110 Tasting Notes

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drank Leo by Nina's Paris
110 tasting notes

My very last sample from Laurent of Nina’s paris.

This rooibos smells great and citrus like when dry, i also notice a few fairly large pieces of orange in the mix.

For my first cup i use boiling water and a 3min steep like usual and the color from this brew is like a dark copper ore. It smells great to. Taste wise i’m clearly making out the citrus. Its almost like a earl grey tea, but with rooibos and orange instead of black tea and bergamot. Actually thats all there is to say a good steady rooibos with a earl grey like twist. Note its not really earl grey but its very similar.

For me one off the best samples i received!

edit: apart from the orange flavors i did spot the quince, and its a nice little touch off difference. It makes it feel more warmer and richer in taste… never had quince in a tea before so had a hard time figuring it out, but it was a lot more prominent when cooler

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pisces by Nina's Paris
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Going to try this caramel flavored rooibos from Laurent of Nina’s Tea this evening. Once again i’m happy that i get the chance to try these rooibos samples. Got one more to try after this one and thats Lion. But first things first this is poisson or in english Pisces…

On my first cup i’m doing a 3min brew like usual. The dry leaf are the same like the other rooibos samples but this has some square pieces of what i’m guessing is the caramel. Those pieces are rather big so i’m expecting a strong caramel flavor.

Once the tea is cooled enough i’m onto tasting it. The color looks wonderful and it smells a little bit like toffee candy’s. When drinking and tasting i can clearly make out the caramel and its a bit creamy. Less then i expected tough. This one is a bit weaker in taste then the other rooibos samples i had. But thats possibly a mistake on my end by filling my tea infuser a bit higher then usual… sample size was the same then all others but i was to hasty measuring out the amount off water.

I’m starting to like rooibos more and more thanks to these samples, only rooibos i had before that was a unflavored one.

going to give this no rating (if thats possible i’m trowing the rating bar down to zero) because of the mistake on my side.

Have to say i did enjoy this even tough its a bit weaker then usual!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
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Once again a sample from Laurent from nina’s tea thanks again!

Opening my small sample ziplock bag i’m greeted by a strong fruity smell, couldn’t place it instantly but seems that it is strawberry!

Straberry’s are one off my favorite fruits ever, i eat kilo’s every week in summertime. So i’m very exited to try a tea that has strawberry flavor!

The rooibos pieces are looking straw like and nicely chopped, not to small not to big. I’m taking the whole sample for brewing.

The color of the brew is the typical rooibos color and smells strongly to strawberry. The smell reminds me a bit off strawberry yogurt. In my first few sips i’m 100% sure this strawberry flavor is very good. Its creamy, not overwhelming in taste… This drink is different then most flavored tea’s. I’m not sure if i would drink it daily, but its nice for every now and then if u want something new!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m drinking more and more from this tea. its just so good, its soft creamy earth like in taste… Like i said in my first note its a very good tea. Probably going to drink this a lot in the future!

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drank Vanilla Black Tea by Jing Tea
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i’m getting confused, i believed i did make a review on this tea before… but i guess i’m wrong or overlooking it.

Well this is a very good vanilla tea, not to strong or to soft. Ideal with a creamy cake or some dark chocolate.

I brewed this for 3 min on my first cup and for the second cup 5min, both with near boiling water. The color is a light brown, copper colored infusion that smells very sweet, the vanilla scent is clear and not artificial.

A great cup for a lazy relaxing evening!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cancer by Nina's Paris
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Received this sample from Laurent from Thé de Paris. Thanks for letting me try it out!

The sample package contains a fairly large portion off this flavored rooibos. The peaces pineapple and coconut are fairly big, at least bigger then i first expected. Flavor wise in the dry rooibos i notice the pineapple tropical smell…

Making a brew for almost 5min, the color looks a nice color brown just like the rooibos i tryed from jing. Have to say this is my very first rooibos with a other taste in it so i’m curious!

I do let my cup cool down so i can get the more subtle tastes off of my cup. The quality off the rooibos is pretty high. I’m tasting the pineapple but its pretty light in taste, more hint off pineapple then full flavor, just like with the coconut.

Overall this is a very nice refreshing drink, its different and thats a good thing!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Into my second cup now, and this tea just got even better and smoother. Its a big difference with the tuo cha’s a lot richer in taste. I’m curious how many good cup’s i’m going to get out off these leaves… And an other thing i forgot to mention in my last note is the price point off this tea. Just around 11€ for 50grams!

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec

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My very first loose leaf puerh. Have to say it smells a bit weird, earthy and something i can’t place yet. The dry leaf look a bit like black tea but u can see its older and less fresh.

Brew time say’s 15 to 30seconds and thats what i did for a first cup, 30 second brew!

Letting it cool down a bit and i’m tasting a very soft tea with strong earth note’s. No bitterness at all. Its very smooth and almost creamy in taste. This tea is 5 years younger then me, feels weird to drink something thats 23 years old! But it tastes very very good.

This loose cooked tea is better then the cooked mini tuo cha i had a while ago!

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This once was the very first loose leaf tea i tryed. Had few assam tea’s in the meantime so i ordered this one again a while ago. Its not as overwhelmingly malty then i remember but its good. The leaf’s are a nice mix off golden tips and regular black assam leaf.

For this brew i used 3min steep in boiling water and the result is a nice dark brown liquor that smells great!

Its better then the regular assam breakfast from jing, but i’m not so sure anymore if i would order it again because the breakfast one is exellent to and cheaper…

Still i’m going to enjoy this because its been a while that i drank assam tea’s!

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

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Drinking this marvelous 1st flush today after a meal off my favorite dinner stewed porkmeat with honey and carrots and rice… This 1st flush tastes alot like the arya estate darjeeling oolong i had a while ago. It keeps up true 3 infusions while most black stop being very good with only 2. This one got in general a lot of the same tasting note’s then the oolong. But its less muscatel tinted and a bit more sweet, especially the sweet honey like after tastes is getting out, or maybe thats because i had a very sweet honey flavored main course… i love this one thats for sure!

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