once upon a time i bought this tea from the grocery store.
i was new to tea.
i did not like it very much.
i thought i did not like tea,
but the punch line is that i just don’t like chamomile and didn’t know any better.
“once upon a time i bought this tea from the grocery store. i was new to tea. i did not like it very much. i thought i did not like tea, but the punch line is that i just don't like chamomile...” Read full tasting note
“Italian Chamomile / Tranquil Dreams (Teavana) Excellent Blend for nighttime relaxation!!” Read full tasting note
“I do not like licorice root in teas, I think it overpowers the entire cup making it taste too sweet almost to a nauseous point. >.< I was a bit disappointed in this one, considering I usually love...” Read full tasting note
“I'm not a huge fan of chamomile tea in general, I find it's often too bland and tastes too much like hot water. But, I did like this one. While it will never be my favourite I did find some notes...” Read full tasting note
Fair Trade, Organic.
A harmonious blend of select golden colored chamomile blossoms, rose petals and hibiscus flowers balanced with serene, soothing, notes of sweet fennel (licorice), lemon myrtle and orange peel with a floral bouquet that scents the steam.
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I’m not a huge fan of chamomile tea in general, I find it’s often too bland and tastes too much like hot water. But, I did like this one. While it will never be my favourite I did find some notes of rose petals and lemon that added more depth to this tea.I think it’s a really nice gentle tea to have at night when you need something calming to help you relax, but at the same time that gentleness can sometimes be a little flat. I think if I let it brew for a little longer some of the more subtler flavours will come through (like fennel and lemongrass), and I’m looking forward to that when I next drink it.
I threw this into the teapot tonight because I’m trying to use up some of my bagged teas before payday – when I can actually build up my loose leaf collection. I’ve learned from experience that to enjoy Zhena’s tea I need to use two teabags, so I threw those into my 2-cup teapot and let them steep.
This particular batch is a little syrupy, but that’s probably because I ran out of Sugar in the Raw and lost count of of the sugar cubes I had to use instead. I’m glad I decided to use two bags, as this is still pretty light-tasting. The camomile is the strongest, but a faint licorice aftertaste follows in its sway.
All in all, I’m glad I pulled this down from the shelf. It’s been a hectic day – the end of the school year is upon us, and my seniors are all going a little crazy about graduation. But now most the papers are graded and I was even able to leave the rest at school. This cup is a fantastic transition for me – a sweet reminder that part of the day is over, and now it’s time to cuddle with the cats (Akasha and Mei-Mei – we’re nerds!) and curl up with a book. An unheard of luxury during the school year!
That’s no light task, and I’m impressed this tea managed to pull it off!
I’m not sure about this. It is such a strong chamomile and the appeal of chamomile is usually its mellowness. It tastes exactly how it smells: like an herb garden. I suppose chamomile and fennel are the dominant flavors. Very spicy and it kind of burns my tongue.
EDIT: Scratch all that! I figured it out. Celery! It tastes exactly like celery.
I ordered two of the stackable tins of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea as I have been curious about this brand but was not sure that I wanted to buy a full tin of any of the flavors without trying them out first. Tonight I brewed up one of the four filter bags of Italian Chamomile.
My first observation was that the scent of the dried tea is overwhelmingly dominated by fennel seed. I have had a few different teas which feature fennel, mostly “digestive aid” teas such as the Good Earth Tea for Digestion. Fennel apparently settles stomachs. I cannot say that the flavor of fennel seed is all that appealing to me in tea blends. It’s a very different flavor from licorice root (confusingly identified in the company text as the same). There is also licorice root in this blend, but the fennel really steals the show.
The brew tasted better than the dried tea smelled because the fennel was less loud once infused. Still, I would not really consider this to be a chamomile blend so much as a functional fennel blend for digestion. It’s okay, but I won’t be buying a full supply. I’ll drink the other three filter bags, but unless I undergo some sort of conversion, that will be all for me of this particular Zhena’s Gypsy Tea creation.
Aroma: Light lemon, fennel seed, licorice and a little Chamomile; actually quite soothing.
Taste: The longer it steeps, the stronger the lemon, fennel and licorice become especially the fennel and licorice…not too off putting but the cuppa does become a savory-sweet; I know this sounds of an oxymoron but true. This is a soothing, relaxing cuppa for the evening or before bedtime, but personally, I would stick to straight-up Chamomile tea if you are looking for a Chamomile tea, honestly, there are better out there to be had.
Aftertaste: Sweet fennel, licorice, slight Chamomile…a little strong but not if you take out the tea sachet when properly steeped…I like my tea strong so I keep mine in the whole duration of enjoying my cuppa.
It is a nice tea for unwinding in the evening or before bed…a little sweet but nice.