Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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Happily surprised by this one! My love for chocolate teas has decreased significantly because I’ve realised I really don’t like teas overly sweet. This one has a nice blend of the chocolate and the spices and worked really well with milk. I just wish I wasn’t drinking it in July, haha. The weather here lately has been absolutely terrible and cold and I’ve been drinking far more hot teas than I normally would. I don’t think I’ve ever drank chai in the summer before, and I’ve after having it a bunch of times already this week.

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drank Peach Ginger by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
232 tasting notes

I think I was expecting more out of this one – a bolder flavour, to be sure. It smelled wonderful, and I steeped it for a long time, but it was still too mild. Sigh. I do love peach and ginger separately, and I was excited to try a tea where they were combined, and while this was still pleasant to drink, this was a bit of a let down. :/

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drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
232 tasting notes

Floral teas are another questionable experience for me, but this one wasn’t bad! I’m wary of drinking most black tea blends sans milk, but I can’t drink floral blends with it, haha. So straight up was what I went for this – a decent cup, I have to say! I don’t know if I’d buy this one on my own, but I’m definitely glad I tried this.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
232 tasting notes

I approach all coconut teas with caution, and I have to say that this one was pretty good. I do like my chais bold, and this one was definitely milder than what I prefer. However, that also meant that the coconut wasn’t as strong, either, which for me is a good thing. This reminds me of Coco Chai Rooibos from DT, though this has a different base. All in all, I’m pleased with this sample, and I look forward to trying the rest.

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74

I’m fairly pleased with this tea. It’s light, it’s refreshing, and it has a unique taste that no other brand can quite replicate.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I shouldn’t be drinking chai in the middle of July! LOL. The summer seems to have skipped me… Alas. I was excited to see this is my sample, as I do enjoy a spicy rooibos blend, and I do like this! It’s definitely more spicy than sweet, though I can taste the caramel a little. I think I like cinnamon rooibis chai from DT better, but this is a tasty blend in it’s own right – not bad for a tea bag!

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80

What? An EG I haven’t already tried? OMG. Received this as a birthday gift, though I’m only just now getting around to trying it. Mmmmm. Subtle flavours, but they work nicely together, I have to say. This was my first tea from this company, and I look forward to trying the other samples I have from them!

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Someone (probably Teaqueen?) recommended this a while back and I’ve been drinking a lot of it in the office. It’s good stuff, chocolaty but not too sweet. Expect a better review down the line. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Spices

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42

I like hibiscus, but if there is hibiscus, it needs to turn into a fruit juice because that’s what it’s best as. The rooibos has more of a citrus taste, and it clashes with the natural cranberry like nature of the hibiscus.

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53

Drinking this is like drinking hot, spiced ginger cranberry juice. It’s good, and pretty decent for hangovers, though not as effective as say Pu-Erh or Egyptian mint…as my poor last roommate may attest. Nice when you need some detoxing, but not great.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cranberry, Ginger, Medicinal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

Good with honey, sugar, cream, and or straight. To me, every ingredient highlights the other: the chai spices complement the coconut, and the coconut really brings out the malty, chocolate like body of the Assam. As with any Zhena’s, you need to go through the tin pretty quickly to get the fuller flavor. This tea is very sweet, and pretty strong, so it’s astringency can be overwhelming if accidentally over steeped. When brewed in around three minutes, it’s smoother.

Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coconut, Dates, Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I really like this tea. I love the sweet, light plum flavor, and the floral creaminess from the green and white tea. This one always helps me distress with the just the right amount of sweetness to not add any sweetener. I should note that I like more natural sweetness from flavoring over sugar itself, so sugar might be needed for some to full enjoy it. There are times were I added sugar and honey to help out the flavor for a greater craving, but normally I drink it as is. I do recommend to go through this tea quickly after buying it, because the flavors do not keep very long which is one of my main complaints about this tea in particular. Worth the price when on discount.

Flavors: Cream, Licorice, Plums, White Grapes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

Refreshing; a good cheaper go to for mint. The green tea blends in well as a grassy background. Sometimes, I wish that this tea was purely herbal because the mint helps me relax enough for sleep, but the caffeine keeps me up.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

One of my favorites from the sample pack. The raspberry is actually pretty good against the bergamot and black tea, and the body is nice, full and sweet. I personally would not drink it every day, but something to indulge in every once in a while. That’s why it’s great with the sampler pack: it adds diversity with the Egyptian Mint, Ambrosia Plum, and Italian Chamomile. Personally, though, I prefer the Coconut Chai Black. Otherwise really good for raspberry lovers.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

I liked this one. Really sweet, and does not need any sugar whatsoever. Also warming and refreshing. I am glad that I sampled this and I am not sure I would have bought it. For a chai, though it’s good.

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drank Peach Ginger by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
24 tasting notes

Some peach ginger teas can be harsh! This one isn’t as mellow as some of my other favorites. This one is sort of the middle of the road. I would drink again, not sure if I would repurchase again, seeing how I already have a ton of tea !!!

Flavors: Ginger, Peach

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54

This tea has one of those problems that a lot of teabags has, a slightly dusty aroma of paper and well, tea dust. Aside from that, is smells quite peachy and sweet with a tiny bit of woodiness. Looking at their website it does not seem they make this one anymore, I don’t even remember how I got a bag of this :P Maybe I should start dating my notes…but my photos have dates soooo…anyway.

Once the bag is steeped, the aroma of sweet peach and ginger mix with some malt and citrus, it was pretty real smelling peach too which was nice. The taste was a blend of ginger, lemon, peach, and generic black tea. It is not bad, kinda bland, but not bad, I would not run screaming if it were offered again!

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80

A really nice, strong chai. I’m on my third infusion and just don’t taste the coconut, though – it seems the spice is overpowering it! I probably would have rated it higher if the coconut came through a bit more. Not sure if it’s just this batch or I’m just not picking up the coconut that other people can taste.

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74

I’m not entirely sure what I was drinking, but it was pleasant. It had the scent of coconut, of that I’m certain. There was also a pleasant ginger taste and a very mild green tea back there somewhere. I wouldn’t call this a chai, but it memorably enjoyable.

I’d like to see this sold in individually wrapped bags, mostly because this is exactly the sort of tea I’d only want to drink once every month or so, and the tin isn’t as airtight as I’d like.

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54

Meh. The spices are too weak for my taste. I have found that I like rooibos best with chai spices, and the mix does work fairly well here.

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80

I finally found it! On a shelf tucked away in a Home Goods store. I thought I would have to order it online if I really wanted it that badly, but I got lucky.

The first thing that’s a little disarming to me is the fact that there is no actual hazelnut in the ingredients list. Interesting…

It definitely smells like sweet hazelnut after it steeps. When I sip, I get a lot of cinnamon, cloves, and orange, with a nutty, creamy mouthfeel, hint of hazelnut in the finish. Can’t taste the licorice, thank goodness. Very smooth, very rich. Very enjoyable.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Creamy, Hazelnut, Nutty, Orange Zest, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Calm Me by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
462 tasting notes

This wasn’t TOO terrible, but honestly, I like Sleepytime Extra better.

It certainly made me sleepy (yay Valerian) but I didn’t get much coconut. I got kind of an artificial vanilla taste followed by some natural herbal-y sweetness, probably from the chamomile. Tasted a bit like a Lip Smacker— anyone remember those?

Kind of lackluster and not that yummy overall flavor-wise, but for $5, what did I really expect. At least it fulfills its intended purpose, which is to help me sleep when I’m anxious.

Flavors: Artificial, Herbaceous, Sweet, Vanilla

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