If there’s one tea-quest I am always on, it’s finding the perfect creamy vanilla blend.
A few years ago, my absolute favorite apple custard tea was discontinued, and ever since, I’ve been hunting for the perfect creamy, unctuous replacement. So when a tea claims to be “creamy vanilla”, I usually snap it up before you can say “cuppa”.
This offering from David’s claims to be a lightly floral oolong with hints of creamy vanilla. Ding ding ding! The dry leaf smells incredible, like thick and creamy vanilla custard. Brewed, the oolong unfurls beautifully into full leaves, leaving a light liquor and full-bodied cup.
I love this blend most with a hint of cream and a touch of honey, which takes it more from floral-vanilla (as an undoctored cup) to the creamy, custards vanilla that I’m craving. Is this tea a perfect sip-alike for my beloved discontinued tisane?
Unfortunately not. But it’s a delicious cup that I reach for time and time again when I want something light, creamy, and dessert-like with some unusual undertones. The hunt continues, but I’ll keep drinking this one in the meantime.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: David’s Tea
We’re still searching for the secret to eternal bliss, but we’re pretty sure one cup of this blend will get you at least five minutes’ worth. It all starts with the very best leaves: a premium oolong from China’s Fujian Province called Huang Jin Gui. A popular wedding gift in China, Huang Jin Gui is prized for its pretty yellow colour and romantic floral scent. Here we bring out this special leaf’s orchid aroma with a touch of vanilla. The result? A perfectly balanced, subtle cup that’s equal parts rich, creamy and floral. Feeling blissful yet? (MK Kosher).