This review is for the French Vanilla Creme flavor ON Gold Standard 100% Whey.
First, Optimum Nutrition has a Gold Standard NATURAL 100% Whey product that comes in Vanilla. I tried that product first, prior to this one. The Natural Whey product, at least in Vanilla flavor, was horrible. I couldn't stand the taste. That was also the first whey protein product I had tried and I almost gave up on it all together, making the assumption that if you didn't go with some sort of chocolate flavor it was probably going to be terrible (I can't eat chocolate).
I decided, after reading some of the reviews on this French Vanilla Creme flavor, to give it a shot. To my surprise, it was great. Opening the can, the smell is delicious. The flavor in all the shakes and smoothies I've tried was a subtle but pleasant presence of vanilla. I even tried mixing it with 8 ounces of straight water, to test the flavor. While that's not the best way to consume it, even that was tolerable and I could probably drink a cup of it in plain water if I had no other option.
My favorite recipe is to mix up a scoop of the French Vanilla Creme whey powder with 8-9 ounces of 1% Milk, 2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter, 1/2 a frozen banana, and a dash of cinnamon. I put all the ingredients into my Ninja blender with a half dozen ice cubes and it comes out tasting like a peanut butter/vanilla milk shake.
If you're looking for a Vanilla flavor whey protein supplement Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey in the French Vanilla Creme flavor is definitely a win!