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Well, I took one whiff of the dry leaf and thought, “oh-oh, perfumey froo-froo French tea.”
I imagined that it was a cloud of rose and bergamot rising from the leaf and braced myself for something not altogether pleasant.
I used cooled water to prevent an astringent hit and steeped fast. As it was steeping, more rose, and then, something more interesting and complex happened. I poured the lightly steeped tea into my cup and waited a bit for the heat to dissipate. What I thought was bergamot disappeared completely, the rose deepened and settled to a woodier richness with the slightest tinge of tart green apple and possibly a bit of berry. All this was followed by the solid black base, not airily floating by as I had expected, but rather firmly planted.
Yeah, this tea is quite an unexpected surprise. Delightful even.
Thank you, VariaTEA.
Oh this is good..really, really good! The raspberry is raspberry NOT hibiscus and no medicine-like after taste. The flavor makes me think of raspberry jam (maybe its the red currant) . The vanilla compliments the raspberry by giving it a smoothness that makes it easy to forget that this is a black tea and a well blended herbal.
I tried it with a hint of Splenda which brought more of the fruit flavor out, but I probably wasn’t needed.
This is a wonderful dessert tea! A real treat that could take the place of an actual dessert.
Well worth the higher price for this blend.
I just added a dab of creme and… just when I thought it couldn’t get better…wow! So smooth and rich and still a very distinct raspberry flavor.
I can see the 1.7 ounce order being gone by the end of the weekend! It’s so hard for me to find a really great raspberry. I thought I’d found it with Harney’s raspberry but this is so much better!
The price makes it a special treat but it is something I would love to keep on hand. If you are a raspberry lover it’s something you won;t be sorry you tried.
Flavors: Raspberry, Vanilla
Not as sweet as I expected but still a nice cup of tea. The caramel and vanilla flavors were the first I notice. The dark chocolate blended into the smooth creamy flavor of the brew. This is the first time I’ve tried Nina’s. The product descriptions and reviews on this site had me intrigued and I finally decided to take the plunge and get a 1.7 oz bag of this another another blend.
I am glad I did and maybe I would have rated this higher if I hadn’t tried Harney’s Florence last night OMG that was an amazing dessert tea! Hard to top for sure.
But Je T aime in is a good tea and it’s probably an unfair comparison.
I tired it with and without creme and dab of Splenda. The flavors come through either way. It is a smooth, full bodied tea that I am anxious to try again.
Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla
How does one purchase Nina’s teas? I was window-shopping on their website as I drank this, and noticed that there doesn’t seem to be an option to buy online. Are they only available in the shop in Paris? This is good for my no-buy but bad for the part of me that wants to place an order. They have so many teas I’d like more of!
This was one I enjoyed, but probably not enough to order more of (if I figured out a way to place an order, that is). It’s an elegant, sort of delicate tea which seems to be the theme with Nina’s as a brand. The blended black and green tea base is really quite nice – it has the maltiness and body from the black, but it’s tempered with more fresh and delicate notes from the green. Though I’m not a big fan of greens in general, strawberry is one of the flavours which I prefer on a green base. I’m not sure why, it just seems to fit. The strawberry note is most noticeable in small little sips, and it’s a natural sort of strawberry flavour. If you take big gulps it tends to get lost in a general red fruits flavour with the base being more noticeable, particularly the malt. I wouldn’t say the cream was identifiable as an individual note, but the cup definitely has a creamy sort of vibe, and it softens and sweetens the strawberry note. The added flavours become less noticeable as the tea cools.
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample!
This sad sap is finally writing a tasting note on this despite having it numerous times already, and after so long too. Tsk tsk. The rose in this is intense! Did rose essential oil get into my tea? The base is astringent in mouthfeel but in regards to flavour, that astringency is mostly covered up by the rose. Apple notes are soft and meek. I wouldn’t buy it again but will enjoy the tea while it’s here. I confess that my mom wanted it for the fancy pink tin, so for that reason alone, it was worth the price.
What a delectable chocolate orange tea. More orange than chocolate, plus the base is smooth and not too astringent. My favourite chocolate orange tea to date.
I’ve been drinking orange juice lately (bought it for blueberry tarts which were devoured in a couple days) so especially after that refresher, the pulp-laden orange juice makes this taste like candy. It’s quite sweet in comparison and doesn’t have the bite that zest/peel can. The dry leaf itself doesn’t have that much orange peel in the mix. I’ve had this a few times now and every time I made a big mug of this, out of every 4-5g of tea, I’d maybe see one little piece of dried peel drop into the infuser basket. Sometimes, not always.
The chocolate is on the semi-sweet side. Realistic and not artificial or waxy at all, although I would have liked a little bit more. Overall, I can see myself grabbing up more of this.
Sipdown! The other two Nina’s teas are at my mom’s (Marie Antoinette is technically hers and the tin of Japon was something we’d share) so not sure if I should have them in my virtual cupboard. Maybe I’ll transfer some into some empty tins next time I’m over there because she rarely drinks tea. Hmm.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t get more of this but it was good. If there’s any Nina’s tea I’d love to reorder, it’s Hepburn. So delicious.
My mom and I enjoyed a cup of Pour Maman earlier this lazy afternoon at the kitchen table. I’ve had it a couple times already but keep failing to log it. The first couple times were more favourable, if memory serves me correctly.
Despite being a blend of black and green tea, it’s easy to please in terms of steeping parameters. I’ve never had the green tea go grossly bitter. It’s light and sparingly like a green tea, but no vegetal, grassy, or floral notes. Meanwhile, the black tea doesn’t take the green tea hostage either. Overall, very light, which allows for the fruits and vanilla to come through.
The vanilla is smooth and not artificial at all. The red fruits are a melange of, well, red fruits, but not an obvious, specific berry. It’s rather vague, like some sweet mixed berry jams are. I’ve been eating a lot of berries as of late, too, seeing that it’s summer, and nothing in here stands out as strawberry, or raspberry, or whatever. I’ll pay extra attention next time, but FWIW, other red fruit French teas seem to go down that route, lending a pleasant, yet convoluted, berry flavour to the blend.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #27
I wanted to reach for my creamsicle tea yesterday morning, but I must work on the teabox! So I remembered this one was in there with it’s orange, mandarin and pineapple. I’m guessing the tea labeled ‘Jamais Vu’ was Nina’s? It’s the only one on Steepster. The light brew is fruity, but it’s hard to pick out the orange and the pineapple. I’m mostly tasting mandarin. But I really need a kick from black tea in the morning and this tea is so light. That’s why the creamsicle with the CTC base would be so perfect. No matter how much I love teaboxes, it’s always fun to go back to my tea collection and have my favorites. :D
I actually finished all I had of this. I went to order more and send some to my daughter (who loves spearmint) and the Nina’s US site was flipping gone! I sent Laurent a message on Facebook and no response. Oh well. So this brings my cupboard number down to half a billion or so. The cupboard here is woefully outdated and the thought of doing inventory gives me hives.
Happy New Year!
I think this came from the monthly TTB earlier this year. I thought I’d reviewed this when I first got it, but apparently not. I just finished what I had of it. I enjoyed it. It was a mild green that was buttery and sweet. It was hard to tell what flavors came from the tea itself and what came from the added flavoring. I would definitely drink this again.
Last night I finished it off by mixing it with some White Peony. It made it lighter and softer with a hint of flowers. It was an enjoyable way to finish this tea.
Flavors: Butter, Sweet, Vegetal
I found this by surprise at Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris. Which BTW, everyone should go and see. It is a really small museum of impressionist and post-impressionist modern art. It is quite expensive to get in, compared to the not too much you get to look at, 9 euros. But, it houses Monet’s Waterlillies (AKA Nympheas). They are absolutely amazing to just sit and gaze at. Even if you are not an impressionist fan, I am not, but these are just a beautiful art peices.
Anyway, there is a little café/gift shop and they sell this tea! I totally stumbled on it by accident. I can’t find any history on this tea on any of the Nina’s Paris websites, US or EU, but it appears that this tea would have been created specifically for these paintings. As any one that has followed me for a while, you all know I am a big lover of Nina’s Paris. I was kind of disappointed I did not know about it before, this is something I totally would have picked up from Nina’s. It feels like it is this secret tea that only a select few know about. Kind of like Fete de Versailles (which is super delish).
Anyway, enough gushing and moving on to the tea. The ingredients list Sri Lankan black tea, apricot flavours and cornflowers.
The tea smells strongly of black tea with apricot perfume/scent. The tea brews up dark red-brown. It has the same apricot perfume/scent. The tea tastes like a moderate to strong bold black tea. There is a flavour of apricot. It is initially quite natural tasting but then if does fade into a bit of artificial flavour. It is also quite strong. The corn flowers make the tea taste quite thick but they are also quite strong in flavour. But I am wondering if that is just due to what got scooped up to brew.
I rarely do a second steep but I was too lazy to do a “new” steep, so I re-steeped this one. The second steep is actually better the first. The flavours just all blend together better.
