drank Balade a Shanghai by Nina's Paris
1858 tasting notes

After my quiet cup of tea, which was Magicienne by Nina’s, I went outside to do a tiny bit of work on the new fence we are putting up. I didn’t stay out long because it is hot and humid and buggy out there! I am tired of Mosquitos!

When I came back in, I thought it was the perfect time for a cup of my sample from Nina’s. Summertime is the perfect time for mint teas to me. The mint is so refreshing, even when you serve it hot! But I have not been a huge fan thus far of straight mint tisanes.

Fortunately, this is nice and minty but you can still taste the green tea. I didn’t look at any special directions. I just prepared it as I do most green teas – 175F water for three minutes. This does not taste smoky to me. I know some people mention Moroccan Mint style teas being smoky, but I didn’t pick up on that. The green base is dominant, or at least as strong as the mint. I felt like the mint came out a little more as the tea cooled, but it still didn’t overpower the green base and make you feel like you had a herbal tisane.

I believe I detect spearmint in this, although it could be Egyptian mint, which I have never had separately from spearmint so I don’t think I could identify it on its own. I had that Wrigley’s taste, so I am pretty sure it was spearmint!

This was refreshing and cooling. I didn’t try it iced or sweetened yet, but I bet it would be good both ways!

Thank you, Nina’s, for the sample!

ETA: Nina’s has offered to send samples to reviewers, so if you haven’t tried them yet, please do! They have some excellent teas!

gmathis

Do you contact them on Facebook about samples?

Sil

facebook or email works

gmathis

Gotcha. Contacted.

ashmanra

GMathis: they might send you a link to their catalog, or you may want to just search Nina’s Teas here on Steepster. I know there were a few they mentioned on their Facebook page that had never been reviewed and they were interested in having some people try them particularly. I have ordered Grand Amour – it is so so good – and will probably order their vanilla black tea sometime. The Earl Grey was really good. So was…well, shucks, there are tons of good ones to pick from! :)

gmathis

I don’t think I’ve read a negative review of any of theirs yet.

ashmanra

Unless you have already requested your teas, don’t ask for Marie Antoinette! I have a bunch and I was going to send some samples around. I will send you some and that way you can request other flavors and have more to try! :)

gmathis

Have I mentioned how much I like you recently? :)

ashmanra

D’aw! Thanks! I will try to get these packed up today, but it will probably be tomorrow before I mail them. Middle daughter turns 20 today and we are celebrating! :)

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gmathis

Do you contact them on Facebook about samples?

Sil

facebook or email works

gmathis

Gotcha. Contacted.

ashmanra

GMathis: they might send you a link to their catalog, or you may want to just search Nina’s Teas here on Steepster. I know there were a few they mentioned on their Facebook page that had never been reviewed and they were interested in having some people try them particularly. I have ordered Grand Amour – it is so so good – and will probably order their vanilla black tea sometime. The Earl Grey was really good. So was…well, shucks, there are tons of good ones to pick from! :)

gmathis

I don’t think I’ve read a negative review of any of theirs yet.

ashmanra

Unless you have already requested your teas, don’t ask for Marie Antoinette! I have a bunch and I was going to send some samples around. I will send you some and that way you can request other flavors and have more to try! :)

gmathis

Have I mentioned how much I like you recently? :)

ashmanra

D’aw! Thanks! I will try to get these packed up today, but it will probably be tomorrow before I mail them. Middle daughter turns 20 today and we are celebrating! :)

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