I made the husband a cup of Vanilla Bean while we were waiting for dinner to cook (chicken enchiladas – yum!). The husband is a coffee drinker and I wanted to see what he’d think of the strong tea. I did brew it for a min less for him – three min instead of four. He said it had a lovely vanilla smell but no vanilla taste which was discerning to him because it seems like it should taste of vanilla if it smelled so much like it. He said the tea wasn’t overly strong so the decreased steeping time seems to have helped.

I don’t ever re-steep bagged teas. But this one was quite strong and I brewed it for less time than recommended so I decided to try brewing it a second time. I was much surprised to be right when it turned out tasting much like it had this morning with a little less strength. It still has little vanilla taste and is still bitter.

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no


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