I quite like apricot teas and have been on a quest to find the best black tea with apricot. Many of them come off just so artificial, or bitter, or the flavour doesn’t blend well with the tea. I think this blend does a good job.
This is a good blend. Not my absolute Nina’s favourite but I am still quite happy to have found it and to have tried it. Totally makes me feel like I am a member of the secret tea blend society :P
I liked this one a lot more than I expected to. The light base, which I think might have been a Ceylon, was very pleasant, and the rose was at just the right level—not too strong, like it is in so many blends. There were undertones of apple, with a hint of sourness, to round things out. This is one I’ll consider stocking up on once my stash is under control (if that day ever comes).
This is much more to my liking. It has a nice sweet, strawberry flavor. The vanilla in this one is much smoother and less bitter than what’s in Je t’Aime. It’s not my favorite blend but I’ve enjoyed this cup. I always love trying new teas! A belated thank you to JustJames for sending me a sample!
Thank you to JustJames for sending me this sample! There’s something about the vanilla in this tea that’s off-putting. I can’t put my finger on why. It could be the age. I’ve had this sample sitting in my cupboard for a while. It somehow got shoved to the back and accidentally overlooked. I’m not really a fan of this one. There’s just something about it that doesn’t agree with me. It’s always fun to try new things though even if they don’t turn out to be new favorites.
This one is quite incredible.
I’m usually not a fan of flavored black tea, other than the classic Earl Gray, but this one changed my mind.
It tastes natural- not like the awful fake taste of so many American made flavored teas. It’s a perfect blend that will even satisfy an ardent, typically british style black tea drinker like me.
I tried this at a tea salon in Orange, CA and asked them to brew it stronger, since I typically like a bold English tea. They got it right, and it became the yummy caramel color with my milk, which means it’s brewed to an adequate strength for my taste.
I promptly got home and ordered this tea, I liked it so much. I do brew it stronger than it probably was designed for, which means I go through a tin pretty quickly. I’m just about to order my second tea! I can see this being a regular rotation in my cupboard, and when I’m having a hard afternoon this one brings me some cheer. I mean, how cool is it that you’re drinking fruit grown in the actual garden of Versailles? Instant travel in a cup. Yes, please.
I’d been wanting to try this for ages, so I was pleased as punch when Ost sent me this sample. It sounded like exactly the sort of flavors that I would like.
And I was right! This is really nice. The black base is not overwhelming, and there is a lovely creaminess to the tea, on top of which float the crisp fruit notes.
Its a very classy tea, and I’m really glad to have tried it.
And it counts as a sipdown! Woo!
Thanks so much to Sil for including this one in the HGTTB for me!
I’m so excited to try this! I’ve almost brewed it a couple of times, but as it’s the first tea I’ll be having from Nina’s Paris, I wanted to wait until I’d have some undistracted time to try it. Dry, it smells mostly of sour fruit and roses, with a follow up of sweet vanilla. As the water hits the leaves though, I get mostly green, with a bit of floral, and I was worried for a minute that this might be all that I would get in the flavor. Luckily, my fears were unfounded!
The taste of this is so juicy, without being fake or to the level of watered down fruit juice. For me, the rose is in the fore-front, and followed by fruit. I can’t really pick one out specifically, but if I had to, I would say cherry, rather than strawberery, takes the spotlight. Just picked cherry flavor though, not maraschino from a jar. The black base is smooth, but doesn’t really make itself known compared to the green in this cup. This is fine with me, as
The smell gets better and better as it cools. The vanilla really comes out, and the scent reminds me a little of a campino candy, but with less sugar and more freshness. The crispness of the green seems to recede a little, allowing the other flavors some time to shine. I brewed this as a black, and it’s not bitter, with just a hint of astringency after the sip. I’m excited to try this brewed as a green next time, and thanks to Sil being very generous with the amount when I asked to sample this, I can!
from the wonderful Marzipan!
This tea was delightful. Light refreshing citrus flavour. Satisfying. The aroma was divine and the taste delicate and enticing. I really feel the grapefruit complemented the keemun very well. Well balanced. I enjoyed this so much that I added it to my wish list post haste. ;)
Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Orange
This one quit a strong smell in both dry and brewed form. I feel like it smells like tart apples.I am finding this one a bit more bold an the usual Nina’s Paris black base but that could be my steeping parameters. I think it is better at a lower temp.
I am tasting lots of orange and orange peel. There’s a very strong tart Apple taste but I am wondering if that is supposed to be the pineapple. There is a strong undertone of safflowers.