Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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I’m about 3/4 through my canister of this, and I won’t be replacing it when it’s finished. I like Zhena’s teas, generally. Can’t say the same for this one. I like rooibos, I like spices, but something about this mix doesn’t work for me. The spices don’t taste balanced with the sweetness of the rooibos. Also, when I opened the canister, spice dust fell all over the place. I guess the spices are too fine to stay in the teabags.

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72

Good, especially for a bagged tea. I’d say this is on the better end of the spectrum of bagged mint green teas.

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75

I bought a canister of these teabags from World Market. I’ve had more luck with Zhena’s as compared to other bagged teas/tisanes. This was a tasty blend – it satisfied my sweet tooth, and is caffeine-free. You’ll have to like rooibos to like this blend.
I love the fact that Zhena teas are organic and fair trade. Especially lately, I’ve been trying to limit my purchases to those that are.

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This one sounded so good in the store, but it’s not so enticing in smell or taste. I added sugar last night to coax out some flavor, but all I got was closing sweetness and sharpness that I imagine is supposed to be rum. It’s better than the burned green tea flavor I was getting, but not by much.

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This is a sample I got from someone. Thank you mysterious benefactor!

It’s pretty tasty. It has a light flavor of apple pie that really complements the rooibos/honeybush blend. It’s not overwhelmingly sweet even though it has licorice root. I didn’t even know it had licorice root until I looked at the website, which is great since I tend to really dislike licorice root. This is all around a pretty satisfying lightly sweet, lightly spiced apple flavored tea. I would drink this again, but it’s probably not something I should pick up right now since licorice root is one of those things pregnant women are supposed to avoid. Oops! At least there’s not much in this blend.

Flavors: Apple, Spices, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a mild chai with a nice balance of spices and a hint of orange. On its own, it works pretty well, but a single teabag isn’t really strong enough if you want to add milk. Personally I prefer the spices in my chai to be a little bolder than this. It’s definitely pleasant, though and has a pretty well-rounded flavor for a rooibos chai.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

1000th tasting note! I probably should have chosen something a little more stellar, but c’est la vie!

The tin recommends a little less than boiling water which seems a little hot for white tea don’t ya think? Maybe next time, I will try 90 degrees and see what happens. I would also like to try cold brewing it.
This tea is getting really old though, so I better hurry up. I feel that it has lost some vanilla flavour. It is still a decent bagged white tea though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Daylon R Thomas

I almost tried that one when I was first getting into Steepster. I’ve always liked Zhena’s anyway, but vanilla looked like a good combo with white tea. I didn’t cause a few others caught my attention, but I still really wish that there was more vanilla white teas out there since they are so creamy. This is also why I really want to try Gold Rush.

tigress_al

Gold Rush is one of my favourites! You should certainly give it a try

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82

This tea is very good for a bagged tea. I am not quite sure what temp this tea was steeped at because I didn’t have a variable kettle where we were staying. The vanilla maybe isn’t quite as strong as I would have liked, given the name of the tea but it was decent. The white tea base is fairly weak but I do get some weak hay/creamy white tea notes. I would likely get this again for travelling purposes.

I find that loose leaf tea never works out for me while travelling because I never seem to have the resources or time to enjoy it properly. I might as well save that for at home when I can enjoy the tea!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
12 tasting notes

The rose isn’t very noticeable, which struck me as pleasantly surprising. There’s a fresh, almost ozonic taste — think fresh air in the mountains — in a top layer, underscored by the tingle of different mint flavors. Quite a nice tea if you can brew it just right; this one also works well with the tea just in a cup (no filter needed!), since the fragments all sink to the bottom and stay there as the liquid steeps into a pleasant golden color.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sugar

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
336 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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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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drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
597 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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drank Earl Grey by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
328 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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drank Peach Ginger by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
329 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
329 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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