Black Bourbon Vanilla

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Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Custard, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood, Oak wood
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 315 ml

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From Steeped and Infused

A rich and smooth blend of Ceylon Black Tea, decadently sweet bourbon vanilla pieces and natural flavour. A soothing and wonderful cup of tea. Excellent served hot or iced! Black Bourbon Vanilla is also a delicious tea to use for a latte!

Steeping Instructions: Use 1tsp of tea per 6oz cup. Steep for 3-4 minutes in boiling water.

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Mid morning tea for today and it’s a delicious sipdown. Added a bit of extra leaf to this one in my travel mug and it’s a bit more vanilla-y than before. I’d be willing to pick this one up again in the future with a few others from Steeped and Infused.

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This was in my FABULOUS, AMAZING, GENEROUS swap box from scribbles. This was one of the “I would never have bought that for myself” teas. I am so glad that she included it in the box. This is also why I shouldn’t judge a tea by it’s name.
I don’t normally like vanilla tea (unlike my last tasting note that confirmed that I don’t like earl gray) but this casts doubt on that thought. I like this, I REALLY Like this.
The vanilla is present, but it’s not hitting you over the head. There are some caramel notes that I really like. This would be a great winter tea, those nights you just want to curl up with a warm soothing cup of something hot to take the chill off.
Thank you so much scribbles for introducing me to this tea.

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Another sample from the very generous scribbles! I love vanilla, so whenever I see a vanilla tea that I haven’t tried, I ask for a sample. To be honest, I don’t generally expect much from the regular ol’ generic flavored vanilla teas, but I still want to try them! This one looks very generic, just small black tea leaves and vanilla flavor. Dry scent is very sweet vanilla custard, yum! I steeped mine for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

Brewed, it still mostly smells like vanilla custard, but for some reason I also get a mushroom-y scent. Odd! Luckily, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms. Hmm… I actually quite like this! The flavoring is a bit more subtle than I’d like, but the base tea itself is nice and mellow with no astringency. There’s that vanilla custard-esque flavor, along with something that resembles caramel, which turns it into a kind of creme brulee tea! I also get a touch of woody flavor which is what I generally associate with “bourbon” vanilla. Yummy! :)

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Custard, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oh, this is good. This tastes like really good quality vanilla extract smells. Almost. A bit less vanilla-y, though, and a bit more oak-barrel-y. :) A really nice black base that takes cream well (I picked up some organic cream because it doesn’t have thickeners in it, and it’s SO MUCH NICER in tea! I didn’t think cream could get nicer, but it did.). Doesn’t need sweetening, although I bet it would take sweetener well too.

Tempting to keep this one, or some of it at least…

(PS. The toads are squacking. I REALLY hope this doesn’t mean that they’re gonna start breeding. I do not want babies. Nope. Not at all.)

Flavors: Oak wood, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Wishlisted! And the toads are clearly telling you that they want tea, too!


It’s interesting that I would normally call this a winter tea, but it was so good even though it’s way too warm outside.

Cameron B.

I love all things vanilla, and I’m always drawn in by the bourbon/Madagascar/Tahitian descriptor. Such a sucker! :P


Well, this is a nice vanilla-oak tea. :)


Are those your own toads…or the outdoor ones in the wild?


haha, I just saw your note below…foster-parenting toads. :)


Yeah. Fostering them because they weren’t getting cleaned and fed. Idk. I have to buy fresh food for them weekly, which. :/


Yeah…I similarly took in a lizard many years ago…the feeding part was not great at all! Eventually I gave it to a local pet shop though.


This is easy: dump crickets in tank. Close tank. Wait. :) I don’t mind crickets, but I can’t stand wormy things.

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I grabbed 50g of this from Steeped & Infused when they gave me a huge rebate for doing a survey and I found that this was actually the best of the ones I tried. It’s sweet, and has a neat texture to it, almost like creme brulee.


I’m gonna try this one next. :P

A2ShedsJackson / MrsPremise

Love the name Steeped and Infused; this one sounds great! Let me know if you taste it again and if anything changes.

