Babington's

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An intriguing blend of Darjeeling, Keemun and Formosa Oolong teas! Thrilling and unexpected!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Vanilla Black by Babington's
158 tasting notes

Vanilla, the queen of flavors in my life. Long live Vanilla in her creamy sweet glory! :) I am still trying any vanilla that crosses in my path in hopes that I will encounter a vanilla tea that truly leaves me in awe.

This is one of the teas that I bought when I went on my Europe trip a few months back. I found it in a nice little tea shop called Babington’s in Rome. It is at the end of the Spanish steps where all of the super expensive shops are, needles to say, these teas were a bit expensive as well. I only bought the minimum to try, but since my cousin lives in Rome, I know that she could always bring me some when she visits. :)

The dry leaves are larger than I am used to seeing in a black flavored tea. The scent is super high on the creamy note and a bit light on the actual vanilla. The vanilla in this tea reminds me a bit of the smell of a birthday cake in the oven, only a bit more relaxed.

Once brewed, the burgundy brown tea smells amazing. It makes my tongue do a happy dance in anticipation. It is shockingly smooth, the vanilla, creaminess and black tea work all together and surround you like a huge wave of vanilla icing!

Unsweetened it tastes delicate and dainty. Smooth and creamy with a dash of astringency from the black tea. The aftertaste tingling on my taste-buds as pure vanilla delight. Sweetened it is decadent. Wow vanilla cream tea! It is like liquid vanilla bean ice cream! It is so tasty that I downed my entire cup so quickly that I immediately needed to make another! My only critique for this tea is that it could use a tiny bit more vanilla over cream in the flavoring… But hey, almost perfect!! One step closer to perfect vanilla black! (I am so happy my cousin is able to bring me some more of this one day, I am going to be sad when I run out!)

Perfect way to start a Sunday, vanilla, Sencha (my dog), cloudy skies, and Dr. Who!! Now, back to Dr.Who on Netflix (and more tea of course!)!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

How fine! I know the area around the Spanish Steps where there are a couple of Tea Shops! (Love Rome) It sounds like you’ve got the best plan for Dr. Who viewing too.

fleurdelily

http://www.babingtons.com/Shop-per-te.htm I am so jealous (in a good way!) of your travels…. sigh …. :)

Helena

Yaay Doctor Who! nothing like a good cup of tea and Doctor Who :D

Terri HarpLady

Yay Dr Who!! I actually ordered the ‘farewell Ponds’ blend from Adagio, even though I usually detest blueberries in tea, LOL, I just had to try it.

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drank Royal Blend by Babington's
60 tasting notes

I found this tea shop at the base of the Spanish steps in Rome. The dry tea looks like a mix of black teas including some assam. The dry leaves smell a bit fruity and like sun-warmed tobacco. The wt leaves still smell fruity and like buttered squash? The brew is an orangy/caramel color. The flavor is similar a little fruity, a little buttery, a bit vegetal. It is a very tea overall.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Babington's
45 tasting notes

If you love Earl Grey, this is a must! On the top of my E. G. list. This was a gift from a friend who traveled to Rome, if you search it on the internet is a lovely old town corner, the teaware is also lovely. The flavour is AMAZING, has just the right amount of bergamot which I love, not over empowering but strong. If anyone goes to Europe is a must on your visit/tea shopping list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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Today I enjoyed Babington’s Darjeeling 2nd flush (3 min @ 90ºC). The dry leaf has a very nice tart peach, apricot aroma to it. Right after steeping, the leaves had a very pleasant biscuity aroma. The liquor of the tea was a nice golden orange. Mild on the palate, this is a light black tea with a lingering flat taste. Overall, I enjoyed it.

Rated: 80/100

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