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I was very excited when today’s christmas sampler revealed this little number. I was even more enticed when I caught a whiff of the creamy vanilla scent. However, with all this anticipation, I must admit I was a little let down. It was a little too astringent for my liking, a sort of bitterness I could not get over. The vanilla flavor was nice, so I broke down and did something I hardly ever do. I added a pinch of sugar and some almond milk. It seemed blasphemous to contaminate the tea with these accoutrements, but after a cup it just seemed too underwhelming without anything, plus I enjoyed it so much more!

Bottom line: When it comes to vanilla-y flavored black teas I’d stick with Paris by Harney and Sons (even though it only has a hint of vanilla) I think it’s more satisfyingly vanilla than this.

Uniquity

I don’t know how many 52Teas you’ve experienced prior to this, but I suggest using a shorter steep time or lower steep temp (or both!) There seems to be a general consensus that Frank’s teas can get a little bitter, so I like to start out low so I don’t waste a good cuppa. Happy tea!

teaNsympathy

Thanks for the tip! These have been my first experiences with 52teas and although they’ve been wonderful, I know I’ve at least over-steeped one so far, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case once again! Thanks for the information, I’ll definitely be tweaking my approach!

Uniquity

I totally meant to point out that Frank’s black tea base is the one that can get bitter, hopefully you understood where I was going with it. :) Best of luck!!

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Uniquity

I don’t know how many 52Teas you’ve experienced prior to this, but I suggest using a shorter steep time or lower steep temp (or both!) There seems to be a general consensus that Frank’s teas can get a little bitter, so I like to start out low so I don’t waste a good cuppa. Happy tea!

teaNsympathy

Thanks for the tip! These have been my first experiences with 52teas and although they’ve been wonderful, I know I’ve at least over-steeped one so far, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the case once again! Thanks for the information, I’ll definitely be tweaking my approach!

Uniquity

I totally meant to point out that Frank’s black tea base is the one that can get bitter, hopefully you understood where I was going with it. :) Best of luck!!

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