Velvety Vanilla

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  • “Well my taste buds must be off because I am trying this tea that *Roswell Strange* so generously shared and I am tasting Tetley's Orange Pekoe tea. That can't be right. It even smells like the...” Read full tasting note
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    rachel12610 1817 tasting notes
  • “Urgh, my throat is suddenly killing me and I'm really wishing for something that'd go down smooth and gently. This is not it. Part of my initiative to drink down teas that I don't want to...” Read full tasting note
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    roswellstrange 1659 tasting notes
  • “thank you *Fjellrev* for this sample from Tea Desire. This doesn't rank as a vanilla tea that will need to be restocked, but it was an intresting one. it reminds me a little of the one from tao...” Read full tasting note
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    Silaena 4667 tasting notes
  • “Thanks *Roswell Strange* for this one. The dry tea to me smells almost like a cherry cola tea...hmmm... interesting. The brewed tea smells of a very strong, bold breakfast...” Read full tasting note
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    Lala1 753 tasting notes

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East Frisian’s Sunday tea. A blend from high quality black teas with vanilla bits. Taste is full bodied refined with vanilla.

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9 Tasting Notes

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1817 tasting notes

Well my taste buds must be off because I am trying this tea that Roswell Strange so generously shared and I am tasting Tetley’s Orange Pekoe tea. That can’t be right. It even smells like the Tetley tea to me. No vanilla in this cup anywhere. This is really quite strange. Oh well, perhaps I will have better luck in the future. Luckily I have at least one more cup in the sample to try and get this one right. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I’m not a huge fan of this one, myself. But I get slightly more of the vanilla when I add in a teeny bit of sugar and milk. I really love Tea Desire’s guest service and I think they do a phenominal job with fruit blends/rooibos/mate – but I haven’t found a single black tea by them that I’d want to keep stocked.

VariaTEA

It is always sort of upsetting when you need to add something to a tea to bring out certain flavors – I shall try some Truvia but at least now I know that this is not really something I would want to order in the future

Roswell Strange

Agreed – the extra stuff like milk or Truvia should be used to enhance an already good tea. If a tea needs something added to be drinkable then it’s not a good tea :/ This is definitely a blend I’m not buying again, though. There are so many better Tea Desire blends (still looking for a good black one, though).

MissB

I’m really loving their White Angel, and a few of their flavored pu-erh’s are also fantastic. I’ve stayed away from their blacks mostly too, although I do have a few. Just okay, so far.

Roswell Strange

Just looked that one up – sounds really interesting. Their green blends have been pretty 50/50 for me. Right now, I keep Chai Apricot and Asia Cocktail stocked – and I have a bunch of unwanted Japanese Cherry Blossoms (really didn’t like that one, even though it smells awesome). I’m debating trying Oreo Cookie finally; I’ve been putting it off because I strongly dislike oreos but my favourite sales lady said she can only taste dates when she has it. I love dates, so maybe I’ll give it a shot…

MissB

Rosewell, I’m pretty sure I have some here and can send it to you.

Roswell Strange

I appreciate the offer, but that’s ok – I’ll just buy it as a Tea to Go from my local store and determine whether I want to buy more based on that. No reason for you to shell out the money for shipping :) It’s pretty convenient for my to get ahold of it.

MissB

Oh, of course! Silly me.

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1659 tasting notes

Urgh, my throat is suddenly killing me and I’m really wishing for something that’d go down smooth and gently. This is not it.

Part of my initiative to drink down teas that I don’t want to restock, I steeped a tsp. of this in my timolino (a little oversteeped, I was making Genmaicha too, and talking to Tre). Although it’s not helping my throat at all, it does taste a bit better than I remember it being. I’m ACTUALLY getting vanilla from this without having to add cream or sugar at all. Still, it’s good but not great and I have too many black teas.

Not changing my mind about restocking this.

Maybe when it’s done, I’ll chase it back with something minty.

Vanitea

Try some Bravissimo for your throat? With honey, of course.

Roswell Strange

Considered it – but I find it actually doesn’t do a whole lot for me in that regard (still tastes awesome though).

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4667 tasting notes

thank you Fjellrev for this sample from Tea Desire. This doesn’t rank as a vanilla tea that will need to be restocked, but it was an intresting one. it reminds me a little of the one from tao leaf…and i can’t place why. Admittedly, i was distracted when drinking this with the Nazi episode from Fringe. Hard to pay attention to tea with all that asphyxiation going on haha!

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753 tasting notes

Thanks Roswell Strange for this one.

The dry tea to me smells almost like a cherry cola tea…hmmm… interesting. The brewed tea smells of a very strong, bold breakfast tea…hmmm…interesting.

The tea tastes like a strong black tea. It is very astringent on first sip. But towards the middle of the sip, there is a vanilla taste that does come out. I would describe it more as a fruity vanilla. Almost like there is a slight sour fruit taste mixed in with it, like sour cherry/berry vanilla. By the end of the sip, it is actually smooth tasting, which is where I would guess the velvety part comes in. Hmmm… interesting. This is a very interesting tea. It is totally opposite to what I would expect in regards to the astringency. Overall it is not too bad.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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757 tasting notes

Ok peeps, I’m finally getting down to this tea even though I purchased it last time I was in Edmonton just after the New Year. Time’s flying!

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this when I picked it up, but I got some anyway because I’m always in a TRY ALL THE VANILLA EVERYTHING mode. The vanilla pod pieces were a good sign too so I figured why not.

The dry leaf smells promising, at least. Like a brown sugary vanilla. But I agree with others that the base is quite robust and astringent. I didn’t even steep it for that long (maybe no more than three minutes) and I let the water cool down a bit before infusing, and it’s All Your Base Are Belong To Us. Almost. I do taste a little of the vanilla in the background. It’s kind of like a watered down syrupy vanilla, like what I’d imagine vanilla-infused-golden-syrup-diluted-with-water would taste like. Low viscosity syrup, for real.

So enough of that banter. Yeah, it’s not offensive but not amazing. It kind of reminds me of Silk Road’s vanilla since that one had an astringent, drying Ceylon base. This is an East Frisian blend so I’m sure it’s the Ceylon and Darjeeling having a massive freakout.

Would I repurchase? No, but I still want to do a side-by-side vanilla comparison soon, and I could always mix this tea with other stuff, mainly sweetened teas like H&S SoHo.

Terri HarpLady

I don’t care much for Ceylon, especially as a base for anything.

Anna

Must always try all the vanilla always.

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