This is the tea that called out to me and convinced me to place my most recent order. Vanilla teas have been my obsession for the past few years. So, I was not about to let one by 52Teas get by without trying it.
As I measured out the leaves, I was reminded why 52Teas is a little more pricey than the bigger tea companies. It’s because they use such quality teas as bases. Instead of using cheap, lower-grade Ceylons or whatever, they blended this using long, dark Assam leaves. All nearly whole and high quality, mixed with off-white pieces of marshmallow root. They have a more fruity than vanilla aroma.
That said, while this is a very tasty Assam, that’s kind of all I taste. The vanilla is so subtle. It’s mostly in the exhale. Very mild. The focus is definitely on the base, not the flavorings. While that’s not exactly the experience I was looking for, there’s something very comforting about it. It’s satisfying in a way. I’m glad I have the rest of this sample to go through. Maybe I’ll see what it’s like with a splash of milk next time.
Flavors: Fruity, Vanilla