French Vanilla

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea, Natural And Artificial Flavouring
Frosting, Sweet, Vanilla
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “A review of French Vanilla Tea by Bigelow Date: 11/12/2012 Company: Bigelow Tea Tea Name: French Vanilla Tea Type/ Region: Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ black tea Plucking Season: Liquor...” Read full tasting note
  • “My grandma brought me a sampler set of Bigelow teas for my birthday two months ago. Four boxes, each with three different teas in it. Plain black assortment, flavored black assortment, chais, and...” Read full tasting note
  • “Vanilla tea day! Who am I kidding, every day is vanilla tea day in my life. This is a sipdown of French Vanilla, a box of which I got before I discovered the delights of Steepster. If Je T’aime is...” Read full tasting note
  • “-Standard teabag. -Teabag smells of very sweet vanilla. Tea liquor smells of malty vanilla. -Tea liquor is a medium amber color. -Artificial and bitter flavor with a slight vanilla finish. -Best...” Read full tasting note

From Bigelow

The creamy flavor of vanilla brought together with a robust black tea forms a classic combination. It’s exquisite, it’s indulgent, it’s delectable, and with a little bit of milk and sweetener it’s perfection in a cup.

Taste Profile: A classic combination of creamy vanilla and bold black tea
Aroma: Creamy vanilla
Liquor: Medium brown with coppery hue
Recommended Temperature: 208º F

-Updated from company website, 12/2/2015

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30 Tasting Notes

27 tasting notes

One of my favorite black teas. Don’t drink it often but has a nice flavor. The vanilla comes through nice with a bit of amber agave nectar. Slow on the nectar though.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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15 tasting notes

Nice vanilla flavor, and delicious with milk.

UPDATE Jan-2012: I’ve stopped drinking this tea for a while because I thought it was sweet to the point of being cloying, but then I looked at my own tasting note and realize that in order to enjoy it, I have to add milk. Dairy or non-dairy (almond, soy), it doesn’t matter.

2 min, 0 sec

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60 tasting notes

Oh my! This tea smells sugary-sweet as a cupcake…very enticing.

I’m drinking it plain (as I do with all teas), and I’m pleasantly surprised at how good this is. The smell is wonderful and the taste is just as you’d hope: a strong indulgent vanilla flavor, kind of like a liquid version of birthday cake frosting, cut gently by the bitterness of the tea. I like it better than most French Vanilla coffees—and I have had a lot of those.

On account of enjoying this “artificially flavored” tea so much, I suppose I have to give up any pretense of being a connoisseur (not that I really had one, to be fair…heh). Maybe I just really like vanilla teas! Anyone have recommendations? _

Flavors: Frosting, Sweet, Vanilla

4 min, 30 sec

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434 tasting notes

Had this as my morning caffeine fix yesterday with a hefty splash of Cinnabon creamer. I was rushing trying to get out the door and needed to be able to chug my tea, and creamer seemed like the fastest way to cool it off. Next time, I’m bringing a travel mug. (Or three because my office is COLD and there is no coffee/tea setup in the office.)

The low steep temperature and addition of creamer destroyed any bitterness that is usually present. And bonus, the combination tasted like the icing on a cinnamon bun. Yum!

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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2 tasting notes

I rather enjoy this tea on occasions. However, it’s one that tends to be too bitter without any sweetener. I personally like to add two table spoons of sugar, and one of cream. This might seem like an awful lot, but this is a tea that I like to treat as a dessert. Anyway it’s a rather cheap tea, and the vanilla flavor tastes a bit artificial, but not bad for a casual grab for when you have sweet tooth.

Flavors: Sweet, Vanilla

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2 tasting notes

The only thing that would make this better is if the vanilla was actually slightly less strong. I enjoy it, steeped extra long / hot so it’s very strong, and adding milk/cream and sugar – but it’s almost too sweet, even if I add less sugar, because it’s a sweet flavor, not the actual sweetness. Still, very fantastic.

…fun tip: brew this half-and-half with Bigelow’s raspberry black tea. It tastes like gloriousness in a cup.

Boiling 8 min or more

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4 tasting notes

My first experience with this tea was the day I went over a good friend’s house. She felt like tea, so we decided that THIS tea (out of the many others she owned) would be what we would have. We steeped it for a good 5 minutes. The first sip wasn’t stunning, it was plain and missing something, so I had to add some sugar, and poured in some milk (vanilla soymilk, to be exact). It was delicious with the milk and sugar. This being said, I had to go home pronto and buy myself a box of this stuff. A few boxes later and I enjoy it occasionally, but have leaned more towards herbal teas. Overall, a pretty good tea.

5 min, 0 sec

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8 tasting notes

my first Tea Review, I’ve always drank tea but I’ve never really paid much mind to what I was drinking, I know I like green tea,herbal teas, and such. but I want to get into black tea. I’ve been drinking Bigelow French Vanilla, and I think it’s a nice black tea with LOTS of Vanilla. I add a LITTLE sugar and milk to it, drinking it tonight while doing christmas stuff to my room.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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16 tasting notes

I really like this tea, particularly with a simple snack, like cinnamon graham crackers spread with a bit of Nutella. I usually add a little sugar and cream, and it’s delicious.

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7 tasting notes

Oh my god, I hate this tea!

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