Vanilla Comoro

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Ceylon Black Tea, Natural Vanilla Flavor
Flavors
Orange Blossom, Vanilla, Orange Zest, Malt, Cream, Custard, Frosting
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Decaffeinated
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 oz / 251 ml

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  • “If you are out of champagne, and need something wonderful to go with your two remaining pot de creme, Vanilla Comoro will do the trick! Mmmm! So good with classic desserts. I am making a new rule -...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “Today was a dreadful, hard, very full day. I bumbled around at work, a million people called, all the hard clients had questions, and I felt generally useless. And I got stabbed in the neck in...” Read full tasting note
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    Rosehips 951 tasting notes
  • “It's gone. I just drank the last bag. :| I needed it though. I'm grumpy and stressed out and I just want to relax and I've got half an hour to do it. So... fuck it. Vanilla Comoro time!” Read full tasting note
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    cavocorax 1700 tasting notes
  • “This is a bit of a revelation. I still have half a pound of this from my hasty mega-purchase a few years ago. I constantly give it away, but it reproduces like gremlins. Knowing its tendency to...” Read full tasting note
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    Uniquity 697 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

So toothsome, so confoundingly delicious, Vanilla Comoro Tea radiates a softly sweet aroma and has a rich malty, yet light-bodied character. Vanilla notes swirl in each sip of this tasty decaffeinated black tea enhanced by creamy vanilla from Comoros Islands. It is a revelation of sweetness and silkiness, truly a wonder of a tea for the sweettoothed or calorie-counting tea drinker. Please note, this is a Decaffeinated Tea.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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So I added milk to this tea and wow, does it ever bring out the flavour! Like I said before it’s not a powerful vanilla, but it’s very smooth almost to the point of being creamy and it actually has almost a caramel-like note to it.

I think this is the first decaffinated tea I’ve had that actually goes well with milk; most of the others being too thin and weak for it. This is one I really want to keep around.

I’m bumping up the rating a few notches.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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1290 tasting notes

I got this in the great big box that Dax Pamela Dean sent to me a while back and since so very many of you, including JacquelineM who is well known to a bit of an expert on vanilla teas, count it among your favourites. So I’ve been looking forward to trying it, even though I have to say I’m a bit wary of this whole decaf business. I’ve had a couple of decaf teas in my life before but never (that I can recall) in any sort of succesful way.

It’s standing next to me, wafting vanilla aroma all over the place. It’s a sugary sweet sort of vanilla aroma to me, not the rubbery leathery roughness of the pod. The aroma, on closer inspection (nose to cup), strikes me as strangely alien. I can tell it’s vanilla, yes, but I’m not sure I’d say I could tell it was tea. I would of course be able to identify it as tea through a qualified guess, but it’s not something that really says, “I’m tea, I smell like this!” It’s like something is missing, and I’m suspecting it’s something to do with the decaffeination process.

Flavour-wise, I have to say I’m surprised that it’s so popular. It’s definitely not my ideal vanilla tea, but that said, it’s not unpleasant either. Let’s start at the bottom with what I can make out of the base. It would help a lot of if I could figure out what the base actually is, because all I’m really getting out of it is a fairly wooden flavour. I can’t for the life of me spot this ‘rich malty character’ business that H&S mentions in the description. Just… wood.

The vanilla flavouring is good though. It’s strong, yet subtle all at the same time. Probably because the vanilla itself has a funny dark flavour (identifies as black or very dark brown in my synesthesia), which sort of expands and fills the mouth.

I’m lacking the pod flavour though. That syrup-like, leathery feeling to it is completely missing, and the absence of it makes the flavouring feel a little synthetic. The presence of detectable vanilla pod gives a vanilla tea an impression of authenticity and without it, we may as well be looking at synthetic aroma.

So in a way I’m both relieved and disappointed. I do like the tea, but I’m disappointed that I can’t find it in myself to love it as much as most of the rest of you. For the same reason I’m also relieved, since it’s not a tea that is available to me unless I get someone to buy it for me and forward it, which would be a very impractical way to shop.

So if I can’t have the Vanilla Nilgiri from Chi of Tea anymore, which I had otherwise named my Perfect Vanilla Tea, then I’ll just have to keep on looking.

