I served this at writers’ group tonight. I was trying to keep things decaf since we meet from 6:30 to about 10 p.m., but I wanted it to be GOOD because these are folks who are not as hard core about loose leaf and good tea! The comments….“THAT’S VANILLA!” And “No, thanks, I don’t need to add sugar. This is great the way it is.”
I think this is the first tea of which I bought a whole pound, and that was at hubby’s insistence.
I should be in bed by now, but I am somewhat hyped up because a series of events led me to start my girls studying the beatniks, coffee bars, and Kerouac! Once we got started, naturally we decided tp put together our own Beat Poetry set for next writer’s group and youngest is going to provide the background music, though I may throw in hubby’s old Gibson Ripper for the bass lines. LOL! So all this has me too excited to sleep, and I thought a cuppa Vanilla Comoro was just the thing to help me wind down tonight, along with Traffic and The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys for some bass line inspiration!
This is wonderfully comforting tea. I can scarcely believe that there are only about two ounces of the pound left, but three of us drink it so there it goes!
This benefits from the addition of a little more leaf than you would usually put in order to offset the fact that it is decaf, but the vanilla caramel flavor is so full bodied that it won’t hurt to make it by usual black tea parameters. Great cuppa! Drinking it sans additions, and it is still sweet and satisfying.
I actually made this one twice – once last night to share a quiet cuppa with my hubby, and again this morning.
Last week I found out that one of my favorite teachers – fifth grade – had breast cancer and is about to undergo radiation. She has been working with me at the polls. She noticed my tea by my side every day and told me that she had never liked coffee, loves iced tea, and feels cold all the time so she thought, “Say, why not try HOT tea?” She bought some decaf Earl Grey at the grocery store and loved it. Her doctor says she is not allowed to have caffeine. She was so excited to tell me that she found out she loves hot tea. I was even more excited because now I have a NEW TEA PADAWAN! And it is one of my favorite people!
So this morning I took a thermos full of Vanilla Comoro to work, brewed fresh at home from loose leaf. SHE LOVES IT! Hooray! I gave her a good diffuser, some loose leaf, and a sample of decaf Irish Breakfast. Soon we are getting together for tea. I love what tea has done for friendships in my life!
As JacquelineM does, I add lots of extra leaf on this one. When I first started drinking tea it was plenty strong enough for me. Now I can tell it is decaf but still prefer it to almost any other night time alternative! Extra leaves makes it a bit stronger, and the aroma is always just heavenly.
This was my favorite tea at tea party today! We had fudge pie with fresh, lightly sugared strawberries and two Kerrygold cheeses, Dubliner, and Ballyshannon. I started with Vanilla Comoro because I thought the vanilla goodness would be excellent alongside the rich chocolate of the fudge pie. It was delicious! I may have to make another pot of it to really get my fill!
We wanted special teas to go with our frosted brownies today and Vanilla Comoro came to mind right away as a special dessert tea. I use the loose leaf which is just full of vanilla bean specks – soooo good. This is one of the best decaf teas I have had with rich vanilla and caramel flavors and a lovely sweetness.
So very good again today! I gave this to a guest who is absolutely new to hot tea – the one who tried Paris and liked it. She loved this one today with no additions at all, except for the frosted brownie!
Last night, late game of Yahtzee at the tea table near the Christmas tree with hubby, son, and youngest daughter and a pot of this. Mmmmmm. And still able to sleep, too!
For some reason we especially like Vanilla teas in warm weather and it is a beautiful day! This was a tea party tea, paired with chocolate cake, Hershey pie, and fresh sugared strawberries from a local farm. This tea is excellent with desserts. We added no sugar, it is delicious and sweet on its own!
Just had three (small) cups of this delightful tea. Aaaaah. The dry leaves smell like caramel, vanilla, and maple syrup. And by caramel, I mean the very best soft vanilla caramel you can get, like Godiva’s soft caramel centers. The sediment in the bottom of your last cup? The first time I made this tea I rinsed that out, thinking it was some fine tea dust. No. EAT IT! Stick your finger in there and get it because it is sweet, light, vanilla goodness.
How good is it? The friend who was trying it with me just ordered a whole pound!
Okay, so this stuff was making me nuts! There was something about it that I just couldn’t put my finger on! So tonight I did a little experiment. I have seen this tea described as a dessert tea, as sugar cookies, etc. but I was picking up something familiar – and beloved – and I think I have it. This tea reminds me of pure maple syrup. In the best way possible, too. I actually heated a tiny amount of maple syrup, stuck my finger in it and tasted, and alternated tasting the syrup with deeply inhaling the aroma of the tea. As I combined those two experiences, I not only detected some maple scents in the leaves, it also seemed to make me zero in on a bourbon-type aroma in the dry leaves like a fine bourbon vanilla. Just heavenly. Not sickly sweet, at least not to me. This stuff is great. Oh when will my big bag arrive? Sigh.