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I am just 3 to 4 minutes away from sharing "real-time" experience with this vanilla flavoured black tea. Love my morning tea! *** While I wait here is some basic information. I got this tea in a box of 25 tea bags. I love how the box looks - all vanilla coloured with a vanilla flower. Each of the tea bags is separately packed in a paper packaging. One tea bag is sufficient for 1 cup of tea normally. You need to have the water heated to 100°C and infusion time is 3 to 4 minutes, which in my case is just about now. My tea is just a bit too hot to drink right now, so lets concentrate on the looks and scents shall we? As it is fitting for the black tea this one has a really dark brown colour. As for the scent goes it smells like your regular black tea with just a gentle note of vanilla to it. I personally would not mind if vanilla scent would be stronger since I love it. A few blows after it is finally time to sip the tea... Now I normally drink it with milk - since it tastes better that way to me - but for this review I decided to give it a few milk-less sips. Tea feels really soft, the aroma is not strong - it has a subtle sweetens to it (I did not add sugar). I can't exactly say that I felt vanilla flavour much. Now to add some milk. I just love this tea with milk, it gets even softer, creamy and I think the taste of this tea gets fully developed as you add it. Vanilla scent mixed with milk scent is in my opinion perfect for the morning, it slowly and gently wakes me up in a way. I think the vanilla flavour is stronger when you add milk. *** I like this tea, I love vanilla and thus I love vanilla black tea. In all honesty I have had better vanilla black teas but this one is one of the best that you can buy in regular markets. I am a tea lover and I do have at-least 15 different boxes of tea at home at all the time but there are only 3 or 4 teas that are stocked regularly in my tea closet and this one is one of them. The only problem I am facing now is that while I am writing this last line I am also sipping the last drops of my tea...
Over the last few years I have been drinking exclusively fruit tea so have tried many, many different varieties. This is because I gave up drinking caffinated drinks for my new years resolution one year. I really thought I would miss drinking tea, but I didn't actually like the taste and it was soon replaced with fruit tea, and I have never regretted that move since. I am always looking out for new flavours to try, to add to my ever growing collection of favorite flavours and this vanilla one caught my eye one day in the supermarket. I love the smell of vanilla and I am always buying vanilla candles to fragrance my room as I think it is a lovely smell. I like the flavour, but I am not as crazy on the flavour as I am on the smell. However I thought the tea would be good to try. The tea comes in a cardboard box which is great as it is 100% recyclable, so even while drinking tea we can do our bit for the environment. Inside the box are netted tea bags with the tea leaves inside. You put a tea bag into a cup and pour boiling water over the top. You can add sugar if you want a sweeter taste, but I don't know anyone who adds milk. It is up to you how long you leave the tea bag in. A longer time gives a stronger taste. As I hoped the smell of this tea while brewing was delicious. It filled the whole room and was a lovely strong vanilla aroma. The tea was yellow in appearance and tasted like pure vanilla, not like the sweet artificial stuff that you can get. It was quite watered down and weak which is often the case with fruit teas. Leaving the tea bag in for longer does minimise this.
If you are a fan of Vanilla, this one is just for you. It is rare to find Vanilla tea on its own. When mixed with other flavours like honey or camomile it eliminates the vanilla flavour completely. This Twinings Vanilla Tea, the vanilla flavour is not overpowering, it is balanced just right. I enjoy it with a little bit of sugar and milk - a light tea, but still smooth and pleasant to drink at any time of the day. If you enjoy vanilla milkshakes and white hot chocolate drinks - give this one a try.
Character: Vanilla is the fruit of the Mexican climbing orchid. The flowers burst with colour for a single day with the vanilla pods appearing after three years. The Aztecs traditionally used vanilla to flavour chocolate, a combination widely used today. Twinings Vanilla Tea, exotic and refined, continues this tradition. How and when to serve: Brew as you would one of Twinings Classic teas and enjoy at any time of the day, either hot or iced to suit the occasion.