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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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
1000th tasting note! I probably should have chosen something a little more stellar, but c’est la vie!
The tin recommends a little less than boiling water which seems a little hot for white tea don’t ya think? Maybe next time, I will try 90 degrees and see what happens. I would also like to try cold brewing it.
This tea is getting really old though, so I better hurry up. I feel that it has lost some vanilla flavour. It is still a decent bagged white tea though.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!).