Vanilla Bean

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Natural Vanilla Flavor, Premium Black Teas, Vanilla Pieces
Flavors
Vanilla
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Sachet
Caffeine
High
Certification
Not available
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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  • “I tried the Vanilla Bean with milk this morning, per Jillian's suggestion, and it was much better this way and more drinkable. It still has the strong vanilla smell and only a general black tea...” Read full tasting note
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    chrine 545 tasting notes
  • “This one is *finally* gone! I've had it for so long and it's gone! That's ok. I need to finish more teas. I've always enjoyed this one. When brewed correctly it has a nice creamy vanilla flavor to...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Well, this' the last bag of this I have. I'll miss it. It's one of the staples I carried in my Travel Tea Bag. I don't plan to actively go out and pick this one up again, but if I come across...” Read full tasting note
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    supermoon10 369 tasting notes
  • “The first time I had this tea was at a restaurant with Sunday brunch. This was my first tea from Mighty Leaf and I fell in love with it immediately! This tea has a strong, creamy, true vanilla...” Read full tasting note
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    JosieJade 358 tasting notes

From Mighty Leaf Tea

Vanilla Bean black tea, a deep blend of black loose tea leaves with Madagascar vanilla, conjures up images of inhaling the heady aroma of wild vanilla as you hike the tropics near Mt. Maromakotro. A full-bodied and fruity cup, Vanilla Bean, a blend of Ceylon and China black teas, makes a deeply satisfying impression.

About Mighty Leaf Tea View company

Mighty Leaf Tea was born for the sole purpose of infusing life into an ancient indulgence by creating tea products that reach new heights of quality and innovation. Our passion is creating the most incredible handcrafted tea blends found anywhere, globally sourcing the finest ingredients available. Paralleling the highest standards of quality at Mighty Leaf Tea is ongoing creative innovation.

80 Tasting Notes

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I tried the Vanilla Bean with milk this morning, per Jillian’s suggestion, and it was much better this way and more drinkable. It still has the strong vanilla smell and only a general black tea taste. I will finish the box as a morning black though. This does not make me interested in buying more Mighty Leaf teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
teaplz

Auggy sent me some Colonille from SerendipiTEA and it was absolutely delicious. I did a review of it a few days ago (Auggy and takgoti have reviews of it too), and it’s a really, really awesome vanilla black!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Mmm… That one does sound yum, teaplz. I’ve noted it in my Shopping List. Thanks. I don’t always get to go back and read all the tealogs of those I am Following. I do like blacks with what I’ll call “baking flavors”. I tried the Might Leaf tea because it was on sale and I’d seen it mentioned here before.

rabbysmom

Hey chrine- I’ve never tried the Vanilla Bean but if your out for a flavored black, give the Orange Dulce a try. Verrry good even without anything added!

rabbysmom

Adding a comment to say if you want to try any decaf ML go for the African Nectar or Chamomile Citrus.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

So you’re saying there is hope for Mighty Leaf yet, RM? I also got the Orange Dulce instead. If they are sill on sale on Sat, maybe I’ll pick it up.

Jillian

I’d recommend the Orange Dulce and the African Nectar in particular, but then, since I also liked the Vanilla Bean, I’m not sure our tastes really coincide! ;)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

There is that too. We can always run and hide from each other’s favored teas.

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778 tasting notes

This one is finally gone! I’ve had it for so long and it’s gone! That’s ok. I need to finish more teas. I’ve always enjoyed this one. When brewed correctly it has a nice creamy vanilla flavor to it. It’ll be missed but probably not reordered anytime soon.