JacquelineM

I truly like the tea, but what I love most about it is that I can have it at 9pm and sleeeeeeep. I was not fond of any of the other decafs I’ve tried (except for Harney’s Decaffeinated, but I plowed through that sample awhile ago and haven’t had a chance to replace).

teawing

I hope I didn’t misrepresent this to you. It is good decaf, but still…decaf.
I found it a lot better than many regular teas I have tried. The advantage of drinking it late with a good book is well worth it to me. I am waiting for some H&S Vanilla Black to compare. Happy Father’s Day to me… :)

Kashyap

you can save yourself a lot of money buying decafs, by just steeping a regular tea 60-90 sec, pouring off this extraction and resteep..this reduces the tea’s caffiene content to about the same level as SWP decaf coffee…low enough that it wont affect most….and this works for all teas…why pay the price for a chemically treated/co2 gassed decaf? its nearly double and they never have the teas you want….

Angrboda

JacquelineM, sleeplessness as a result of having had tea in the evening has never been an issue for me, though. Well, maybe once or twice, but not on any sort of regular basis that required me to actually consider changing my behaviour.

Teawing, gosh, no. LOTS of people have had high praise to say about this for almost as long as I can remember having used Steepster. But H&S is not a shop that’s available to me, so I have never before had the chance to try it, or I probably would have earlier.

Kashyap, actually that’s an old myth. Pouring off the first steep doesn’t remove any significant amount of caffeine. http://www.wonderoftea.com/tea-caffeine.html
Also, I’m very unlikely to buy decaf teas under any circumstances unless I really want something which I can’t have in a regular variety. I only have this one because it was sent to me as part of a gift. :)

Kashyap

thanks for the web link..I’ve seen differing data, but I appreciate the intel and will look into this some more…I’m also quite immune to caffeine and have a long standing ability to sleep whenever I feel inclined….so tea rarely does much other than stimulate digestion (from a caffeine stand point)….but good info all the same

Kashyap

oh…and I never said it eliminated the caffeine…just reduced it to a similiar level of SWP decaf coffee….

Angrboda

Yes, tea doesn’t bother me. Coffee shortly before bedtime, that’s another matter though. You wouldn’t believe the sort of really vivid dreams I get under such circumstances. O.o
I’m not much of a matcha drinker, but when I’ve had it I haven’t seemed to get the same sort of caffeine buzz from it that others have described, so it seems to be safe for me as well.

Angrboda

and I haven’t the foggiest what swp coffee is.

Kashyap

oh…Swiss water process….its a non-chemical decaffeinated way of treating coffee that is accieved through water bath extraction…http://www.swisswater.com/consumer/swiss-water-process

cteresa

I am just trying it and not feeling the love either, for much the reasons you explain. It does not taste like real vanilla to me, not quite, but nevermind that, I got to try it again for a real taste note.

Barb

Found it and tried it over the weekend. Had a similar reaction — this is OK, better than Taylors of Harrowgate even though TofH has caffeine. But still — not spectacular. I’ll finish the tin eventually but probably not buy more.

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Well, this is weird. I just added a tasting note for White Lion’s Vanilla Dolce, in which I said that the vanilla scent was stronger than in Harney’s Vanilla Comoro and also that I liked it better.

So, Self, I said, there’s that tin of Harney’s and it’s decaf, so why not do a comparison right away?

I sniffed the Harney’s and got what I now recognize as the mapley aroma mentioned long ago by ashmanra. Then I sniffed the White Lion, smugly expecting a blast of vanilla.

Guess what. No aroma at all from the White Lion dry leaves. Maybe my sense of smell was tired? I waited a bit and tried again. Same result.

