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drank Aquarius by Nina's Paris
1848 tasting notes

Thank you Laurent, Sophie, and everyone else at Nina’s Paris for making my mother and I feel so welcome and at home!!

Before I talk about the tea, I would just like to say that I had yet another amazing experience at Nina’s Paris offices. I was made three different cups of tea (Pour Maman, The Sur La Lune, and this one) and I walked out with a whole box of delicious teas. I mean, when I walked in i had 91 and now I am back up to 115 and I cannot be happier because Nina’s teas are AMAZING!!

Many of you know I am neither a cacao fan nor a lover of chocolate mint so this is one of the last teas I would have ever asked to try. However, before I even knew what was happening, a mug of this was placed in front of me and since they went to the trouble of making it, I figured I should at least have a sip. I am glad I did because this was actually a really good tea. The cacao gave it a nice, smooth chocolate flavor, and the mint was mellow but refreshing. I was actually shocked at how enjoyable it was and ended up guzzling it down quite quickly.

__Morgana__

Wow… What all did you get?

OMGsrsly

Try ALL the teas!!! :)

VariaTEA

Haha. I think after I try everything I got today, I will have sampled almost all the teas Nina has to offer :P.

And Morgana, I got so many: Eve, Cancer, Taurus, The Sur La Lune, Pour Maman, Demain, Miz, Marie-Antoinette, Mon Secret, Ma Passion, Pisces, Aquarius, Magicienne, Darjeeling, Tigre Blanc, The de Noel, and so many more. Plus lots, and LOTS of Japon of course :P

Fjellrev

Yay, good haul! I’m glad you had such an awesome experience.

OMGsrsly

Taurus! I’m so curious about that one. :) Looking forward to all your notes!

VariaTEA

OMGsrsly, I have 100g of it so I can always send you a sample :)

__Morgana__

That’s only 17… what are the other 7? LOL

OMGsrsly

We could do that. I already have a couple set aside for you. :) Sil and MissB are the hard ones to shop for!

VariaTEA

Haha. Sorry. I also got Darjeeling, Balade a Shanghai, Versailles Rose, Rouge, 4 Fruits Rouges, The de Vendome, Under the Mango Tree (which is a tea they sell in Japan), Scorpio, Earl Grey, Je T’aime, Virgo, and Jasmin

VariaTEA

I think that is everything. Oh, and they gave me a cup and saucer as a birthday present and since my mom doesn’t drink tea, she got some jelly and some of their beautiful soaps.

__Morgana__

That sounds wonderful. Looking forward to reading your notes about them.

VariaTEA

And OMGsrsly, they definitely are because they basically either own or have already tried every tea on Earth (though I don’t think either have had many Cornelia Bean teas so perhaps we should place an order so we have what to send them :P).

OMGsrsly

Awesome idea! :D I totally have a list. I should send it to you. FB OK?

VariaTEA

Yeah. FB works.

Kat_Maria

This sounds like a wonderful time! And so many teas :O I wish Nina’s Paris had a proper website where one can order online :(

VariaTEA

Kat_Maria, being in the states, Amazon isn’t a horrible option or you can email them directly as they have amazing customer service. However, I wish they had a site too as it is so awesome to just shop online.

Suziqzer

Sounds like a great experience! Who would think a tea shop to make you custom samples to try… For free!?!? Now that’s service!

Sil

VT – did you buy this one or just drink it there?

Kamyria

This sounds amazing! I wish there were shops like that around where I live

VariaTEA

@Suziqzer – They are an amazing company. I have dealt with such excellent customer service before.

@Sil – This was one I had there and I have a one cup sample if you want to try it. I enjoyed the cup I had but I just don’t reach for Mint Chocolate (except for Butiki’s Peppermint Patty) enough to warrant buying it.

Sil

i was going to ask how you saw it compared against stacy’s herbal mint chocolate heh

VariaTEA

I think Peppermint Patty is on a whole other level when it comes to Mint Chocolate teas. In fact, I just stocked up on it which is another reason I did not get more of this one.

