The de Vendome

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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  • “Thank you so much Laurent and Mélanie for having sent me some samples from Nina's Paris. Thé de Vendôme is my first sample : I have chosen it randomly among the other samples...;) ... Do you know...” Read full tasting note
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    Ysaurella 357 tasting notes
  • “Typically I really don't like orange and citrus teas. I will usually overlook them when browsing through a selection because the flavor is just not for me. However, *Sophie at Nina's Paris* was...” Read full tasting note
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    rachel12610 1938 tasting notes
  • “Am I cranky tonight? Hmmmm I don't think so... Am I being too fussy tonight? hmmmm trying not to be. Sorry *VariaTEA* - I seem to be striking out tonight with your teas. I really appreciate...” Read full tasting note
    Dexter 729 tasting notes
  • “This one definitely has a taste of grapefruit and orange rind. It is peppery and spicey. It tastes very natural. The black tea base tastes stronger than what I find most of Nina's Paris teas...” Read full tasting note
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    Lala1 766 tasting notes

From Nina's Paris

Marigold, grapefruit, orange
If you are fond of citrus fruits, this is a zesty fresh tea that couples orange and grapefruit in a blend full of vitality!

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18 Tasting Notes

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357 tasting notes

Thank you so much Laurent and Mélanie for having sent me some samples from Nina’s Paris.

Thé de Vendôme is my first sample : I have chosen it randomly among the other samples…;) … Do you know how I choice randomly ? I pick one randomly and randomly say…oh no, not this one tonight…and then another always randomly…until I randomly choice this one. This is my typical touch for hazard …
So I went for this one because it has grapefruit in the ingredient list and it is mentioned to be a keemun and I love keemuns.
Grapefruit seems to be a difficult fruit to respect in a tea.I had very few and was curious.

The sample is a delicate and beautiful tea bag made of a luxious muslin.
I like to sniff the dry leaf so you should imagine me sniffing the leaf through the muslin…definitively the less sexiest ceremony for a tea BUT that’s the way I am.
The dry leaf so was absolutely divine, for sure it is orange and grapefruit and a natural scent.

I strictly respected the timing advices of Nina’s : 2 minutes (even if I found it really short) and used boiling water as no temperature recommendation is provided.

I retain my note at the moment because even if I can say the aromas are just fantastic and incredibly refined, sophisticated and so natural, the tea base is really weak, present but weak.

I will retry soon with a longer steep (4 minutes at least) to see if the base is coming out better for my taste.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Rosehips

I like your selection process. :)

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1938 tasting notes

Typically I really don’t like orange and citrus teas. I will usually overlook them when browsing through a selection because the flavor is just not for me. However, Sophie at Nina’s Paris was kind enough to make me a cup of this when I visited there office and I actually really enjoyed it! So much so that I bought myself a small tin so I can have it again every now and then.

I like the subtlety of this cup. It is not as boldly flavored as most of the other citrus teas I have had. This is more gently flavored and strongly scented making for a pleasant cup. I may not want it everyday but this is definitely my go-to for those rare days when I want citrus tea.

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

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Am I cranky tonight? Hmmmm I don’t think so… Am I being too fussy tonight? hmmmm trying not to be.

Sorry VariaTEA – I seem to be striking out tonight with your teas. I really appreciate your choices, and even misses are learning experiences, but it’s always more fun to write I LOVE IT tasting notes. I don’t love this.

This is the first Nina’s tea that I’ve tried, and while I can appreciate that this is a quality tea, it’s not to my taste. It’s not that I dislike citrus, it’s just really finicky for me. I often find it too acidic – flavors that are strong and “real” citrus, often cause me to feel like the acid is burning my tongue. If that makes any sense to anyone other than me. This is one of those. To be honest, I often prefer citrus when it’s more “candy”. This did get better as it cooled – so I put the last of the sample in some cold water and tossed it in the fridge. Will see how I do with it cold steeped….
ETA: I like this better cold steeped.

VariaTEA

I am typically the same with citrus. I did not mind this one too much but I could see why it would be too acidic. I am sorry they have not been all that successful though.

VariaTEA

At least you have some Nina’s Japon. Hopefully that will be a better experience.

