Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Back in May I bought a sample pack of Zhena’s teas because I liked the four seperate compartments in the tin. I think it will be great for taking multiple teas on the road with me and it should fit perfectly in my camera case. I’m finally finishing up the last few bags from the sampler and I have to say they were pretty mediocre, but at least the tin is cool.
I thought that out of all of the teas in the sampler I would like this one the best since I’m a fan of Earl Grey, but I didn’t expect the raspberry to have such a strong presence. I had hoped it would just lend a bit of sweetness to the EG, but it gave the tea a rather odd, somewhat berry-like flavor that wasn’t quite raspberry. I wish the EG would have stood out more and the raspberry less.
Finally gone! It’s an ok rooibos blend. Light pumpkin spice flavor..
Thanks, Incendiare for the tea bag sample! I’ve wanted to try this one since joining Steepster.
I’m on the mainland for some birthdays this weekend, and it’s raining moderately here. Definitely fall weather, aka- chai weather.
I was feeling pretty lazy after basic yoga and crummy Chinese food for lunch, so I just threw the bag in a pot, filled it up to a quarter with boiling water for three minutes, then topped the pot up with warm milk for an additional three minutes. It’s not particularly elegant but this method gets the job done.
I didn’t expect the coconut to be so dominant; it makes the cup exceptionally smooth and creamy. The sweet burn of ginger and rounding out of cloves are the next apparent things. It’s not a fiery cup, in fact, it’s rather light, but it’s near perfect for the sleepy chill weather outside.
I’ll think about getting more of this for an decent, quick, and easy chai.
Not too sound tooooo much like a snob here, but I was not expecting this much flavour from a bagged tea!
It’s robust and spicy without being in your face about it, and the coconut is fantastic even with the faint sunscreen association I have with coconut.
Thanks Incendiare for the sample!
I had this one with some brown sugar and milk.
Thanks for the bag, Incendiare!
Maybe I’m not brewing this tea correctly, but I found it awfully bland on its own. I prefer to use it with Stash’s Chai Spice and some creamer.
For a Papaya Mango tea it’s not very much of either. I can definitely taste hints of the Papaya but the Mango seems to be a bit muted. Despite this, it’s still quite a good tea. The Hibiscus is the dominate flavor but not dominate enough to over power everything else. It’s good cold too.
Oh yeah, forgot I sipped this down the other day too! I chucked the last two bags into my measuring cup and forgot about it, so it was so burnt. Dumped it after forcing down the first 1/4 cup.
Oh well. Kind of like David’s Coco Chai Rooibos but with a different base. The novelty wore off fast, methinks.
My morning cup of meh. I might sip this down later.
I thought it might amuse to hear my hubby’s take on this tea when I gave him a sip yesterday: “It tastes kinda like Froot Loops.”
The instructions on the tin say to bring to just below a rolling boil, which seems too hot for a white and green blend to me. So I watched my kettle like a hawk til it got to about 186 and then snatched it off the base and poured.
Turned out pretty good sweetened with some Splenda and then iced down.
I am drinking it while I update my tea inventory here on Steepster since it seems to have gotten waaaaay off. Buy Nothing Summer is over, and it’s time to plan for some new tea purchases :) But I want to make sure I know what I have and try to drink some of the more ignored stuff first – like this tea!
First hot toddy of the fall! I’m really enjoying trying plum teas lately and I really like this one It worls well with rum. Now I’m cozied up for the evening with my kindle and mug.
Massive oversteep of this one the other day, but still delicious when heavily sugared! I prefer not to have to add sweetener to this one though, since it’s quite delicious on its own when brewed properly. Ah well! Yum!
The flavor given to this green tea is very subtle, so it doesn’t taste dramatically different when compared to an unflavored green tea. It’s good for a cup of tea that you want to passively enjoy without getting too carried away by the flavor. The fact that it’s organic is definitely a bonus.