2193 Tasting Notes

drank Gemini by Nina's Paris
2193 tasting notes

I waited to make this sample until I had a friend for tea. She does a few reviews on here, and I thought it would be good to get more opinions on these samples.

This is really fruity smelling! I do taste the rooibos but I think I taste it even when other people don’t. I have only had red rooibos but I find it very distinctive. My friend absolutely loved the aroma of the dry mix!

We tried it hot and it was quite nice – smooth and fruity with a nice strawberry flavor that stood up to the rooibos flavor well. The grapefruit is lingering on the back of the sip and I think that is my favorite thing about this tea. That lasting fruitiness is great on a horribly hot and sticky day like today.

As I did last time, I saved the last eight ounces to chill and sweeten so I could try it iced. I think that rooibos lovers would be very pleased with this blend for an iced summer treat. In my clear glass, it looks like regular iced tea in both clarity and color and I think someone could fool me that it is a flavored black tea if I thought the rooibos was cherry flavor. I think this is my favorite of the Nina’s rooibos blends I have tried so far.

Thank you, Laurent and Sophie and Nina’s Tea! I quite enjoyed this sample!

yyz

I loved this one to! So far it’s been my favourite tea tat I’ve sampled from Nina’s.

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drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
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The syrup is rescued! I have made simple syrup and flavored simple syrup, but I used a new recipe for tea soda to make this syrup. I shouldn’t have. I should have done what I always do. They said to simmer until reduced by half, which resulted in syrup that was practically hard candy and didn’t dissolve in the soda but rather sank to the bottom in a stiff clump.

I poured it into a saucepan, which took forever because it was thicker than molasses, added water, and heated it up again. I let it cool a while and poured a bit in the bottom of a couple of glasses. I poured chilled Perrier on top of that and added ice, and it was DELISH! I can’t wait to try a whole bunch of flavors like this!

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drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
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I wanted to try to make a tea soda, and I wanted a fruity tea that didn’t have any tendency to go bitter. This was perfect!

I followed the instructions – two cups water, two TBSPNS tea, steep usual time, strain and simmer with two cups sugar.

I chose to use Perrier since I found San Pellegrino to be a bit salty. Someone here mentioned that they used Perrier for tea soda recently, and I am very pleased with the results!

The only bad thing is that the instructions said to simmer until it is reduced by half, and I think that was wrong because I swear this stuff has hit the soft crack stage. The first soda I made was great as the syrup was still warm and mixed well before the ice chilled it. By the time I made the second soda, the syrup was so thick it just hardened in the bottom of the glass. That has never happened with simple syrups for me before, but I have never reduced them so much.

I plan to try adding water and heating it briefly to see if I can salvage the rest of the syrup because it is DELISH!

Nxtdoor

Normally you only boil simple syrup until the sugar dissolved . Reducing it by half, it is not simple syrup anymore, “Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick.”

OMGsrsly

I will have to try that tea syrup recipe!

ashmanra

Ah, the recipe I was using specified to reduce. I should have stayed with my usual method. Thank you, Nxtdoor!

Ysaurella

Perrier water already contains gas naturally whereas in San pellerino the gas is added to the water, thats’ another difference.
This tea seems really nice as well (for a syrup or for an hot tea)

ashmanra

Thank you, Ysaurella! That is helpful! I think Perrier was a good choice for the tea soda. It really is a delicious tea.

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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
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This is a sample sent by Laurent and Sophie at Nina’s. Thank you! I tried to review this early this morning but Steepster was acting up again and it wouldn’t let me.

I used my whole sample to make a small pot of hot tea. My friend and I drank one 5 ounce cup each with no sweetener. The rooibos base comes through very clearly but the strawberry is nice and fruity. I saved the remaining eight ounces and let it cool. I added simple syrup and ice, and I think this is the way I enjoyed it most. It is nice and light, clear and fruity.

Thank you again, Nina’s!

