Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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I’m about 3/4 through my canister of this, and I won’t be replacing it when it’s finished. I like Zhena’s teas, generally. Can’t say the same for this one. I like rooibos, I like spices, but something about this mix doesn’t work for me. The spices don’t taste balanced with the sweetness of the rooibos. Also, when I opened the canister, spice dust fell all over the place. I guess the spices are too fine to stay in the teabags.

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72

Good, especially for a bagged tea. I’d say this is on the better end of the spectrum of bagged mint green teas.

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75

I bought a canister of these teabags from World Market. I’ve had more luck with Zhena’s as compared to other bagged teas/tisanes. This was a tasty blend – it satisfied my sweet tooth, and is caffeine-free. You’ll have to like rooibos to like this blend.
I love the fact that Zhena teas are organic and fair trade. Especially lately, I’ve been trying to limit my purchases to those that are.

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This one sounded so good in the store, but it’s not so enticing in smell or taste. I added sugar last night to coax out some flavor, but all I got was closing sweetness and sharpness that I imagine is supposed to be rum. It’s better than the burned green tea flavor I was getting, but not by much.

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This is a sample I got from someone. Thank you mysterious benefactor!

It’s pretty tasty. It has a light flavor of apple pie that really complements the rooibos/honeybush blend. It’s not overwhelmingly sweet even though it has licorice root. I didn’t even know it had licorice root until I looked at the website, which is great since I tend to really dislike licorice root. This is all around a pretty satisfying lightly sweet, lightly spiced apple flavored tea. I would drink this again, but it’s probably not something I should pick up right now since licorice root is one of those things pregnant women are supposed to avoid. Oops! At least there’s not much in this blend.

Flavors: Apple, Spices, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a mild chai with a nice balance of spices and a hint of orange. On its own, it works pretty well, but a single teabag isn’t really strong enough if you want to add milk. Personally I prefer the spices in my chai to be a little bolder than this. It’s definitely pleasant, though and has a pretty well-rounded flavor for a rooibos chai.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

This tea is very good for a bagged tea. I am not quite sure what temp this tea was steeped at because I didn’t have a variable kettle where we were staying. The vanilla maybe isn’t quite as strong as I would have liked, given the name of the tea but it was decent. The white tea base is fairly weak but I do get some weak hay/creamy white tea notes. I would likely get this again for travelling purposes.

I find that loose leaf tea never works out for me while travelling because I never seem to have the resources or time to enjoy it properly. I might as well save that for at home when I can enjoy the tea!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
12 tasting notes

The rose isn’t very noticeable, which struck me as pleasantly surprising. There’s a fresh, almost ozonic taste — think fresh air in the mountains — in a top layer, underscored by the tingle of different mint flavors. Quite a nice tea if you can brew it just right; this one also works well with the tea just in a cup (no filter needed!), since the fragments all sink to the bottom and stay there as the liquid steeps into a pleasant golden color.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sugar

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I absolutely love how this looks. I’m a sucker for interesting packaging! My boyfriend’s mom sent this to me.

Brewed hot, as I did last night, this is mostly mint. The rose petals are pretty, but there really isn’t rose flavor. The mint isn’t an overwhelmingly strong mint, but it IS the only flavor.

I’ve also cold brewed this in the past, and that made the mint stronger but still no rose.

I think this would be nice to mix into other blends for mintiness without it being overwhelming, but it’s nothing special on it’s on in my opinion.

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100

A cup of heaven!

This is my go to tea when I’m feeling stressed or creative (seriously the rose scent is like my own little muse). It’s a black tea with a lovely moderate rose flavor. It’s feet cold brewed as iced tea, but my favorite way to drink it is hot.

I brew one bag per 8 ounces of water for about 3-4 minutes. Then add a bit of cream or milk and it’s perfection.

Flavors: Rose

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71

I have a sweet tooth, and often drink chocolate-based tisanes in the evening when it’s past my caffeine cutoff. Definitely tastes of roiboos first and foremost.

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90

Very nice! The plum essence bloomed as the tea cooled. It is a nice, mellow yet flavorful tea with a very smooth finish. The scent is quite delightful. It tastes very fresh – nothing dusty or artificial. Overall, this is a lovely cold-weather tea to curl up with before bed :) I will likely purchase this again.

