquity

Queen of Tarts’ swap list says she has some up for grabs, Tabby. (http://steepster.com/discuss/641-swaps-lets-swap-some-tea) I already gave mine away, otherwise I’d send some your way since post is back up today (yay post!)

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Angrboda

coconut sort of vanilla! That’s it! That’s exactly the way to describe what I’m looking for in a vanilla tea. I can’t believe it never occurred to me before. That also explains why a really good vanilla black can remind me of sweets that have nothing at all to do with vanilla. Now if this one only hadn’t been Assam based…

Uniquity

I’m glad I could help you name your tea desires! I’m actually not all that fond because of the coconut associations I have always had with it, but sometimes I get one that I like. Good luck finding your own non-Assam coconut sort of vanilla! : )

Tabby

I want to try this tea sooo badly. I will eventually.

Uniquity

Queen of Tarts’ swap list says she has some up for grabs, Tabby. (http://steepster.com/discuss/641-swaps-lets-swap-some-tea) I already gave mine away, otherwise I’d send some your way since post is back up today (yay post!)

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I am a lover of many things, but my passions include my records, tea and books (not necessarily in that order!) I embrace local food and good cooking as much as I can, and place great value on time with family and enjoying the bounty of nature. As of January 2014 my husband and I finally moved to the country to be closer to family and continue our journey in a family home. We have been wanting to do this for a couple years, so we are very excited to follow our hearts. We also have a wonderful kitty named Emma that is the princess of the house.

I am drawn toward good Chinese blacks, enjoy some herbals and the odd roasted oolong. Greens and whites can make me nauseous, but I will have flavoured ones on occasion. While I don’t yet adore puerh, I am giving it my best effort. Chamomile and coconut are the devil though, I wish they didn’t exist. Mint has been a particular favourite of mine since childhood, and I enjoy both flavoured and pure teas though unflavoured blacks are tops for me.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: WOW. This is the cream of the crop.
71 – 80: This is a solid tea. I enjoy it, and would recommend it to others, but may not repurchase.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. May try again to improve.
41 – 60: Bleh. Might finish it, but it’s not to my taste OR just doesn’t impress me at all.
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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