Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
332 tasting notes

I absolutely love how this looks. I’m a sucker for interesting packaging! My boyfriend’s mom sent this to me.

Brewed hot, as I did last night, this is mostly mint. The rose petals are pretty, but there really isn’t rose flavor. The mint isn’t an overwhelmingly strong mint, but it IS the only flavor.

I’ve also cold brewed this in the past, and that made the mint stronger but still no rose.

I think this would be nice to mix into other blends for mintiness without it being overwhelming, but it’s nothing special on it’s on in my opinion.

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100

A cup of heaven!

This is my go to tea when I’m feeling stressed or creative (seriously the rose scent is like my own little muse). It’s a black tea with a lovely moderate rose flavor. It’s feet cold brewed as iced tea, but my favorite way to drink it is hot.

I brew one bag per 8 ounces of water for about 3-4 minutes. Then add a bit of cream or milk and it’s perfection.

Flavors: Rose

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71

I have a sweet tooth, and often drink chocolate-based tisanes in the evening when it’s past my caffeine cutoff. Definitely tastes of roiboos first and foremost.

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90

Very nice! The plum essence bloomed as the tea cooled. It is a nice, mellow yet flavorful tea with a very smooth finish. The scent is quite delightful. It tastes very fresh – nothing dusty or artificial. Overall, this is a lovely cold-weather tea to curl up with before bed :) I will likely purchase this again.

Flavors: Plums

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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100

I really, REALLY enjoyed this tea! I travel a lot, and I purchased the Zhena’s variety sampler at Wegman’s before getting on the road for a 4 hour trip at 10 o’clock at night. By midnight I was starting to get tired, and so I stopped at a Turnpike rest stop and made some of this delightful tea. I bought the sampler to try the Italian Chamomile and Plum Ambrosia, but I decided that a black tea would be the best pick-me-up (I usually strongly dislike black tea). It was DELICIOUS! It had a very noticeable, but not overwhelming raspberry taste. I liked this, because oftentimes the raspberry presents itself in the smell of a tea, but is difficult to taste. Here, the taste of the raspberry bloomed beautifully and it was a very real raspberry taste, not artificial (probably because the tea has real freeze-dried raspberries and not just “raspberry flavoring”). The essence of bergamot was also delightfully noticeable. There was not a trace of bitterness. Overall, this is the best black tea I have ever tried. I also love that it is organic, Fair Trade, vegan, and sustainable packaged (and the little tins are delightful!).

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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40

This tea is neither caramel or apple. I really only taste the rooibos and something else I can’t identify. Can’t wait until it’s gone.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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30

Not my favorite tea. I do not think I am much of a fan of rooibos or perhaps honey bush. I am getting a slight chocolate hint, but not sure if I am getting any truffle. Not a tea that I would buy on it’s own, but was interested in the sampler pack. Just not the tea for me. Not disgusting, but not suited to my tastes.

Flavors: Chocolate, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

Stuck up finishing up coursework, and decided to give this another try before having my nightly sleep time tea. Brewed this tea a bit longer, a little over 7 minutes albeit unintentionally. Added a bit of rock sugar, less then half a teaspoon but probably slightly more than a quarter teaspoon. Brewed with boiling water, and it brewed a deeper red than before, with more of a burgundy hue.

On first sip, seems a bit more tart than the last cup, which seems counter intuitive as I sweetened this cup and not the first. Again not seeming to taste any cranberry, perhaps a very faint fruit hint. Tasting the tart hibiscus again. Adding a bit of sweetener seems to bring out a bit more floral hints. Not much better than before. Not undrinkable, not a lot of flavor or anything great going for this tea. Would not buy again or recommend. Not enough punch or flavor, even for a subtle tea the taste is really lacking.

