Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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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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58
drank Calm Me by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
453 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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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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68

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
237 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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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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