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An extension of the “alcohol” cravings from tonight, though come to think of it I’m not really sure if I’ve ever had straight up Bourbon before. Like, I know I’ve had stuff with Bourbon in it, namely chocolate, but not the actual drink…

Anyway, this comes to me by way of (I’m 90% sure; apologies if I get this wrong) Scribbles who sent me a generous sample of it. I decided to test it tonight. Honestly, I was a little disappointed with it; the black base was nice enough though not spectacular and there was definitely a presence of vanilla but it wasn’t until I got the the last sips of the cup that I started to taste the Bourbon and even then I wanted more. Overall I suppose it wasn’t bad though.

And I have lots of this left, so I can totally experiment and try to play around with ways to bring more flavour out of it!

I’m also just now realizing that when I go to Barcraft with Tyrell on Sunday I’m probably going to be a total newb at the whole ordering drinkings for myself thing. Like, I drink – and I definitely know where my preferences lie in regard to alcohol types but I’ve never actually been to a bar before (remember, I only turned 19 a few months ago) and I definitely don’t know “fancy drink names” or anything like that.

Half my brain is saying “you’re getting nervous over stupid ass shit” and the other half is freaking out going “do you literally just say ‘I want a Pina Colada’ or whatever…”. Help me out Steepster people! We have a week to make me a bar savvy person so I don’t embarrass myself!

Flavors: Vanilla

Christina / BooksandTea

I’m a bar noob myself, but in my experience it’s perfectly acceptable to just name a drink or cocktail to the bartender – pina colada, mojito, rum and coke, whatever. I personally stick to the fruity stuff or thinks like coolers. However, coolers do have a slightly higher alcohol content, I think – don’t assume that you can have 2 or 3 and it won’t affect you just because they’re “girly”.


If you know the name of the drink you want say it (“I’d like a gin and tonic, please.”) If you want a certain brand of alcohol in your drink (New Amsterdam, Gordon’s, Death’s Door) tell them that, too. If they have it on hand they’ll be happy to use it in your drink. If they don’t they’ll usually offer a good alternative.


Haha yes, you can just ask for whatever drink you want. I’m not sure how long this thing lasts, but if you’re going to be drinking for a while I recommend a water break every now and again. For me, drinking a bunch of sugary drinks make me feel sick but that’s a personal thing. Apparently there could be specialty themed drinks at Barcraft, FYI (although this article is about the UK, it was referenced in the wikipedia article):


If you know what you want, definitely just ask for it by name. That being said, you may not always know what you’re in the mood for. Good bartenders are prepared for this, so I can generally ask for “something fruity” or “something peachy” and they can deliver! If you know the recipe, but not the name, a good bartender can make that happen, too! If you want a mixed drink, but hate tequila (crazy talk, I know), you can also say what you don’t want.

The only time these suggestions don’t apply is in a place that’s swamped 6 people deep from the bar. Then, when it’s your turn, you better know exactly what you want. :p


Some good advice so far! Definitely drink non alcoholic drinks in between, some bars will even give you soda water or juice for free. It’s polite to tip the bar at least some point during the night, it doesn’t have to be anything large, just an extra quarter or so here and there. If you have an open drink, never leave it unintended. Unfortunately, in these days we cannot assume we are safe. If you are drinking a lot don’t mix too much alcohol, or you may find yourself feeling rather rough. If you find yourself going through your drinks quickly, find yourself something that you must sip. I sometimes drink neat whisky for that reason. If food is available, its a good idea to snack a little. Be aware of cost, if thats important. When I was in university we were lucky to have very cheap alcohol available with beer and wine and simple standard liquor drinks between two and three dollars, but fancy drinks can climb past 12$ at some places. At the end of the night drink more water. Be with people you trust, make plans to get home safely at the beginning of the night, be safe and most importantly have fun!

Roswell Strange

Thank you all! The event we’re going to is six hours long, and I do have a safe way home lined up. :)

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