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On The Eighth Day of Christmas, 52Teas Sent to Me …


I have been very happy with this sampler box and loving every tea that has been featured.  But I don’t think I’ve been happier with a selection than I am with today’s choice … this tea was easily my favorite from the past year.  (Exception:  my Tomato, Basil and Black Pepper Tea was actually my favorite, but, I don’t think that 52Teas is going to include that tea with this sampler.  So, I guess I should rephrase the previous statement to say that this tea is my favorite tea from the past year that didn’t include tomato.)

And it really surprised me at just how much I loved this tea.  I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a chocolate tea.  But, vanilla?  I didn’t think I’d ever be choosing that as a favorite.  I mean I like it, but, is it my favorite flavor?  This tea certainly opened my eyes.  And the biggest surprise of all was just how well the malty tones of Assam and the sweet, creamy flavor of vanilla meld together.

I guess by now it’s probably pretty obvious what tea I’m talking about, so let’s get this part over with:  For the Eighth Tea of Christmas, 52Teas this to me …


As I said above, this is my favorite tea that 52Teas produced this past year that doesn’t include tomato.  It is sweet, creamy and absolutely incredible.  The Assam is rich and malty, has a moderate astringency.  I am actually experiencing a tad more astringency with this cup than I remember from previous tastings of this tea.  As you can read in my first review of this tea, I thought the astringency was lighter than with other Assam teas that I’ve tasted.  Today, I experience more astringency, but, even so, it’s not an overly astringent tea.

Still no bitterness, still sweet, bold and malty.  The malty tones of the Assam marry so well with the creamy notes of the vanilla, and create a caramel-ish taste that is incredibly decadent.

I love this tea.

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“On The Eighth Day of Christmas, 52Teas Sent to Me …”

  1. December 21st, 2011 at 8:22 pm       jackie Says:

    Ah, Vanilla teas…the only flavored teas I really like! (Aside from coconut.) It sounds delicious. If there are any “leaf-lets” left over, perhaps spilt on the countertop accidentally, send them down the chimney to me ; )

Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!