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Old 10-15-2017, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Naperville, Illinois
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I personally didn't like the Mexican vanilla I purchased at Penzey's, it has a chemical note to the taste. You also have to be careful with Mexican vanilla since it sometimes/often contains coumarin (via tonka beans). I like Nielsen-Massey Madagascar bourbon extract and paste as others have said, but the best vanilla I've tasted is Nielsen-Massey Tahitian extract. It's expensive, however - my 8oz bottle cost $35. It has a richness and complexity that I've not found in other vanillas. Its best before date, by the way, was in 2016 -- but it still tastes and smells the same as it did when I purchased it.
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Old 10-15-2017, 12:27 PM
 
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OP, if you try Penzey's, be sure to register and sign up for their catalog. They are very generous with sending coupons for free products. I have been shopping Penzey's for years and they treat their customers vey well.
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:44 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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OP, if you try Penzey's, be sure to register and sign up for their catalog. They are very generous with sending coupons for free products. I have been shopping Penzey's for years and they treat their customers vey well.
Yes. In fact, they often stuff some surprise items I didn't order in with my order to fill up some of the space. Penzey's is one of my favorite companies. I started shopping with them years ago as they were a great place to get both whole and ground ancho chilis. Eventually, I ended up ordering everything from them.
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:54 PM
 
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Madagascar is the source of much of the vanilla bean supply that goes into the production of vanilla extract. It seems the orchids were severely affected by a recent cyclone and prices are expected to remain high for the next few years.

(Sorry, tried to post a link from the Financial Times that explained the problem, but it didn't work. I found it by googling vanilla price increase.)
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Old 10-15-2017, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Still, another Madagascar vanilla vote here.



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Madagascar is the source of much of the vanilla bean supply that goes into the production of vanilla extract. It seems the orchids were severely affected by a recent cyclone and prices are expected to remain high for the next few years.

(Sorry, tried to post a link from the Financial Times that explained the problem, but it didn't work. I found it by googling vanilla price increase.)
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Old 10-15-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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In the western states...Smart and Final stores.....or here on line.

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Old 10-15-2017, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Somwhere
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I probably go through a quart of vanilla a year. love the stuff.

I tried to grow vanilla vines (it's a kind of orchid, grows well here), but never got them to flower.
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Old 10-15-2017, 06:43 PM
 
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Neilson - Massey Vanilla Bean Paste Excellent!
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Old 10-15-2017, 10:08 PM
 
Location: South-Western USA , desert
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I'd like to try making some myself,
but have been very happy with Sprout's Organic Vanilla, lately.
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