It’s really interesting to read people’s thoughts on this tea. Some say the vanilla flavor’s really strong, others say they can’t taste it. I kind of wonder if maybe the recipe for the blend has changed over time or if different batches have more vanilla than others?
In any case, I purchased this tea last night and have enjoyed two mugs of it so far. When I opened the pouch with the tea bag, the vanilla smell was very apparent and quite yummy smelling. Even more so when it went into the hot water! After steeping the tea, it smelled quite a bit like vanilla- yum! Unfortunately, the straight tea had little to no vanilla taste to me. I actually want to do a side by side taste test of it with a plain black tea and compare them.
However, I followed the suggestion on the package, which said that sugar and milk would bring out the vanilla flavor some more. Usually I drink my tea without anything added, but I did as I was told! The box wasn’t lying. The tea really does taste more like vanilla when it’s sweetened and has milk added. I have no idea why this would be and am almost wondering if it’s all in my head. The vanilla taste is not really strong, but I do think it’s there, and I’ve really enjoyed both mugs of tea. After this box runs out, I’d like to try another brand’s vanilla tea (ideally one with more natural ingredients), but would definitely purchase this one again because I really like it with milk and sugar. It’s a nice little treat.