Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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68

Still not getting a lot of the flavoring in this one. I think chai masalas just work better with black tea. It’s a nice idea in theory, and it does make for a nice bedtime cuppa, and there is a faint hint of caramel and cinnamon and maybe vanilla in the aftertaste, but it’s pretty underwhelming, by and large.

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I was a little underwhelmed by this one. The caramel is there, but it is very light and is most prevalent in the aftertaste.

I think it’s because it’s a rooibos base. It would probably be stronger if the base were a black tea, like an Assam.

Notes of vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, and the whisper of ginger also present.

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60

There may be an ingredient in this tea that loses it quite a bit of points. That ingredient might be licorice root which takes away from the mint.

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70

This is a decent tea, not really much to report in regards to taste and smell. It is just as it says, but imagine it to be 70% of that.

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82

I bought this because I have a friend who really enjoys her earl teas. I actually found this tea to be quite present overall and ended up drinking the majority of it without her on accident in the mornings. This tea has a nice smell as well as a great taste for a morning tea.

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10

This is one of few teas that have made me want to write a poem of hatred toward it. I am not sure how anyone could desire to drink such a tea. The smell and taste are atrocious to the senses.

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81
drank Calm Me by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
208 tasting notes

This is a nice bedtime tea. Vanilla and coconut go well with each other. These flavorings overpower the herbs – except for the Valerian root and chamomile -, but I like vanilla in my tea, and it’s calming and delicious nonetheless.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

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Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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55

This is the last remains of a sampler gift set. It tastes like a mint blend with a lingering bitter aftertaste. No actual green tea flavor. If the stevia is supposed to sweeten, it’s not working. It’s … okay, not amazing. I can’t think of any situation where I would actually /want/ a caffeinated mint tea instead of a legit black or green, and if I wanted a sweetener I’d rather add it myself.

Don’t take it personally, Zhena’s, your other teas are very nice.

EDIT: Another reviewer suggested putting a tea bag in a bottle of cold water. I can see that possibly working.

Flavors: Bitter, Mint

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21

Why do you call it cranberry when there is no cranberry in it!?!?! Doesn’t even really remind me of cranberries; just hibiscus. It’s better cold but even so I’m still mot enjoying drinking this… I’m gonna go make some matcha.

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76

Picked this one up from Tjmaxx. You can always find an odd assortment of tea there. I’m actually tasting truffle! It’s quite a good mix of flavors but at end you get a distinct chocolate truffle flavor. It kinda sits in your mouth and makes you want a chocolate truffle.

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70

Backlog from Cooking TTB

Well hello Pepperminty Mocha Goodness!

After just writing a tasting review of a rooibos tea yesterday, I finally found a delightful treat that I actually like.

Thank you Cooking TTB Peeps (not sure who included this one)! This is delicious. I don’t taste the rooibos at all, just the mocha and the peppermint charging strong with a dash of cake like notes sprinkled here and there. Very happy with this one and may have to pick this one up for the boyfriend’s twins who love Peppermint Mocha Starbucks drinks.

Flavors: Cake, Mocha, Peppermint, Sweet

Anlina

;) We’re not all gals.

Nichole

Opps! Sorry; I work with a department of women and am just so used to saying that. I’ll edit it!

Nichole

Corrected! Sorry!!

beelicious

That was me! Glad you enjoyed it! llet me know if you’d like some more…. I think I have a few more bags and would be happy to arrange a swap :)

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80

Strong orange scent and flavor. There’s a bit more hibiscus aftertaste than I like, but since it’s a loose tea it’s pretty easy to take some of those bits out before brewing.

Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Orange

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63

I saw the little sampler pack that contains this, Raspberry Earl Grey, and two others that I don’t remember at TJ Maxx for about $5 and decided it was worth a try. The Raspberry Earl Grey was really what drew me in, but I’m interested in sampling all of the flavors.

This one is such a strong mint smell dry, it will definitely clear your nose out. I steeped this one up, and really all I’m getting is the mint. While not bad by any means, I can’t tell a difference taste wise between this and a mint tisane/herbal. The only benefit I see of drinking this one over an herbal is if you want the caffeine, but otherwise there doesn’t seem like a lot of difference.

