Today’s tea is Bourbon Vanilla, and it is a black flavored tea from Highwire Coffee Roasters (although I purchased this back when it was Peaberry’s). So this is a tea that may or may not be the same that they carry. It’s quite possible they have a different source for it.
Even though the vanilla is called “Bourbon” vanilla, it does not mean that bourbon liquor is processed with the vanilla. (Although I like the idea!) It refers to the Bourbon Islands, where the vanilla is grown.
It’s very cold today, and my tea is cooling rapidly, so let’s get to it.
The vanilla in the tin smells quite flavorful and makes me want to eat the tea leaves. The leaves themselves are dark, with not a lot of gradation in color. There’s a speck of gold here or there. This is the second of the two vanilla teas I have, the first being the Black Orchid that I reviewed last time.
The flavor isn’t quite as pronounced as the Black Orchid. It is smooth, with a background and aftertaste of vanilla. I’m hesitating to say that it’s disappointing, because it’s not quite that–it just doesn’t pack the punch that I was expecting. It is much more subtle. It is also good with milk, better even. Overall, I’d say it’s good, but if you’re looking for a vanilla tea, the Black Orchid was better.
You can get it here: http://www.highwirecoffee.com/collections/black-teas/products/bourbon-vanilla