The Vanilla Marshmallow

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Alcohol, Baked Bread, Cream, Honey, Malt, Medicinal, Molasses, Raisins, Vanilla, Fruity
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic, Vegan
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 12 oz / 350 ml

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  • “My last tea from 2017! I just have to finish up the 25g of Yunnan Lily Black and this 15g packet and I’ll finally have achieved my goal of sipping down all the 2017 tea acquisitions in my cupboard!...” Read full tasting note
    69
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “This was basically a godsend today for the 10 minutes I was walking to the bus stop. It was so cold and I was walking against the wind and each breath felt like razor blades in my lungs. This...” Read full tasting note
    100
  • “There’s already been far too much celebratory tea drinking today. First, I have milk. Second, it’s my birthday. Yay on both counts! Yesterday, I went out with a friend for lunch to a Georgian...” Read full tasting note
    80

From 52teas

Our ULTIMATE Vanilla-Marshmallow Blend!

I crafted this blend as part of the black tea reblend trio even though it’s not precisely a reblend. It’s more like a re-imagined version of three past blends: Amethyst’s Gold, French Vanilla Assam and Marshmallow Assam. I decided to bring these three teas together as inspiration for this, The Vanilla Marshmallow.

I started with an Assam tea and added some Assamica from the JingMai Mountains. Then I added some Yunnan & Fujian black teas to help round out the base a little. I wanted a rich, flavorful base to support this blend. Then I added lots of marshmallow root and vanilla bean and natural flavor extracts to create our most vanilla, most marshmallow blend yet.

The flavor of this tea will have you thinking that you’re floating on a fluffy, vanilla marshmallow somewhere near cloud 9!

ingredients: black teas

organic ingredients: black teas, marshmallow root, vanilla bean & natural flavors.

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53 Tasting Notes

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974 tasting notes

My last tea from 2017! I just have to finish up the 25g of Yunnan Lily Black and this 15g packet and I’ll finally have achieved my goal of sipping down all the 2017 tea acquisitions in my cupboard! (Sadly 2018 is the “worst” of my spending habits… hooboy…)

Not sure how this one differs from the French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam, which I know I’ve had before. Smells about how I remember from that other blend… sort of a honeyed bread/malt note, molasses, and sweet vanilla cream. However, I’m getting a slight alcoholic/medicinal tinge on the sip, which is usually when I have a sensitivity to a flavoring… Not sure if it’s this particular batch, or the age (my packet was still sealed, at least), but I definitely remember I never got that on the French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam. It’s a little distracting from the cup, but not undrinkable. The base tea is wonderfully smooth, like warm bread, molasses, and a hint of raisin, and the vanilla (albeit a bit alcoholic) is sweet and bringing out a creamed honey sort of note.

I’ll have to see if that flavoring issue calms down a bit as I work through the packet and a bit of air circulates with the leaves, or perhaps just pull my remaining packet out of French Vanilla Marshmallow Assam to compare… but I’d rather horde that one, hahaha!

Flavors: Alcohol, Baked Bread, Cream, Honey, Malt, Medicinal, Molasses, Raisins, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
tea-sipper

Good job finishing the 2017 teas!

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735 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Lexie Aleah

I haven’t tried this tea but it’s so interesting how different people have completely different perceptions on taste. I’ve seen so many other Steepster member’s obsessed with this tea. When you happen to be the one that doesn’t find it amazing it can make you feel like your missing something at least for me it does.

Sil

This is vanilla marshmallow root….so while I really enjoy this one, it’s not what I’d classify as a vanilla tea….if that makes sense?

Evol Ving Ness

Try steeping at a lower temperature.

Interesting, Sil. I have always considered this tea vanilla AND marshmallow root rather than vanilla flavoured marshmallow root. So, from my perspective, I consider it a vanilla tea with the addition of marshmallow. But that’s me.

Sil

i Hear ya….vanillla tea to me are th ones from DF and MF heh

Evol Ving Ness

hahha, yeah, we’ve had this discussion before. Once or twice or three times.

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6110 tasting notes

This was basically a godsend today for the 10 minutes I was walking to the bus stop. It was so cold and I was walking against the wind and each breath felt like razor blades in my lungs. This helped keep my hands warm and helped to warm my insides when I needed it desperately. This may have tasted better than ever today for the sheer reason that it was hot. Very hot. When heat was fleeting

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There’s already been far too much celebratory tea drinking today. First, I have milk. Second, it’s my birthday. Yay on both counts!

Yesterday, I went out with a friend for lunch to a Georgian restaurant that I’ve been wanting to visit for a long while. We had soup, spicy with walnuts. We had salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, piled high with fresh herbs. We had cheese stuffed bread. Hers like a pizza with salty cheese inside and on top. Mine in the shape of a canoe, stuffed with cheese with an egg on top. Super lovely lunch, super lovely visit.

Super lovely tea to start the day with. Milk and honey loveliness. The vanilla brightens up with milk, I find.

And now to plan my next milky birthday tea.

52Teas

Happy Birthday!

Mastress Alita

Happy birthday, have a good one!

CrowKettle

Happy birthday! :)

That sounds delicious!

ashmanra

Happy birthday! That meal sounds amazing!