So not bad, but it doesn’t stand out either.

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Another cool evening seems like a good time to try some herbal teas. The aroma of this one brings up a weird association for me—it has a strong element of mixed spices that reminds me of cooking, and specifically of spice mixtures that are stewed for soup stock in a sachet. So basically the part that is used sparingly and isn’t edible after….

That aside, it has quite a strong mint flavor, and tastes like a mint chocolate candy (or indeed a mint mocha cafe drink). I couldn’t tell that there was rooibos in it until I read the ingredients, so that doesn’t seem to hurt or help the combination. It’s a little out of my comfort zone and I find the spice aroma overwhelming, so I won’t rate it, but thanks to beelicious for the sample and the chance to try something different.

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Holy moly it’s been as while since I’ve really posted on here very much. I’ve just been so busy, but I’ve missed this community and definitely want to make time to come back and review the teas that I’m drinking anyway.

The tea: I’ve had this stuff forever. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I always skip over drinking it, I think because I always get to it when I’m looking for caffeine. Well I needed something warm more than I needed caffeine today so I went for this. I added in a splash of this half almond milk/half coconut milk stuff I just got. While the milk is awesome, this tea was just kinda eh to me. There was a weird fake taste that I couldn’t quite place. There is a chance these are just old, because I feel like I remember liking this more in the past so take this as you will.

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81

If you are looking for a good caramel apple/apple pie tasting tea then you’ve found it. Hints of cinnamon, apples, and cream pair very well with the rooibos and honeybush. This is quite tasty. Gets better as it steeps longer.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cream

Preparation
8 min or more

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75

I picked up a tin of this at Whole Foods while visiting Minneapolis this weekend. We left around 8:pm and I arrived home in Fargo a little after midnight. The drive was cold. My apartment is cold. I am cold. So once I got a few things unloaded and put away I brewed a cup of this.

I wasn’t actually expecting much. I haven’t heard of Zhena’s, and generally I’m not a fan of bags in tins, but I wanted to buy a souvenir tea, and this looked like the best I saw on the shelf. This tea, however, is enjoyable. First of all, it’s warming, and not just because the temperature is hot. The spices are warming. It makes me feel cozy to hold the mug and sip this tea while waiting for the heat to come on. I won’t buy this one again, but i’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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The Favourite Chai Hunt continues. This was surprisingly good—I wasn’t expecting much of it, to be fair, but still. It’s more aggressively spiced than the blends I’ve tried previously, and that said, major thumbs up for finding a balance between spicy and not offensively-bitter, or one note. I finished the tin alarmingly quick over the holidays: this is OUTSTANDING with half water, half coconut nog, and topped off with spiced rum.

Anlina

I sort of wandered off from my perfect chai hunt, but I think Cornelia Bean’s Masala Chai ended up being at (or very close) to the top of my list of favourites. It has a good amount of pepper, coriander and fennel, which balances out the cinnamon just beautifully.

Tipu’s Micro Ground Chai is also kind of amazing if you want something with a lot of flavour punch.

sweetea

Added both to my Will Try, Someday! list. Thanks!

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84

Light, slightly sour, fairly dry, flavor stays for a while ,Lavender, tangy. I could easily drink this pretty consistently, especially for the smoothness.

Flavors: Lavender, Tangy, Vanilla

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

I remain fairly impressed with this as a bagged tea. Mostly because it’s nice and sweet and desserty, with some tea flavour, and it’s not all gross and astringent (though it does lean that way if brewed too strongly or if the teabags are left in too long). Anyhow, didn’t have time to really think about what I was going to drink this morning, as I was running late for work, and so I made up some of this. Not a poor decision, since it was so yummy.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Had a re-steep of my mom’s cup of this tonight, but I’m not sure whether it was the tea that tasted mediocre, or the tea that tasted really good (I’m guessing mediocre, since the bags had been sitting around a bit longer than they should have been). Either way, I know this is good when treated properly :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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