5930 Tasting Notes

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drank Jamais Vu by Nina's Paris
5930 tasting notes

mmm final sample from Nina’s tea and i wish i had enough of this to try a cold brew. While this is a nice hot tea with a nice blend of fruits, i think i’d really enjoy this cold. It’s very similar to Hepburn, though it is clearly a different tea. I don’t pick up on the pineapple but there is an overall fruitiness to this that speak of something more than just orange.

Thank you Nina’s Paris for this sample!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
5930 tasting notes

oh yum! Thank you again to Nina’s Paris for their willingness to send out samples to us. I am always on the lookout for new delicious strawberry cream teas, so this one was a clear pick for me.
The dry smell is very “fruity” and not a clear strawberry smell. Once brewed, the strawberry flavour is super resent in both the aroma and the tea. I am enjoying very much the fact that although these teas are flavoured tea, the base of the team is present in the drink. This is a really nice strawberry tea that I will likely order when i am allowed to order more teas lol (ie i get my cupboard back down to under 200 since technically i’m for sure over 250 at the moment with all the teas that i can’t log because steepster hates new teas being added).

Thank you again Nina’s Paris for this sample!

Edit: As this tea cools it gets even better as the strawberry flavours come out even more. Also – the second steep is quiet delicious as well, and helps bring out more of the strawberry flavour and blends even better with the tea base.

Indigobloom

Every Ninas tea review I see, I keep thinking I wish I had requested THAT sample!!

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77
drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
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Thank you Nina’s Paris for this sample. I am a huge fan of chocolate and orange, though apparently I don’t have a lot of luck in this department’s flavour when it comes to tea. The loose tea smell of this tea is wonderful! While not quite as orange chocolate as Butiki’s three friends, it’s still a wonderful smelling tea.

Steeped, I really like how teh orange smells – not really artificial at all. And that is where my love ends. The tea is not a bad tea. But it’s not what i hoped for. It’s a really nice blend of orange and black tea, though i’m missing the chocolate. It’s not bitter, and i do appreciate that i can taste the base of the tea. I would for sure drink this again, it just won’t be that elusive must have chocolate orange tea that needs to be in my cupboard. The hunt continues! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Minty Winter Wonderland by Tiesta Tea
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Backlog from China. SIPDOWN! Oh yeah…managed two sipdowns while i was there so i’m feeling pretty good…well i will be until i update my cupboard lol 175 going up to…..we’ll see.

Happy to have had this in my Amoda tea box, since it’s a company i wanted to try. Enjoyed this as a minty tea and would likely repurchase in winter :)

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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first cup of tea back in the land of the living. There are SO many other teas i should be drinking (Nina’s tea samples for example) but i really wanted to start my morning off with an old favourite. i figured that i might as well go with the tea that i drank for the past two weeks.

I’ve started to get organized but there is still a mountain of things to pack up sitting on my dinning room table. Not to mention all the teas that I need to start adding to my cupboard. But i’m back, and the house is stupid clean and life is good. :)

This tea is a great start to my day. Now to be productive!

Nicole

Welcome back. :)

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66
drank Organic Japan Classic by Ronnefeldt Tea
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awe yeah… really don’t have time for tasting notes but since i can’t access steepster outside of my hotel room i had this so ya!

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83
drank Minty Winter Wonderland by Tiesta Tea
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awe yeah..guess who managed a sipdown while on a business trip in another country? THIS GUY! I am completely fried. I don’t even want to talk about my last day here. so bloody unproductive. Basically. Sit around the office doing nothing until we finally decide well into the early evening that we’re not going to have the meeting after all. right. cool. thanks for that.

So i’m in my room now, finally getting a chance to pack. and i’m drinking up some of my tea because i really just want to pass out on my bed but i purposely put all my clothes and things on the bed so that i’d have to pack before i can faceplant. lol.

Anyway sipdown on this tea! it’s something i’d order again, though it seems to be a bit fussy in terms of timing, amount of leaf etc. Dropping the rating as a result only because i like my blacks to be more bulletproof,

Mercuryhime

Hope you enjoy your last evening abroad!