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369 tasting notes

Well, this’ the last bag of this I have. I’ll miss it. It’s one of the staples I carried in my Travel Tea Bag. I don’t plan to actively go out and pick this one up again, but if I come across it—maybe it’s marked down, or I have yet to find a vanilla black that I like more—I’ll probably pick it up again. It’s just a bit pricey. Fourteen freakn’ bucks? Come on. Otherwise, I will probably try Tealicious’ vanilla black next. Murchie’s was utterly flavourless, and I don’t know if Tea Desire even carries a vanilla black… They gave me a list of their full tea stock, but I seem to have misplaced it. Plus, I haven’t been to Tealicious in a while, and I actually LIKE the base used in their flavoured blacks, unlike Tea Desire’s.

As for the base used in Mighty Leaf’s, well, this is the only flavoured black I’ve tried from them. It’s not wonderful, but it’s far from terrible. Sometimes it takes on this weird spinachy taste—it’s particularly prominent in the second steep, although still quite noticeable in the first. But if I avoid a second steep (difficult, because I feel like I’m wasting it if I don’t—except for fanning teabags, which you usually can’t get a second steep out of anyways), and don’t mess with the recommended four-minute steeping parameters, it’s usually fine. Fairly enjoyable. Keeps my vanilla cravings at bay.

Now that I think about it, I had always meant to mix a sachet of this with some earl grey. Too late now, ahwell.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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358 tasting notes

The first time I had this tea was at a restaurant with Sunday brunch. This was my first tea from Mighty Leaf and I fell in love with it immediately! This tea has a strong, creamy, true vanilla flavor – no artificial fake taste. It’s nice and strong and makes for a perfect wake-me-up cup in the morning!

-Square silken tea pouch with medium size tea leaves and pieces of vanilla bean.
-Teabag smells of black tea and creamy vanilla. Tea liquor aroma is of sugary vanilla.
-Tea liquor is a thick dark brown color.
-Malty flavor with a true vanilla finish.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Nice vanilla flavor that becomes creamy with the addition of milk and sweetener.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thanks go to KallieBoo! for this(and 6 other samples currently burning a hole in my cabinet, so to speak!) Hmmm… I’m not getting much vanilla out of this one. It smelled like a pretty stout vanilla when I opened the bag, but it’s just not translating. I wonder if I steep it a bit longer? I did the recommended 3 minutes with 212* water. I’m hoping it’s just ‘user error’ here, and I’m going to reserve my rating until I get to try this again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Oh …. My… GAWD!!! I ordered this today during Brunch at White Spot and nearly died in my seat! I am excited to say that the waitress was so kind to constantly refill my little teapot with hot water over and over and over again! It was not until the third refill that I noticed the taste start to fade!

I added a little cream to this tea and it was like drinking a vanilla bean cheese cake! All I can say is I will be hunting despretly for this tea on shelves everywhere… or begging my hubby to order it online once the Postal Strike is over with!

So good, SO GOOD! but I might be biased!!

Cofftea

I find this interesting given some of the other scores/tasting notes. Glad you love it!

MaddHatter

I just took the time to look at the scores and wow, it does not fair well at all. I am glad I was “overly” happy with it.

Angrboda

Oh my word, that sounds awesome! Have you, by any chance, tried the vanilla nilgiri from Chi of Tea (the one which is sadly now out of stock cry sob )? If so, how do you feel it compares to this one?

MaddHatter

I haven’t heard of that blend of Vanilla, until now, so sadly I can’t comment.

Angrboda

Oh well. I’ll just have to try it out myself then. I discovered that Mighty Leaf has a Swedish site as well, so international shipping and all that shouldn’t be a problem. Thanks for making me looking them up anyway. :)

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The leaves are surprisingly large for being a bagged tea. Smells promising.

Steeped for the bag recommended 4 minutes and got a very dark tea, which is perfectly fine with me. Good vanilla taste, not fakey. I can see where adding cream to this might make it even more dessert-like. It wouldn’t need sugar, I’m thinking. Not that this is sweet per se, just that it has a sweet quality to it with the vanilla.