Leafhopper

Happy birthday!

gmathis

Your local adventures absolutely amaze me! Happy day!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Everyone!

Yes, that meal and visit was awesome; I’ve been smiling about it all day.

Gmathis, this city is pretty great. I have taught students from all over the world and have been exposed to their cultures through them. Apparently, there are more different languages spoken here than in NYC, which augurs well for those who love to eat. I am one of those. Also, I was born here and I am curious, so I know my city well. With this pandemic situation, I stay in for days on end, so it is such a treat to get out in the world.

mrmopar

Happy Birthday, albeit I’m late catching up.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you! You’re not late. Though my birthday was yesterday, I’ll be celebrating for the rest of the month, if not longer :)

Daylon R Thomas

I very merry unbirthday-to you!

Daylon R Thomas

Sorry, a very merry unbirthday-to you! I think there was too much mercury lining my hat.

derk

Happy Birthday!

Lexie Aleah

Happy Belated Birthday! We have a Georgian restaurant that opened fairly recently and the canoe-shaped cheese bread is delicious.

Martin Bednář

Happy birthda! At least I don’t feel bad wishing late… although I read the note earlier, but missed it out somehow?!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you all! Still celebrating :)

Lexie Aleah, I am determined to try all their things. The breads are fresh fresh fresh amazing. See if yours has that cheese inside and cheese outside one that my friend had. That is on my next outing. Have you tried those golf ball things?

tea-sipper

Sounds like a great area for birthdays. I wish I could try all the things. :D

Evol Ving Ness

Tea-sipper, my neighbourhood has tons of restaurants and the at least five bakeries and patisseries nearby, more if I count the various cafes with treats. The Georgian restaurant is clear across the city near one of our lakeside beaches. It’s a bit of a hike by public transit, but I am determined. It’s all about time and money.

Lexie Aleah

I have not tried the Pkhali golf ball things but they looked good. It’s an interesting cuisine for sure.

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13076 tasting notes

So sad…all gone. My other cup of tea from today. Nothing much to say besides a plea for Anne to make another vanilla tea ha!

Final count: 29 (13 non puerh)

Fjellrev

Am I hallucinating or did I just read that Sil has under 30 teas in her cupboard?

Sil

Dude…technically 13! If you ignore my Puerh!

Fjellrev

This is madness!

52Teas

You have 5 more coming because you won the drawing for this month. :)

Fjellrev

Ha! In your face, Sil.

Sil

You’re Assuming I can’t get in a few more sipdowns before 5 show up. Truth, variatea also has some samples for me and I think Terri is also working on a box. I’m just happy my weight is getting closer and closer to being under 1kg

Evol Ving Ness

This is all very shocking.

Dexter

13 is not a reasonable number :)

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. Someone needs a tea-buying binge.

Sil

tell me about it! need more variety!

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1792 tasting notes

Oh no, the pressure of writing the first tasting note on this one. I tried this the day that my parcel landed and have had it a couple times since, wanting to experiencing it more than once before considering writing anything. Silly me still has my taster of Amethyst’s Gold from my last order waiting to be cracked open, so I can’t compare for the time being, but at the very least, I can compare—mentally—to the original French Vanilla Assam available a few years ago. As a side note, merely thinking of the original 52teas blends is making me feel really old. How time flies! I remember trying French Vanilla Assam in my very first order back in… 2012 maybe? It feels like yesterday. It doesn’t help that I’ll be reaching a birthday milestone in a couple weeks, which has been leaving me crying in my sauerkraut as of late.

So, this blend, I’ll be quite honest. When I opened the package, I was quite disappointed. The scent of the dry leaf smelled a little dusty. Nineteen-02’s Coffee Caramel comes to mind, whose base I sadly described as “pseudo-stale” and reminiscent of Metropolitan teas. Maybe it’s just my nose but that’s what I’m getting.

Steeped, it smells extremely lightly of melted vanilla caramels. In flavour, I am picking up mostly on honey notes, a touch of dried fruit, and there’s a slight smokiness in the far background. It’s not that malty, which I was expecting it to be. I can pick up on some marshmallow root but it’s quite faint, and is completely killed off once milk is added. Overall, it’s a decent blend but not my favourite. I’ve already tried the other two fundraiser blends but have yet to write about them, but I will say right now that I prefer the other two!

Sil

oh no! i was really looking forward to this one…it’s on my list to try today/tomorrow

Indigobloom

Oh dear. This tea is the reason I ordered the trio.
Also… HUGS! birthdays can suck. Atleast there’s sauerkraut <3

Sil

oh man.. i missed the b-day milestone comment. I feel you on that one!

Fjellrev

You never know, maybe I’ll be the odd one out. I love my blacks on the bolder, maltier side and my vanilla to be OMGWTFVANILLA-level vanilla.

Honestly, so weird to think of trying teas from years ago that only felt like yesterday!

Evol Ving Ness

I love my blacks on the bolder, maltier side and my vanilla to be OMGWTFVANILLA-level vanilla.

Me too. :(
However, I fully expect this particular tea to make me sing out in jubilation regardless.

And birthday. I feel ya. Mine is in a couple of weeks too. Do we share a birthday!?

Fjellrev

Ohh, maybe we do!

Evol Ving Ness

Forgive me if I don’t remember. Birthdays generally do not stay in my mind.

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