Bonnie

GOOD THING I READ THIS BECAUSE I TOLD NINAS THAT I’M ALLERGIC TO ROOIBOS AND THEY SENT ME THIS TEA. THANKS ASH!

Indigobloom

Bonnuie, a language barrier perhaps? Glad to see you around here!

ashmanra

A friend just bought Toasted Nut Brûlée Oolong at Teavana. She opened her bag and I looked at it and told her it was almost ALL room is and there was little oolong in it! So don’t drink that one, Bonnie!

Bonnie

I’m appreciative for Nina’s samples and sure that regular containers are labled with contents. Some companies don’t list ingredients even online which is terrible. Nina’s DOES list them online.
Ash, I’d be so upset if I got a bag full of fillers! I actually made up my own box at home with the easy blendables like dry ginger, cocoa nibs, orange peel, dry berries and burdock root, flowes and mint, cinnamon chips. Why pay extra for the easier blends. It’s easy to create a cocoa mint tea or cinnamon puerh.

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I ordered way, WAY too matcha when I first started trying it! Now I have so much that I may not be able to finish it all before it gets too old. This was a favorite and there isn’t much left, so I thought I would make an afternoon latte with it for the rest of the week to finish it off.

This is my second favorite flavor, behind almond matcha. It is really delightful, creamy with a lemon-y flavor like lemon meringue pie? Well, I guess it tastes like Bavarian Cream, but since I have never had an authentic one I have to compare to something I know!

This is delicious and I would definitely re-order when I finish my almond, strawberry, French vanilla, cheesecake, bilberry, black cherry, white chocolate, and peanut butter ones. LOL!

TeaBrat

I know the feeling!

Indigobloom

I’m in the same boat, I have so many! and not nearly enough tins because I felt like I could only justify a few… even though I ordered more tea than tins!

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drank SBT: Earl Grey by 52teas
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I will be sad to see this go. In fact, I will probably be looking the same way Captain Picard looks on the package. This is not very bergamot-y to me, but more citrus candy-ish. Nice tea. I only have two packs left.

JustJames

i have this in the mail!!!

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This was great with my lunch of leftover Asian buffet takeout. The jasmine is fairly light in this one, as in, if you hate tea that tastes like cologne you could drink this. The jasmine is lightly sweet and the green base is a little…gutsy? It doesn’t overpower the jasmine, though.

This is good with food, but for my “cuddle the cup of calm” jasmine tea, I will still take Teavivre’s Premium Jasmine Dragon Pearls or Jasmine Silver Needle white tea!

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drank Bilberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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My son has been coming home on weekends to help his dad replace our back privacy fence. They complete only about two panels a week because they have to cut out the forty year old fence that is there (but falling), dig up the old posts, some of which have concrete at the base, and they are building a fence my husband designed so that means ripping lumber, shaping the post tops, digging new post holes that are deeper, etc. It is really hard work in terrible heat and humidity. They can only work for about five hours, then it is Motrin time!

To my surprise, they requested a few weeks ago that I make a large carafe of iced matcha water to keep them going! We have done strawberry and black cherry the last two times, so today when my son said, “Surprise me!” I chose this one.

I will compare this to blueberry flavor because from what I can see, they are virtually identical. Also, this was the first time I order an upgrade on the matcha base and went down a notch in the flavor level to distinctive instead of getting robust. I think this will become my usual way to order matcha.

I need to get some blueberries and really, REALLY taste them, paying close attention. (I can’t do this with the blueberries I have right now because my chicken hopped right onto the edge of the container and perched there eating straight from the box while I was tossing them out as chicken treats. I guess I was too slow.) I say this because I have several blueberry teas, they all taste like this one, and they all taste like violet candies to me, and I have never associated that flavor with blueberries before.

I realize that Bilberries may not taste exactly the same as blueberry, but this tea tastes like my blueberry teas. And it is delicious. My son really liked it. Last time he came, he requested a whole tin of strawberry matcha to take back with him. I won’t be surprised if he requests this one this week!

