Nina's Paris

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77
drank Etoile du Nord by Nina's Paris
809 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
2578 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
882 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
606 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
827 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
103 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
133 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
437 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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90
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
606 tasting notes

I got this many moons ago when Laurant was handing out samples of his tea. I jumped on it because VariaTEA loved them so much. She sent me a whole lot of their zodiac blends, but this time with Laurant, I went with the greens and black teas!

This tea is so good oh my gosh. Lovely chocolate/caramel/vanilla scents when you open up the baggie, and it comes out more as it steeps. It did turn a bit bitter when I drank it straight, but I think this is a tea that needed the milk and sugar!! Ahh so so SO good. When I lessen my tea stash, I’ll definitely get my hands on some of this tea :)

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
VariaTEA

I could have shared this with you too had I known you were interested :)

jump62359

Hahha it’s all good! You gave me more than enough! I’m still trying to get through all the teas you gave me :)

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73
drank Nina's Paris by Nina's Paris
2606 tasting notes

Sipdown! 981. Apparently I had misplaced one of my Nina’s samples generously sent quite a while back by Laurent (very belated thanks!) and since it was both an easy sipdown AND in a baggie, it was an easy choice for tonight when I found it.

Upon opening the package, a delicious juicy aroma filled my nostrils… surprising, considering both age and packaging. By that aroma, if I’d had to guess, I would have assumed it was some version of a red fruits tea. Looks like I’d be incorrect though, and would have figured that out once I took a sip, since orange is definitely the most dominant flavour here, along with a bit of smokiness and additional fruitiness to round things out. Although a bit more muted, the orange reminds me of the orange flavour in Butiki’s Two Friends – and I really quite enjoy that flavouring. (I miss the chocolate though, haha.) Overall, it’s a pretty good blend – a fruity, possibly smoky (this could be contamination) tea, and I feel like it could be great iced, although I’ll probably never end up trying it that way.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
827 tasting notes

This sample is from NayLynn. I’m pretty bad about neglecting my swap samples for a while, sorry! I’m surprised I haven’t tried this one sooner, considering it combines two of my favorite flavors – vanilla and caramel. It has the typical black tea base – small leaves that are a super dark reddish brown color that’s almost black. Dry scent is extremely creamy and buttery, in fact I couldn’t smell vanilla at all really.

Mm, the steeped tea smells like vanilla custard swirled with a rich, buttery caramel sauce. The taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, but it is quite good. The vanilla manifests more as a creaminess than actual vanilla for me. I can taste the caramel moreso, and it’s extremely buttery but not very sweet. My cup has just a touch of bitterness, but it’s probably because I overleafed it a tad. Overall, it’s good, but I was hoping for more.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84
drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
79 tasting notes

Sipdown! (7/202)

Thanks to VariaTEA for the chance to try this sample.

This was the first Nina’s tea I ever tried, and I was definitely impressed. There was enough leaf in the sample for two lovely cups, but I will seriously consider procuring more of this to try cold steeping at some point.

In dry form, I couldn’t specify any scents I noticed, possibly as it’s been in my sipdown box for a while now. Brewing, however, I could pick out both the pineapple and coconut scents. It smelled super tropical, and I could barely wait to drink it.

I wasn’t actually expecting to enjoy this as much as I did – I’m not that big on green teas usually, and I’ve only found one pineapple tea I’ve enjoyed (Bluebird Tea Co.‘s ’Retro Ted’) although I love anything else pineapple. Having said that, I am obsessed with coconut teas, and can’t think of one I’ve disliked. In this tea, the coconut flavour is prominent at the beginning of the sip, and then as a creamy background note with the pineapple taking over. There is a slight grassiness from the green tea but it actually works well in conjunction with the flavours and isn’t as offputting as I usually find it. Everything works really well together, and I’m sad to see this tea go. Thanks again for the sample, VariaTEA!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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

HHTTB

Caramel. Niiiice. This tea has that same delicious caramel taste that MF’s Wedding Imperial has, but seems much more forgiving on the steeping parameters. It is a little similar to Japon minus the genmacha too. It is very evenly flavored and is a very enjoyable cup!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
hippiechick 42

This is an amazing tea!

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79
drank Eve by Nina's Paris
133 tasting notes

Okay so I’m definitely going to need to order from Nina’s Paris one day. This is the second tea I’ve tried from them, courtesy of Ost who sent me sample, and it is delicious! I mostly taste peach, but something about this seemed more special than your run-of-the-mill peach black tea. Perhaps it was just the quality that made it better? It smelled fantastic, too! I got two good steeps before it started to weaken (just like the first tea I had from this company). Anyone have any other suggestions for teas I should try from Nina’s Paris??

Flavors: Peach

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80
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
133 tasting notes

100th TASTING NOTE!!!! WOO HOO!!!

I’m feeling pretty accomplished right now :) In the 2 months I’ve been on Steepster, I’ve tried 100 new teas (although that’s not exactly true since I’ve logged one or two teas twice). My cupboard has grown exponentially, it seems. My tastes have already begun to define themselves and I know soooo much more about tea. I’ve been blessed to find some really good tea people to swap with, and I’ve tried to make sure to be extra generous with those newer than me since others did the same for me at first.

I purposely saved this tea for my 100th note for that very reason. NayLynn was so generous as to send me this tea a couple of weeks ago as a birthday present even though we hadn’t even talked about my birthday coming up. I couldn’t believe it when I opened my swap package with her to find the bag of swap teas and a neatly wrapped and decorated tin with this inside. I cannot believe the amount of goodness I’ve seen in people here on Steepster :)

Anyway, 100th TASTING NOTE!! WOO HOO!! This is my first Nina’s Paris tea, so I was very excited to try it this morning. It was so perfect for a first cup! It is spot-on vanilla and caramel with a hearty black base. I got two really good steeps with a third steep that was weaker but still good. I’m going to be drinking this a lot on crisp fall mornings. It’s perfect. I’m glad I’ve got a sample of another Nina’s Paris tea to try from another swap, too. Perhaps I’ll have to place an order when I run out of this!

Thank you so much, NayLynn :)

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Jennkay

Congrats on 100! It’s always exciting to reach tasting note milestones :)

Inkling

Congratulations on reaching 100 tasting notes! :)

Ost

Congrats!!!! :D

cookies

Congrats on #100!

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91
drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
4637 tasting notes

Backlog:

The bergamot aroma was very faint and I found that to be a tad disappointing because that’s one of the things that I love about Earl Grey … that immediate recognition of the strong bergamot aroma.

Fortunately, the bergamot is present in the taste! And this is a really, really good Earl Grey!

I love the Keemun base. Strong black tea with a zesty bergamot flavor shining through. I love the way the wine-like notes meld with the bergamot.

A top-notch Earl Grey. Read more about my tasting of this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/07/23/earl-grey-black-tea-from-ninas-paris/

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