This Fair Trade Certified organic tea offers a delicious synergy between excellent North Indian tea and rich, creamy vanilla. Organic vanilla beans were added in the Fall of 2008 to make this organic black tea even more decadent than before! Excellent with milk, this organic Indian tea is great for dessert. We recommend adding a bit of sugar or honey to satisfy a sweet tooth. This Vanilla Black Tea, as with all of our flavored blends, uses only the highest quality teas, essential oils and botanical ingredients, insuring an excellent cup every time!
Ingredients: organic Indian black tea, organic vanilla beans, organic calendula petals and natural vanilla flavor
Serving Size: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Similar to our Coconut Black Tea blend, I like the lingering softness that the vanilla leaves on my palate.
Jeremy Says: I think this one makes an ideal dessert tea.
Sarah Says: I love this tea at lunch time. It tastes so good with whatever is on my plate and its flavor allows me to skip that cookie on the counter.
Posted by Kara on 29th Apr 2016
At first I didn't like this tea; it smelled and tasted almost medicinal. Then after I brewed a few more cups I started to notice a sweetness that wasn't there before. Then a richness and warmth that made the tea a joy to drink. Give this one a few tries if you don't like it right away
Posted by Nora B on 12th Mar 2016
There is a lot of warm, sweet vanilla flavor packed into this tea. For me it is too much on its own, but I love to mix it in with a good black tea. I put mine in an old spice jar and just throw a few dashes in. A little goes a long way!
Posted by Tiffany Kelly on 3rd Aug 2014
It smells and has a liquor taste. The black tea is subtle and add some half and half to bring out the rich flavor. It is an excellent dessert tea and I let mine brew for the full five minutes to get full flavor and aroma.
Posted by Ashley Jean on 24th May 2014
This tea was not good to me. It tasted like I was drinking alcohol and it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Good thing I got the sample...
Posted by Ellie on 6th Dec 2013
I bought the sample size of this one because I wasn't sure what to expect. Now I wish I had purchased a larger size!
The aroma when you open the bag is wonderful. I used a heaping teaspoon full in my infuser and steeped for about 5 minutes. I normally don't drink hot teas, I prefer iced, but this tea was amazing hot. I have now made it hot, cold, with and without milk. A little bit of honey or sugar really helps bring out the sweet vanilla flavor. It's a very mellow but clean flavor profile, definitely one of my favorites.
Posted by mmg on 25th Nov 2013
Unfortunately, I ended up tossing this tea in the trash. The tea had an overwhelming liquor smell, and it had a chemically aftertaste.
Posted by Jeremy on 17th Aug 2013
In our tea drawer in the kitchen, I found some old vanilla black tea that was purchased years ago. I fell in love with my finding, and set out to find an organic vanilla black tea to enjoy once my found supply had run out.
I came across Arbor Tea's Vanilla Black Tea and promptly ordered a sample.... the verdict? This is easily my favorite all-around black tea that I've ever had, and I've been drinking tea for a few years now! I echo that it makes a pleasant dessert tea, but it also provides a wonderfully flavorful start to the day as a breakfast tea as well.
Posted by Susan on 6th Jul 2013
I love vanilla and this tea has a wonderful clean vanilla taste. I make it hot or cold and it's wonderful mixed with the coconut tea. I also mixed it with the vanilla almond rooibos tea which provided a more warm vanilla taste. This is a good base tea for mixing with other teas to make your own special flavors. Really enjoy this tea any time of the day.
Posted by Unknown on 4th Jul 2013
This is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It is a warm, morning treat. The flavor is perfect. I add a little stevia or honey.
Posted by S. Nelson on 8th Jan 2013
This is not only my first taste of Arbor Tea leaves - this is my first taste of ANY "real" tea leaves. I'm one of those folks who gets their caffeine from soda, but in an attempt to lead a more healthy lifestyle, I'm in the process of switching from soda to tea. I only say that to provide a little background for the review.
To me, the taste is somewhat faint (again, used to corn syrup and who knows what else,) but the aroma is incredibly rich, and the color is very pleasing to the eye. After adding a little bit of Stevia, the natural sweetness of the tea came out more, with a definite vanilla finish just as the tea hits the back of your tongue.
All in all, I'm very pleased and hopeful for the rest of the samplers I got. Thank you, Arbor Teas, for providing a slew of flavored teas that are natural and organic to allow me to dip my toes into real tea flavor without spending an arm and a leg!
Posted by Tim on 15th Aug 2012
I am a big fan of vanilla tea so when I saw that Arbor Tea had some, I had to order a sample and see how it was. I had some this morning, and it was one of the best vanilla teas I've had. I had a taste of vanilla with every sip. I highly recommend it.
Posted by Tim on 15th Aug 2012
I really enjoy vanilla tea so when I saw Arbor Tea had some, I had to get a sample. Had some this morning and it's one of the best vanilla teas I've had. Great vanilla flavors. I definitely will order more. I highly recommend it.
Posted by Georgina R on 12th Jan 2012
I mixed a teeny bit of stevia in this tea, and it tasted like a dessert. It is slightly sweet on its own, but I wanted more. I got one good cup out of a serving, and the second try was ok - not weak but not strong. A wonderful aroma both dry and steeped.
Posted by John of Troy on 17th Nov 2011
This is a lovely tea, balancing the earthiness of the tea with the richness of vanilla. It's fragrant, robust, and needs nothing to enhance its flavor. It's delightful.
Posted by Tina Gregory on 16th Mar 2011
This is my new tea obsession of choice! I bought 3 oz and should have bought 30. The fragrance it leaves in the house is almost as delightful as drinking it :)
Posted by Unknown on 12th Aug 2008
I find this tea great for a late afternoon. It features a soft vanilla flavor to help take down the stresses of a long busy day.
Posted by Johanna Miller on 19th Mar 2008
Black tea with vanilla as advertised. I would have preferred the vanilla flavor to be just a bit stronger (there's no such thing as too much vanilla) but this blend is just fine. I'll buy it again.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.
A perfect match to beautiful sweet plums! The organic vanilla bean black tea adds a welcome astringency to the tart-sweet plums and the sensual hint of vanilla does not go unnoticed. Check here to view the full recipe for Vanilla Bean Black Tea Plum Butter!