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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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I have such “Grand Amour” for Grand Amour! Oh la la this is good tea! This was one of the first samples I tried from Nina’s a few months ago when they invited us to choose two or three teas to sample. I was really hooked on this one but waited to order because I have an embarrassingly large amount of tea. But at last, my very own tin is here! And the shipping was crazy fast. Laurent sent this Monday and the mailman put it on my porch at noon today.

We talk, HARD, at tea time on Wednesdays. It takes a special tea to make the words hit the brakes. Today we chattered through the cake and remarked on the black tea we drank first, then had this second. In the middle of the chatter, my guest took a sip, stopped everything, and said, “What is THAT?” I told her it was Grand Amour and she said, “It’s delicious!” And it is! Oh mercy me, it is.

This is so fruity, with no perfume-y fake taste. No additions necessary!

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This was the second tea with had with our toast and coconut oil/honey spread. How I love this tea! Cocoa-y, smokey, smooth, sweet, and such a lovely aroma. Makes you feel weak in the knees!

I wish they still sold this. I will have to try to hunt out something similar when this is gone.

Stephanie

Oh man, toast with honey and coconut oil? YUM!

ashmanra

Yes, apparently I am one of the last people on earth to find out that this is amazingly delicious! I didn’t have a recipe so I just mixed one Tblspn. honey with one of unrefined coconut oil. Amazing. I had to keep making more toast because everyone liked it so much!

Stephanie

I have to try it now!

Nxtdoor

Ever tried it with truffle oil? Honey and truffle oil.

ashmanra

No, I haven’t, Nxtdoor, but if it is as good as this, I should! :) Even hubby loved it, and he is a bit picky!

SimplyJenW

I am going to have to try this!

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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My best friend came over to have tea with me today. I wanted her to try this one because she likes green apple flavors and this one was strongly apple flavored to me. The rose was a more subtle aspect.

We served it with toast because I read something last night that I wanted to try. I saw someone recommend mixing unrefined coconut oil with honey as a toast spread, and a number of people commented that this was their favorite spread for toast. We decided to try it today since tea and toast are so very tea time! I have to say, it was delicious, tasted like cinnamon toast, and would probably also be good with a bit of cinnamon added!

When I opened the tea tin, my friend thought it smelled like strong perfume and she is very sensitive to that sort of thing. I decided to still make it, but cut the steep time to three minutes, and the most amazing thing happened. The green apple tea with a hint of rose became rose tea with a hint of green apple! And it is a lightly peppery rose flavor. I do not know if the steep time is what changed the taste so greatly, or if it was the food pairing that did it, but I do know this was my favorite way so far to steep it! My friend enjoyed it and said she would like to drink it again when she comes over.

GMathis, JacquelineM, and K S, keep an eye on your mailbox because I mailed your samples of this tea today!

OMGsrsly

I actually make my “cinnamon toast” by mixing 2 parts each coconut oil and honey to one part cinnamon (I love cinnamon though!). I spread that on my bread instead of spreading butter and then sprinkling cinnamon sugar. I prefer it this way because everything is more even, and I also get more cinnamon. :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Both the spread and the tea sound delightful!

ashmanra

I definitely want to try it with cinnamon!

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drank Razzleberry by Southern Boy Teas
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I had this as a tea slushy in my Zoku tonight as my dessert. YEAH! BABY! Razzleberry, I love you. You are the best flavored iced tea I have ever had.

Chelle

Tea slushy…nice!
Going to have to get a Zoku.

Shelyteadrinker79

What is a Zoku?

ashmanra

Shelyteadrinker: A Zoku is a cup that you freeze and the liquids you pour in become a slushy in about seven minutes. If you go to Williams-Sonoma’s website you can watch a video and it really works. I just bought my third one because all of us are using them every day. I did try a cheaper one fr om elsewhere called a Squeezy Freezy or something like that, and it didn’t work very well and it leaked so it is being returned. The nice thing is that when you are really craving a chocolate shake, you can pour in skim milk and Quik and get a low cal dessert. The tea slushes are so good and so refreshing after being outside in the heat!

Sweet Canadian

I need to get one of these things.

Sweet Canadian

So I may have gone to buy my own Zoku last night…..looking forward to trying it this afternoon :) And I bought one for my brother as a gift.

ashmanra

Hooray, Sweet Canadian! I hope you love it as much as we do!

