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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
186 tasting notes

I was in the mood for something decaf, and I remembered I had a Vanilla Comoro sample from Harney!

I have to say, this has moved up to the pantheon of my favorite decaf teas. But I was a bit skeptical at first. I opened the little packet, took a big whiff, and went, “Hrm.” This one kind of smells a bit artificial. The vanilla isn’t as soft as SerendipiTEA’s Colonille. It’s kind of a candied vanilla smell. The leaves range from somewhat broken to pretty big and wiry, and you can clearly pick out the vanilla bits.

I steeped this one up anyway, and poured. The infusion is dark. Very dark. And the wet leaves smell like black tea. The infusion itself though… smelled like baked vanilla goods! I was actually quite surprised, but there is a really strong, bake-y element to this one’s aroma. So I began to feel a bit more confident…

The first sip of this one, and I’m content. It’s better than the Madagascar Vanilla by Golden Moon, even though it’s decaf. I can’t identify the black base, but it’s pretty robust and brisk. The vanilla is pretty creamy in this one. Not as soft as Colonille, and a bit more assertive, but it’s actually pretty natural-tasting, and leaves a pleasant sweetness on the tongue. The bake-y doesn’t really come out in the taste, which is a bit of a disappointment, but the tea itself is really nice to drink.

I was also happy that the tea didn’t get heavier as the cup cooled. The balance stayed pretty much on target.

Very comforting, especially as a late-night drink! Is this the best vanilla? Nah, Colonille still holds the top spot. But it’s a very good vanilla black, especially for something decaffeinated.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Ricky

I had this in my order and then I took it out last minute =(

teaplz

Ricky, awww, boo! I hate it when that happens. I did that with Winter White Earl Grey, and now I kind of wished I had picked some up.

Ricky

I think I had Paris in my order too and then I removed it =(. Well there’s always next time though right? So how much would it cost to order all the samplers from Harney =P

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Ricky

I had this in my order and then I took it out last minute =(

teaplz

Ricky, awww, boo! I hate it when that happens. I did that with Winter White Earl Grey, and now I kind of wished I had picked some up.

Ricky

I think I had Paris in my order too and then I removed it =(. Well there’s always next time though right? So how much would it cost to order all the samplers from Harney =P

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

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