So I brewed up the Harney’s and, dudes. I am so confused now. It smells so pretty. I have got to get my hands on the loose stuff.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
LiberTEAS

I highly recommend trying the loose leaf. I have found – with Harney Teas in particular – that there is a profound difference between loose leaf and bagged versions.

ashmanra

I agree. I buy the loose leaf by the pound! My daughter loves it and goes through the pound bags of this and their vanilla Bkack, which tastes quite different, in a remarkable amount of time.

ashmanra

Oh, and people (me) around here get sneaky and keep offering other people so I can get the last cup from the pot. It is full of vanilla beans! :)

Barb

I’m planning on trying the loose version (will have to order from H&S, I guess) as soon as I finish with the sachets. Ashmanra, LOL re: the last cup! Somewhere, probably in a discussion, somebody mentioned boosting the scent of a vanilla tea by burying cut-up vanilla pods in it, sort of the way you can scent sugar. Sounds like a worthwhile experiment!

Barb

P.S. I sniffed the White Lion again this morning before I had any tea at all. Still nothing even remotely resembling the sweet smell I noticed the first time last night. The vanilla escaped.

Missy

lol @ ashmanra I pick out the beans from my infuser. They are pretty tasty once you get over the texture.

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1199 tasting notes

Wanting tea past midnight, I decided to open my sample of this. I’ve never had a decaf tea before, just obviously tisanes.

I don’t think I’ll be reaching for a decaf tea anytime again soon. Since I’ve heard so many good things about this tea on here, I thought I’d try it. I love vanilla, and I wish I could drink black tea all the time.

But this is just not doing it for me. The vanilla is nice but it’s just flat. I’m guessing that has to do with the base tea, which honestly doesn’t taste like much of anything beyond woodsy. Of course my vanilla bar is probably set really high but this seriously falls flat. It’s like a stale sugar cookie :(

Oh well, like I said earlier in a comment somewhere, if we all liked the same things, there’d be no point to this website.

The Purrfect Cup

Just think of the money you can now spend on another tea you do like. That’s how I look at it when I try something others have loved and I don’t. :)

momo

Haha, it would have had to have been REALLY good for me to spend more than I did just for the sample packet. But it does make it much easier if I don’t enjoy it at all.

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451 tasting notes

Yeah, this one just isn’t happening for me today. The vanilla is almost completely absent, and it doesn’t seem to matter what I do, it basically refuses to make an appearance. I don’t know if it’s because it’s decaf, but I can’t really even taste the tea base, so the tea can’t really be redeemed for me that way, either. I don’t hate it, but I feel absolutely no inclination to restock. I want a tea with a lot more vanilla in it than this one. I wanted to like this so badly, but alas, there are more teas to love and that’s just a fact.
But yeah, very dissatisfying experience. My lunch also left a lot to be desired, so perhaps I’ll plan for a day-saving cup once I go home.
Does anyone want a few sachets of vanilla Comoro?

Anna

Yeeees.

keychange

Already set aside for you, my dear! :)

Cavocorax

I’m sorry you were disappointed with it! I really really loved it when I first bought it, but I noticed it tasted a bit flat shortly afterwards. I don’t know what made the difference but it sucks. Sometimes it’s still amazing though, so I hope you manage to bring out the best of it before you hand the rest off.

keychange

I hope so. I really wanted t like it, and am still going to play around with it a bit, but with a slightly deflated spirit haha.

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Today has been a productive day, so I am rewarding myself with a cup of Vanilla Comoro. I’ve wanted to try this tea since forever, and have heard so many good things about it. I was certainly impressed when I opened the bag and noticed a sugary vanilla icing scent from the dry leaves. While steeping, the tea filled the kitchen with a wonderful sweet aroma. The brewed tea reminds me of the way warm iced sugar cookies smell. I already love this tea for the aroma alone!

The flavor is even better than expected! Finally a tea that lives up to it’s scent! There is a smooth vanilla flavor and a creamy finish. The aftertaste is pure vanilla icing – perfect! This is one of those rare teas that for me, would be fine to stand alone without any added sweetener or milk. Of course I added some of both just to check, and it makes for a creamier cup, but is wonderful either way. Next time I am going to try added some vanilla-infused sugar that I have. Very happy that I am finally trying this tea, and that it is even better than expected. Now to curl up in bed with my book and a cup of this tea, ahhhhhh.