Sweet Canadian

I tried it but I don’t think I had let it freeze enough and it didn’t work very well :( I’m hoping tomorrow’s second go will be better.

ashmanra

It does have to stay in the freezer for hours and hours to be ready, and they recommend a zero degree freezer. Also, the colder the drink is that you put in, the better. I hope your next one is fantastic!

Sweet Canadian

I hope so too! I don’t think my drink was cold enough either. I’m going to leave it in for 24 hours and then watch it better once I put the tea in. This time I let it sit a bit and lots of ice built up on the side, and then I had a hard time getting it off. I’ll learn I’m sure :)

ashmanra

I think I leave mine for about two minutes, then I scrape it down, and keep it up every two minutes until about seven total minutes have passed. Once you finish about half of it, you can add more liquid and it will still freeze.

OMGsrsly

I turned down my fridge and freezer so I could use the Popsicle maker. The extra $1 per month is so worth it. :)

ashmanra

LOL! It sure is! Tea pops, Nutella pops, ah yes!

Sweet Canadian

Ashmanra do you had lots of sugar before you use it with tea? I’ve had success with pop, but have yet to be able to create a good iced tea slushie.

ashmanra

For slushes, I probably add a cup of sugar to a gallon of tea. Sometimes it is unsweetened tea and I add some simple syrup, but I don’t measure and I am not sure how much I add! Funny, I am having a chocolate milk one right now, and just picked up my third Zoku today! I hope you can get a satisfactory tea slushy out of yours! I am loving mine, and the tea seems less “heavy” in this heat than other slushes.

ashmanra

Okay, just for you I made two tea slushes tonight! This tea, one gallon, one cup sugar. It did work for me. Is that a lot more sugar than you add? My mom used three cups to a gallon, I cut it back to two years ago, and now I am down to half for me and one if the family is going to drink it. A lot of the iced teas I don’t add any sugar to at all so I keep some simple syrup on hand,

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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I had a big surprise with this tea today! It is insufferably hot and muggy here, although honestly it is not as bad as some summers have been…so far. I really don’t want to stop drinking my hot tea, but I really need something cold.

I decided to experiment and see if this one would cold steep very well. I didn’t think it would, because I reasoned to myself that the flavoring probably wouldn’t translate well. For that reason, I took the last of the 175F water from the green tea I had just made (it had cooled a bit) and poured that over the leaves first to “wake” them. There was very little of it and it just covered the leaves in the pitcher plus a little extra. I filled the pitcher the rest of the way with cold water and put it in the fridge. I waited about five hours to try it.

Before drinking, I added a bit of simple syrup because I do like a little sweetener in my iced teas, though I take none in my hot teas. And I have to say, this tastes just like it did hot! The apple flavor is every bit as strong. If you love green apples, you should give this a try! I do not get a ton of rose from this, mostly green apple, but others have said they get a lot of the floral taste. Maybe I need to focus my palate a bit more!

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drank Balade a Shanghai by Nina's Paris
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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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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
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After feeding the chickens and doing a few outside chores, then cooking breakfast, I had a few quiet moments to drink a cup of tea. Well, actually it was a whole pot by myself!

The aroma of the dry leaf is largely fruity, and the steeped tea starts out mostly fruity but as it begins to cool a little the coconut comes out more and more, taking center stage. Very nice!

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
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My sample was enough to make about 16 ounces of tea on the first steep. I drank eight ounces of it hot and plain. It was one of the best Earl Grey teas I have tried. I added some simple syrup and put it in the refrigerator to chill.

For my “dessert” tonight, I poured the cold sweet tea into my Zoku slush and shake maker. It. Was. Heavenly. The bergamot in this is so nice that instead of getting a mouthful of cologne (which is how some EG makes me feel) I enjoyed a fruity treat with lots of tea flavor.

My friend who had ordered Earl Grey dropped by and I found out that she has only tried the sample so far, as her order has not yet arrived. She loved her sample though! Of the five samples I just received, two are teas that I already own a tin of and have already reviewed, so I passed them on for her to taste!

Earl Grey lovers, this is a very nice tea with pure, natural tasting bergamot and best of all, a great tea base that isn’t covered up by the flavoring! And it is awesome frozen, so if you make tea pops or tea ice, it is a great summer tea!

