I have been holding on to this sample for a time when I felt the need to sip on a flavorful, rich black tea. This is the Le Gourmand Grand Amour from Nina’s Paris. This is a blend of black tea, flavored with vanilla, caramel, raspberries, and red currant essential oils. Click here to see a list of all of the teas available from Nina’s Paris, and be sure to explore their other gourmet products, as well.
The sample pack has been opened, and a storm of sweet scents is raging in my office. Let the journey begin…
The dry leaves are a uniform dark brown to black color. The leaves consist of small fragments, most likely a BOP grade from low to mid altitude Sri Lanka. The leaves are rolled. The aroma is incredibly sweet, with strong scents of caramel, vanilla, and berries.
Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) ceramic tasting infusion cup. Purified spring water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for three minutes.
The first infusion produced a liquor with bold orange color with red tint, clear and transparent. The aroma is very sweet, with the fruity raspberry and currant scents being slightly stronger than the caramel and vanilla scents. The body is medium-full, with a round feel. Their is a notably brisk character to this tea, suggesting the black tea originates in Sri Lanka, which is known for producing brisk flavors to their black teas. Other taste notes include caramel, vanilla, raspberry, and red currants, as intended. I will note, also, that the flavoring is not overwhelming. The natural taste of the tea could be felt. Considering the strong aromatic properties of this tea, the taste was surprisingly well balanced. The aftertaste is sweet.
The second infusion produced a liquor with lighter orange color with red tint. The aroma remains strong and room-filling. The body has lightened some, but the brisk character persists. The flavor has lightened, but the intended tastes are still present.
The infused leaves have a uniform copper to dark brown color. The leaves are small fragments. There are some small stems and twigs in the mix. The aroma is very sweet, with the smell of red currants and caramel being dominant.
At first, I was a little concerned that the taste of this tea may be as strong as the aroma was. Thankfully, that was not the case. The aroma was very rich, but the taste was very well balanced and not overwhelming. This tea gave me two quality infusions. I really enjoyed the brisk character and the natural taste of the tea. My guess is that this is a mid altitude grown BOP grade tea from Sri Lanka. The brisk character, the color of the liquor, and the appearance of the dry leaves leads me to this conclusion. It could very well be a low-grown Sri Lanka, or I could be wrong all together. It doesn’t matter. Part of the fun of getting flavored teas from retail companies is trying to figure out the origin of the tea.
Thank you to Nina’s Paris for providing this sample. For those of my friends, family, and fans who enjoy flavored teas, I highly recommend Nina’s Paris. Cheers!