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Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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drank Peach Ginger by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Ginger by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
78 tasting notes

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Thanks VariaTEA for the sample. Chai really isn’t my thing, but coconut is so it’s been interesting waiting for enough of a “right” mood to test this one. Today was good enough combined with the fact I realized there’s only two bags of this so it’d be a quick sipdown (and so much is on the way ’cause of you crazy generous people).

This was decent for a Chai, but I struggled to get coconut out of it and for that reason I wasn’t really sold on it. But pleasant enough, I suppose.

I could write more, but I’m sorta tired and I keep losing focus and zoning out for long periods of time. I guess that’s the poor sleep this last week finally catching up to me. Maybe that’s good; I have an interview tomorrow so if I’m tired enough to go to sleep early today I can wake up feeling relaxed early tomorrow!

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I’ve been trying to get in a few coconut chais here and there, and this one so far has been my favourite. I’m always extra impressed because it’s a bagged tea too. The creaminess and spiciness work so well together here. A chai I can get on board with. I’ve only got 2 teabags left, but I picked this up at a store just down the street. Easily accessible teas are awesome.

Also, I just cleaned both my infusers with Bar Keepers Friend and heyo! They look better than new.

My address labels are in! I send out so many packages, not just to you guys, but to friends and family at home too, and my street name is so long. I’m so excited to try them out! I’m getting packages ready for Stephanie and Sil, so you guys will be the first to see them. :)

OMGsrsly

Where do you find your Bar Keepers Friend? I’ve been looking for it for ages, and thought it wasn’t available in Canada!

Courtney

Canadian Tire haha! I checked their website because you can see which stores have it in stock. :)

OMGsrsly

Awesome! :)

OMGsrsly

ZOMG. All my pots are going to be SO SPARKLY. :D

Courtney

Haha ours are! And now my infusers are too!

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This seems to be a rather weak and watery tea. After tasting this I thought that perhaps I had under leafed so I rebrewed with more tea and a little bit longer steep. Still quite bland. I taste only the mildest of spices. I like chais that have a bit of zip to them. This is rather flat. I can’t taste any cardamom or pepper at all. My package did not list the ingredients so I didn’t see that there was no actual hazelnut in it. Well, that explains why I didn’t taste any. I was really rather disappointed in this tea and I am a little worried that the rest might not be as good as they sound. I may have to return my other unopened tea from there rather than waste my money.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
199 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Eva. Thank you for sharing.

I tried a sip of this and had to dump it out. It was soooo bitter for me. I then came to steepster to write a quick review and see all the positive feedback about this tea it makes me wonder if I did something wrong. I am going to have to give this one another try.

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Tried it again today, this time double bagging it and steeping it less. Much better – it tastes like a chai, for starters – however now I’m missing any sense of coconut. It’s an okay blend, and I’m sure I’m cool with sipping it down, however I will refrain from purchasing more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Perhaps I steeped this a bit too long, because I’m getting little of it. I can tell it’s a green, I can kinda taste coconut in it, however there’s zero chai anything. It actually tasted a lot like the Marani I just had, so much so that I had to look for a second to make sure.. maybe I got them mixed up? No, I doubt it .

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A chameleon of a tea: starts of with lovely raspberry taking over the EG notes, then the EG pops up as it cools to say hello, and when cold, it’s lost most of the raspberry and gains the perfumey floral flavor I equate with bergamot oil. Lovely piping hot, loved it less as it cooled.

Flavors: Berries, Flowers

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve been having really good luck with the few Zhena’s teas I’ve tried. Thank you jeweledthumb for sending some of this my way.

Ok in full disclosure I seldom drink fruit tisanes on their own. Tonight I added a bit of Bai Hao Yin Zhen to this about 2 parts tisane to 1 part white tea. But Dex that’s a pretty expensive white tea to be adding fruit tisane to. Ummmm yep – but it’s my parTEA and I’ll steep as I want to (thanks keychange – I’m stealing that clever line).
I like fruit tisane with a little base to it, white was my choice tonight.
This tisane is quite tart, very juicy, and I would say heavy on the cherry – yes mixed fuit, but with more cherry. This is really good, and I will have to keep my eyes open for more Zhena’s tea out there in the world.

MissB

London Drugs carries them. Or at least they do in my neck of the woods.

jeweledthumb

Yay! I’m glad you enjoy this one!

keychange

Steal away! :).

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75
drank Peach Ginger by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Another tea I took out of the GCTTB.

This is tasty, but it’s another tea who’s name doesn’t make sense. There is no cinnamon in caramel apples. This is apple pie, or apple crisp, or something that is apple, cinnamon bakery goodness. Disappointed, wanted crisp tart apple, with caramel
Tasty but wrong name. :((

Sil

heh i keep forgetting that’s nearly to me…

yyz

Maybe there going for the historical reference Dex since apparently the early batches were made with a cinnamon candy coating.

Dexter3657

OK, I buy that – but then it should be candy apple not caramel apple…
I just thought it didn’t live up to what was promised.

yyz

Totally see where you’re coming from.