Flavors: Flowers, Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

Brews a nice deep red, and smells of cinnamon and spice. The tea brewed very bland, without much character. Could pick out a bit of tartness from the hibiscus, but could not detect any hint of cranberry. This tea didn’t taste bad per say, but didn’t have a lot of flavor at all, which is why I rated this so low. I had this mug without any sweetners, but will try again with about a quarter teaspoon of rock sugar to see if the sweetness brings any flavors to the forefront. Happy that this was part of a variety pack and only had four bags!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

I got this tea with three others in a sampler. Not sure if I am not a fan of rooibos or honeybush, but I am not the biggest fan of the base flavors of the tea. I thought the tea was just meh overall. Not terrible, but not great. I wouldn’t turn down a free cup, but probably not something I would buy again. I tried to dress the tea up with a dash of milk and a hint of sweetener, but never fell in love with this cup. I tasted similar underlaying tones in the Adagio Pumpkin Spice, so I think it may be the honeybush that I am not a huge fan of. The only rooibos was a fruity blend and tasted like cough syrup. At least this tea doesn’t taste like that! For someone who likes rooibos or honeybush, this may be a good fit, but it was not dancing on my taste buds.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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66

Liquid fruit loops…. Not bad if you are in the mood for it though. Add honey and it’s nice

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64
drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
582 tasting notes

Sipdown. Meh. I got this from my brother. It’s very minty. The rose is not very noticeable. I like to add some manuka honey to make it more interesting. This isn’t bad, it’s just… mediocre.

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70
drank Earl Grey by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
326 tasting notes

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83

Big fan of their rooibos chai tea. Really captures the authentic flavor without caffeine.

Never tried the flavored versions, but it smells deep,velvety and chai-like.
I’m drinking this unsweetened although I believe chai is the only tea that is privileged by being sweetened.

As for taste I am impressed. Lovely chai with dark chocolate overtones that do not overwhelm with sweetness. Lovely spiciness yet manages to be different from their other flavors. For bagged teas they are fantastic. I normally hate dark chocolate but there is no bitterness as I was wary of. Sweet and sexy and warm. This is another win for zhena’s gypsy teas. Do wish I’d steeped a little longer. But as the cup empties I just feel satisfied. Would love another cup.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Rooibos, Spices

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80

Happily surprised by this one! My love for chocolate teas has decreased significantly because I’ve realised I really don’t like teas overly sweet. This one has a nice blend of the chocolate and the spices and worked really well with milk. I just wish I wasn’t drinking it in July, haha. The weather here lately has been absolutely terrible and cold and I’ve been drinking far more hot teas than I normally would. I don’t think I’ve ever drank chai in the summer before, and I’ve after having it a bunch of times already this week.

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60
drank Peach Ginger by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
328 tasting notes

I think I was expecting more out of this one – a bolder flavour, to be sure. It smelled wonderful, and I steeped it for a long time, but it was still too mild. Sigh. I do love peach and ginger separately, and I was excited to try a tea where they were combined, and while this was still pleasant to drink, this was a bit of a let down. :/

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drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
328 tasting notes

Floral teas are another questionable experience for me, but this one wasn’t bad! I’m wary of drinking most black tea blends sans milk, but I can’t drink floral blends with it, haha. So straight up was what I went for this – a decent cup, I have to say! I don’t know if I’d buy this one on my own, but I’m definitely glad I tried this.

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75
drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
328 tasting notes

I approach all coconut teas with caution, and I have to say that this one was pretty good. I do like my chais bold, and this one was definitely milder than what I prefer. However, that also meant that the coconut wasn’t as strong, either, which for me is a good thing. This reminds me of Coco Chai Rooibos from DT, though this has a different base. All in all, I’m pleased with this sample, and I look forward to trying the rest.

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74

I’m fairly pleased with this tea. It’s light, it’s refreshing, and it has a unique taste that no other brand can quite replicate.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I shouldn’t be drinking chai in the middle of July! LOL. The summer seems to have skipped me… Alas. I was excited to see this is my sample, as I do enjoy a spicy rooibos blend, and I do like this! It’s definitely more spicy than sweet, though I can taste the caramel a little. I think I like cinnamon rooibis chai from DT better, but this is a tasty blend in it’s own right – not bad for a tea bag!

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80

What? An EG I haven’t already tried? OMG. Received this as a birthday gift, though I’m only just now getting around to trying it. Mmmmm. Subtle flavours, but they work nicely together, I have to say. This was my first tea from this company, and I look forward to trying the other samples I have from them!

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Someone (probably Teaqueen?) recommended this a while back and I’ve been drinking a lot of it in the office. It’s good stuff, chocolaty but not too sweet. Expect a better review down the line. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Spices

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