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drank Vanilla Green by Tamborine Tea
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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!

Preparation
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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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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