French Vanilla Assam

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Creamy, Vanilla, Caramel, Cream
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 11 oz / 331 ml

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  • “It's not even 9 AM and I've started a sponge for bread baking, cleaned out the fridge and got dinner in the crockpot. To reward myself I made some cinnamon toast (using the last of my old homemade...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Yay! This arrived today! and OMG it is indeed De - li - cious! It tastes to me like someone dropped a vanilla bean into my teapot while this infused. It's super vanilla-y and so completely...” Read full tasting note
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  • “After two resounding busts from earlier this morning, this tea had better be good! Or I might cry :( Dry tea smells sweet and perhaps of vanilla. A good start. Steeped, I'm getting a sweet, dark,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “And that, as they say, is that. I've had a number of cups of this tea and I just am not in love with it the way I had hoped, or even that I was in the beginning. I gave the remains to a vanilla...” Read full tasting note
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From 52teas

Here’s an amazing malty Assam tea blended with organic vanilla bean pieces, cornflowers and natural French Vanilla flavors.

I have just three words for this:

De – li – cious!

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At 52teas.com, you will find unique, hand-blended artisan loose leaf teas: a new limited edition creation every week of the year. We pride ourselves on offering truly unique, one-of-a-kind tea blends that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Sitting down to watch the final two episodes of Downton Abbey – and thought, hmm, I need something different to try today rather than one of my old faithfuls. I’m on a black tea kick as of late, so I chose this one. It looks beautiful in the packaging – huge cornflowers tantalizingly dancing among the tea. And the smell! Oooh, delightful and oh so promising!

I brewed it for just over 4 minutes – I wondered if I should brew it longer, but it seems to be pretty good. It looks particularly becoming in the blush coloured E.B. Foley bone china teacup that I’m using today. The smell is slightly different than the atypical vanilla smell, I think. This one is more on the creamy side – as others have mentioned, it has a high quality ice-cream vanilla smell to it. Very lovely.

I am drinking the first cup straight (and I must note that I rarely enjoy my black teas straight), and while it isn’t very sweet to taste per se, the finish is slightly astringent with a cream vanilla aftertaste. I love a malty tea, and this one is robust, but not so much that it overpowers the vanilla. I think they have found a beautiful balance in this one.
I am so glad that I was able to get this one “out of retirement” from Iheartteas.com!

Ok, back to Downton Abbey and some Fox’s butter crinkles ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

Season 1 or 2? :)

Yogini Undefined

hehe Season 1. Oh my goodness, I need to get my hands on Season 2 asap, as I’m just watching the last episode, and I’m already going into withdrawal LOL :D

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My first arrival from 52teas for this flavored black tea loving gal. Yum! The vanilla is complex and completely natural tasting…nothing artificial. And the assam tea is nice and smooth, even to the end. I see why others were begging for this to be in the permanent collection.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

Can’t wait for mine to arrive!

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I had all sorts of plans for today but unfortunately it’s wretchedly cold outside; -20 celcius with a strong wind that makes it feel even colder. The thought of standing at the bus stop in that sort of weather proved too much for me so I’m spending the day inside drinking tea. What a poor Canadian I make! XD

A nice, robust Assam seemed perfect for today, so I dug this tea out of the 12 Days of X-mas sampler. I was a bit amused to see whole cornflowers in the tea rather than just the petals. They actually look a lot like knapweed which is a horrible, highly invasive weed around here. I was expecting the tea to have a stronger vanilla flavour but it’s more of a subtle, refined note, I found. It makes the tea taste quite creamy and goes nicely with a bit of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

I only go out in -20s for work, and only then because I have to. I think it makes us smart Canadians!

gmathis

I had to find an online converter to see what you’re going through! Double BRRR! Guess I won’t complain about my 13 Fahrenheit.

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Thank you for sending me this sample LiberTeas and all the other goodies you spoil me. :-)

This stuff is good and normally I am not that impressed with strictly vanilla teas but this so unique. I honestly can’t describe it well other than to say it isn’t sweet but it is smooth and tastes totally different than any other vanilla tea I have tried and that is a good thing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Yummy this is a really good vanilla tea…
When I first opened the package it smelled so good.. like a vanilla candle… really strong and sweet… but I also kept getting whiffs of something else… not sure what it was, but it smelled good, maybe a bit of almond?

Brewed this up and it is nice and smooth, sweet and delicious. The first taste was black tea with a hint of vanilla at the end to add a bit of sweet yumminess to it. This is my second favorite as far a vanilla teas go. When it cools down you get more vanilla which I like, it can be pretty strong it is not a delicate flavor so if you like strong vanilla flavors than this is for you… it really does taste like it has real vanilla beans in it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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52teas 12 Days of Christmas Sampler 2011 – Day 8

My days have been filled with wedding planning, Google searches for venues, and e-mails to vendors. EEEEK!! I’m so excited!! I’ve done a complete makeover. I dyed my hair dark brown almost black, have practiced curling and styling it, ate lettuce and carrots for about two weeks, and consequently lost eight pounds over a month.

As for this tea, I think I used too little leaf. It’s a bit watery. I’m not getting a whole lot of flavor, let alone vanilla flavor. Hopefully there’s enough leaf leftover for a re-brew. I’ll be right back!

As soon as I poured the boiling water over the leaves, two giant cornflowers rose right to the top fully open. I added almond milk and Truvia. I’m definitely getting a LOT more vanilla in this second cup.

However, something in the aroma and taste is a little off. I can’t describe it any other way. I’m guessing it’s the black tea base. I’ve never really been a fan of Assam.

I’ve already had a lot of caffeine today, and it’s 6:00pm. So, I think I’ll call it quits for tonight. This tea is just mediocre for me. Although I’m sure if you love vanilla and assam, you’d love this!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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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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I don’t know why I felt I should buy another vanilla black, but they’re a good standby. This one is distinct enough to make it not feel like a waste of money. I do definitely get FRENCH vanilla in the scent. I actually thought of ice cream on my first sniff, and see that mentioned in previous notes.

This is nice. Creamy, pleasant. I have run out of milk which I usually like to have in my breakfast tea, but the creamy vanilla worked well with the Assam to make a good naked breakfast tea.

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Not my cup of tea, my taste buds just don’t fancy assam. That said, the smell was out of this world vanilla! I definitely steeped it wrong though, because I didn’t taste any :(

I have one cup left to try again ^^

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All I have to add to the reviews before me is that I love this tea, as well. The dry leaves are beautiful and smell great..it reminded me of opening a bag of vanilla beans @ work. It introduced me to corn flowers, which may, or may not add some flavor notes to the final brew, but do have their own aroma…..lmost nutty and something like Caraway seeds? It probably adds to the complexity of the brewed tea.
It’s creamy-almost like caramel with a natural vanilla bean flavor that is satisfying, but never overwhelming. Th Assam is great here
love this tea…sad that I know it will run out and be gone forever haha

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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