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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #27
I wanted to reach for my creamsicle tea yesterday morning, but I must work on the teabox! So I remembered this one was in there with it’s orange, mandarin and pineapple. I’m guessing the tea labeled ‘Jamais Vu’ was Nina’s? It’s the only one on Steepster. The light brew is fruity, but it’s hard to pick out the orange and the pineapple. I’m mostly tasting mandarin. But I really need a kick from black tea in the morning and this tea is so light. That’s why the creamsicle with the CTC base would be so perfect. No matter how much I love teaboxes, it’s always fun to go back to my tea collection and have my favorites. :D
I actually finished all I had of this. I went to order more and send some to my daughter (who loves spearmint) and the Nina’s US site was flipping gone! I sent Laurent a message on Facebook and no response. Oh well. So this brings my cupboard number down to half a billion or so. The cupboard here is woefully outdated and the thought of doing inventory gives me hives.
Happy New Year!
I think this came from the monthly TTB earlier this year. I thought I’d reviewed this when I first got it, but apparently not. I just finished what I had of it. I enjoyed it. It was a mild green that was buttery and sweet. It was hard to tell what flavors came from the tea itself and what came from the added flavoring. I would definitely drink this again.
Last night I finished it off by mixing it with some White Peony. It made it lighter and softer with a hint of flowers. It was an enjoyable way to finish this tea.
Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Vegetal
I found this by surprise at Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris. Which BTW, everyone should go and see. It is a really small museum of impressionist and post-impressionist modern art. It is quite expensive to get in, compared to the not too much you get to look at, 9 euros. But, it houses Monet’s Waterlillies (AKA Nympheas). They are absolutely amazing to just sit and gaze at. Even if you are not an impressionist fan, I am not, but these are just a beautiful art peices.
Anyway, there is a little café/gift shop and they sell this tea! I totally stumbled on it by accident. I can’t find any history on this tea on any of the Nina’s Paris websites, US or EU, but it appears that this tea would have been created specifically for these paintings. As any one that has followed me for a while, you all know I am a big lover of Nina’s Paris. I was kind of disappointed I did not know about it before, this is something I totally would have picked up from Nina’s. It feels like it is this secret tea that only a select few know about. Kind of like Fete de Versailles (which is super delish).
Anyway, enough gushing and moving on to the tea. The ingredients list Sri Lankan black tea, apricot flavours and cornflowers.
The tea smells strongly of black tea with apricot perfume/scent. The tea brews up dark red-brown. It has the same apricot perfume/scent. The tea tastes like a moderate to strong bold black tea. There is a flavour of apricot. It is initially quite natural tasting but then if does fade into a bit of artificial flavour. It is also quite strong. The corn flowers make the tea taste quite thick but they are also quite strong in flavour. But I am wondering if that is just due to what got scooped up to brew.
I rarely do a second steep but I was too lazy to do a “new” steep, so I re-steeped this one. The second steep is actually better the first. The flavours just all blend together better.
I quite like apricot teas and have been on a quest to find the best black tea with apricot. Many of them come off just so artificial, or bitter, or the flavour doesn’t blend well with the tea. I think this blend does a good job.
This is a good blend. Not my absolute Nina’s favourite but I am still quite happy to have found it and to have tried it. Totally makes me feel like I am a member of the secret tea blend society :P
I liked this one a lot more than I expected to. The light base, which I think might have been a Ceylon, was very pleasant, and the rose was at just the right level—not too strong, like it is in so many blends. There were undertones of apple, with a hint of sourness, to round things out. This is one I’ll consider stocking up on once my stash is under control (if that day ever comes).
This is much more to my liking. It has a nice sweet, strawberry flavor. The vanilla in this one is much smoother and less bitter than what’s in Je t’Aime. It’s not my favorite blend but I’ve enjoyed this cup. I always love trying new teas! A belated thank you to JustJames for sending me a sample!
Thank you to JustJames for sending me this sample! There’s something about the vanilla in this tea that’s off-putting. I can’t put my finger on why. It could be the age. I’ve had this sample sitting in my cupboard for a while. It somehow got shoved to the back and accidentally overlooked. I’m not really a fan of this one. There’s just something about it that doesn’t agree with me. It’s always fun to try new things though even if they don’t turn out to be new favorites.
This one is quite incredible.
I’m usually not a fan of flavored black tea, other than the classic Earl Gray, but this one changed my mind.
It tastes natural- not like the awful fake taste of so many American made flavored teas. It’s a perfect blend that will even satisfy an ardent, typically british style black tea drinker like me.
I tried this at a tea salon in Orange, CA and asked them to brew it stronger, since I typically like a bold English tea. They got it right, and it became the yummy caramel color with my milk, which means it’s brewed to an adequate strength for my taste.
I promptly got home and ordered this tea, I liked it so much. I do brew it stronger than it probably was designed for, which means I go through a tin pretty quickly. I’m just about to order my second tea! I can see this being a regular rotation in my cupboard, and when I’m having a hard afternoon this one brings me some cheer. I mean, how cool is it that you’re drinking fruit grown in the actual garden of Versailles? Instant travel in a cup. Yes, please.
I’d been wanting to try this for ages, so I was pleased as punch when Ost sent me this sample. It sounded like exactly the sort of flavors that I would like.
And I was right! This is really nice. The black base is not overwhelming, and there is a lovely creaminess to the tea, on top of which float the crisp fruit notes.
Its a very classy tea, and I’m really glad to have tried it.
And it counts as a sipdown! Woo!
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!
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. ;)
Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Orange
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.
So I got a new bag of this in the mail today, but in contrast to the last batch I had of this, which was rich and strong and delicious, this batch just tastes old. The flavoring seems to have completely faded away; even the base tea tastes weak and worn out. Considering what a knock out the base is normally, I’m pretty disappointed :(
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.
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.
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.
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.