Vanilla | Loose Leaf Black Tea | Good Life Tea


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  • Nothing is as comforting, familiar and welcoming as Vanilla essence. In a tea its fabulous.

    Playing complement to a black tea is no simple task. Of the most popular flavorings, vanilla is perhaps the only truly viable candidate to be considered as a baseline pairing with a straight black tea. Why?

    USA - For orders above $35
    For most tea orders (up to 8 ounces) the shipping is $2.79.

    We generally ship via US Postal Service first class or priority mail This service can be a quick as overnight and up to 3 days in the lower 48. They even deliver on Saturdays. For 9 ounces and up the postage is $4.99 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 10 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.

    Please contact us for other locations. We can quote you shipping.

  • Steeping Instructions

    1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, use 2 teaspoons. For stronger tea use more tea.   There is no hard and fast rules on steeping except over steeping may make tea bitter.   If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times. Below are general steeping instructions.  For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
    To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F. You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle.  When pin size bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185F. To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.

    Tea Type Steeping Temperature Steeping Time
    White Tea  170-185 F 1-3 minutes
    Green Tea 170-185 F 2-3 minutes
    Oolong Tea 170-190 F 2-3 minutes
    Black Tea 200-212 F 3-5 minutes
    Tisanes 212 F 4-7 minutes

       Fruit and herbal teas are also referred to as tisanes.

Let's consider the character of a black tisanal. Straightness and clarity are two prized characteristics of a classic black tea. A plain, unassuming nature is fundamental to this “grown up” brew. Sound familiar? Vanilla has long had a similar reputation among flavorings. Consider the collection found in a vanilla-centric aroma. It's simple, clean, vaguely sweet, ready to be blended.

Possessive of itself and avoiding any analysis: vanilla is, upon deeper inspection, a well-positioned mate for black tea. Vanilla Black proves this as it gains ground through its quiet, uncomplicated collection. With health qualities and upper-class details taking the sideline; flavor is key here: Vanilla Black as a somewhat sweet experience. In terms of direct description: the “beany” quality of vanilla flavoring is present here, lying somewhat delicately over the black leaf base. Both notes provide a milder sensation, and each pulls its modest weight in joining up to create the final product: Vanilla black tea.

Enjoy it hot, cold, morning, noon, or night.

Base leaf: Black tea.
Health properties: Reported restorative properties..
Flavor strength: Medium, evocative. Primary collection is vanilla.
Caffeine: Medium.

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