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This is actually much better than I was expecting—thanks to NayLynn for the bags! The coconut in this is creamy and on-point, and the spices are mostly cardamom and a hint of clove. That’s okay with me, because I think too much ginger would overpower everything else. It’s not a traditional chai, but because of that it’s unique enough that I can see myself reaching for it reasonably often until it’s gone.
I got this tea in a sampler tin from Kroger. The packaging caught my eye, but I ended up buying it because the flavors sounded heavenly.
I found this tea to be very earthy and it balanced out the mint. Neither was too overwhelming. It was a chilly day where I live, so this was a treat for me. It tastes like it would be a good pick-me-up, even though it doesn’t have very much caffeine in it. I would recommend this to anyone that loves a good mint tea.
Flavors: Earth, Green, Mint
This is the one I was most looking forward to (in the Zhena sampler). Maybe since I had such great expectations for it is why I didn’t give it a high rating. I smells RICHLY RASPBERRY, it tastes… I don’t quite know how to describe it. That taste… it switches back from sweet, rich raspberry to watery raspberry to an aftertaste of earl grey very quickly. SO I went from YUUUMM to meh to MMMMM in every sip. Does that make sense? This is one that probably only be had hot and sweetened to keep the raspberry flavor going with the black tea richness.
By far my favorite of the sampler and officially one of my favorite green teas ever. It is just so smooth and soothing. What first caught my attention was the ingredient list. ONLY THREE INGREDIENTS!!! Recognizable and pronounceable ones at that. Green tea. Peppermint. Licorice root. I never would have thought peppermint and green tea would make a good combo. This is a match made in heaven. Or should I say “matcha”… Tea puns aside no sugar needed and not the least bitter even after a 3.5 minute steep.
Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint
I see (or rather I smell) why it is called that. It smells heavenly. Like walking through an area of plum trees. Light, airy, fruity. The taste is only a hint of that, it is more bitter than anything else. Not like when you steep a green tea too long bitter, more like bite into watermelon rind bitter. So it’s bittersweet. Literally. I only steeped for 2.5 minutes (2-3 is the recommended time on the tin). Sugar makes it so much better and you can really tastes the plum.
Nice, tame blend of chamomile and citrus. I added more orange peel, though, because I really like orange and felt it need more. This is the second best chamomile tea I’ve ever had with my little modification. Plus it helps me relax/sleep.
Flavors: Licorice, Orange
Today when I made this, I get toasted coconut, sweet plum, and vanilla. Last time I made it, I could taste licorice, but today I gave it a shorter steep time.
Yummmm! This is one blend by Zhena’s that hasn’t let me down. Trying to sip down this sampler set from them.
Flavors: Coconut, Plums, Vanilla
Okay, I actually do like this one. Phew!
It tastes sweet and fruity. I’m getting notes of toasted coconut, plum blossom, and licorice. Interesting.
Again, I’m glad I don’t have a whole canister of it, but I wouldn’t mind drinking this one again. It leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth. Good plain, excellent with a little honey.
Flavors: Coconut, Licorice, Plums
Tried this one again. Bumping up my rating.
I think I oversteeped it last time. I remember the raspberry and the black base being very acid-like and not pleasant, but today it was much mellower.
Still not getting much bergamot. It’s a nice idea in theory, but in practice, raspberry and bergamot tend to be two dominant flavors, so they don’t really play nice together. In this case, the raspberry tackles the bergamot and sits on its chest, wrestling-style.
This’ll never be a favorite, but it’s certainly accessible as a work tea.
Extremely uninteresting chamomile-based blend. I agree with another reviewer- this tastes like celery. It’s also unsettlingly translucent. I’m glad I only got four bags of it in the sampler from the grocery store, because suffering my way through a whole canister of this would have sucked majorly.
“Italian Chamomile.” Gimme a break. It is CLEARLY just your average bagged Roman chamomile tea.
Side note- Licorice root is apparently a remedy for nausea, but it actually makes me nauseous. Am I weird for that?
Flavors: Flowers, Herbs, Wet Wood
So, I’ll start off by saying I think it’s hilarious they give you this cute little spoon that you can’t even use to scoop the leaves because the leaves are too big! Oh well. Idea is still cute.
The unsteeped leaves smell very interesting. There’s a smell that I can’t quite put my finger on, oddly enough it reminds me of alcohol. It has the same burning sort of smell. There’s undertones of a fruity sweetness.
The steeped liquid does not have a strong smell. The first sip tasted strongly of apples in a very good way, but also very surprising. Green apples specifically. There’s a sort of honey goldenness in the background. Overall, very enjoyable if not misleading, as it doesn’t really scream green tea much at all to me.
This tea is decent but not great. It has the flavor of cinnamon, chocolate, cloves and other spices. I picked it not because I love it but because I am trying to avoid caffeine tonight and a rooibos blend seemed ideal. I would recommend it to anyone who loves chacolate, rooibos, and chai.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves