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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
620 tasting notes

Sipdown 158/397

Yum! Even old this tea has a strong scent and flavour. I found the base tea quite astringent, though, so added milk and sugar. Waaaay too much sugar, but it’s still tasty. This is a perfect dessert tea, something to have when you’re craving that buttery caramel sweetness but don’t want or can’t have an actual dessert for one reason or another. The vanilla is actually more strongly present than I expected; I thought it would be overwhelmed by the caramel, but it’s not. Not as good as Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam, but almost. Definitely something which could replace it, when I eventually run out of the last 2oz I’ve been hoarding. If I ever find out how to order from Nina’s (I might just end up going to Paris) this will probably be a part of my order.

Thank you so much VariaTEA for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cameron B.

I’d forgotten about Nina’s… Guess that’s another company to add to the future orders list!

Kawaii433

Cameron B., Oh no, don’t say that. lololol :P

Kawaii433

I feel like I lost my mind this month… All of you, with your love for tea, it’s downright contagious…

Nattie

Haha, that’s how they get ya! :P But seriously, almost everything I’ve tried from Nina’s has been rave-worthy. Definitely worth an order.

Kittenna

Ooh, Caramel Vanilla Assam. That might be one of the few I actually don’t have left from Butiki!

Cameron B.

I just ordered a couple of Nina’s teas – luckily they’re available on Amazon here in the States. It’s entirely your fault! ;)

Nattie

@Cameron – now I’m checking Amazon to see if the UK site stocks them… If I end up buying more tea you are equally to blame! XD

Nattie

Also what did you get?? Maybe I can live vicariously through you, lol.

Cameron B.

I ended up choosing one black, one green, and one rooibos – Je t’Aime, Magicienne, and Taurus.

Nattie

I’ve never had Taurus, but I loved both this tea and Magicienne! I have definite tea envy!

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Cameron B.

I’d forgotten about Nina’s… Guess that’s another company to add to the future orders list!

Kawaii433

Cameron B., Oh no, don’t say that. lololol :P

Kawaii433

I feel like I lost my mind this month… All of you, with your love for tea, it’s downright contagious…

Nattie

Haha, that’s how they get ya! :P But seriously, almost everything I’ve tried from Nina’s has been rave-worthy. Definitely worth an order.

Kittenna

Ooh, Caramel Vanilla Assam. That might be one of the few I actually don’t have left from Butiki!

Cameron B.

I just ordered a couple of Nina’s teas – luckily they’re available on Amazon here in the States. It’s entirely your fault! ;)

Nattie

@Cameron – now I’m checking Amazon to see if the UK site stocks them… If I end up buying more tea you are equally to blame! XD

Nattie

Also what did you get?? Maybe I can live vicariously through you, lol.

Cameron B.

I ended up choosing one black, one green, and one rooibos – Je t’Aime, Magicienne, and Taurus.

Nattie

I’ve never had Taurus, but I loved both this tea and Magicienne! I have definite tea envy!

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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