David Kahn uses a lot of vanilla beans, and he’s tried all kinds of beans and sources. By far the best, though, are the Tahitian vanilla beans from the Spice House. They’re “absolutely superior to everything else I sampled,” he says. And not better by some intangible amount: “It’s like the difference between a Cadillac and a Kia.”
Spice House Tahitian beans are “huge, plump (like the size of my little finger), super moist, and almost unbelievably fragrant and flavorful,” says David Kahn, who goes nuts for the beans’ distinct floral note. “I don’t know what sort of mutant vanilla plants they harvest these things from, but they are objectively superior to everything else I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot of beans.” The other vanilla bean offerings from the Spice House are good, he adds, but they’re not the outstanding treasure that the Tahitian beans are.