Thanks Marzipan for the sample, and introduction to another new to me company!
I admit that straight up black/vanilla teas typically fall short for me so I was definitely skeptical by going off dry smell alone this already seemed to have more of a vanilla flavour than most vanilla teas, so I was holding onto a little bit of hope.
For my first taste of this one I went with a cold brew; to my general surprise I actually very much enjoyed this blend. The vanilla was alarmingly strong, especially when you compare it to most straight up black/vanilla blends I’ve been exposed to. It had a lovely thickness of mouthfeel and a rich custard/tapioca pudding vibe to it.
The black base itself was pretty good too; rather brisk but rounded up by the vanilla. It’s funny, I just finished reading Cameron B.’s review on this one and it seems like the only thing we’re in agreement about is that there was a woodiness to this. She found the vanilla weak and the base mild – which is the opposite of what I found. Taste is so damn subjective it’s laughable sometimes.