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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
504 tasting notes

Sipdown! I decided to have the rest of this one after chatting with Anna on Facebook earlier. Since I’m on the west coast of Canada and she is in Italy, it was bedtime for her. So I thought that Eve would be nice.

This is still a very pleasant tea, though the flavours are a little too mild for me. I can get a little of the juicy fruits and some sweetness. This is another one that I think I like better cooled rather than hot, but still good either way. I think I prefer Sur La Lune better, for the types of fruit notes.

Thanks for letting me try all these Nina’s teas, VariaTEA!

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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Sipdown, and another I seem to have forgotten to write a note for, though I swear I did…did Steepster eat my note?

Anyway, not an amazing tea, to be honest. I think the cinnamon is a little overpowering, and I can’t really taste much else. On this last steep, I opted to add some milk, to see if it would make the icing pop a bit, but it just tastes kinda funny with the cinnamon note.

It’s not horrible, but nothing that is wowing me. I do thank VariaTEA for sending me this, as I’m always on the hunt for a good caffeine free blend, and I handle honeybush better than rooibos. Unfortunately, it’s just not a huge winner for me.

VariaTEA

Sometimes it is really spot on but 9/10 my experience aligns with yours. Sorry you didn’t end up with a tasty brew.

Amariel

It’s ok. I was really hoping to like it. But there was something with the cinnamon, that almost gave it a licorice like feel. It was odd….

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
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Sipdown! Yay! Good genmai cha…I can just barely make out a hint of cocoa, and there is a sweet creamy feel and taste from the marshmallow. But it is still pretty close to a regular genmai cha, just a little sweeter.

(somehow I missed my note the first time, so this serves as the same note for both tastings)

Thank you VariaTEA for sending this my way to try.

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drank Thé sur la Lune by Nina's Paris
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Sipdown!

I think the berries and fruits in this tea pop a bit more when the tea is cooled, though I can’t really make out individual notes, as they all seem to meld together for me. I think I like this better cooled than hot…but it is good either way.

Thanks for letting me try this one VariaTEA as I think I like this one the best of the Nina’s except for Japon.

VariaTEA

I am glad you liked it. And Japon certainly reigns supreme, though this is quite pleasant in its own right.

Amariel

Yeah, this one is potentially re-purchasable because I think it would cold steep really well.

VariaTEA

I never tried cold steeping it but perhaps I should.

Amariel

I think it got juicier with it cooled.

Angrboda

Whenever someone writes about flavours ‘popping’ I imagine little bubbles bursting out of the surface of the tea…

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Sipdown! It was another warmish day, so I made this when I got home from work, wanting something refreshing, yet not iced.

As always, this one is good, but I don’t love it as much as Cantaloupe and Cream.

ifjuly

i prefer C&C too!

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
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It was a relatively warm day for us here today, so in addition to my Coco-Lemon Thai iced tea to go, I added 12g of this tea.

It smells and tastes pretty much the same, so it is pretty good. I am getting more melon than cucumber, I think, but that’s ok. I am getting mint.

It’s pleasant enough, and I may repurchase later when it is warmer for some cold steeping, but right now, I don’t have a super need for more of it yet.

VariaTEA

I think I liked this best of the Spring line. However, I have yet to try Pom Tango.

Amariel

I like Blue Lagoon best. I find Pom Tango too mild. I like Pom Tango better than this though. I’d like to see how they both stack up cold brewed though.

VariaTEA

I don’t like Blue Lagoon hot but it is really nice cold brewed.

Amariel

I like it hot and cooled…but have not had cold brewed.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
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Sipdown! Yay!

I had to get up at stupid o’clock this morning to take hubby to the airport. He’s off to San Fran covering Macworld for work…but he is back on Saturday, so not too long. Anyway…on to the tea.

So I had a mediocre experience with this one the first time I tried it, but had read that some people found it better with milk, so I said that next time I would do it with milk too…

So, it worked! It is MUCH BETTER with milk. I could actually taste more french toast flavours. Hoorah! So I’m upping the rating, since it is way better with milk.

Thanks to VariaTEA for letting me try this one! It’s a nice morning tea, with milk.

VariaTEA

Glad you found a way to enjoy it :)

Amariel

Yes, thanks! It was really tasty with the milk. It was transformed!

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drank Coco-Lemon Thai by DAVIDsTEA
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This is one of my faves…I got some today, iced, as I was doing a lot of walking downtown earlier…and it was warmish out. I have to say that I do prefer this one hot over iced, but it is still tasty this way.

I picked this one because of the ginger in it, and the fact that my throat is hurting on one side, which I thought might have been irritation from me swallowing my vitamins wrong last night, but my right ear also feels congested, soooo…..I’m probably getting sick again, or it’s allergies. Will have to go do a neti rinse soon, I think…

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Sipdown! I am getting a stronger profile on this one, this last steep. Perhaps I steeped it longer? I am getting a juicy pineapple note, though nothing I can quite say is angel food cake. This could be because my mouth is heavily flavoured still, from my dinner, which may be altering my perceptions on the smaller notes of the tea. I’m upping my rating a little, and I may consider buying a small amount test out cold steeping, but I would like to try Butiki Flowering Pineapple Oolong first…

Thanks again for the chance to try this one, VariaTEA

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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