-Dry blend has medium and large black and brown tea leaves and twigs with small light brown specks throughout.
-Dry leaves smell strongly of sugary vanilla. Tea liquor aroma is of warm iced sugar cookies.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark brown color.
-Smooth vanilla flavor with a creamy finish. Rich vanilla icing aftertaste.
-Milk and sweetener optional.
-Excellent tea. Perfect vanilla flavor. Reminiscent of vanilla icing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
caile

I just tried this for the first time also and found it to be better than expected. You did such a good review!

Rosehips

This tea and a book is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening. I love Comoro!

Janefan

OMG I’ve been drinking this with milk as my morning cuppa for the last couple weeks! For some reason I decided caffeine + sugar cookies were a bad breakfast decision, so I nixed the caffeine :-)

Serenity

This is on my to buy list for sure!

Josie Jade

Thanks, Caile!

I already need a tin of this one, it’s so good! :)

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A book club tea from Threewhales! Every time I go to Harney & Sons’ physical store I swear that I am going to pick some of this up. Then I forget, and end up coming home with 5 different teas that were totally not on the list. So I’m happy to finally have some of this!

As others have said, this is a rich and creamy vanilla tea. It’s not very complex but I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing, sometimes you want a simple, delicious cup of tea! And this certainly fits the bill, it reminds me of frosting. Mmmm, vanilla! One of the best flavors for a tea, I think, especially one with a black base.

On its own it’s delightful, but I think this will really shine with some blending. I’m thinking with a rose earl grey to make a rosy EG cream, or with Lemon Dreams for a particularly indulgent bedtime treat (since this is deaf!).

TastyBrew

This sounds worth a taste! Adding to shopping list right now! Thanks!

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Yes. YES. I had been looking for a legitimately clean tasting smooth creamy vanilla taste and THIS DELIVERS! This is pure bliss – it’s so milky and creamy tasting even without milk or cream added. Deliciously sweet just like a vanilla milkshake.

This is just all sorts of amazing.

Thank you so much VariaTEA for letting me sample this!

I woke up with swollen eyes this morning. Maybe I’m allergic to something :( Kinda odd though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Glad you liked it. Sorry to hear about your eyes though.

Yvonne

That’s ok! Just gotta figure out why it’s happening :/

TheTeaFairy

Glad you found you’re perfect vanilla tea!
Hope your eyes get better…

Yvonne

Thank you :)
Hehe, me too! And it wouldn’t be possible without VariaTEA!

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741 tasting notes

Eve sent me this in our recent swap and i had a giant cup last night as i watched 2 Teen Wolf episodes.

i would have never expected that i would like this tea as much as i do!! i usually kinda avoid vanilla by itself cuz it’s a bit fakey sometimes. but i didn’t mind this at all. not at all. it’s a mellow mild vanilla. and the tea is still warm cozy tea. it’s just real nice. reeeeal nice.

i am reminded yet again that i should just kinda stay away from rooibos and super herbal blends and just keep my caffeine free options simple. ginger, mint, decafs, and buckwheat, etc.
i’m glad Eve had some to give me. it was a great reminder.

Courtney

I’m the same with vanilla. I want to find the perfect vanilla black, but I don’t want to suffer through fake vanilla blacks haha!

Sil

might want to read angrboda’s tasting notes on her hunt for the perfect vanilla tea :)

Courtney

Thanks Sil!

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Thanks to Dr Jim for starting Traveling Tea Box C

I haven’t had a chance to try many teas from Harney and Sons so after about an hours worth of digging through the traveling tea box I decided to start with this one. Boy, after a really bad day plus a day of disappointing tea this sure hit the spot. It has an authentic vanilla taste, in fact it tastes just like vanilla beans and has a hint of sweetness. I love the fact that this is decaf, it is the perfect tea to end the day with.

I think I’m going to get off the computer, find my book, and relax with this tea (and quite possibly make it to bed before 3 am for a change.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

oh, yeah, thsat’s usually my hour of collapse as well. =0)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I hope there is still some when it gets to me…sounds perfect

Dr Jim

This is my go-go evening tea. For some reason Harney doesn’t sell a 4 oz size, so I had to jump straight from a sample to a pound. I’m glad I did.

Short Sorceress

I’m afraid this one isn’t continuing on, I pulled it out and replaced it with something else.

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