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drank Pisces by Nina's Paris
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Pisces is my sign so of course I had to grab a sample of this. I was happy to see it was a caramel and cream tea as that sounds delightful.

Steeped, the smell of caramel is strong and alluring but it is yet again combined with a heavy scent of rooibos. When it comes to taste, there is a distinct creaminess that makes this tea simultaneously smooth and thick. The flavor is that of a rich and decadent caramel. The woodsyness of the rooibos combined with the flavors of the tea lends itself to the notion of a caramalization. The best description I can give is a Creme Brulee mixed with high end rooibos. Very good but I just wish the rooibos was more muted.

Thank you Sophie and Laurent at Nina’s Paris for your generosity. I am very honored to be able to try out your awesome product!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Anna

Hey, fellow pisces!

VariaTEA

Yay for pisces people!!

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drank Cancer by Nina's Paris
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I brewed this for only two minutes because that is how long I brewed the other tea I was making simultaneously. Then this one got cold while I was trying to hook up my laptop to the television so I could stream the new episode of Sherlock for my sister and I to watch. As per usual, the episode is great so far but I am watching it bit by bit as the streaming is slow.

As for the tea, I have noticed Nina’s rooibos tends to be strong in scent but not overly dominant in flavor. What does appear tastewise is a high quality rooibos for sure as it is not unpleasant or medicinal as poor quality rooibos tends to be. As I sip, pineapple hits my tongue first and then coconut sets in and finishes off the taste. Tropical and delicious but yet again, the rooibos scent is throwing me off.

Thank you Laurent and Sophie for this sample but I am not sure if this is for me either. I think I far prefer Nina’s Paris black teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Fete de Versailles by Nina's Paris
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This was released for the holidays and so Sophie and Laurent very generously gave me a sample. When choosing a black tea from Nina’s Paris tonight I had the choice of Marie Antoinette or this. Since I already sampled Marie Antoinette, I thought I would give this a try. Furthermore, I was hesitant as this is an orange tea and I am not typically a fan but I figured if they were kind enough to give me a sample, I could try it out. Plus, I enjoyed their grapefruit tea so I hoped this might also be a success.

After my first sip it became clear that unfortunately this was not the exception to my rule but rather another orange tea that is just not for me. I will refrain from numbers as this is just a weird personal issue and not a reflection of the tea itself.

Thank you for Sophie and Laurent for this sample but it is just not for me.

On another note of things that are not for me. I just tried a few different chocolate bars from Dylan’s Candy Bar. The chocolate itself is very sweet, especially since it has been like 10 months since I last had chocolate, so that is a little unpleasant. However when you have a Bacon Chocolate Bar which is a combination of very sweet chocolate and very salty bacon, it makes you not so upset that you don’t get chocolate often anymore. You never know unless you try though and that was definitely an interesting taste experience. I imagine it could be a good flavor combination but it was not executed very well.

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drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
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Like so many others, this was a sample that Harney & Sons threw into my BF order. It is definitely a nice take on a mint herbal as it has a nice and smooth mint flavor but the end of the sip and aftertaste is distinctly lemon. I am not sure if I would order it myself but I would definitely not turn down the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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So today I shortened the steeping time to a mere two minutes and used only 1 tsp. That has helped improve the taste as it has gotten rid of any astringency and bitterness that previous cups have had. The result is a thick and slightly creamy black tea that lends itself to the notion of a cookie. Not an overly sweet cookie and there is a slight lack of flavor. Next time I think I will stick to a two minute steep but return to using 1.5 tsps. This is still not my favorite but I will continue to search for the sweet spot as it smells too amazing to give up on.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I approached this tea with caution. The idea of hot, flat soda is very unappealing so I am typically wary of soda teas (especially after the disaster that was DAVIDs Cherry Cola). However I figured that (a) root beer is not as bad as other sodas when flat as it typically has a smooth taste and (b) if anyone can make a soda tea successfully, it would be Stacy.

This is actually not bad at all. I will easily get through what I have and perhaps may even order more in the future. To me, this tastes exactly like the Root Beer Float gum that Extra makes (http://www.extragum.com/flavors#/root-beer-float). For those who have not tried that, it is a sweet take on root beer with a hint of vanilla creaminess. Both are very tasty. I knew I could count on Stacy’s blending skills.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I think I can officially say that me and this tea just don’t get along. In this cup, I tried adding vanilla to bump up the “cookie” flavor and when that didn’t help I added Caramel Macchiato creamer and still I am getting soggy cracker.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I dropped the brewing time down to 2 minutes in hopes of bringing out the coconut. No such luck. This is all lime peel and now it is gone. I am glad I got to try it but it won’t be missed. Now I know this was not for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Goodbye Blueberry Jam! You will be missed. What won’t be missed is the stevia DAVIDs insists on including in the blend. Nonetheless, this is always a good cup and I am sure I will buy more sometime in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
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OMG this is like taking a bite out of a ripe, juicy peach. So flavorful and delicious. I am amazed right now. It is complimented by the smooth black base that I associate with Nina’s teas. Nearing the end of the sip, the apple and apricot appear as subtle notes to round the flavor. A very good cup, especially if you love peaches!

Thank you Sophie and Laurent at Nina’s Paris for this sample!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Lala

This is one of my favorites from Nina’s. This one and Tigre Blanc.

VariaTEA

I can tell why. It’s flavor is very prominent and very spot on to the fruit.

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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!

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, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

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.

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