I would say this had more of a cacao sort of dark chocolate flavor whereas the Butiki is more milk chocolate to me. Also, the mint is stronger (though not harsh or overpowering like in some teas I have tried) in this as I find the marshmallow leaf tones down the mint a lot in Peppermint Patty.

Sil

hmmmmm on the list it goes to try haha

VariaTEA

I will send you the sample they gave me. It is only enough for one cup which means an easy sipdown :)

Suziqzer

Sounds like one I might have to try. I’ll have to look for it on Amazon when I have some gift cards to spend there :)

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__Morgana__

Wow… What all did you get?

OMGsrsly

Try ALL the teas!!! :)

VariaTEA

Haha. I think after I try everything I got today, I will have sampled almost all the teas Nina has to offer :P.

And Morgana, I got so many: Eve, Cancer, Taurus, The Sur La Lune, Pour Maman, Demain, Miz, Marie-Antoinette, Mon Secret, Ma Passion, Pisces, Aquarius, Magicienne, Darjeeling, Tigre Blanc, The de Noel, and so many more. Plus lots, and LOTS of Japon of course :P

Fjellrev

Yay, good haul! I’m glad you had such an awesome experience.

OMGsrsly

Taurus! I’m so curious about that one. :) Looking forward to all your notes!

VariaTEA

OMGsrsly, I have 100g of it so I can always send you a sample :)

__Morgana__

That’s only 17… what are the other 7? LOL

OMGsrsly

We could do that. I already have a couple set aside for you. :) Sil and MissB are the hard ones to shop for!

VariaTEA

Haha. Sorry. I also got Darjeeling, Balade a Shanghai, Versailles Rose, Rouge, 4 Fruits Rouges, The de Vendome, Under the Mango Tree (which is a tea they sell in Japan), Scorpio, Earl Grey, Je T’aime, Virgo, and Jasmin

VariaTEA

I think that is everything. Oh, and they gave me a cup and saucer as a birthday present and since my mom doesn’t drink tea, she got some jelly and some of their beautiful soaps.

__Morgana__

That sounds wonderful. Looking forward to reading your notes about them.

VariaTEA

And OMGsrsly, they definitely are because they basically either own or have already tried every tea on Earth (though I don’t think either have had many Cornelia Bean teas so perhaps we should place an order so we have what to send them :P).

OMGsrsly

Awesome idea! :D I totally have a list. I should send it to you. FB OK?

VariaTEA

Yeah. FB works.

Kat_Maria

This sounds like a wonderful time! And so many teas :O I wish Nina’s Paris had a proper website where one can order online :(

VariaTEA

Kat_Maria, being in the states, Amazon isn’t a horrible option or you can email them directly as they have amazing customer service. However, I wish they had a site too as it is so awesome to just shop online.

Suziqzer

Sounds like a great experience! Who would think a tea shop to make you custom samples to try… For free!?!? Now that’s service!

Sil

VT – did you buy this one or just drink it there?

Kamyria

This sounds amazing! I wish there were shops like that around where I live

VariaTEA

@Suziqzer – They are an amazing company. I have dealt with such excellent customer service before.

@Sil – This was one I had there and I have a one cup sample if you want to try it. I enjoyed the cup I had but I just don’t reach for Mint Chocolate (except for Butiki’s Peppermint Patty) enough to warrant buying it.

Sil

i was going to ask how you saw it compared against stacy’s herbal mint chocolate heh

VariaTEA

I think Peppermint Patty is on a whole other level when it comes to Mint Chocolate teas. In fact, I just stocked up on it which is another reason I did not get more of this one.

I would say this had more of a cacao sort of dark chocolate flavor whereas the Butiki is more milk chocolate to me. Also, the mint is stronger (though not harsh or overpowering like in some teas I have tried) in this as I find the marshmallow leaf tones down the mint a lot in Peppermint Patty.

Sil

hmmmmm on the list it goes to try haha

VariaTEA

I will send you the sample they gave me. It is only enough for one cup which means an easy sipdown :)

Suziqzer

Sounds like one I might have to try. I’ll have to look for it on Amazon when I have some gift cards to spend there :)

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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