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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
47 tasting notes

The dry leaves are all about vanilla and caramel. Sweet and strong. My body was lifted up and lured towards the scent like a cartoon character. The fragrance had me stepping into in a confectioner’s shop. After steeping, the brew’s aroma shouts vanilla and caramel along with a buttery sweetness. After brewing this tea, my little office smelled like a french patisserie fully of buttery sweetness. The tea itself surprised me, as the flavor is actually subtle. Coconut, vanilla, butter, caramel and malty black tea all play nicely together. I could also detect notes of raw almonds. The caramel flavor is smooth and pleasant, not at all like the demanding scent of the brewed tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank The des Muses by Nina's Paris
1001 tasting notes

This tea is all citrus and roses which is just lovely. The first thing I taste is grapefruit, followed by a high, bright lemon note. The rose comes in right at the end of the sip, but it’s soft… delicate rather than like perfume. The strawberry is noticeable in the smell but not in the sip which was a tiny bit disappointing, but I also liked smelling berry while tasting citrus and rose. It all worked together to make a very, very nice tea.

Thank you Blodeuyn for for this tasty sample!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
121 tasting notes

Man, I can’t believe my winter break is almost over. At least it has been a nice one, just wish I was a bit more productive. At least my room is not a disaster anymore. Plus for Christmas my parents got me my first smart phone, NOW I AM PART OF THE FUTURE! I love it so much (its a LG G3)! It is like having a mini computer in my hand. You can edit the interface so much too!

Anyways after getting a few samples from Ninas tea I finally got a review up for it. This one was my favorite out of the three; though they all were really good.

I have tried black and green mix teas before and they were….. ok. It’s tough to mix different types of teas, especially ones with totally different types of brewing temp like green and black. But that is what intrigued me about the tea. I love weird and experimental stuff. Plus just look at it! It’s so pretty! Not to mention it has strawberry and vanilla flavors. Not sure what type of black tea is in it, but I am sure that the green tea in the mix is a Japanese one by the looks of it. I was pondering what temp to brew the tea at for best results and I decided on 190F; hot enough to bring out the black tea flavor, but not hot enough to totally bake the green tea.

Oh man was this tea good. The black tea flavor was not over powering, but had a ligh­t, malty flavor that complemented the tangy “green” flavor, with hints of floral bits from both; though that could be from the pretty flowers in the mix. The flavoring is perfect as well. Nice strong, sweet, fruit flavor with a supporting, not overpowering vanilla flavor. Once again the flavor added seems to last forever, even into the 3rd steep. I didn’t even bother really with adding sugar. It tasted so good without, like it had real fresh fruit in it, and didn’t taste bitter at all.

Overall: 5 out of 5

The full review with the other teas is here:
http://tunesntea.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/ninas-paris-tea-sample-review/

Flavors: Floral, Green, Malt, Strawberry, Sweet, Tangy, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
962 tasting notes

Thanks to the generous Lala for passing down a cup of this! I’m not sure how old this tea is, but I’m only picking up vanilla with a touch of fruit in the background, but it’s not distinctively peach or apricot. It almost tastes more like apple than the former two. Nice and smooth, no bitterness or astringency. I could see myself picking up some of this when I make an order (ugh, whenever that’ll be…).

Lala

I am not a hundred percent sure how old it is but most likely 6-8 months -ish

Fjellrev

Ah ok, either way it was really smooth. I’m sure it’s fantastic fresh. :)

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drank The des Muses by Nina's Paris
962 tasting notes

Morning cup thanks to the wonderful Lala! I got mostly strawberry from this with a hint of citrus, but no distinctive grapefruit or rose. It didn’t go bitter at all.

Someday I’ll get off my butt and make a Nina’s order… when my stash dwindles. Always saying that!

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83
drank Gemini by Nina's Paris
965 tasting notes

Another one from madametj! This one sounds oddly close to Taurus, though I’m excited by the addition of grapefruit. I just think it’s weird that they’d make two that are so similar. Anyway! I can’t smell any grapefruit in the dry leaf, just strawberry.

The steeped tea has a really lovely strawberry scent, it reminds me of jam. And I think perhaps I can smell a touch of citrus as well. The taste is an interesting combination of strawberry candy or jam, cream, and a touch of citrus (not sure I would pick out grapefruit, possibly more like orange). I wish there was a bit more flavor, to be honest, as it’s pretty light. Still yummy though.

Flavors: Cream, Jam, Orange, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70
drank Scorpio by Nina's Paris
965 tasting notes

This one is from my swap with madametj. I was happy to see it since I’ve been curious about these zodiac teas for a while, and I’ve only tried one so far (Taurus). There are a few purple flowers mixed in with the red rooibos base. Dry scent is kind of sour, which is odd.

The steeped tea smells a bit like pickles for whatever reason… It kind of tastes like pickles, too? Not sure what’s going on there. If I really think about it, I can taste apricot and peach with cream, but my tongue really thinks it’s pickle tea. :P

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Dustin

Ha! So it’s not just me! I totally got the pickle taste too and thought I had done something wrong.

