Review: Peter Asher Coffee & Tea Black & White Vanilla

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Thumbs up!"The vanilla is not overly assertive, but is an obvious ingredient in the blend. The partnering of good vanilla flavor with a tea base that complements the vanilla flavor makes this a winner."
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It seems that lately most of my reviews have been for teas from new-to-me companies. Today's tea, from Peter Asher Coffee & Tea, followed the trend. The Peter Asher website is clean and neat, and has an air of sophistication about it. Their black & white vanilla is described in a way so as to refute any potential customer's doubts that vanilla is boring. Since vanilla tea is a staple in my tea closet, I didn't need any convinving, but I did find the description a bit amusing. No ingredients listing is provided, but I assume that this tea consists of black tea leaves and real vanilla (as in from vanilla beans, and not an artificial flavor).
Using my standard black tea brewing parameters of boiling water and a three-minute infusion, I prepared a cup of this tea. The liquid is a medium shade of brown, ever-so-slightly opaque, and with a sweet and fairly obvious aroma. The vanilla is not overly assertive, but is an obvious ingredient in the blend. The Peter Asher website refers to this tea as "bold", but I find the vanilla flavor to be more along the lines of mellow and sweet rather than bold. I actually wouldn't have minded if the vanilla flavor was kicked up a notch or two.
The black tea base used is the perfect complement for the vanilla flavor. The website states that Peter Asher's traditional black tea is used as the base, but I could find no other information about the origin of the leaves that comprise this black tea. Based on the flavor, I would guess that the tea base is an Assam, but I can't be certain. The tea has a malty flavor and, when combined with the vanilla, has a flavor that does not differ too much from that of a graham cracker. For that reason, I can see this tea being a good dessert tea option, although I did also enjoy it as my first cup of the morning. In all, this is a solid offering and a quality example of a good vanilla tea. The partnering of good vanilla flavor with a tea base that complements the vanilla flavor makes this a winner.

— To purchase Peter Asher Coffee & Tea Black & White Vanilla, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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