Vanilla Orchid from DavidsTEA – Tea Review

Vanilla Orchid is a huang jin gui oolong flavored with vanilla. This tea is from DavidsTEA, an online loose leaf tea seller.

What a morning! I have so many teas to try. I have a “try me” tupperware full of tea with more on the way. I recently did another DavidsTEA review, but the blue packaging and promise of creamy tea screamed at me to try it. I tried to talk myself out of it – I have a couple fun fruity blends and pu-erhs waiting, but no – Vanilla Orchid won.

Vanilla Orchid - Oolong Owl tea review

DRY LEAF: Tight lumps of dark green oolong. The smell here is amazing – sweet vanilla pudding with a hint of grassy.

Vanilla Orchid - Oolong Owl tea review

STEEPED: Oaky gold coloured tea. Vanilla Oolong still smells sweet and vanilla pudding like. I’m getting a slight floral hint too. I steeped this tea for 4 minutes over 200F water, as per instructions.

Vanilla Orchid - Oolong Owl tea review

What was really neat was this was a full leaf oolong – then leaves expanded 1/3 of my Steeper for just 1.5 teaspoon.

I steeped this tea for 4 minutes over 200F water, as per instructions.Boom! Leaf explosion!

TASTE: Upfront, creamy and smooth. The vanilla used here is delicious as if I’m eating real vanilla bean flecked ice cream or homemade pudding. After the creamy, I get the flavor of the light floral oolong. The oolong is on the grassier side. Creamy aftertaste with a creamy mouth feel that lingers. No bitterness in Vanilla Orchid. Oddly, I didn’t get much tea out of this first cup as the leaves totally sucked all the water!

RESTEEP #1: The vanilla is much lighter, adding just a silky blanket of smoothness over the floral light oolong. I found the oolong here was much nicer and less strong. I am still getting the creamy mouth feel with the resteep – very nice! I thought I wouldn’t get any vanilla taste at all.

RESTEEP #2: The oolong is still going strong with light floral notes. Little bit of a creamy feel aftertaste. I probably could get one more resteep, but I’m calling for now as I figure this tea would not go with my spicy kimchi ramen lunch.

TIPS: I found I liked this tea more on the shorter steep end of 3 to 4 minutes for better creamy flavor. That or drop the temperature to 190F.  Also, be careful not to over leaf here as the oolong can be quite strong.

COMMENTS: When I think about it, Vanilla Orchid is a simple tea – Oolong, Floral and Vanilla. However, there is nothing simple about the flavoring here – the three elements go together to create a full flavored tea with plenty of interest. This tea has some really good resteeps, making it a great tea to take to work and sip all day.

If you love creamy teas, give Vanilla Orchid a shot! This tea would also make a good dessert substitute – personally, I rather have a pot of Vanilla Orchid over a bowl of store pudding!



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4 thoughts on “Vanilla Orchid from DavidsTEA – Tea Review

  1. INteresting, I recently started getting into oolong and tried the David’s Tea Milk oolong and also the tung tin oolong. I like them both so far.. so I kind of want to try this one out !!! Awesome review.

    • Oh yeah, try Vanilla Orchid – probably now my favorite oolong from DavidsTea. Another favorite of mine is Butiki Tea’s Gui Fei Oolong – if brewed just right it’s like drinking ice wine!

      • heyyy I tried out the Vanilla Orchid today… very fragrant, but its a nice smell. very vanilla/ apricotish. I got 25 grams of it. And I also got one from David’s Tea called Earl grey oolong, its pretty good. Its different from the vanilla orchid though.

      • oh nice! You are lucky to have a davidstea nearby! I miss living near one and getting sample sizes. I haven’t tried their earl grey oolong yet, but it sounds like a good combo!

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