This sounded good! And I wanted it to be good. But…. oh. Hm. Wow. It smells like a soapy off-brand $0.99 vanilla candle when it’s dry and foams when you add water. Not just some light bubbles from the water plunging below the surface of the stuff already in the cup, but it foams up like you forgot to wash all of the dish soap out of your mug. (And I had just drank the rest of the previous cup of Nepal Gold Meadow, so that couldn’t be the case.) Left a white bubbly film in the tea basket and everything.
The flavor quality is about what you would expect from a gas station pre-packaged vanilla sponge cake, if you were so desperate as to eat one of those. Not much depth, just an odd soapy artificial vanilla. Can’t say I expected much from a tea that’s $2 an ounce, though. Probably good for the crowd who likes their tea with some milk and sugar.
Nautilus has some decent teas—Mother of Earl, for example—but I can’t honestly say that this is one of them. Definitely fit last night’s mood of “eating dinner on the floor because I’m covered in cement dust and need some hot sustenance before showering and hopping into bed,” though.
Flavors: Artificial, Soap, Vanilla