Lilysmom

Just got a zoku slush maker this week. Looking forward to lots of tea slushies this summer!

ashmanra

I bought two, and I am definitely getting at least one more. There are four of us and we use these every day! I did buy a cheaper slush maker at BJ’s but we really didnt like it. More Zokus!

OMGsrsly

Last year I got the popsicle maker at a local fair. I use it SO much, and now I want the slow pop maker and the slush maker. So, uhh, thanks? :)

ashmanra

OMG: LOL! You’re welcome? I bought the fast pop maker before our annual beach trip as a surprise. Love the Nutella pops. Mmmmm. Today alone I have made an Earl Grey slush, hubby made a Cheerwine slush, and daughter made a Mountain Dew Whiteout Slush. LOL! We are enjoying them. It is sooooo hot and humid here, and I sit outside and watch the chickens play and then I want something ice cold and refreshing when I come back in!

OMGsrsly

I’ll get a regular popsicle maker at the dollar store, and I’m pretty sure my mom has a retro version of the Zoku slush maker I can get from her. :) I remember making slushes all the time when I was a kid!

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
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This is a sample provided by “Nina’s Tea” for review.

I had encouraged a friend of mine to order some samples from Nina’s back when the first offer went out. She did, and she ended placing an order of her own, and this is what she wanted most. She and her daughter love Earl Grey and they couldn’t wait to try Nina’s version. And the when I was at her house last week I forgot to ask if we could try it! Argh! So I was happy to see it in my Nina’s samples that Laurent chose for me.

I steeped this not knowing anything about it but that it was Earl Grey, so….tea plus bergamot. I liked the aroma right away. This isn’t the kind of EG that assaults my nostrils and makes my nose burn. The bergamot is very present but it is a nice moderate level that doesn’t kick you in the face.

I was most happy about the tea base, though. The color deepened quickly on steeping, and the tea smelled smooth – not too strong, not astringent, but not disappearing under the bergamot, either. And it tastes great. When I looked up the tea I saw that the base is Keemun, a favorite of mine. No wonder I like it! This is not a strong, smokey Keemun whose roasty and chocolate notes scrape your tongue. (I like that in a plain or chocolate Keemun, by the way.) This Keemun carries the bergamot but then you are left with an aftertaste of just tea, and then little whiffs of light bergamot come back.

I have given away a lot of Earl Grey tea that I just couldn’t stomach because of poor base tea or bitter flavoring. This is one that I would be glad to keep on hand just in case Captain Picard ever drops in….

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drank Sagittarus by Nina's Paris
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My samples from *Nina’s Tea" arrived today! If you missed it on Facebook, Laurent invited those who are pretty active on Steepster to request more samples as there are a number of teas which have never been reviewed. I received five two teaspoon samples today.

I chose this one to be my first from this batch because I wanted something caffeine free this evening. I have not been a huge fan of rooibos but I don’t despise it, either. I had one or two that were truly awful and some that were rather nice.

I tried this hot and with no additions first. I found it to have a very clean flavor, with the rooibos being a nicer cherry taste than some that I have had. The blood orange flavor is very nice and I would say the two flavors are evenly matched here – neither one drowns out the other. It really didnt need any sugar for me. It was sweet enough naturally.

I wanted to experiment with it a bit, too, so I chilled it and added a little sugar to try it as an iced tisane. This was very nice, and a refreshing change from the many hibiscus laden iced teas.

I took it one step further and put it in my Zoku Slush Maker. NICE! This made a great little slush and the cherry flavor of the rooibos seemed to lean more heavily toward real cherry flavor this way, mixing nicely with the blood orange. I think rooibos fans would really enjoy this, and it is a great summer drink iced!

Thank you, Laurent and Nina’s Teas!

Sil

i sent laurent a note back when they posted that and never heard from them :(

ashmanra

Definitely send another! He was in South America for a while and it may have come in while he was away. Did you contact them early this year, or just last week when they reposted it on Facebook?

Sil

just last week. i sent him another note and we’re good. Somehow it was missed, which is ok with me since it’s not like i NEED the tea, just willing to help out :)

ashmanra

Yay! They sent two teaspoons instead of one this time, and I have really liked the two I had so far. Two were duplicates of tea I already own from them, so I gave them to a friend to try.

Sil

awesome! he also said they’re about 2 weeks out from their own website so that makes me even more happy

ashmanra

Great news! I will let my friend know. She had trouble with amazon. I will definitely wait to pace my order!

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