Vanilla Orchid

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Oolong Tea
Natural Vanilla Flavor, Oolong Tea
Butter, Creamy, Custard, Floral, Honey, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla, Orchids, Sugar, Tropical, Yogurt, Cream, Green, Cake, Grass, Orchid, Flowers, Hay, Medicinal, Mineral, Frosting
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 g 35 oz / 1041 ml

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A sweet romance

We’re still searching for the secret to eternal bliss, but we’re pretty sure one cup of this blend will get you at least five minutes’ worth. It all starts with the very best leaves: a premium oolong from China’s Fujian Province called Huang Jin Gui. A popular wedding gift in China, Huang Jin Gui is prized for its pretty yellow colour and romantic floral scent. Here we bring out this special leaf’s orchid aroma with a touch of vanilla. The result? A perfectly balanced, subtle cup that’s equal parts rich, creamy and floral. Feeling blissful yet?

Ingredients: Huang Jin Gui Oolong from Anxi in Fujian Province, natural vanilla flavouring.

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470 tasting notes

I hereby dub this tea ‘Vanilla Cupcake’ because that’s what it tastes like. Vanilla and oolong seems to be a popular combination and I’ve tried quite a few: DAVIDsTEA’s Vanilla Oolong (good, a bit artificial), Persimmon Tree’s Mandarin Silk (excellent but more citrus than vanilla), and The Tea Merchant’s Silk Dragon (perfection!). This, though, tops them all.

It’s just SO GOOD. Creamy and rich and so decadent with no sugar at all, I swear this tastes like a fluffy cupcake from Magnolia. Actually I think Crumbs has better cupcakes (blasphemy in NY, I know!) but Magnolia’s buttercream frosting is just like… the god of desserts. And that’s what this tea reminds me of!

But not just cupcakes. The oolong is pretty darn high quality for a blend, with some soft floral notes and a really nice butteriness. And then I think there’s something SERIOUSLY whack with my tastebuds because I swear halfway through the cup it started tasting like… chocolate. I mean, not a little, but chocolatier than the most chocolatey tea I’ve tasted. What is this wizardry?! What ever it is, I like it. Thanks ne14t for the sample!

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111 tasting notes

Not sure where I’m going wrong with this one. When I had it at the store, it was FRENCH VANILLA/VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM IN YOUR FACE and it was creamy and delicious. After one sip, I exclaimed “WOW! I’ll take 50g!”

But no matter how I prepare it at home, I can’t get it to taste like vanilla at all. I’ve tried following the instructions on the package, I’ve tried doubling and tripling (not recommended to triple, wow that infuser nearly exploded!) the leaf. In a last ditch effort, I even tried loading it with sugar. (not that I wanted to drink it that way, just wondering if that was how they did it so I could put the issue to rest) Even that unsavory means didn’t do it. Just tasted like sugared oolong. Which isn’t a good thing. =/ Just plain oolong, thanks.

If this is what I’d tasted when I bought it, this wouldn’t be a problem. You see, normally when a flavored tea ONLY tastes like the flavor and not like tea at all, that’s usually a huge negative with me. But I bought this under the impression that it’s SUPER vanilla with the hopes that this could be a dessert busting tea, and when I want to drink tea I’ll just reach for something else in the cupboard.

But as it stands, this isn’t making a dessert buster, nor a really good tea either.

I just can’t for the life of me figure out what the girl did at the store to make it taste so different. It’s like it’s two entirely different beverages.

So I feel really disappointed. I feel like my first impression at the store was an entirely wrong impression and now I feel like I’m missing out on a tea that everyone else seems to be enjoying, which I can’t because of a misconception. Not really sure what to make of this.

Rachel J

Well, if it’s any consolation, I really don’t like this tea!


Haha, it does make me feel a little better, actually! I actually find I’m almost aways disappointed with DT. I LOVE Organic Cream of Earl Grey and I really liked the Pumpkin Chai too, but otherwise pretty much everything has just been subpar. =/ I really want to love them, but I dunno. The only tea I’ve ever purchased twice from there is the Cream of Earl Grey. … And I’ve bought and tried quite a few now.

Ah well, they make an excellent teaware shop I suppose.

Rachel J

Yeah, I agree! I have been much happier with the teaware than the tea! I don’t think it can compare with some of the really high end tea that people talk about around here.


That’s a bummer, especially since you went for the 50g!


Mine is super vanilla-y. So much so that i dump the first infusion and only drink the second and third. And that’s only if i want a vanilla tea. I don’t hate it, but it’s also not something i reach for.


Well it’s not so much a shame that I got the 50g, ’cause I nearly used it all up trying to figure out how to obtain that ultra vanilla flavor I had in store. lol. If I could crack that, I would never need dessert ever again. xD

I wonder why mine doesn’t come out vanilla-y when I make it. =/ Doesn’t matter how hot or cool the water is, or how long or short I steep it, or even how much leaf, I just can’t get that flavor. DX;


I’m almost beginning to wonder if they gave me a different tea by accident. Just doesn’t seem possible that it tastes so radically different. o_o; It was CRAZY busy in there and it was several minutes apart from when they brewed up a cup and scooped some out for me. xD


There is another vanilla oolong, but I don’t remember what it’s called. It’s entirely possible they scooped out the wrong one. My parents just picked up 250g of vanilla orchid for someone, and the girl almost gave them the other one instead. Good thing i was paying attention!