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80
drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
819 tasting notes

While hot, the base had quite a burnt taste. Not burnt in a bad way, like burnt caramel but without the sweetness. I think it is from the black/green mix for the base. The tea becomes much more caramalized sugar type burnt as it cools. There are strong vanilla and mallow flavours. It makes the tea liquor feel quite thick. There is a generic red fruits flavour to the tea but I am not able to distinguish which red fruit. There is maybe a bit of red currant in there.

This tea is a bit too strong on the mallow flavour for me, but that could be how I brewed it. It is definitely a great tea, would make a great dessert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Etoile du Nord by Nina's Paris
819 tasting notes

Free sample from Nina’s Paris. Thanks so much Laurent!

This one came as a sachet.

This tea is quite reminding me of something and I had a hard time putting my finger on it until I looked at the ingredients. It has rhubarb. It is quite similar to Dammann’s Jardin Bleu that was yesterday’s advent tea. How funny it is that they taste similar and are also French teas.

The black base in this one is quite strong. There is a strong rhubarb flavour with floral scents. I don’t think I have much experience with violet, which is what is in this tea, so I am unsure what I should be tasting.

Overall this one is good. It is a bit bitter but that could be a brewing issue. I have another sachet to try.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Cameron B.

Lol, I love the rhubarb teas with such random names. XD

Lala

Based in the name I would not have anticipated this to be rhubarb at all. It was a nice surprise.

Cameron B.

Yeah, neither “Blue Garden” or “North Star” says rhubarb to me. Crazy Frenchies. :P

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82
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
2615 tasting notes

This sample tea came from The Cookie Lady and I am enjoying it this afternoon.

To me the cup smells something like coconut and the flavor is mellow with notes of chocolate and caramel. My only gripe is I’m picking up some slight artificial aftertaste in this that I’m not totally enjoying. But there’s a slight fruitiness in it as well. I’m not looking for any more flavored teas in my cupboard, but if I was, this wouldn’t be a bad addition as a nice afternoon/dessert tea. Especially with sugar!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
11 tasting notes

Once again another lovely sample from The Cookie Lady, making this my 5th cup of black tea today! I decided to try this tea without first looking up what others thought of it, and was able to really smell the sweetness of the tea but couldn’t quite place it. Now that I ‘peeked’ it clicked for me that it is caramel and I can’t believe I couldn’t figure it out on my own! The black tea base to this is very mellow and with absolutely no bitterness which I love. I think for my next cup I will sweeten it a bit to really bring out the caramel flavors in addition to the aroma.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Jamais Vu by Nina's Paris
1001 tasting notes

This came to me from the very kind Blodeuyn. Thank you!

This is a fairly light and fruity black tea. There’s lots of citrus as well as tropical flavors. I definitely taste pineapple and mango. A floral note is also present though it is much lighter than the fruit. Overall a really nice blend.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
614 tasting notes

Thank you tons to Laurant for sending me a sample of this months ago! Dude. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had the time to sit and drink tea. But now that finals weeks is upon us, its time for tea!

This ones was just okay. A nice blend of flavours, but I’m not the biggest fan of sweet strawberry/cherry/raspberry flavours in a black/green blend. I tend to like those more as herbal flavours. Ahh well, it’s a lovely tea, just not for me!

ashmanra

This is actually one of my favorite Nina’s teas! I love the fruity flavors and this particular green/black blend hasn’t been finicky for me. Everyone’s tastes are so different. That is why we all need to have so many teas in our houses!

ashmanra

And good luck on finals!

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80
drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
965 tasting notes

This sample came from Sil. I’m not sure why tea companies insist on making black/green blends, as they make no sense to me and I can never taste the green tea anyway. It just makes it more of a pain than anything, having to lower the steep temperature because of the green tea. Bah! Anyway! This is a black/green mix with some flower petals in it. Dry scent reminds me of strawberry candy.

Mm, once steeped I can definitely smell the vanilla as well as the red fruits. The flavor is actually quite good (though all I can think about is that it would be better if it were an all-black base). The red fruits is mostly strawberry to me, with some raspberry as well, and it’s sort of candylike but in a good way that adds dimension. The vanilla is soft and smoothing. Overall, pretty good.

Flavors: Candy, Raspberry, Strawberry, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Marzipan

I don’t like the black/green blends either.

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86

Sipdown (101)!

Totally a blueberry tea! Again, the very much dominant flavour in this is sweet blueberry candy, although I can in fact confirm that the orange flavour I was tasting in the last mug was not from the orange chocolate I was eating since I tasted it again in this cup.

So overall: very flavourful blueberry candy with sweet, juicy orange flavour and a smooth black base that hangs out nicely in the background. I think I also maybe tasted raspberry in this too but it was hard to discern amongst the blueberry. If I didn’t already stock another much more easily available blueberry I’d definitely be stocking this one – it was really good. Raising my rating.

Also; two side notes from work today. I have determined that one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do it explain to a very old, bitchy woman how a calendar works (like, seriously!?) and that it’s the best feeling when you’ve had someone come in every day for weeks asking for one specific thing and it finally comes in stock. They just light up when you present it to them.

Fjellrev

Haha yeah, I love the feeling when you make a customer so happy like that. But it’s amazing how rude some customers can be. Makes me wonder where they work, or have worked if they’re retired.