This is my first Mighty Leaf Tea and I am interested enough to probably seek out others. I usually bag my own loose leaf to take with me on trips, but sometimes it is nice to have some already made up and I think this would be a definite candidate for a morning tea to have along! Thanks, JosieJade!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Credit and thanks to Doulton for the opportunity to try this one: nice strong sugar-cookie vanilla. Very sweet, but not sticky-sweet. I’ll give it …. an Ernie on a zero to Kermit scale. (Just seems like the day for all things friendly and Sesame.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Had this as a tea latte at Wendells, the “Cinnabean Tea Misto.” The latte was lovely, and upon examining the teabag in my cup I discovered it was Mighty Leaf’s Vanilla Bean, and so I purchased a box.

This was my first Mighty Leaf tea (and probably my last, my goodness was it expensive!) and I thought it was quite nice. The vanilla flavor is very prominent, I’m surprised at some of the other tasting notes posted here. I found I could pick up on the vanilla notes easily even straight, though I added a dab of milk and golden sugar to bring it to the foreground. Tea this expensive has to be enjoyed to the fullest. Speaking of which, I should wrap things up so I can drink it while it’s still hot! :)

Anyway, overall it’s a nice sweet tea — though the vanilla flavor is a bit on the fake side — that can be enjoyed at any time of day, however the high cost (almost a dollar per bag) makes it far less accessible. Higher quality teas can be purchased at a much lower price, so that brings my rating down lower than I would’ve rated were it a more realistic price.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Wow, $1 per bag?! That is crazy expensive!

Chizakura

ALMOST a $1 per bag, but yes, it’s madness. _ High quality loose leafs can be purchased much cheaper.

Kittenna

Haha, I noticed that and thought about correcting my post, but didn’t bother. Regardless, yeah, a price that high for bagged tea just seems really absurd, considering exactly that – that quite high quality loose leaf teas often cost less.

Chizakura

I know right? :) I think their goal is fooling bagged drinkers that don’t know much about loose leaf into thinking it’s this really high “premium” that’s worth that much or something. xD But yeah, I’ll finish the box but otherwise that’s it.

(Besides, for at home drinking, I’m trying to break away from all bagged tea anyway, ‘cause not only is loose leaf tastier, but it’s way healthier too.)

OMGsrsly

Mighty Leaf is expensive, but I love the Orange Dulce. It’s a super delicate Earl Grey. I’ve replaced it with Silk Road’s Royal Abkhazi, because it’s cheaper. :)

Chizakura

Yes, I’ve heard tons of good things about Orange Dulce, so I’m tempted to try it, but ohhh the cost. D: Wendel’s serves Mighty Leaf tea, so maybe I’ll try a cup of it there and see if I want it enough to buy a whole box. :) (and yeah, buying a tea in a cafe is even more expensive, but it’s less commitment if it turns out it’s not my favorite and I have the nice cafe ambiance to enjoy while sipping, hehe.)

OMGsrsly

I totally understand! And Wendel’s definitely has the nice atmosphere. (I used to live in Fort Langley!)

Chizakura

Ooh cool! :) It’s really interesting how many nearby people (or used to be nearby in your case) I’m finding on Steepster. Never thought I’d find someone on here who knew Wendels. :) Anyway I tried the Orange Dulce there. xD; It was good, but knowing the price of the box I’ll pass, but for sitting in a cafe, it’s pretty nice. :)

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I can’t say that I’m a fan. The vanilla smell is barely present and smells artificial. (The vanilla smell was stronger as the tea cooled.) The vanilla in the taste is very subdued and only present in the background. It’s just ok. I steeped for the recommended 4 minutes. While the flavor of the tea is light to me, I think steeping longer would yield a very bitter cup. I should have added milk and sugar to help doctor it up. Oh well. It’s better than no tea at all. This wasn’t bad…just “meh”.

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4 min, 0 sec
Alannah

I was very unimpressed with that blend as well (tried it years ago, admittedly)… I’d heard it hyped up a ton and was really disappointed.

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