The other Vanilla oolong (aka Vanilla Oolong, I think) has a darker oolong as a base, and is less floral than Vanilla Orchid. It’s possible that they gave you the wrong tea (although I thought Vanilla Oolong was discontinued a while back).

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289 tasting notes

Dry Leaf Nose: Oolong tea underpins a prevalent vanilla aroma. The orchid is very much in the background.

Liquor: Light green liquor with a sweet vanilla aroma, and hints of orchid in the background.

Flavour: Quality jade oolong flavour shows a bit of carefully controlled oxidation and many rollings that have exposed much of the precious tea oil to the water. The orchid character has been drawn from the leaf and is in balance with the vanilla.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

Ooh, that sounds fantastic.


Smelled this tonight at one of my local stores, but was sworn to secrecy, which I upheld, and it smells soooo yummy! I can’t wait to try some!


I love this tea… Steep only 3 minutes it make the vanilla be the star of the tea..!:)

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1184 tasting notes

Aroma is very creamy vanilla

1st steep: creamy, vanilla with floral notes. Nice and smooth green oolong. I wasn’t expecting to like this blend this much. It caught me off guard a little bit. Very relaxing and it feels like you are indulging in a sweet treat!

2nd steep: 5minutes. Still creamy and dreamy, just slightly lighter tasting.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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286 tasting notes

I had been hoarding the last little bit of this I had left until an intense craving hit, but Courtney sent me some more to add to my stash. Vanilla sounded like an excellent choice for this afternoon, light but still comforting. I have my windows open and there is fresh air in my apartment! Eeeeee!

EDIT: I’m still drinking this, and on my fourth infusion I added a teeny-tiny bit of Peppermint Amour. GAH. That is lovely.

3 min, 30 sec

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248 tasting notes

So, I poured out my little sample bag into my Ingenuitea, and kinda went “Oh these are really tiny”. I poured my water, set the timer, and walked away. Came back three minutes later and went “WHOA!” because I the entire thing was full of beautiful tea leaves. Also it smells fantastic.

The taste is great, nice vanilla flavor but it’s totally not artificial with the lovely oolong flavor underneath. Nom nom.

Tea: my sampler baggie, I think about 5g
Water: filtered, around 12/14 oz
Brewing method: Ingenuitea

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Daniel Scott

I had the same reaction the first time I steeped this! Makes me think of B horror movies where something gets splashed on a plant, and it grows into this man-eating monster. :P

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390 tasting notes

tea 3 out of four… variations on a vanilla theme.

thus far this is the purest vanilla of them all (i know… i’m very surprised myself!).

must admit i scoffed a bit internally when the woman behind the counter said ‘this is a straight vanilla placed opposite a beautiful tieguanyin’… all i could think in my head was ‘verdant teas makes the best tieguanyin (with amazing lychee overtones among other things) on the planet, this was not a good idea.’ except…

it’s pretty good. i think credit is due here. very, but not overpoweringly vanilla, light nuances of lychee, nice light coloured steep…. lovely with cream and sugar.

david’s teas: i am amending my opinion. i don’t know that i will ever fully trust your ingredients list, but the onus for that lies equally with the consumer. very nice. (and to be honest i wasn’t expecting it to be nearly as nice as it was).

yes, i’ll buy this again… clear, light, comforting.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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47 tasting notes

Tasting this new addition to my tea collection thanks to HistoryLaced! The girl has a genuine aversion to oolongs. I suspect this aversion stems from the very quality that I and many others adore about them- the nutty creamy taste that comes with a good oolong! She hates nuts, tell her there’s nuts in something and she make that little red face on the end of the tea rating scale.

My boyfriend made a whole teapot for me to sip and think over.

So far, I am on my second cup. I’m not sure if I really like it the way it is yet, I will have to sit down and play with it a bit to figure out how best to drink it. The nutty flavors of the oolong seem to be more prominent when had without sugar. I definitely taste the vanilla, but overall the flavor seems a tad bit weak, and we steeped this for the maximum time recommended. This tea will definitely take some serious re-tastes and contemplation.

On other notes, I am completely done with antibiotics and painkillers! I only have one medication left and that one is a 3x a week medication that I haven’t even picked up yet. Everything is nearly healed, I dont have to sleep sitting up to be comfortable and best of all, as proven by this log, I am back to being able to consume caffeine! Almost back to normal, almost. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I have some on the way – I really hope I like it.

Lady 0f Spaydes

I hope you do too! First steep was definitely an experience. The bf is annoyed at the rather specific steeping temperature, 189 to be exact, but I think he’ll get the hang of using the thermometer. I’m about to re-steep this baby right now, I might log about it again today.

Lady 0f Spaydes

Correction, 198F


The steeping temp with this one is flexible, IIRC. Just steep as you would a green oolong, but perhaps for a bit longer. This one is good, but I wish it was more orchid-y.

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133 tasting notes

This is something that I really wanted to try, but could justify shelling out the dough on a 50 gram bag that would most likely take me forever to get through. Thanks to DT for the sample in my order that came today!

Brewed it tastes like a vegetal green oolong with a clear vanilla finish. I enjoyed my cup, but am glad I didn’t purchase a bag. I haven’t gotten to a point in my tea journey where I reach for a simpler, natural flavor profile.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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613 tasting notes

This tea is amazing, but I keep losing track of time and oversteeping it. While it doesn’t get bitter, some of the more delicate aspects of the flavor are lost. Still good, but setting a timer from now on.

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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