French Vanilla Black Tea

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Here at thepuriTea, we love vanilla. Vanilla ice cream, vanilla cake, you name it – we love it. That’s why we decided to celebrate the delectable flavor of sweet vanilla beans by combining it with premium Ceylon black tea to create our fantastically flavorful and aromatic French Vanilla Black Tea. Seductive aromas and flavors of butter, caramel, vanilla, baked apple and warming spice are balanced with rich undertones of bold, tannic tea for an unforgettable (and wonderfully pairiable) tea. Try with milk or sugar, brew it as a latte, add a bit of honey or drink it alongside sweet breakfast pastries, baguette with brie and purple grapes, or gingerbread cake. Delicious!

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Our mission is simple: to provide gourmet teas and practical teaware. We source all of our teas and teaware directly from China, Taiwan and India to ensure the maximum quality, value and freshness for our customers. By cutting out the middleman in our selection process, we can pass on savings to our customers and guarantee the quality of each and every one of our products.

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1112 tasting notes

Many thanks to RachanaC via the Pay it Forward swap for this tea!!!

This tea got some harsh reviews. After reading them over, I decided it would probably be best to mix it in together with some bits and bobs of a few plain teas I had hanging around, and to take it with cream and sugar. I am happy to say that this bit of help produced a cup of tea that I like very, very much! It could be because I (whispers) sometimes indulge in General Foods International Coffee powder! My grandmother used to take me to the hair dresser with her every week when I was little, and the hair dresser served it (to a wee thing as I was!). I would drink it, and wait for my grandmother’s hair to be set with rollers and put under the enormous helmet dryer then teased and sprayed to within an inch of its life every week! I still to this day have some tins of this stuff at work and at home. When I am feeling particularly nostalgic, I will stir some powder into hot water and have A Moment.

So! I am totally having A Moment with this tea!!! I will admit – it is not fine, it is not natural, but BOY do I like it! It tastes like General Foods International Coffee Tea! It is really good in the afternoon instead of a cup of coffee. The little bit of plain tea tempered it into a nicer flavor. Milk and sugar takes care of many faults ;)

I am so glad that this tea found it’s home with me! Thank you again RachanaC!!!!

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RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am so happy this tea brought you happiness and that you were able to enjoy it as well.

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432 tasting notes

Yikes! Just awful. The leaves were so oily the taste was like wood. I didn’t really taste vanilla. I had to think really hard to find the flavor and I kind of tasted it but wasn’t even sure if I was trying o hard I was imagining it. Won’t be buying this one again.

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Man! It would seem impossible to have a bad vanilla tea….


I didn’t believe vanilla tea could be bad either—until I tried SpecialTeas’ “Madagascar Vanilla Sunday Blend” gag! —that one was totally awful.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I didn’t think vanilla could be bad either but yet here we are. Judy awful.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Opps I meant just…darn spell check.

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713 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2-3 tsp, one entire sample bag
Water: 500ml filtered 212° water
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (black, strong)
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: French vanilla, which made me think coffee
Steeped Tea Smell: french vanilla, milky, coffee
Flavor: bitter, astringent, milky, french vanilla creamer, black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent, black tea
Liquor: Opaque dark brown, like coffee

I placed a large order of mostly samples so I could experiment with more flavors from thepuriTea, it’s sort of like pokemon, I want to try them all (mostly).

I think the 3 was a bit long, perhaps 2 or even 1 minute would have left this tea less bitter and astringent.

The flavor though is a very milky smooth wawa french vanilla coffee and creamer. I am not sure if it is the fact french vanilla is permanently affixed to coffee in my head or there is really a coffee flavor to the tea. MilitiaJim agrees.

Post-Steep Additives: German rock sugar, sweeter, no longer bitter but still astringent. The sweetener brings out the sugar more.


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I love your comparison of ordering a bunch of samples to Pokemon!

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190 tasting notes

Expect to get one very tasty infusion, full of vanilla and black tea aromas and flavors. My humans foolishly tried a 2nd infusion. Chuckle! Details and a great photo of me next to the cutest little teacup:

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1794 tasting notes

When I opened the package, I was a bit weirded out by the glossy/greasy look of the leaves. In past experiences, this basically implies leaves coated with artificial flavouring – bleh. Steeped two cups for two minutes. With the amount of bitterness I got from the first sip, it was as though this was two minutes too long. Great smell….fail taste. I splashed a bit of milk into the cup after having one cup straight. That helped to cut the bitterness, but the bite was still there.
At least it was better than Bigelow’s French Vanilla.
I didn’t bother resteeping the leaves.

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