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I got some tea from Thailand as a gift, and it has some vanilla flavor to it:

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Obviously, it smells a lot like vanilla. This is how the tea looks like:

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Is the white powdery stuff (looks a bit flaky when it's larger), mostly on the left this "vanilla flavor"? Is this natural vanilla, or synthetic? If it's not the white stuff, what is it?

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    It's probably vanellin powder. (artificial vanilla ... "vanilla powder" would be off-white) – Joe Aug 31 '17 at 14:37
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I don't think so. This looks like very low quality 'tea', where they put in ground stalks instead of (only) leaves. Given that quality, there could be any other 'ingredients' in it.

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