Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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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
580 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
312 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
303 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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70
drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
303 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
303 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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42

I like hibiscus, but if there is hibiscus, it needs to turn into a fruit juice because that’s what it’s best as. The rooibos has more of a citrus taste, and it clashes with the natural cranberry like nature of the hibiscus.

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53

Drinking this is like drinking hot, spiced ginger cranberry juice. It’s good, and pretty decent for hangovers, though not as effective as say Pu-Erh or Egyptian mint…as my poor last roommate may attest. Nice when you need some detoxing, but not great.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cranberry, Ginger, Medicinal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

Good with honey, sugar, cream, and or straight. To me, every ingredient highlights the other: the chai spices complement the coconut, and the coconut really brings out the malty, chocolate like body of the Assam. As with any Zhena’s, you need to go through the tin pretty quickly to get the fuller flavor. This tea is very sweet, and pretty strong, so it’s astringency can be overwhelming if accidentally over steeped. When brewed in around three minutes, it’s smoother.

Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coconut, Dates, Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I really like this tea. I love the sweet, light plum flavor, and the floral creaminess from the green and white tea. This one always helps me distress with the just the right amount of sweetness to not add any sweetener. I should note that I like more natural sweetness from flavoring over sugar itself, so sugar might be needed for some to full enjoy it. There are times were I added sugar and honey to help out the flavor for a greater craving, but normally I drink it as is. I do recommend to go through this tea quickly after buying it, because the flavors do not keep very long which is one of my main complaints about this tea in particular. Worth the price when on discount.

Flavors: Cream, Licorice, Plums, White Grapes

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

Refreshing; a good cheaper go to for mint. The green tea blends in well as a grassy background. Sometimes, I wish that this tea was purely herbal because the mint helps me relax enough for sleep, but the caffeine keeps me up.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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