Bourbon Vanilla Tea from Kusmi Tea

VanillaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Kusmi Tea

Tea Description:

Those who have a sweet tooth will enjoy this Chinese black tea flavored with Bourbon Vanilla from Madagascar.

We suggest to enjoy this tea during the afternoon. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Bourbon Vanilla Tea from Kusmi Tea is a tasty vanilla flavored black tea – very smooth and sweet and satisfying!

I like that it’s a Chinese black tea used for the base, because it makes for a very solid, rich tasting background of flavor.  It is smooth, not overly astringent, and not at all bitter.  It has a robust, malty tone to it that melds quite nicely with the sweet, creamy vanilla flavor.

The flavoring is not overly strong here, and while some have commented that this tea is not vanilla enough, I would disagree with that.  I like the level of vanilla flavor here – it’s not overwhelming, it’s not hitting me over the head – but then again, this is vanilla and I think it should be a softer, more subtle flavor and should take a more sophisticated approach.  It shouldn’t be too strong.  It should allow the flavors of the tea to be explored, not coat the palate with a heavily creamy taste.

It is silky and creamy, but, it doesn’t overpower the flavor of the Chinese black tea.  I like this, it would make a great afternoon tea (as suggested in the description above), or it would make a nice dessert alternative.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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