Cavocorax

Hope you manage to do all the shopping you’d hoped for. Or at least some of it.

TassieTeaGirl

Love the packing strategy! Good luck making it all fit.

Sil

i managed to get it all into my suitcases..and then promptly went and bought a few more things at the nearby grocery store lol

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73
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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This is how we see who’s paying attention to my tasting notes.

IF you are someone who has read my tasting notes and in the past we’ve discussed doing a swap and you’d like to get that organised, please send me a PM. When i get home i’m going to get organized to get some tea out to folks. Off the top of my head I know i need to touch base with Ysaurella; Lala; tattoed_tea; Schezerade and “the sisters”. If there’s anyone else that i’ve missed please please please please harass me now. I want to make sure that I don’t miss anyone that i’ve promised to send tea out to.

That being said, if there are new folks out there who want to swap with me for something, by all means send me a message as well and I’ll do my best to get organized enough to also figure those ones out.

now on with the tea. lol I had a pot of this this morning since apparently they decided i wasn’t allowed to have anymore green tea. I’m not typically a fan of english breakfast teas but this one wasn’t too bad all things considered.

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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So this is a bit of a story. I’m having my usual cup of this at the office, relaxing and trying not to be seriously angry over the crap that’s going on. Long story short – morning meeting that would have let me have an afternoon back is now “MAYBE” going to be reshcedule to “sometime” this afternoon and they’ll let me know “sometime” whether it will be or not. So basically i’m sitting at the office, with not much to do waiting for a meeting which may or may not happen…which may or may not make my entire time spent sitting here a waste of time. So i’m annoyed.

So i tried to change my thinking while sipping on this tea and I realised that whatever ends up happening, i have some great moments from my trip here. So i should stop being annoyed and be greatful for the time that i DID get out and the stories shared. Above all else, i have one friend here in China now. I can’t explain it, but there is one woman here with whom we seem to have made a connection. Her english isn’t the best but we managed to laugh and have a great time. And yesterday? Yesterday this happened..

My friend is also here on business – she lives in another area of china, that is a 2 hour flight away. Yesterday she called me out of the room and began to tell me a story. A story about how she was so sorry. How she couldn’t do more. (yes i was confused). She looked at me expectantly and began to tell me that in china, you cannot courier tea. And so she was sorry. She knows that i love tea and she drinks Pu-erh everyday at home. And she was so very sorry. She went on to tell me that she called her friend in Guanzao and had her send a single cake of pu-erh. She could only have 1 sent as a “document” and apologised another 12 times for this. When i realised what she was telling me i nearly cried. She had gone out of her way, to have her friend back home courier a single puerh cake as a “document” so that she could share “her” tea with me. Inside the small bag that she handed me was both the puerh cake and a beautiful pick. There will be pictures eventually but i was floored. How wonderful a gift to have shared with me. That moment alone was well worth the late nights and hours of work that i’ve put in while here.

And so i’m smiling. Drinking my loashan black and thinking about my tea from Ocean. I’ve promised to send her a note when i get back and can try it, to let her know what i think. How wonderful it is to have tea to bring people together.

Lala

Awesome story!

TastyBrew

Gave me chills! What a great story. Amazing how people can connect over such simple but meaningful things.

Marcel Duchamp

wow, what a great experience :-)

Indigobloom

Awwww that is so sweet!!! your friend is awesome

Dinosara

That is so awesome, I’m so glad you had that experience.

Sil

Thanks guys. Seriously it is my happy moment right now. I was so looking forward to going to the tea market and that’s likely not going to happen. But i have this. And that’s enough :)

Terri HarpLady

Yes! What an wonderful story! I teared up reading it, & I’m so happy for you to have this experience! Can’t wait to hear a review on the tea! :D

Sil

Going to try and get pictures and such up in short order after i get home, since i suspect i’ll be super busy in the coming weeks. The night we went out i can still remember the way Ocean said very matter of factly “i like you Sarah. You have good character.” and then linked arms with me to force me to wander the streets with her. lol

Terri HarpLady

Nice! There is nothing like connecting with people!

Nicole

How wonderful!

Bonnie

Made the trip!

ashmanra

Oh my! That is fantastic!

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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