drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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I’m continually searching for a vanilla tea that is heavy on the vanilla without tasting artificial. This tea smells great, very much vanilla and caramel covered tea leaves. It also smells amazing while steeping, but I’m concerned that like every other vanilla tea I’ve had this will fall short.
I added my customary splash of milk and drop of sweetener that all my black teas I drink at breakfast have the priviledge of receiving. The tea does taste like vanilla. It is pretty nice and does not taste artificial. This is probably one of the better vanilla teas I have had, but I’ll have to see if the strength of the vanilla continues throughout the rest of the sample I have. Other vanilla blacks seem to be hit and miss throughout the bag. This rating is based on the cup of tea I’m enjoying now, but is subject to change in the coming weeks.

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap



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