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I’m so happy to have this back in my collection. I’ve never reviewed it, but I believe this is my third time buying it. Anyway, the last time I got a notification that it was in stock, it sold out before my lunch break was even up. I emailed Brenden jokingly, saying something like “Did Golden Orchid really sell out in an hour??” Turns out it had sold out in 3 minutes. 3 MINUTES! But Brenden is amazing, y’all. He had the ingredients to make more and made me a custom three ounces. He is the best!

That said, the vanilla in this batch just isn’t what I remember. My memory of this tea is richer and I can’t figure out if my taster is broken, or if maybe I’m doing something wrong. The black tea base is still incredible. Luxurious and toasty. But the vanilla is lacking. Can any of you give me some advice on how you personally prepare it? I went with 3 rounded teaspoons for 24 ounces of water for 3 minutes.

Still giving it a high rating because I have faith. And because I would love this tea without the vanilla anyway.

EDIT: I see somebody saying the vanilla-ness tends to sink to the bottom of the packet. I’ll give mine a good shake tomorrow.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Toast, Vanilla, Wheat, Yams

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Kawaii433

Loved it too. I was just deciding what to drink after my morning detox tea hehe. I did it Gongfu and got some vanilla notes. I did shake it really well though. I learned that the hard way when I went through half of the 52teas without shaking them >.<. Those are such small quantities too.

derk

shakeshakeshake
shakeshakeshake
shake your loose tea

Tabby

Hahaha, derk just made me laugh in the middle of a quiet post office.

Maddy Barone

I also found the most recent batch a bit light on the vanilla. I thought it was just my faulty sniffer, but maybe not.

Tabby

Aww, I hope that’s not the case…

Maddy Barone

As you said, this one is excellent even without the vanilla. And every batch is bound to be a little bit different. It’s hand crafted after all.

tea-sipper

THREE minutes. Some fast orderers there…

derk

Tabby: Is there soon going to be a lucky recipient of tea samples?

derk

(post office Tabby)

CrowKettle

3 MINUTES!? Wow.

Tabby

@derk Ah, not this time. I have to go to the post office every day as part of my job.

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Kawaii433

Loved it too. I was just deciding what to drink after my morning detox tea hehe. I did it Gongfu and got some vanilla notes. I did shake it really well though. I learned that the hard way when I went through half of the 52teas without shaking them >.<. Those are such small quantities too.

derk

shakeshakeshake
shakeshakeshake
shake your loose tea

Tabby

Hahaha, derk just made me laugh in the middle of a quiet post office.

Maddy Barone

I also found the most recent batch a bit light on the vanilla. I thought it was just my faulty sniffer, but maybe not.

Tabby

Aww, I hope that’s not the case…

Maddy Barone

As you said, this one is excellent even without the vanilla. And every batch is bound to be a little bit different. It’s hand crafted after all.

tea-sipper

THREE minutes. Some fast orderers there…

derk

Tabby: Is there soon going to be a lucky recipient of tea samples?

derk

(post office Tabby)

CrowKettle

3 MINUTES!? Wow.

Tabby

@derk Ah, not this time. I have to go to the post office every day as part of my job.

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