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I’m done with zhenas I think :( the tins are so pretty but the teas are always meh. The raspberry is really fragrant in the cup which is great, the Black tea doesn’t leave too bitter an aftertaste unless overbrewed. The bergamont almost undetectable. Overall pretty meh.
Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2
This is it, the very last one. I enjoy chamomile and some bedtime blends, so I pulled this sample out of the box to try later. I’ve seen Zhena’s teas before at TJ Maxx and wondered whether they were any good or not, I guess it’s time to find out! I can’t really see what’s inside the bags (they’re the round style, like Republic of Tea) but I can tell there’s chamomile for sure. Dry scent is chamomile with a touch of mint and some sweetness. After looking at the description, I think it was the coconut I was smelling. Once I poured the water over, I could see that there’s green rooibos in there as well. I used two bags for my 10-ounce cup.
The steeped tea has a pleasant herbal scent, and I can definitely smell the chamomile as well as the mint and a bit of coconut. Yum, I actually quite like this. It certainly has a very herbal flavor, there’s something in here that’s reminding me of dill perhaps? The mint and coconut work nicely in balancing that herbal taste with some sweetness. Nothing overpowers anything else, making this a nicely balanced sleepytime blend. Nice.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Coconut, Hay, Herbs, Mint, Sweet
I have been experimenting with different kinds of chai to figure out which one I like better for my chai tea lattes. This is pretty dang good although I haven’t quite gotten the tea to milk ratio (I used coconut milk). It reminds me of the holidays and winter. I love this tea. (: Once I have gotten the right ratio, I will update my rating.
Supposed to be a mild vanilla tea with hints of double dose of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg with brown sugar. Don’t be fooled. I steeped for a long time and still can only taste the light vanilla flavor. I wouldn’t throw out the tea, but I would not buy it again. Looks good on the counter, that’s about it.
Updated: Yes, I did throw this out. I think the glass container was worth more than the tea.
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.