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drank Ma Passion by Nina's Paris
361 tasting notes

Sip down. This will be a reorder. I find myself craving it.

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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
31 tasting notes

Thanks so much to Sil for including this one in the HGTTB for me!
I’m so excited to try this! I’ve almost brewed it a couple of times, but as it’s the first tea I’ll be having from Nina’s Paris, I wanted to wait until I’d have some undistracted time to try it. Dry, it smells mostly of sour fruit and roses, with a follow up of sweet vanilla. As the water hits the leaves though, I get mostly green, with a bit of floral, and I was worried for a minute that this might be all that I would get in the flavor. Luckily, my fears were unfounded!
The taste of this is so juicy, without being fake or to the level of watered down fruit juice. For me, the rose is in the fore-front, and followed by fruit. I can’t really pick one out specifically, but if I had to, I would say cherry, rather than strawberery, takes the spotlight. Just picked cherry flavor though, not maraschino from a jar. The black base is smooth, but doesn’t really make itself known compared to the green in this cup. This is fine with me, as
The smell gets better and better as it cools. The vanilla really comes out, and the scent reminds me a little of a campino candy, but with less sugar and more freshness. The crispness of the green seems to recede a little, allowing the other flavors some time to shine. I brewed this as a black, and it’s not bitter, with just a hint of astringency after the sip. I’m excited to try this brewed as a green next time, and thanks to Sil being very generous with the amount when I asked to sample this, I can!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Glad you can play with it :)

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drank Thé de Vendome by Nina's Paris
23 tasting notes

from the wonderful Marzipan!

This tea was delightful. Light refreshing citrus flavour. Satisfying. The aroma was divine and the taste delicate and enticing. I really feel the grapefruit complemented the keemun very well. Well balanced. I enjoyed this so much that I added it to my wish list post haste. ;)
Thanks Marzipan!

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Orange

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

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drank Jamais Vu by Nina's Paris
831 tasting notes

This one quit a strong smell in both dry and brewed form. I feel like it smells like tart apples.

I am finding this one a bit more bold an the usual Nina’s Paris black base but that could be my steeping parameters. I think it is better at a lower temp.

I am tasting lots of orange and orange peel. There’s a very strong tart Apple taste but I am wondering if that is supposed to be the pineapple. There is a strong undertone of safflowers.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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

Well, this one sure didn’t last long, sigh. So good! Must get more soon.

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

Trying my first tea from Nina’s Paris! I really appreciate that they have cheap shipping on small orders, so you don’t feel pressured to buy a lot just to justify the postage. It got here fast too.

So J t’Aime. This one really hits the spot. When I opened the bag, I smelled boozy caramel. It reminds me a little bit of David’s Buttered Rum, but they have different bases, and a different balance among the flavors. J t’Aime has a breakfast tea-type base, strong, dark, and just a touch bitter (but not unpleasantly so). The caramel comes through strongest to me, while the vanilla and liqueur notes lightly round it out. Highly recommended.

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

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drank Jamais Vu by Nina's Paris
361 tasting notes

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drank Ma Passion by Nina's Paris
1083 tasting notes

Another sample from Marzipan thanks again!!!

This is another winner from Nina’s. Sweet juicy passion fruit! Really natural and well balanced flavor with the base. Great stuff!

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I love my Nina’s teas. I think they might be my favorite French tea company so far. Not long ago I went on a binge and ordered a bunch of their teas. While I was comparing prices on Amazon (the online Nina’s store was better), I saw this tea on Amazon but couldn’t find it on the Nina’s site. Laurent started a chat with me while I was browsing and added it within moments. Great service!

I love the white tin that this comes in. 80g of tea is a lot, so if anyone wants a sample let me know. I wonder why this one gets a special white tin instead of the normal red ones?

Anyway, it’s a nice tea. Not my favorite of the flavored Nina’s teas by any means, but a nice cup. It’s a little bit orange-y. I didn’t get some of the other flavors that other reviews mentioned. It’s not transporting me like Grand Amour or The des Anges, but it’s nice enough and I won’t have any trouble finishing it I’m sure.

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
361 tasting notes

I usually don’t reach for strawberry teas, but this tea has me reconsidering that. Easily the best strawberry tea I have ever had.

I took this to class the other day and it didn’t taste anything like I thought it should – or like the reviews led me to believe. It tasted orange/spicey. So I figured that was user error and sure enough, my steeper still smelled like the prior tea. I tried again today and I have been happily nursing a 16 oz serving of this. Delicious, strawberry and cream. I really love it.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
154 tasting notes

Smells: Apples, sweet plums, pear, with a hint of a fruit orchard
Tastes: stronger taste of apples, a bit of pear with a finish of floral bitterness

Flavors: Apple, Fruit Tree Flowers, Pear, Plums

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
1901 tasting notes

From MissB, probably a really long time ago. Thank you!

It’s not bad. There were lots of crumbs in the bag, which is why I hadn’t made it before. As it sat and I drank it, it went quite bitter because of the tiny pieces.

When fresh, the flavour was nice. It was… EG-ish I think maybe? IDK. I have a headache and I’m cooking dinner and also cleaning my apartment. So I wasn’t paying a lot of attention. I drank it up quite fast though, and would be happy to try it again if I had the opportunity.

:)

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

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drank Miz by Nina's Paris
274 tasting notes

Mmm, I think this may be the best cherry-flavored tea I’ve tried! This seems to be a hard flavor to get right…it can easily be too artificial or medicinal or tart. But this tea tastes like real cherry juice: sweet and natural. The base tea is very light and silky and I’m not picking up any grassiness or bitterness after a 2-minute steep. Thank you to Kaylee for the sample!

Flavors: Cherry, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kaylee

Glad you liked it!

Inkling

Thanks so much for sharing! I love trying new teas. :)

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drank Mon Secret by Nina's Paris
154 tasting notes

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drank Mon Secret by Nina's Paris
154 tasting notes

Smell: Malty, sweet, tropical, and delicate
Tastes: Smooth, hint of astringency, and light

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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drank The des Muses by Nina's Paris
1036 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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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
122 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
1109 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
1109 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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drank Gemini by Nina's Paris
972 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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drank Scorpio by Nina's Paris
972 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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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
831 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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drank Etoile du Nord by Nina's Paris
831 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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