Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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This is one of the best rooibos chais I have ever had. The rooibos sweetness combined with a very spicy clove flavour is just fantastic.

Brews a dark amber brown, can be resteeped several times, is great as a latte, and you can forget about it/leave the teabag in without worrying about it oversteeping.

Flavors: Clove, Cloves, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Not really enough flavor on this one for me. No real coconut taste or rum flavor. Just tastes like green tea. Wouldn’t buy it again, but it was nice to try

Flavors: Green

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
35 tasting notes

I’m upping my rating on this one. I’m finding I’m working my way through this canister pretty quickly and I look forward to it as much first cup of the morning.

I may go a head and put in an order for the loose leaf. I do wish the spices stood out a little more, but maybe the loose leaf will improve on that.

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

They keep saying how you can’t get sick from a flue shot. Then why did I get so sick less than 24 hours later as I was perfectly fine, healthy, and energetic before? Oh lord, my eyeballs even ache, my throat feels like someone has been going at it with steel wool, the brain baby refuses to stop kicking, and we won’t even talk about the stomach.

Ugh

Anyway, I picked this up from the store on my way home from that fateful doctor’s office and been sipping on it in the hopes that it might help settle my stomach.

First thing I learned. Unlike other bagged teas (I have the bagged), go for at least the full 5 minutes if not a wee bit longer. Otherwise it is too week. I went for the full boil as well. A plus to this is that there is no bitterness.

The coconut, at least to me, does not stand out in flavor, but it does appear to add a nice creaminess. I think I like it. The chai spices are there, but not overly spicy and, massive bonus for me, the clove is almost unnoticeable.

I think I like this, but I am going to have to revisit again when I’m feeling better. Its entirely possible my sense of taste and smell are messed up. As is, I think I would like it if it were a little spicier. Without increasing the clove!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

I was lucky to find this on sale at Giant Eagle for 3.50. Bargain! I don’t get much coconut, and the spices were kind of milk. I liked to drink it with some milk and sugar, making it a dessert tea except I drink it in the AM to help me wake up at work on days I know I will be skipping dessert. It’s a nice tea, I do really like it. But I will probably try some of the other flavors.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Pumpkin Spice by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
18 tasting notes

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

Story tiiiiiiiime: in ye olden’ days (coughfiveyearsagocough), having grown up in the South and knowing ‘tea’ only as the mysterious brown powder my grandmother spooned into a pitcher filled with water, ice cubes, and too-tart lemon, I never had much of an opinion of the stuff — that is until someone left a box of Twinnings mint tea on the counter while I happened to be stricken w/a particularly nasty cold. I tried it out and it was love at first sip. It soothed my aching throat and perked me up like nothing had before. I eventually got over my cold obvious enough, but even then I always made sure to have a box (or, more commonly, five) handy. Brewing a cup each night before bed, it sort of became my own little ritual – almost like a friend, an ally, a confidante.

Though eventually, no longer the naive 15 year old I was when we met, Twinnings and I grew apart and (with more than a few tears shed between us & heavy hearts) decided to see other people, when I saw this tea in it’s adorable little packaging I couldn’t resist picking it up and revisiting my old love, y’know, for old time’s sake.

Overall, it’s a decent brew if you’re just beginning to wean yourself off the mass market brands (looking at you, Twinnings) and dip your toes into the loose leaf world, otherwise, meh, they’re are probably better things out there.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
43 tasting notes

I think this was the tea that made me like chai, since I used to hate it. This one convinced me because I love coconut! I used to be all about this tea in college, but I might have overdid it because I haven’t craved this tea in a while. But I do remember being super obsessed with it for a while.

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84
drank Raspberry Earl by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Definitely agree with everyone saying this tea is very strong on the raspberry flavor. Not that that’s a bad thing. A bit overpowering in regards to the earl though.

However, I still love this tea when I’m in the mood for a tea with some strong, fruity flavor.

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drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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This is the best rose tea I’ve ever had. Great for afternoons. In my experience rose tea can be done either really well or really terribly. Since I’ve found this one, I probably won’t be buying other rose blends… out of fear. :)

I initially got this tea in the sample tin of 4 and this one was my favorite. I was happy to see that you can purchase just a tin of rose online, since I haven’t seen it in stores.