Flavors: Plums

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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100

I really, REALLY enjoyed this tea! I travel a lot, and I purchased the Zhena’s variety sampler at Wegman’s before getting on the road for a 4 hour trip at 10 o’clock at night. By midnight I was starting to get tired, and so I stopped at a Turnpike rest stop and made some of this delightful tea. I bought the sampler to try the Italian Chamomile and Plum Ambrosia, but I decided that a black tea would be the best pick-me-up (I usually strongly dislike black tea). It was DELICIOUS! It had a very noticeable, but not overwhelming raspberry taste. I liked this, because oftentimes the raspberry presents itself in the smell of a tea, but is difficult to taste. Here, the taste of the raspberry bloomed beautifully and it was a very real raspberry taste, not artificial (probably because the tea has real freeze-dried raspberries and not just “raspberry flavoring”). The essence of bergamot was also delightfully noticeable. There was not a trace of bitterness. Overall, this is the best black tea I have ever tried. I also love that it is organic, Fair Trade, vegan, and sustainable packaged (and the little tins are delightful!).

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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40

This tea is neither caramel or apple. I really only taste the rooibos and something else I can’t identify. Can’t wait until it’s gone.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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30

Not my favorite tea. I do not think I am much of a fan of rooibos or perhaps honey bush. I am getting a slight chocolate hint, but not sure if I am getting any truffle. Not a tea that I would buy on it’s own, but was interested in the sampler pack. Just not the tea for me. Not disgusting, but not suited to my tastes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Rooibos

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

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40

Stuck up finishing up coursework, and decided to give this another try before having my nightly sleep time tea. Brewed this tea a bit longer, a little over 7 minutes albeit unintentionally. Added a bit of rock sugar, less then half a teaspoon but probably slightly more than a quarter teaspoon. Brewed with boiling water, and it brewed a deeper red than before, with more of a burgundy hue.

On first sip, seems a bit more tart than the last cup, which seems counter intuitive as I sweetened this cup and not the first. Again not seeming to taste any cranberry, perhaps a very faint fruit hint. Tasting the tart hibiscus again. Adding a bit of sweetener seems to bring out a bit more floral hints. Not much better than before. Not undrinkable, not a lot of flavor or anything great going for this tea. Would not buy again or recommend. Not enough punch or flavor, even for a subtle tea the taste is really lacking.

Flavors: Flowers, Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

Brews a nice deep red, and smells of cinnamon and spice. The tea brewed very bland, without much character. Could pick out a bit of tartness from the hibiscus, but could not detect any hint of cranberry. This tea didn’t taste bad per say, but didn’t have a lot of flavor at all, which is why I rated this so low. I had this mug without any sweetners, but will try again with about a quarter teaspoon of rock sugar to see if the sweetness brings any flavors to the forefront. Happy that this was part of a variety pack and only had four bags!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

I got this tea with three others in a sampler. Not sure if I am not a fan of rooibos or honeybush, but I am not the biggest fan of the base flavors of the tea. I thought the tea was just meh overall. Not terrible, but not great. I wouldn’t turn down a free cup, but probably not something I would buy again. I tried to dress the tea up with a dash of milk and a hint of sweetener, but never fell in love with this cup. I tasted similar underlaying tones in the Adagio Pumpkin Spice, so I think it may be the honeybush that I am not a huge fan of. The only rooibos was a fruity blend and tasted like cough syrup. At least this tea doesn’t taste like that! For someone who likes rooibos or honeybush, this may be a good fit, but it was not dancing on my taste buds.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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66

Liquid fruit loops…. Not bad if you are in the mood for it though. Add honey and it’s nice

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64
drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
566 tasting notes

Sipdown. Meh. I got this from my brother. It’s very minty. The rose is not very noticeable. I like to add some manuka honey to make it more interesting. This isn’t bad, it’s just… mediocre.

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drank Earl Grey by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
293 tasting notes

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83

Big fan of their rooibos chai tea. Really captures the authentic flavor without caffeine.

Never tried the flavored versions, but it smells deep,velvety and chai-like.
I’m drinking this unsweetened although I believe chai is the only tea that is privileged by being sweetened.

As for taste I am impressed. Lovely chai with dark chocolate overtones that do not overwhelm with sweetness. Lovely spiciness yet manages to be different from their other flavors. For bagged teas they are fantastic. I normally hate dark chocolate but there is no bitterness as I was wary of. Sweet and sexy and warm. This is another win for zhena’s gypsy teas. Do wish I’d steeped a little longer. But as the cup empties I just feel satisfied. Would love another cup.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Rooibos, Spices

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