This is a pretty expensive black tea blend but as soon as I saw the dry leaf visual it was very clear to me why. There is a frankly very high amount of vanilla bean in this blend. Possibly the highest amount of actual cut up vanilla bean that I have ever seen in a tea blend. Y’all, vanilla (especially organic vanilla) is not cheap. Seeing how much is present here… I’m actually surprised it’s not more expensive.
With that said, I’m surprised they didn’t lean into that all in the name. Steeped up, it tasted like authentic vanilla more than anything else. Like, the almonds in this are doing nothing. Super aromatic. It’s fairly tannic and drying in the finish, though. More than I think the ‘average’ tea drinker is used to experiencing which is yet another reason why I feel like a name like “The Crowd Pleaser” isn’t the best fit for what this tea actually is. I think it would hold up really well to milk though, which would make it a pretty good vanilla black option to fit in that kind of ‘breakfast blend’ realm.
Overall I thought this was interesting and pretty good, albeit poorly named.