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Tamborine Tea

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Green by Tamborine Tea
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Very subtle vanilla flavor, as you expect when it is all natural. You can really feel that this tea is based on quality. Not that artificial flavored vanilla teas you often get. Plus Plus Plus for this tea, it is better for each cup.

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Green by Tamborine Tea
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Backlogging.

I’ve been wearing perfumes featuring quite prominent vanilla notes lately. (Reviewing perfumes is not unlike reviewing teas, weirdly enough, though I still find it easier to write multiple paragraphs about tea. ;-) The best of these makes me want to drink something with that same quality of lovely, smooth vanilla, which led me to finally trying out this tea.

sigh What a let-down. I’ve never yet found a vanilla-flavoured tea that remotely touches the places that I want it to go – a place that the perfumes seem to find with ease – and this one is probably the most disappointing of all. I really expected this to at least smell something like vanilla even if the taste wasn’t there. Nup. The vanilla was barely present in either the taste or the aroma.

The tea used for the base was a very uninspiring, second-rate green: one of those teas that you wish was overpowered by the flavouring so that you don’t have to endure the taste of the tea itself.

I’m beginning to think that the sort of vanilla tea I want just doesn’t exist. I really hope I’m wrong, because I still have a bunch of vanilla-based perfume samples to get through and they keep making my mouth water!

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Suzi

re: reviewing perfumes

I used to review BPAL perfumes on the company’s forum and always found it difficult to go more than a few sentences. :-p Tea’s definitely easier to write about!

I like the Vanilla flavor that Lupicia does – like french vanilla ice cream <3 What sort of vanilla flavor are you looking for?

Luthien

My usual issue with vanilla teas is that they just don’t taste vanilla enough. A vanilla note in a perfume permeates the whole thing, but a vanilla note in a tea usually gets lost. I went through a period of trying various vanilla teas, but this is the first I’ve had in quite a while. I haven’t tried Lupicia’s Vanilla, but, knowing them, they’d probably get the flavour balance right if anyone can. Thanks for the suggestion – I will check it out!

clemence

Maybe you should drink your perfume instead, haha!
Most vanilla teas are sickening, with plenty of artificial vanilla flavor in them.
Vanilla needs sugar to work on the palate, maybe you should try that.

Luthien

I think I’ll pass on drinking the perfume. g My experience of vanilla teas isn’t that they’re sickening, but that they have barely any flavour – and I just don’t see the point of using any sort of flavour in a tea if it doesn’t contribute anything much to the tea. I live in hope, anyway!

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There’s nothing really wrong with this tea. It’s a perfectly adequate peppermint green tea. The effect of the rose petals on the taste is negligible.

Apart from that, there’s not really a lot to say about this tea, which is its main problem: it’s not very memorable and really pretty dull. I have more than one other peppermint blend in my tea cupboard that easily out-does this one.

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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The leaves look more likely to be a Chinese green rather than a Japanese, I’d guess, but I could be wrong. The flavour of the tea isn’t a major issue, though, since the orange dominates pretty much everything I’m tasting here. I would have liked this to be just a teensy bit sweeter, but it’s certainly not as sharp as the lemon and lime flavoured green teas I’ve tried before. That’s definitely orange I’m tasting in this, rather than a more generic citrus flavour.

This really isn’t bad at all; it’s just mainly not the tea I was really in the mood for this afternoon so it’s pleasing me less than it probably would on some other day. I think it would be worth trying with a little honey added next time. I’ll keep experimenting with it.

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165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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resurfaces

I haven’t posted any tea reviews for a couple of weeks because… I haven’t been drinking much tea. hangs head in shame

Anyway, I’m back home now, and drinking tea again, so… here we go!

This is one of the teas I got when I was in Queensland. It tastes like… green tea with dill. g

Actually, it’s pretty good. It has that aniseed/licorice sort of edge to it that you’d expect if you’re familiar with the flavour of dill, plus something lurking around the edge that’s almost minty. The dill flavour doesn’t overpower the flavour of the tea because they’ve used the seeds instead of the plant – definitely a good move, since the flavour of the seeds is softer and more subtle.

All in all, this tea balances out the competing flavours nicely. I’ll definitely be drinking more of this.

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170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I have a friend who went to Queensland Uni! [I assume you’re talking about Australia, right? Seeing as how…you’re from Australia.]

No real point in that comment, I just got excited. Anyway, welcome back!

Luthien

My mother went to Queensland Uni, too – but about fifty years before your friend did. g

Glad to be back! :-)

kaiz

I’m not a huge fan of licorice, but the dill definitely sounds intriguing! I have a few basic, ‘flavorless’ white teas, and with the addition of some dill…perhaps I’ll have to try an experiment! :-)

Luthien

@kaiz Yay, you’re here! :-) The licorice-like flavour isn’t hugely powerful. It would probably work quite well with a basic, mild white – I wouldn’t try it with pai mu tan or anything with too distinctive a flavour of its own.

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I’m staying with my parents for the next couple of weeks. Since I’m nearly 1000km away from my usual haunts and I don’t know this area very well, just about every place I go is a new discovery. Today I went to a large weekend market that my father wanted to check out. Most of the stalls didn’t interest me much, until I spotted: tea! My parents watched, bemused, as I sorted through the teas on offer and ended up with nine little tins.

“No one buys that many teas at once!” said my mother.

“Oh, I know a few people who would,” I assured her, thinking of steepster. g

In the end, they offered to take me to the town of Tamborine, where Tamborine Teas is based, later in the week, so I may end up with a few more of their teas by the time I go home again. (As it is, I’ll be going home with more teas in my bag than when I arrived, which surprises me – though probably it shouldn’t. g)

This is a mix of oolong and green tea, with a little added spearmint and safflowers. It’s really not bad at all. The spearmint is there, but it doesn’t dominate the flavour as much as I expected. It provides more a refreshing edge to the tea and let the flavours of the tea come through. It reminds me a bit of Moroccan Mint, though more oolong-y (is that a word?) than green.

I liked this tea quite a lot, and now I’m really looking forward to trying the other teas I got from Tamborine Teas.

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Carolyn

If your mother only knew! (Some of us clearly need an intervention into our tea-buying obsession.) It’s always a great thing when you find a new source of tea.

Auggy

Yay! Unexpected tea discoveries are so exciting! And good job on limiting yourself to only nine! ;)

teaplz

I’m SO overwhelmed right now, tea-wise. I somehow ended up with around probably… 3-4 pounds of it? Glad that you have lots of new tea!

Luthien

@carolyn Oh yeah. I spent about $30 on the tea I got yesterday. My mother thought this was a lot. g
@auggy My restraint is not as strong as it might appear: they’d run out of sample tins of some of the other teas I was interested in. g
@teaplz I feel your pain. My partner says that there’s no room left on my tea shelf in the pantry at home. Oops. g

takgoti

Seriously! You should send her to gasp in shock and horror at our cupboards. Also, I think that Auggy, Queen of -y can confirm the absolute realness of oolong-y as a word. Cheers on all your new tea!

Auggy

Can I get a tiara to go with my title of ‘Queen of -y’?
And yes, oolong-y is totally a word.

Hyrulehippie

9 small tins is nothing.

Then again, family does keep informing me that I have TOO MUCH TEA. Methinks I just need to get more storage tins and my own cabinet.

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