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90
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
121 tasting notes

I got this tin at a Home Goods store, and it was the only one on the shelf. Thanks to the wonderful people who post on Steepster, I knew that Nina’s Paris teas were generally highly regarded. I saw the description of caramel and vanilla flavors, and snagged it immediately. Definitely my kind of flavored black!

Just brewed a pot of it this morning, and I was NOT disappointed. Creamy-caramel-vanilla-cookie happiness. This could have been enhanced by the evaporated milk I added to it and maybe the tea wouldn’t be as lusciously creamy without it, but – who am I kidding – I’ll always add milk to it.

I’ve been on a bit of an unflavored tea kick for awhile, but had a craving for something sweet and comforting. Surprisingly and delightfully, this completely fit the bill. I’m really satisfied and happy with it. Great as a dessert tea, and for me, great with breakfast. Delicious.

Flavors: Caramel, Cookie, Creamy, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sakura Sushi

Oh, yeah, and as it cools a little, noticing toasted marshmallows. So great.

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87
drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
17 tasting notes

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87
drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
17 tasting notes

I was lucky to have come across this at HomeGoods. Had never heard of Nina’s, but upon looking to see what a stellar brand it was, went back to get whatever flavors were offered—-so glad I did. Having this tea today, iced, with lunch. I steeped yesterday, 3-4 minutes. I knew when I picked this up that I should want to try it as an iced tea, and boy is it good. I only added a touch of sweetener to the quart I made, but likely doesn’t need any. While steeping, it had a strong honey scent, along with the strawberry, and not too heavy on the vanilla. This will be a summer favorite. I will try it hot, but will likely save especially for iced tea. Very true strawberry flavor.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
ashmanra

I guess I had better go to HomeGoods!

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75
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
17 tasting notes

Second one from Nina’s that I like. I picked this up from Home Goods, and think it lucky to have run across these. I never go for vanilla flavored teas before—-I usually prefer fruity or earthy. This was a good tea however. It does have a slightly acrid/chemical smell, but not so bad—maybe just strong crème brulee. The brewed tea smelled nicely, and much more tame. I tasted first before adding my usual bit of honey. It is a lovely black tea, no bitter, and good crème brulee notes for me. May not be a favorite, but won’t mind finishing my tin.

Flavors: Caramel, Cookie, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Versailles Rose by Nina's Paris
17 tasting notes

Love this tea! The smell of the loose tea is overwhelming grapefruit—strong and juicy, but appealing. However, when steeped, it did not match the smell whatsoever, and was very gentle grapefruit to me. Roses? not so much. The black base is smooth. Glad I purchased this based on smell, regardless

Flavors: Grapefruit

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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.

Dexter

“oh-oh, perfumey froo-froo French tea.” – LOL :)

Evol Ving Ness

hhahaaa! you know exactly what I am talking about.

VariaTEA

You’re welcome. And I know the froo froo French teas you mean though Nina’s Paris was different for the most part…though I might be biased

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100
drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
52 tasting notes

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

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

I think this is my favorite Nina’s Tea blend.

cuddlesmom

I can see why, Ashmanra. I have only tried this one and grand amore, so if you have recommendations on which other Nina’s tea to try, I would be interested. I have been thinking about hepburn but haven’t ordered it yet.

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80
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
52 tasting notes

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

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
347 tasting notes

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!

Sipdown 81/393.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz You can buy them through amazon at https://www.amazon.com/s?marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=A1VNRKCWYPFMAN&merchant=A1VNRKCWYPFMAN&redirect=true. I think this is the only US online store front at the moment.
yyz

Oops I forgot that you re in the uk. It looks like their eu online shops are under construction. You could try contacting the shop on Paris and see if they would send it to you. Or you could contact the store in Miami ( the link above) and see if they could help you make cheaper arrangements.

Nattie

Wow, thanks! Fingers crossed by the time I’m off my no-buy their online shops will be sorted (:

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78
drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
1765 tasting notes

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.

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86
drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
1765 tasting notes

I was not looking forward to this sipdown, that’s for sure. Need more of this chocolate orange fantasy in the future!

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86
drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
1765 tasting notes

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.

Maddy Barone

That sounds pretty tasty.

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81
drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
1765 tasting notes

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.

teepland

Yeah, you definitely should take some of the tea home with you—you don’t want it to go bad, right? ;)

Fjellrev

You know it!

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81
drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
1765 tasting notes

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.

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73
drank Jamais Vu by Nina's Paris
2534 tasting notes

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

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drank Adam by Nina's Paris
424 tasting notes

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.

VariaTEA

Oh no! I hope they are still a thing because they used to be my tea stop when I was in Florida. I recall a while back getting a notification on fb that they changed their name so maybe they are just operating under a different company name?

Fjellrev

It doesn’t look like they have a site for their new name (La Courtisane) but it looks like you can still order off Amazon? At least that’s what I noticed a few weeks ago.

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85
drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
484 tasting notes

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

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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34
drank Thé sur la Lune by Nina's Paris
9734 tasting notes

i feel like this is a tea that i SHOULD like..but it was 100% NOPE when i tried to drink it. Something about the way the flavours were blending together made this undrinkable for me. blech.

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80
drank Les Nymphéas by Nina's Paris
871 tasting notes

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

YAY!

Roswell Strange

Sounds like a wonderful tea and a wonderful art gallery!

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86

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).

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77
drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
639 tasting notes

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!

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67
drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
639 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

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.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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78
drank Eve by Nina's Paris
2679 tasting notes

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!

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