Dexter

I’m hording that one – saving the best for last if you will. Will find a time when I can sit and really enjoy it. :))

VariaTEA

As much as I love sharing teas that I think are amazing, I am always fearful that people will wait for it and then be disappointed. Luckily that hasn’t been the case so far and honestly I doubt it will be but there is always the anxiety that I hype it way too much.

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766 tasting notes

This one definitely has a taste of grapefruit and orange rind. It is peppery and spicey. It tastes very natural. The black tea base tastes stronger than what I find most of Nina’s Paris teas taste. I think this one is lacking a bit of sweetness. Overall it is a good tea, but I would like there to have been more of an actual citrus taste.
This one tastes better once it starts to cool. I think next time I will be adding a but of sweetener to see what happens.

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

i have some nina’s on the way…. can’t wait!

Lala

That is awesome! Which ones are you trying?

JustJames

grande amour, pour maman, demain,je t’aime and nina’s japon. (i found a sale on amazon, lol.

Lala

Great! I am looking forward to your reviews.

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This week, I have decided that I only going to drink samples! I still have so many samples, and there is more on the way, so I better start sipping them down!
Thankyou to Sophie and Laurent for this free sample!

This is a lovely refreshing citrusy tea. I find that this tea is mosstly just citrus rather than individual citrus fruits, but it is very good.

I have some chilling in the fridge to see how that tastes as well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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1700 tasting notes

So this tea is ok, but not as mind-blowingly awesome as other Nina’s Paris teas that I have enjoyed. I’m just not so keen on the grapefruit in this. I imagine it would be quite nice if it was iced though. It just screams summer to me! (220)

Dustin

Just reading the word grapefruit makes my mouth pucker and my tongue hide!

Cavocorax

Hahah. I hadn’t read the ingredients, so you can imagine my surprise!

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Wow! Really, really enjoyed this tea. I’m a sucker for citrus, especially grapefruit but I am amazed at how delicate and smooth this tea is. I received this as a free sample (many thanks to Nina’s) and I plan to order more in the near future. 2nd steep was as solid as the first.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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378 tasting notes

The dry tea scent reminds me of sweet tarts, tart and sugary with that tone that separates them from rockets. Brewed on the other hand this smells like my grapefruit puerh that I got from big-active ( a polish company). It has dry tangy scent from dried orange rind, something that’s a little bit earthy and gamey and a spicy sharp citrus tone underneath. The base tea smells fruity, with malt and biscuit. The fact that I can usually discern the base tea underneath the flavouring is one thing I’ve always appreciated about Nina’s teas.

After a three minute brew, there is a nice balance between the base and the flavouring and the tea is a deep orangey red.

I taste dried grapefruit rind over top a warmer sweeter fruitier tone that ranges towards the red grapefruit flavour mixed with a plum note from the base. A biscuit note from the base binds the fruit note to the malt lying underneath. Despite the citrus tones the tea remains smooth and mellow when steeped around 92°C, with only a mild astringent note. Altogether a pleasant tea that was warmer and richer than I was expecting. Thanks ’Laurent and Nina’s for the sample!

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Thank you so much Laurent and Sophie for so graciously sending me samples from Nina’s Paris.

I’ve read such glowing reviews, so I was really excited to get into these!

This cup has definite grapefruit and orange rind components, though neither veers into bitterness or is too bold. There’s almost a spicy peppery element to the cup that I really enjoyed as well. Despite being bright flavors, the overall vibe I get from this is far more mellow, and more for a quiet summer’s night or something — it’s a nice change from a lot of citrus teas out there.

Overall, I’m really thrilled with my first Nina’s sample and really look forward to the other two!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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508 tasting notes

Easter Weekend Sipdown 6/8!

Many thanks to Laurent for including this as a sample with my Nina’s order. This came in a plastic sealed packet with a single teabag inside, which is just perfect for my sipdown purposes.

When I first opened the bag, the strongest smell was of the grapefruit – phew! A minute or so later, it softened so that I could smell the orange as well.

However, when brewed, the base seemed the strongest taste, with the citrus fruits becoming noticeable only at the end of the sip or in the aftertaste. I still haven’t quite figured out the magical steeping parameters for Nina’s Paris teas yet, but I hope I will soon.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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