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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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Another cool evening seems like a good time to try some herbal teas. The aroma of this one brings up a weird association for me—it has a strong element of mixed spices that reminds me of cooking, and specifically of spice mixtures that are stewed for soup stock in a sachet. So basically the part that is used sparingly and isn’t edible after….
That aside, it has quite a strong mint flavor, and tastes like a mint chocolate candy (or indeed a mint mocha cafe drink). I couldn’t tell that there was rooibos in it until I read the ingredients, so that doesn’t seem to hurt or help the combination. It’s a little out of my comfort zone and I find the spice aroma overwhelming, so I won’t rate it, but thanks to beelicious for the sample and the chance to try something different.
Holy moly it’s been as while since I’ve really posted on here very much. I’ve just been so busy, but I’ve missed this community and definitely want to make time to come back and review the teas that I’m drinking anyway.
The tea: I’ve had this stuff forever. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I always skip over drinking it, I think because I always get to it when I’m looking for caffeine. Well I needed something warm more than I needed caffeine today so I went for this. I added in a splash of this half almond milk/half coconut milk stuff I just got. While the milk is awesome, this tea was just kinda eh to me. There was a weird fake taste that I couldn’t quite place. There is a chance these are just old, because I feel like I remember liking this more in the past so take this as you will.
I picked up a tin of this at Whole Foods while visiting Minneapolis this weekend. We left around 8:pm and I arrived home in Fargo a little after midnight. The drive was cold. My apartment is cold. I am cold. So once I got a few things unloaded and put away I brewed a cup of this.
I wasn’t actually expecting much. I haven’t heard of Zhena’s, and generally I’m not a fan of bags in tins, but I wanted to buy a souvenir tea, and this looked like the best I saw on the shelf. This tea, however, is enjoyable. First of all, it’s warming, and not just because the temperature is hot. The spices are warming. It makes me feel cozy to hold the mug and sip this tea while waiting for the heat to come on. I won’t buy this one again, but i’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
The Favourite Chai Hunt continues. This was surprisingly good—I wasn’t expecting much of it, to be fair, but still. It’s more aggressively spiced than the blends I’ve tried previously, and that said, major thumbs up for finding a balance between spicy and not offensively-bitter, or one note. I finished the tin alarmingly quick over the holidays: this is OUTSTANDING with half water, half coconut nog, and topped off with spiced rum.