Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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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86

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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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83

This is a fairly tasty tea that tastes a bit like sangria without the alcohol. It is sweet and somewhat pungent and just a little sour, but not overwhelmingly so. It is good. I picked it tonight because I have been having trouble sleeping lately and didn’t want any caffeine.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 5 min.

Flavors: Berries, Orange

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

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83

This is a sweet and slightly pungent tea. It has flavors of rooibos,berries, lemon, orange, and peach. I think the sour taste comes from the acai berry. I brewed it once with boiling water for five minutes in an 18 oz teapot. It reminds me a bit of something like sangria to be honest. The rooibos flavor is not strong as the other ingredients predominate.

Flavors: Berries, Lemon, Orange, Peach

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

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66
drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
1116 tasting notes

Feeling a little blue this evening, but its cooled down, and I could put on a sweater when I got home, and a cup of herbal tea sounds like quite the right thing.
This is more mint than it is rose, but the floral note is floating about there. I like it, its very pleasant. Its especially good when feeling a little blue.

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66
drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
1116 tasting notes

I was in a tea rut. The things in my cupboard were all starting to look too familer, so I’ve got myself some new teas, to help refresh my palate.
I like mint tea. I like teas with rose in. Its loose leaf, and it came with a little jar with a cute wooden spoon attached. Sold.
Verdict? Not bad. Very minty, but the rose is still a presence. Its not overpowering, and I’m enjoying.
Excelent. Lovely to have a new tea to try.

teaqueen

I love Zhena’s teas. :) this one sounds very refreshing.

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87

I really do love chai tea and hazelnut is such an enchanting flavor so I had to try this one:P I made it as a latte with some whole milk topped with just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg ..and oh la la, sweet, sweet comfort. This cup was so comfy and happy that I just had to curl up on my bed with a genetics book and just appreciate the pure bliss radiating from my cup. Ahhh, yes. As much as I am a fan of loose tea vs bagged tea, this bagged tea was incredible. The hazelnut was smooth and delicious and the cup was full of flavor and spice. Plus, not to mention it was incredibly convenient…. after so many loose leaf tea cups I almost forget how simple a bagged tea can be to prepare. Plus, this tea is in eco-friendly tea sachets…is organic…and fair trade. How can I not want more of this? A home-run tea for me. Now I really want to try the rooibos version of this…badly. :P tehehe. I bet I will like it even more!

Flavors: Hazelnut, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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68

This one is a little odd: it’s not as fruity as I expected and it leaves a dry feeling in my mouth. The smell is absolutely wonderful but the “peach” part of the daiquiri doesn’t quite live up to it. This was an impulse buy on my part and I’m kind of disappointed, although it’s not awful.

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I must have rocks in my head for drinking hot tea on a miserably hot night like this, but whatever.

Very tasty! I’ve tried a chai with a honeybush- rooibos base from a different company and found it to be flavorless. I do have a good experience with Zhena’s though- I love their coconut chai. So I went for this one.

It’s very aromatic. I smell mostly cardamom and cinnamon, with a dash of cocoa. The sip tastes like chai masala, just a bite of ginger, and the chocolate lingers in the aftertaste.

I love this!

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27

This tea tastes like hot water with a shot of vanilla extract. It’s not pleasant.

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