The scent of this tea actually surprised me as I was expecting something a little more simple. I pick up heavy spice, black pepper, fruits and flowers all just by smelling the cup. The vanilla black teas I’ve had in the past have lacked such complexity. I take this as a good sign that this tea will taste just as interesting.
You can’t beat a classic black tea and vanilla pairing, but given the simplicity of the ingredients, I feel that it has to be done right. Sipping… I definitely pick up on a nice dark chocolate with a sweet and malty base. There is also a bit of something fruity that I can’t quite identify, but I think it’s from the Tahitian vanilla. It almost reminds me of berries? I love that the vanilla has depth and isn’t at all artificial tasting. Its sweetness blends so well with the black tea base and the light chocolate notes. Everything is nicely balanced… the black tea and the vanilla are so delicious together. I love that the black tea doesn’t overwhelm the vanilla, but highlights it instead. If you’re a fan of black teas with vanilla and a rather complex profile, I’d highly suggest this one from Soleil Tea. YUM.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Soleil Tea
A vanilla black tea handcrafted with whole Tahitian vanilla beans and Ming Qian Yunnan gold tips.
Soleil Tea reinvents the “plain vanilla” black tea with our luxurious Yunnan Gold and whole Tahitian vanilla beans. We scent our tea in small batches for at least 30 days. The resulting cup is velvety and creamy. Decadent fragrance of vanilla weds with the rich, malty taste of Yunnan Gold to celebrate the timeless appeal of a classic blend. Holds up well to multiple steepings.