1 Tasting Note


Tea is one of my favourite birthday presents and I’m always excited to have new additions to my tea cupboard. Uncle Martin gifted me this so I’ve taken a crack at giving it a write up.

The smell from the bag promises a sickly sweet trip down the vanilla river to flavour town. Unfortunately scents can be misleading. Starting with a strong bouquet of vanilla essence and sucrose, the flavour, once the leaves hit the water, falls flat.

Transparent and slightly astringent, the black tea base doesn’t have enough body to piggyback the vanilla successfully resulting in a watery, weak flavour that clings to the tongue like a child to its mother on the first day of school

To the Vanilla Black’s credit it does maintain a soft and lulling aroma throughout the cup and in hindsight maybe some milk would have brought it all together.

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I’m a 23 year old physics graduate living with my girlfriend in Christchurch, New Zealand. I’ve been drinking loose leaf tea since I was 16 and it has become a shared passion of both me and my father.

Black teas and Oolongs are my stock standard but anything new my eye catches is pretty much on the menu. Over the last few years I been slowing breaking down a prejudice against herbal blends and open up more to that sort of drink.

Cricket is my other great passion, so I can imagine nothing better than 5 days spent with friends, watching a test and sipping on whatever I have in the cupboard.

Rating System:
95-100 Brings a tear to my eye
90-95 Sinking through a trapdoor of delight
80-90 Damn fine
70-80 Solid, enjoying myself
60-70 At least I only made one pot
50-60 We all make mistakes
40-50 Bad enough to tell friends about it
30-40 Lives at the back of the tea cupboard
20-30 Some sort of cruel joke
10-20 Slightly better than cyanide
0-10 D.O.A


Christchurch, NZ

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