Vanilla

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Blended with pieces of natural vanilla, this tea is finished with a light and gentle flavor. The subtle refined sweetness goes well with milk.

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99 tasting notes

This tea smells much like the other vanilla teas I’ve had do: black tea with a hint of vanilla. The dry leaf smells a bit more flavored, but it’s basically what you’d expect from a vanilla tea.

The problem I’ve had with other vanilla teas is that the vanilla flavor and the black base don’t complement each other well. While this does improve as the tea cools, I wanted something that was perfect the whole way through, and this tea is!

This tea is smooth and delicious, what I’ve come to expect from Lupicia over the past couple days. The flavoring in this tea is pretty subtle, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I do like my flavors loud, but there is such a thing as too-much-flavoring. This tea doesn’t have that. What this tea does have is a smooth black base with a hint of vanilla, and the flavors blend wonderfully. The vanilla even adds a bit of thickness to the tea, it seems. This is what I’ve been expecting from the other vanilla teas I’ve tried, only to be disappointed.

So this tea? This tea is YUM.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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122 tasting notes

Yum! I steeped this the proper amount of time (for once; if you look over my tealogs you can see I’m a chronic over-steeper) and this tea is HEAVENLY. It tastes like french vanilla ice cream, but light and with enough black tea to prevent a descent into cloying madness. I’m drinking it straight out of the pot, but I’m sure that with milk this would be divine!

This is a sensitive tea, though. When I’ve made it in the past and steeped it 10+ minutes (because like I said, I am CARELESS) it was bitter and horrible, and my tongue was unhappy.

I bet this would make a great blending tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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30 tasting notes

Got this as a sample. I had never considered buying it before because it seemed so simple – I mean, Lupicia’s got amazing unusual flavours like Marron Chocolat and Champagne Rose, and that’s what I gravitate to! But when something simple is done well, it’s worth it. This is done well. If you put a few vanilla beans in a jar of sugar and seal it for a few weeks, the sugar takes on the vanilla flavour, and this is exactly what I’m reminded of with this tea. I brewed it with milk and a little bit of sugar, and it’s remarkably smooth. A bit like a high-quality vanilla ice cream where you know they used vanilla beans rather than artificial flavouring, only not as sweet. I guess I would call it a grown-up vanilla, for lack of better words!

I don’t know if I’d buy it myself – after all, I’m still eager to try out so many of Lupicia’s unusual ones – but after drinking up this hot mug of it, I’m leaning toward “yes.” A great morning tea for when you want something more than a typical breakfast brew, but you don’t want to be knocked over with anything exotic.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60 tasting notes

The vanilla is a warm flavor, earthy rather than sugary-sweet. Very nice, and I bet it would mix well with other teas. Tried with a little bit of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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1052 tasting notes

So I bought both this and La Vanille from Lupicia. What, exactly, is the difference, anyway? I am determined to find out!
I think I may have steeped this too aggressively this morning. I turned on music, and began to dance, instead of paying proper attention to my kettle. Whoops.
But even so, its not coming up bitter.
Its a smooth cup, and I get a toasty note in it, but very little vanilla, it must be said.
Hmm. Pleasant, and I do get a familer note, but what that note is is anyones guess right now.
More experimentation!

keychange

I was just looking at lupicia’s website right now, and noticed they have a vanilla and la vanille as well, so I’m glad you’re doing the experiment!

Sami Kelsh

I’m very curious to know the difference between the two!

Rosehips

I will report back when I have data!

TeaBrat

enquiring minds want to know…

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4 tasting notes

Prepared this tea hot this time. It’s got a very subtle sweetness now, not too vanilla, but lends a nice light flavor to your standard black tea.

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