Ysaurella

thanks to your note, I discovered the existence of bilberries ! sounds nice as blueberries ;)

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drank SBT: Mango Peach by 52teas
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This first time I made this, I was multitasking and messed up. It was ok, but not great, and all my fault. The second time it must have been good because two people drank almost the whole gallon within a few hours of its being made.

This morning I really paid attention. I measured my boiling water carefully, but I steeped it three times instead of two. I added water and ice. I had added one cup of sugar while it was hot, and added enough water to bring it up to a full gallon of tea.

This is delicious! I am getting more mango than peach, which is what I was hoping for!

An aside: I am a little weepy as I write this – partly for joy, partly a little sad. Miss Arcluckle, our little pullet, never laid an egg. I checked her hips faithfully and they never spread enough for laying. She became HUGE – twice the size of my other hens. Then three days ago, she crowed! “She” took over guardianship of the flock, and assumed all rooster duties because…well, she is a he. Which means we had to get rid of him because you can not have a rooster in city limits. It is very difficult to place a rooster and most are just given away, but it is hard to know what happens to them. (Sometimes dinner) However, a breeder needed some fresh genetic material for his flock for next year, and he wants him! So Mr, Arcluckle is going to a lover, instead of Coq au Vin!

JustJames

oh dear and oh yay! any change is sad after you name them and love them…. at least he’s going to a happy place. and i’m very glad you got the essence of mango you wanted!!

Veronica

I’m glad a breeder wanted him. Hopefully he will be well cared for and will have a high old time with his new brood of hens. :)

Terri HarpLady

Yay for Mr Arcluckle!!! Every rooster’s dream is to have his own harem, where he can strut & cluck & crow, & it sounds like his dream is coming true! Even though his good fortune is a little bitter-sweet, it would make for a fun children’s story! :D

K S

Still chuckling – trust me the rooster couldn’t be happier where he’s going.

OK, I have a package of Mango Black tea. It says it makes a gallon. How should I prepare this? I’m not sure what you did above.

ashmanra

Here is what I do with all of these – pour sixteen ounces boiling water over bag right in my measuring cup or in a pitcher. Steep 2min 30 sec, pour off tea, add sixteen ounces boiling water to bag again, steep 3 minutes maximum, pour off tea. Add sugar if you wish, then top up with cold water and ice to make a gallon. For a little extra flavor, you can steep the bag a third time but I still only add enough water to bring it up to a gallon, and you really don’t need the third steep.

K S

Thanks. Got it. I hadn’t opened the pouch yet and did not realize there is a bag inside. Your directions sound like how my parents prepare Lipton – minus the whole keeping track of the time thing ^^ and adding the sugar.

CHAroma

Mr. Arcluckle! What a great name! I’m sorry that you had to give him up, but at least you found him a nice new home.

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Today was tea party day! My best friend had brought some lovely organic peaches yesterday, and since I know my weekly guest loves peaches and loves my home made ice cream, I decided to make a cobbler and vanilla ice cream. We needed a special tea time since she won’t be here next week!

When I serve something sweet like that, I like to serve an unflavored black or roasted oolong tea that will contrast and complement the food. This was brilliant with the sweet foods we were eating.

I continued my experiments with it, raising the temperature to 203F instead of the recommended 195F to give it some gumption, since it is so very refined. I steeped it for about three minutes and I must say it was a delightful pairing. This was the first time I picked up strong notes of unsweetened dark coca powder. Love it!

The next two teas were chosen because of the sweets but intended to be served after. We had Teavivre’s Oriental Beauty to sample the natural peach-y notes caused by the leaf hoppers, and then we had a full on peach flavored tea from Harney and Sons, to see the difference between natural notes and flavors compared with added flavors.

Sil

Really like this one!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! I’m looking forward to having more of this!

Miss Starfish

Homemade cobbler and ice cream? What heavenly pairings!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I need to buy peaches now! Cobbler ahoy!

Stephanie

Sounds like a dreamy tea party!

TeaBrat

peach cobbler and ice cream? oh yum!

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