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85

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the fruity raspberry, bergamot, and bold black tea together.The black base was flavourful, lots of tannins but not quite bitter yet. The raspberry was a tiny bit sweet and gave a nice fruity after-taste. The bergamot was not overpowering. I actually would not have minded a bit more bergamot.

Flavors: Bergamot, Berry, Fruity, Raspberry, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 19 OZ / 550 ML

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95

I believe I may have found my favourite chai. I love how wonderfully sweet, flavourful, and spicy it is. I could not taste rooibos, but I still enjoyed the blend a lot.

Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Ginger, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 22 OZ / 650 ML

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I had this on Thursday in the afternoon. I didn’t have much time to write about it, but I did record a message on the phone, reviewing the tea. There wasn’t much that I said about the tea, expect that it tasted like “old fruit that was sitting out too long; however, there’s an odd sweetness to this tea.” The “old fruit” flavor remained as an aftertaste that was almost unsettling. I usually like Zhena’s Gypsy teas, but this wasn’t one of them that I had enjoyed.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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This is quite possibly the best bagged Chai I’ve ever had! Rich and flavorful with lots of cardamom (just the way I like it!) and a nice hint of creamy coconut. It’s smooth enough to drink straight but also takes milk well. I foresee this one becoming a staple in my cupboard!

Flavors: Cardamon, Coconut, Creamy, Smooth, Spices

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

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60

Pretty average for a flavored green tea. It’s rather tart; there’s a lot of lemon/lemongrass flavor that really hits you with a blast of citrus right at the outset. Then followed by a fairly standard grassy green tea finish. Not a hint of apricot that I could discern. It’s fine, and drinkable, but probably not something I’d seek out again.

Flavors: Grass, Lemongrass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

I’m usually skeptical about bagged teas. Zhena’s teas are usually fairly decent, though. So I can make an exception to try them. My wife purchased these for $4 at a second hand retail store, and thought I’d might like something different. She knows that I’m usually pretty content with Zhena’s brand, so she needn’t worry about me denying her purchase. Ha-ha.

Anyway, the tea is pretty minty. I just got a cold, so it was soothing on the back of the throat, and it gave me a chance to breathe a little. My students are all getting over or starting to get colds, so there’s plenty of germs floating about, and are now making me sick. I suppose I should look into drinking more Green and White teas. And I figured I’d start with this one today.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Daylon R Thomas

The Ambrosia Plum is actually not a bad White and Green blend either. That is if the bags are fresh.

S.G. Sanders

It is quite good when fresh!

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drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
564 tasting notes

I LOVE the packaging! The little glass jar with the little wooden scooper is adorable. And very convenient.

The tea itself is fairly unimpressive. Just a sweet, simple mint tea with a hint of rose. It’s blended and balanced well, sure enough. But I think the packaging is way cooler than the actual tea in this case. I’m just relieved that they didn’t put stevia in it.

Flavors: Mint, Rose, Sweet

Shae

That combination sounds like it would be really interesting. Bummer that it turned out to be less than stellar.

Rosehips

This is exactly my own opinion on this tea! Cool packaging, meh tea.

teaqueen

I want to like Zhena’s stuff, but it always falls short on taste.

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66

Sipdown 36/371!

Unfortunately I don’t remember who I got this from, but thank you to whoever it was! (EDIT: after consulting my spreadsheet it appears that this was a sample from MissB – thanks!) I also passed my second steepsterversary without realising ): it’s been a while since I’ve used steepster and it totally passed me by.

This tea was very enjoyable. The instructions written on the packet said to brew for 3-5 minutes at boiling, and I went with 5 because I prefer a strong brew. I’m glad I did, because I think it would have been weak if I’d given it less time, but that could possibly be due to the age of the tea; I’ve had it for quite a while now, and it wasn’t new when I received it. I was given enough teabags to make several cups of this tea, and don’t remember it tasting of earl grey at all any time I’ve tried it. The raspberry flavour is definitely present, and pleasantly natural-tasting rather than artificial, but I don’t taste any bergamot flavouring. Not even if I really concentrate. It is, though, a very nice raspberry tea, and one that I’d probably rate higher if it was labelled as such. The black base is pleasant too, especially for a tea. It is malty and strong without being astringent, though I did add a drop of skimmed milk which may be tempering the astringency. Overall I would drink this again if offered it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to repurchase it. I’m happy to have it out of my cupboard and to move on to other things.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML

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