Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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82

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.

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85

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

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

I can’t remember who sent me this tea…..sorry. :( I have had it for a while and was surprised to find that it is quite tasty.

Not as strong as most Chai’s that I have tasted but a nice smooth easy drinking tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Spices, Sweet

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52

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.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
4 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

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

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

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.

Flavors: Plums

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

Smells weird out of the tin. Slightly off putting. Brewing changes the smell. Tried it hot think next time will try it cold.

Flavors: Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

Backlogging from yesterday.

This is a pleasant, light, sweet tea. It’s nice because the green tea base is mild, which allows the sweetness of the mint to come forward without forcing it to taste like mouthwash.

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75

This is my favorite from the sampler that I got. It’s light and sweet and well balanced. Exactly what you’d want from a mint flavored tea.

The green tea base is nice and not astringent, and the mint plays nice.

Good for a mid-morning cuppa, to supplement the morning java jolt.

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71

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

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71

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

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70

Sipdown!

This one got better after I let it sit for a month. I still don’t taste a lot of bergamot, but the raspberry is tasty enough.

Zhena’s teas look better in the canisters than they actually taste, as a rule.

Fjellrev

Haha good rule to follow.

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70

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.

Flavors: Raspberry

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70

I did not go into this one with great expectations. The dry teabag smelled revoltingly like cough syrup.

Once steeped, it smelled a lot like raspberry and not a lot like bergamot. But not unpleasantly so.

Sipping… Tastes like cough syrup.

Not impressed with this Zhena’s sampler so far.

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30

Sipdown, thank God.

This tastes a very medicinal. I’d rather drink pure chamomile, to be honest. I’m not a huge fan of fennel and licorice.

Needless to say, I shan’t be repurchasing either this tea or this Zhena’s sampler once I finish the other three flavors.

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30

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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86

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.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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50

I’m still tinkering with this tea but with my first cup, I was not impressed.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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75

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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