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drank Earl Grey by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Finished it off this morning. Not the greatest loose-leaf; I much preferred their English Breakfast. The leaves are cut very fine—many of them were essentially fannings—and the bergamot flavor was inconsistent (strange, since it was made with bergamot oil, not actual bergamot, so it wasn’t as if I hadn’t been scooping enough bergamot). Often it would be too weak or too strong; nothing some milk and sugar didn’t fix, of course. A decent tea overall, but not one that I’d get again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Oooo boy, do I love me some Zhena’s.

Delicious chai. Smooth black tea base, perfect amount of spice (it’s there, but it doesn’t make your eyes water) and some lovely coconut to round it all out. The round sachets are awesome, and they really allow for a nice infusion.

Delicious!

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I haven’t had this one in forever but cold-brewed some last night. This is so refreshing cold! I didn’t add sugar, but a bit of sugar would be nice. It doesn’t need it though. This would probably be a good tea for when you’re trying to limit calories but want something tasty to drink.

I think I prefer it cold because I can taste more of the coconut & it definitely seems more tropical this way! Now if the weather would just warm up, I might be able to imagine relaxing on a beach or something awesome like that. I am almost out of this one. It is definitely a re-stock, but maybe I’ll wait until it is a little warmer, as I prefer this one iced.

Preparation
Iced
xoloveaugust

Mmm. I first tried it when preggo with River at Whole Foods. It made him do little flips!!!

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drank Hazelnut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Thank you to Skysamurai for the chance to try some of this tea!

I haven’t had many Zhena’s teas, but I see them around a lot and have been meaning to explore. This tea is perplexing. It is spicy, warm, nutty with a little kick, but I can’t seem to pinpoint any of the flavors. I can pick out clove in the aftertaste. I know what ingredients are in it, I just can’t detect them individually. I thought I could taste the black base when I first sipped this cup, but now I don’t. The flavors are strong and I appreciate that. I added sugar, but I would like to try it with some milk on the resteep and see if it takes it up a level.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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This is a lovely treat tea! It is good iced or hot, sweet or not. I turned a non tea lover onto this tea and she searched for it and kept it in stock. Then I turned a tea lover onto it as well. It’s a solid tea, and a good staple to keep for quiet afternoons designated for day dreaming. It’s great to give to guests as well. You can really taste the coconut and rum. Quite yummy.

sonadora

I’m trying this iced for the first time today, am very excited. I think you got me into this one!

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thanks VariaTEA!

this was very cool! like a coconut spice cake…. i erred too much on the side of caution and understeeped. sigh. i tried to resteep…. i think i really like this, but i can’t tell because of operator error- argh!

based half way on what i tasted and half way with what i think would of happened i will number-ify-y-y.

really! not bad for a bagged tea! most of them i taste paper, not in this case! =0)

=0( don’t do a three minute steep.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Sounds delicious!

Cavocorax

Oh no – that’s too bad about the understeeping, but how could you have known? I hope you have another one to “get it right” with.

And it seems like this one is in the ‘quite good for a bagged tea’ category! I’ve had a few people get that impression, so next time I hit the pharmacy I will take a look.

Oh. No, I’d better not. (Just took a look at my overflowing tea shelf!)

VariaTEA

Oh no. I am sorry I was only able to send one for you to try. Well, even with operator error, it seems as though you liked it so yay ?

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It’s really cold and windy today, so I’m continuing with my chai quest.

Thank you jeweledthumb for sending me a sample of this one.

This is really good, nice light chai with just a hint of coconut notes. I’ve tried a few Zhena’s Gypsy Tea’s now and have been impressed with them. This isn’t complicated, it’s really good,“everyday” chai.I would be perfectly happy drinking this anytime. Will keep my eyes open for it out there. :))

jeweledthumb

I can always send you more, you know. If you’ll accept another package in the near future. ;)

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A note to start – Do not think of this tea as a normal chai, it is not a normal a chai, it is a lighter green tea based chai that is delightful in it’s own right.

Steeping the tea – This tea smells wonderful! My entire bedroom smells like sweet spiced tea. It’s amazing.

Preparation – A little bit of steamed milk and some honey.

First sip – Sweet, spicy, citrusy. The honey really goes well with this tea, it accents the spiced flavor but doesn’t add the raw sweetness the sugar does.

This tea is wonderful, it’s complex and spicy with a touch of brightness from the green tea. Unlike a black tea based chai it is light and citrusy and doesn’t have a bold caffeinated feeling like I get from darker chai. The sweetness of the ginger and cardamom hang in your mouth for a while after you sip it down. Overall, it’s a very nice tea with a really wonderful flavor. I feel like I could drink this right before bed as well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I have now finished my updated bio. Woot!

This tea I picked up a while ago, from the London Drugs handy my house, when there was an extensive discussion on someone’s review of it. I must say, although I’m not really a chai person this one is tasty. I do have to steep it for quite a while, but that could be because it’s a bagged tea. I love that the coconut makes it creamier and it’s a subtle chai overall.

I’m not always in the mood for it, but it’s tasty when I am, and it is such a delight I can get this at London Drugs.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Yvonne

I have a London Drugs near me…I need to look out for this.

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Probably one of the most amazing chai teas that I’ve ever had! The Zhena company story is inspiring and the customer service fantastic.

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