Tea is one of my favourite birthday presents and I’m always excited to have new additions to my tea cupboard. Uncle Martin gifted me this so I’ve taken a crack at giving it a write up.
The smell from the bag promises a sickly sweet trip down the vanilla river to flavour town. Unfortunately scents can be misleading. Starting with a strong bouquet of vanilla essence and sucrose, the flavour, once the leaves hit the water, falls flat.
Transparent and slightly astringent, the black tea base doesn’t have enough body to piggyback the vanilla successfully resulting in a watery, weak flavour that clings to the tongue like a child to its mother on the first day of school
To the Vanilla Black’s credit it does maintain a soft and lulling aroma throughout the cup and in hindsight maybe some milk would have brought it all together.