Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I’m not picking up as much lemon in this tea as I’d like. I’ve had some lemon teas that are just so lemon-y, and it is so wonderful when that happens, but this is… much more rooibos and flower with a touch of lemon than the other way around. It’s a nice, soothing blend, but it disappoints me that it doesn’t live up to its name.
A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but words come with promises and expectations, and the right name would let me appreciate this tea much more, I think.
Tired, but staying away from caffeine for a few days, meaning that I should have a few good herbal and fruit teas up here this week. Starting with a few from this company, as I’ve got a nice little sample pack.
This tea is a little fruity, and more herb-y than I’d expect from a tea named after a berry. Almost a little medicinal as it cools. I’d like it to be a little sweeter and fruitier, but it’s an interesting tea regardless.
I bought a sampler of Zhenas Gypsy tea a few months ago and I carry it around with me whenever I travel. Today was an especially trying travel day. I left my house at 5am and I got to the hotel in the destination city at 7pm (or 9pm in my normal time zone). So, to unwind, this seemed like the perfect option. I wouldn’t really call this chocolate chai, but it’s a nice smooth blend that doesn’t scream rooibos. Now I’m going to bed!
You know, this doesn’t really do much for me in the chocolate department. I mostly get rooibos from it. Not even really great rooibos. I’ve tried steeping it for many different lengths of time, and the spices of the chai don’t even come through very strongly. There might be a faint sort of gingery tang, but I’m really trying to perceive this. Mostly I’d say the flavoring is quite weak.
Pausing to sip and think some more ****
Maybe a touch of sweetness in addition to the rooibos? But I’m definitely trying to taste it. Maybe this tea has gotten a bit stale, but I wasn’t very impressed with it when I first opened the tin either.
This was the first tea of my girls trip to Edmonton without the baby! How exciting for me!
I found that the coconut provided a nice smoothness to this tea. I did add a tiny splash of milk, I felt that it was just one of those mornings. The chai spices weren’t super spicy, which I kind of actually liked.
Thanks VariaTEA for the sample; it was pleasant enough and easy to finish off which are both winning traits for me!
This cup in particular, was more coconut and much sweeter than my first mug, which was more heavily spiced. So it goes without much saying, that I enjoyed this second cup a lot more. I wouldn’t get it again though – there was too much inconsistency between the two cups to prove to me this could be a reliable sweet chai and not just a cup of spices.
I will bump up my rating ever so slightly, though.
The wind was sooooo strong today! Traveling across campus was a real struggle.
This was the perfect antidote. Chai is the best tea for winter afternoons. Plus, the coconut made me think of summertime/ tropical islands/ not being here.
For once, I managed not to oversteep it, too. The coconut had an almost-oily presence, very similar to the texture of actual coconut milk, and the spices underpinned it nicely.
I didn’t add any milk or sweetener of any kind to it. It doesn’t need it! It’s perfectly delicious on its own.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Coconut, Nutmeg
Thanks VariaTEA for the sample. Chai really isn’t my thing, but coconut is so it’s been interesting waiting for enough of a “right” mood to test this one. Today was good enough combined with the fact I realized there’s only two bags of this so it’d be a quick sipdown (and so much is on the way ’cause of you crazy generous people).
This was decent for a Chai, but I struggled to get coconut out of it and for that reason I wasn’t really sold on it. But pleasant enough, I suppose.
I could write more, but I’m sorta tired and I keep losing focus and zoning out for long periods of time. I guess that’s the poor sleep this last week finally catching up to me. Maybe that’s good; I have an interview tomorrow so if I’m tired enough to go to sleep early today I can wake up feeling relaxed early tomorrow!
I’ve been trying to get in a few coconut chais here and there, and this one so far has been my favourite. I’m always extra impressed because it’s a bagged tea too. The creaminess and spiciness work so well together here. A chai I can get on board with. I’ve only got 2 teabags left, but I picked this up at a store just down the street. Easily accessible teas are awesome.
Also, I just cleaned both my infusers with Bar Keepers Friend and heyo! They look better than new.
My address labels are in! I send out so many packages, not just to you guys, but to friends and family at home too, and my street name is so long. I’m so excited to try them out! I’m getting packages ready for Stephanie and Sil, so you guys will be the first to see them. :)
This seems to be a rather weak and watery tea. After tasting this I thought that perhaps I had under leafed so I rebrewed with more tea and a little bit longer steep. Still quite bland. I taste only the mildest of spices. I like chais that have a bit of zip to them. This is rather flat. I can’t taste any cardamom or pepper at all. My package did not list the ingredients so I didn’t see that there was no actual hazelnut in it. Well, that explains why I didn’t taste any. I was really rather disappointed in this tea and I am a little worried that the rest might not be as good as they sound. I may have to return my other unopened tea from there rather than waste my money.
I received a sample of this from Eva. Thank you for sharing.
I tried a sip of this and had to dump it out. It was soooo bitter for me. I then came to steepster to write a quick review and see all the positive feedback about this tea it makes me wonder if I did something wrong. I am going to have to give this one another try.
Tried it again today, this time double bagging it and steeping it less. Much better – it tastes like a chai, for starters – however now I’m missing any sense of coconut. It’s an okay blend, and I’m sure I’m cool with sipping it down, however I will refrain from purchasing more.
Perhaps I steeped this a bit too long, because I’m getting little of it. I can tell it’s a green, I can kinda taste coconut in it, however there’s zero chai anything. It actually tasted a lot like the Marani I just had, so much so that I had to look for a second to make sure.. maybe I got them mixed up? No, I doubt it .
A chameleon of a tea: starts of with lovely raspberry taking over the EG notes, then the EG pops up as it cools to say hello, and when cold, it’s lost most of the raspberry and gains the perfumey floral flavor I equate with bergamot oil. Lovely piping hot, loved it less as it cooled.
Flavors: Berries, Flowers
I’ve been having really good luck with the few Zhena’s teas I’ve tried. Thank you jeweledthumb for sending some of this my way.
Ok in full disclosure I seldom drink fruit tisanes on their own. Tonight I added a bit of Bai Hao Yin Zhen to this about 2 parts tisane to 1 part white tea. But Dex that’s a pretty expensive white tea to be adding fruit tisane to. Ummmm yep – but it’s my parTEA and I’ll steep as I want to (thanks keychange – I’m stealing that clever line).
I like fruit tisane with a little base to it, white was my choice tonight.
This tisane is quite tart, very juicy, and I would say heavy on the cherry – yes mixed fuit, but with more cherry. This is really good, and I will have to keep my eyes open for more Zhena’s tea out there in the world.
Another tea I took out of the GCTTB.
This is tasty, but it’s another tea who’s name doesn’t make sense. There is no cinnamon in caramel apples. This is apple pie, or apple crisp, or something that is apple, cinnamon bakery goodness. Disappointed, wanted crisp tart apple, with caramel
Tasty but wrong name. :((
Finished it off this morning. Not the greatest loose-leaf; I much preferred their English Breakfast. The leaves are cut very fine—many of them were essentially fannings—and the bergamot flavor was inconsistent (strange, since it was made with bergamot oil, not actual bergamot, so it wasn’t as if I hadn’t been scooping enough bergamot). Often it would be too weak or too strong; nothing some milk and sugar didn’t fix, of course. A decent tea overall, but not one that I’d get again.