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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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My second last sample from Laurent and Sophie, Merci!

Le Sigh.

Seriously you guys. Banging my head on the counter. I drank this at work today, I was really looking forward to it, I knew it was going to be a crappy busy week and so I thought a nice way to start Monday would include this tea. That sentence was poorly formed but I don’t even care.

It was good, real good, for two steeps. I can’t comment on brewing method because I probably used too hot water, because for some reason i thought it was black tea, but it was still good.

Thing is, I was all proud of myself because I was drinking it and marveling at the really nice, subtle, not-too-sweet chocolate taste, in both steeps. I was all like “look at you, noticing flavor notes!” (of a flavoured tea, mind you)…. I didn’t have time to write this at work, so imagine my surprise (and head+counter reaction) when I read the description….which includes…. NO chocolate.

Ughhhhh back to the drawing board.

I’m not joking, I was tasting an unsweetened version of Cocoa Rice Krispies. What is wrong with my taste buds!? Vanilla? Caramel? Seriously?

It was good though. I’m hoping when their online shop opens up I will be able to afford the shipping fees :)

Chizakura

Just because you taste something different, doesn’t mean you’re wrong. Besides, maybe the chocolateness of it all is coming from the base! It’s not terribly specific on what the base black tea is, so it could easily have been coming through that.

Plus with the addition of things like genmaicha I could see that combo of flavors almost coming out chocolately.

Chizakura

Glancing at others’ notes on this tea, a couple others said they tasted chocolate too.

Terri HarpLady

I really enjoyed this one!

whatshesaid

Woohoo, chocolate! :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Trust your taste buds more! :-)

Froogle_jimmy

Loved this sample from Laurent!!! Sweet rice krispies is a good call though.

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Chizakura

Just because you taste something different, doesn’t mean you’re wrong. Besides, maybe the chocolateness of it all is coming from the base! It’s not terribly specific on what the base black tea is, so it could easily have been coming through that.

Plus with the addition of things like genmaicha I could see that combo of flavors almost coming out chocolately.

Chizakura

Glancing at others’ notes on this tea, a couple others said they tasted chocolate too.

Terri HarpLady

I really enjoyed this one!

whatshesaid

Woohoo, chocolate! :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Trust your taste buds more! :-)

Froogle_jimmy

Loved this sample from Laurent!!! Sweet rice krispies is a good call though.

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Hello!

So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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