My first cup of this ever as a loose leaf, and WOOOOOW is it strong. And this is coming from someone who LIKES strong teas.
I bought this (again – this one’s a restock for me) hoping to recreate the vanilla cinnamon blend I had at a tea house last week – the cinnamon part of that tea strongly reminded me of this, but since my favorite vanilla teas are no longer sold (RIP Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam..) I thought maybe I’d try my luck with a vanilla bean or and the paste blended in. So I took 3 of my 4 oz, added 2 vanilla beans and we’ll see in about 3-4 weeks I guess.
I figure I can’t really lose – the beans were getting on in age and I’ll like this tea even if I can’t pick up the vanilla.
Meanwhile I took my remaining ounce and couldn’t pass up a cup for old times sake. A nice cozy winter tea, for sure.