Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!
This brand offers mixed results. However, I am fairly pleased with this green. Honestly, I know there are much better options, and I will most likely explore those options but for a first tea purchase I was fairly satisfied. I would drink this again, and I would recommend this tea for a new tea drinker but probably not an established tea enthusiast.
I do not like this tea. I have had it plain without enjoyment. I mixed it with hibiscus with partial enjoyment. I mixed it with organic dried banana slices and coconut and strongly disliked it. I will not purchase this tea again.
This is the last bag, so I thought I would save it from loneliness.
Dry it smells really weak. Steeped it smells and tastes really weak. But I think that fresh, this might be pretty good. I have the faintest raspberry-lemon-orange taste coming through. The base is pretty mild, not overly bitter or astringent. It’s just too bad it’s so weak tasting.
Flavors: Bergamot, Raspberry
I’m not a chai person, but I will have one on occasion. It either needs to be really milky or very light on the spices for me to enjoy it. I found that Zhena’s gypsy chai teas with the red base + a short steep time are best for my tastebuds in the chai world.
The scent is very sweet and deep, with lots of layers. I smell the chocolate first, followed by the rooibos and a hint of cinnamon and cloves. It really does smell like a fancy, spicy hot chocolate.
Sipping… hm, this is nice. I taste a watery sort of chocolate (not really all that dark-tasting.. I’m getting more of a milk chocolate note) with a heavy mouthfeel. The spices come out at the end of the sip and they’re actually not too bad. They’re on the sweeter side and aren’t all that spicy. I also think that the sweet spices bring out some of the chocolate as well. The rooibos sort of hides behind everything and is most strong when the spices fade away.
Overall, I am actually quite pleased with this chai. I think it might be even more delicious with the addition of milk.
SSTTB: Pick #1
So today the SSTTB made its way to me literally just as I was walking out the door for work. So of course I did the “only sensible thing” and I took it to work with me, because Lord knows I wasn’t going to be able to wait out an eight hour shift without peaking inside. Plus the fact that my shift today was just me babysitting the store for a few hours while we had the floor waxed meant I could pretty much just sit around and snoop through it anyway. I wouldn’t have anything else to do.
I would have texted Tyrell or something, but the big baby falls asleep around 9:30 every night which is half an hour before I finish work on a normal shift; tonight I was supposed to get off at 1AM (finished at midnight though, so an hour early). So that wasn’t an option.
I did end up making myself a cup of tea from the box though! Because I recently lent my “at work” infusers to Bobbi (the other Keyholder) so she could try some better quality straight blacks than the Red Rose she normally drinks I didn’t have any infusing equipment at my tea station, so bagged tea it was!
Up until today I’d only tried one other Zhena’s Gypsy blend: the Coconut Chai. It was pretty decent. To me, this one tasted much more like Raspberry than Earl Grey. Pretty much any Bergamot in this was lost to me; they must have been very light handed with it (or this could be rather old – who knows). Overall I thought the whole cup was rather thin/weak tasting but not so bad, especially for a bagged tea. At least it didn’t even come close to being a bitter, which I’ll give it points for.
There’s one more bag of this in the box, but unless Tre or Tyrell or anyone else who comes over expresses interest in it I think I’ll just leave it in there for someone else to try.
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I like this tea when prepared with a splash of almond milk. It’s a good sweet summer red tea, even though the flavor palate seems more autumnal. The only reason I don’t up the rating is because the licorice flavor is overpowering, and for those like me who despise licorice tea, this is a drawback. However, it’s still worth keeping in stock and will be a big hit among the licorice-tea lovers especially. When toned down with a bit of almond milk, it makes for a nice dessert tea.
Flavors: Absinthe, Almond, Brown Sugar, Cardamon, Licorice, Spices, Summer, Sweet
This tea was surprisingly delicious! I added to one of my favorites and out of the five samples, it was my favorite. Read the full review here: http://www.abbisiler.com/tea/ambrosia-plum-zhenas-gypsy-tea
Oh wow, this was yummy. definitely peppermint mocha, with a yummy rooibos twist! The woodsy taste of the rooibos adds a subtle depth to the traditional peppermint mocha. Tasty goodness, I found that I finished my cup almost instantly!
Thanks MissB for sending this along to me!
I really like this iced, it’s very refreshing. I don’t enjoy it hot though. It’s one of the few herbals I don’t get a “wet washrag” taste with – probably because I rarely get loose herbals and I suspect that taste comes from the paper from teabags.
Brewed hot, added some splenda, then iced it. Doesn’t need much sweetening. It’s a pretty amber beer color.
I will definitely drink this a lot this summer.
The scoop it comes with is annoyingly small – they say to use 5 scoops of tea with it.
My first experience with Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai was disappointing, as I found the brew quite weak. Today I tried infusing a bag directly in almond-coconut milk. As evidence that this blend is truly tea deficient, the cup of almond-coconut milk remained nearly white through the infusion process. I added a second bag, and by dipping and squeezing the bags, eventually I achieved a beige-colored liquor.
The taste was much better, but it still seemed more like an almond-coconut milk drink than a chai tea beverage. This is definitely the way to prepare this tea, as far as as I’m concerned, but I doubt that I’ll buy any more once my final bag from the sampler tin is gone.
The spices in Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai taste pretty good, but the underlying black tea base is weak, to put it mildly. The base is indicated by the company text (in this tea’s Steepster profile) as “ceylon”, though on the can it is identified as “Indian black tea”. Hmmm… isn’t Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka (formerly known, in the colonial days, as “Ceylon”)? Did India acquire Sri Lanka while I was busy moving?
The liquor is a light peachy gold—looking more like a brewed Chun Mee than a black tea—and the flavor is, stated simply, tea deficient. Of course, I prefer my spicy chais to be prepared with a robust black base, so Zhena’s Gypsy Tea chai and I were never meant to be. In loose leaf chais which are too weak on the tea front, I sometimes throw in a dose of CTC Assam for good measure.
Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Coconut Chai comes in a filter bag, so I’ll probably use the remaining three servings in my sampler tin to infuse directly into almond coconut milk and see how that tastes. Perhaps it will at least draw out the coconut more forcefully. Here it is masked by the traditional chai spices.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
I am not a lover of chai teas but this one smelled really great. Plus, it was a convenient tea bag so I decided to give it a taste.
I am getting a very thin caramel flavor mixed with hints of cinnamon and clove. Overall, it just seems very weak to me so I am guessing this was underleafed. Perhaps I will try this with two teabags next time to see if that is better because the cup has potential to be pretty decent.
ETA: Tried brewing this up with two teabags and it is still pretty weak when it comes to the caramel flavor. The spices come out a bit more though which actually overwhelms what little caramel there is.