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86

My morning cup of tea!

I feel very accomplished because I did a lot of things this morning that I needed to do; I called my manager at Sobeys and fixed the schedule problem I had for tomorrow, I messaged Lee and let him down as easily as possible (while still being firm about my position) and that went more smoothly than I expected, and I called my Mom and got the shipping info I needed to finish my Dad’s Christmas present so now I’m all done Christmas shopping! Hooray!

In regard to the Lee thing, he basically got angry and acted like I had wasted his time despite us never actually even going on the date, and then told me to take his number out of my phone which may be a bit extreme but it’s less “Death Threat” or “Rape Dungeon” than I was expecting…

And, all of that while sipping on this tea! I couldn’t for the life of me remember what was in it though, but taste wise I was certain there had to be blueberries: this is so strong on the blueberry notes. It’s different than Blueberry Jam too; this is almost more candy sweet where as, while Blueberry Jam tastes syrupy it’s in a more natural/raw way? Does that make sense? I also thought I was tasting oranges in this but then I remember I had been eating Orange Cream chocolates on the walk home so I discounted that, but now looking this up there actually is orange flavour in it so now I’m not sure if I was actually tasting that or if it was from the orange in the chocolate. Didn’t really taste the raspberry or passiofruit but perhaps they were just a part what was, overall, making the blueberry taste more candy like?

Also, I was sure this is a black tea but Pu’Erh leaves are the listed ingredient. Really? This is so mild compared to pretty much any Pu’Erh I’ve ever had – and I didn’t really taste anything earthy either. It was so smooth. So not that I’m complaining because it was delicious, but I’m really shocked/surprised?

Anyway, thank you VariaTEA – I really look forward to my last cup. This is pretty close to being up there with Japon and Jamais Vu as favourite Nina’s Paris teas.

Flavors: Blueberry, Candy, Orange

Cameron B.

Yummy, will put on my list to try!

Christina

Glad that the whole situation with CreepyGuy turned out relatively ok. Sounds like he needs a big lesson in the idea of friendzoning…

OMGsrsly

Phew! Glad that didn’t go too badly. Best of luck dealing with him when you see him at work.

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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
7 tasting notes

I am tasting this for the first time and have been waiting to try this one. I am a little disappointed as I find it doesn’t have a lot of flavour. The mug I am drinking from is a little larger (about 12 oz) so maybe I will try again in a smaller mug. I really don’t taste much of the vanilla or caramel. I will hold off on this one and rate it again.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Coconut, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Assam by Nina's Paris
1 tasting notes

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81
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
110 tasting notes

Got this in a great swap with Christina some months back, and it’s different in a good way. The flavors pull together well, a buttery-textured toasted rice/hazlenut with a peek of vanilla/caramel. Reminiscent of Chicago Tea Garden’s Sticky Rice Puerh Tuocha with a whiff of vanilla/caramel added. Resteeps well.

This would be a perfect tea to share for an evening in front of the fireplace. Full, soft, comforting and yet a little complexity.

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95
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
164 tasting notes

Thanks so much to The Cookie Lady for sending me a sample of this one! A 3-minute steep produced a rich reddish-brown brew with a strong sweet scent. It has a lovely rich vanilla flavor with just a touch of buttery caramel. The base is nice and smooth without a hint of bitterness. I am so excited to have found another caramel vanilla tea that I love ALMOST as much as Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam (since I know I’m bound to run out of that one eventually…)

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I like the refreshingness of this tea – the spearmint and lemon are a nice combo and it is cool to see a minty lemon tea that isn’t a herbal. Adam is great for a winter pick me up for afternoon tea. I’m not a fan of spearmint, but if I was, I’d be all over this tea.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/ninas-paris-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

This one is the favorite of the 3 Nina’s Paris I tried for this batch of Oolong Owl tea reviews. The orange flavor is awesome – sweet and kind of like clementines. The earthy base compliments the berry flavors nicely. The finish is raspberry and blueberry, with a lingering raspberry taste. Another tea I wish I had more so I could try it iced.

I think I like Magicienne and Marie Antoinette a little more, but this one is pretty good right now as I’m hurting for those tasty summer berries!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/ninas-paris-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Yum, a grapefruit tea! I found this tea delicate in flavor but had plenty going on. Sips in strawberry (tops and all) with a hint of rose. The green tea base melds perfectly with the straberry flavor. The tea finishes with a tangy white grapefruit flavor. I wish I had more to try iced as I think it’ll be even better!

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/ninas-paris-tea-review/

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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64
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
541 tasting notes

Got a sample of this from Cameron B.! :D
Have been wanting to try this tea since it’s caramel and chocolate-which is always good in my book. xD
When I first smelled this tea, I thought that maybe the black tea base would overpower the caramel and chocolate flavors. But when I began to drink it, it surprised me! It wasn’t as strong as I hoped, but I could still taste the chocolate and caramel.
Mostly caramel is in the aftertaste.
So not as great as I’d hope, but not horrible. I’ve definitely had worse-haha!
Thanks for the sample though, Cameron B.!

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Chocolate

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