Zhena's Gypsy Tea

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Sample from a work buddy. Pleasantly surprised. You can taste the raspberry, and there is no essence of floor cleaner about it—always a caution when I’m drinking EG.

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This is a very strongly flavored tea. The hibiscus is very strong in this tea so if you don’t like that then this definitely isn’t the tea for you. Brews up really read, strongly flavored, definitely berry. I brewed the recommended about of time but I might shortened that next time to hopefully not be so strong. I drank it hot but it would make a great iced tea too.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

This is my favorite in the holiday sampler tin. Not strong on the ginger, but decently spicy. Yum!

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I keep forgetting about this gem in the back of my tea cabinet. It was a gift from a friend a while back. Time to give it a good try.

The directions say to use 2 teaspoons for each 8 ounces of water. My Bodum Assam holds 32 ounces, so I did the math and used the appropriate amount of tea. Seemed like a lot, but it’s the right amount.

The ingredients list looks like a short list of things that would go great with a Rooibos base, so this should be pretty good. Even for a guy like me who is not a huge fan of blends or fruit teas. I am looking forward to this. Maybe it will change my mind about fruit blend teas? We’ll see. Maybe I just haven’t tried enough really good, high quality samples.

OK, I’ve waiting long enough for it to cool a bit. Here we go:

The aroma is a whole lot of tropical fruit. Not overwhelming, just damn tasty. The Rooibos base is still there, present and accounted for.

The taste is just a fruity, mostly tropical with some citrus. The Rose Hips are a nice touch, they add an extra element making this overall a really interesting, well balanced tea.

There is a bit of an aftertaste, I can’t quite place it. Just a touch of tartness that sits at the back of my tongue for a few seconds. Not bad, It actually rounds out the overall flavor really well.

Overall, I like it. Looks like those really good,high quality fruit blend teas are actually pretty good. I guess I went too many years drinking the cheap ones in boxes from the grocery store.

This one is damn good. Well balanced, all flavors accounted for, nothing extra for no reason. Even with the tartness of the aftertaste, which I actually kind of like, this is a damn good tea.

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity, Tart, Tropical

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 20 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Fire Light Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
1543 tasting notes

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drank Fire Light Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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100
drank Fire Light Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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drank Fire Light Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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This is one of the best rooibos chais I have ever had. The rooibos sweetness combined with a very spicy clove flavour is just fantastic.

Brews a dark amber brown, can be resteeped several times, is great as a latte, and you can forget about it/leave the teabag in without worrying about it oversteeping.

Flavors: Clove, Cloves, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Not really enough flavor on this one for me. No real coconut taste or rum flavor. Just tastes like green tea. Wouldn’t buy it again, but it was nice to try

Flavors: Green

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I just realized I have not yet reviewed this tea as loose leaf. Yes, I went out of my way to order the loose leaf version and I totally and utterly regret every penny I spent.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, that I have purchased a loose leaf version of a bagged tea I love and find it is utterly undrinkable. Its bitter, astringent, no coconut flavor to be found, no creaminess, no spiciness, and totally and utterly dominated by CLOVE!!!! I tried different steep times, different temperatures. Utterly undrinkable.

Well at least its easy to find the bags.

Not changing my rating as I find the bags really are quite good.

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

I’m upping my rating on this one. I’m finding I’m working my way through this canister pretty quickly and I look forward to it as much first cup of the morning.

I may go a head and put in an order for the loose leaf. I do wish the spices stood out a little more, but maybe the loose leaf will improve on that.

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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They keep saying how you can’t get sick from a flue shot. Then why did I get so sick less than 24 hours later as I was perfectly fine, healthy, and energetic before? Oh lord, my eyeballs even ache, my throat feels like someone has been going at it with steel wool, the brain baby refuses to stop kicking, and we won’t even talk about the stomach.

Ugh

Anyway, I picked this up from the store on my way home from that fateful doctor’s office and been sipping on it in the hopes that it might help settle my stomach.

First thing I learned. Unlike other bagged teas (I have the bagged), go for at least the full 5 minutes if not a wee bit longer. Otherwise it is too week. I went for the full boil as well. A plus to this is that there is no bitterness.

The coconut, at least to me, does not stand out in flavor, but it does appear to add a nice creaminess. I think I like it. The chai spices are there, but not overly spicy and, massive bonus for me, the clove is almost unnoticeable.

I think I like this, but I am going to have to revisit again when I’m feeling better. Its entirely possible my sense of taste and smell are messed up. As is, I think I would like it if it were a little spicier. Without increasing the clove!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I was lucky to find this on sale at Giant Eagle for 3.50. Bargain! I don’t get much coconut, and the spices were kind of milk. I liked to drink it with some milk and sugar, making it a dessert tea except I drink it in the AM to help me wake up at work on days I know I will be skipping dessert. It’s a nice tea, I do really like it. But I will probably try some of the other flavors.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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drank Mint Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Story tiiiiiiiime: in ye olden’ days (coughfiveyearsagocough), having grown up in the South and knowing ‘tea’ only as the mysterious brown powder my grandmother spooned into a pitcher filled with water, ice cubes, and too-tart lemon, I never had much of an opinion of the stuff — that is until someone left a box of Twinnings mint tea on the counter while I happened to be stricken w/a particularly nasty cold. I tried it out and it was love at first sip. It soothed my aching throat and perked me up like nothing had before. I eventually got over my cold obvious enough, but even then I always made sure to have a box (or, more commonly, five) handy. Brewing a cup each night before bed, it sort of became my own little ritual – almost like a friend, an ally, a confidante.

Though eventually, no longer the naive 15 year old I was when we met, Twinnings and I grew apart and (with more than a few tears shed between us & heavy hearts) decided to see other people, when I saw this tea in it’s adorable little packaging I couldn’t resist picking it up and revisiting my old love, y’know, for old time’s sake.

Overall, it’s a decent brew if you’re just beginning to wean yourself off the mass market brands (looking at you, Twinnings) and dip your toes into the loose leaf world, otherwise, meh, they’re are probably better things out there.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I think this was the tea that made me like chai, since I used to hate it. This one convinced me because I love coconut! I used to be all about this tea in college, but I might have overdid it because I haven’t craved this tea in a while. But I do remember being super obsessed with it for a while.

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drank Raspberry Earl by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Definitely agree with everyone saying this tea is very strong on the raspberry flavor. Not that that’s a bad thing. A bit overpowering in regards to the earl though.

However, I still love this tea when I’m in the mood for a tea with some strong, fruity flavor.

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drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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This is the best rose tea I’ve ever had. Great for afternoons. In my experience rose tea can be done either really well or really terribly. Since I’ve found this one, I probably won’t be buying other rose blends… out of fear. :)

I initially got this tea in the sample tin of 4 and this one was my favorite. I was happy to see that you can purchase just a tin of rose online, since I haven’t seen it in stores.

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drank Raspberry Earl by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the fruity raspberry, bergamot, and bold black tea together.The black base was flavourful, lots of tannins but not quite bitter yet. The raspberry was a tiny bit sweet and gave a nice fruity after-taste. The bergamot was not overpowering. I actually would not have minded a bit more bergamot.

Flavors: Bergamot, Berry, Fruity, Raspberry, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 19 OZ / 550 ML

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drank Fireside Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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I believe I may have found my favourite chai. I love how wonderfully sweet, flavourful, and spicy it is. I could not taste rooibos, but I still enjoyed the blend a lot.

Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Ginger, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 22 OZ / 650 ML

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I had this on Thursday in the afternoon. I didn’t have much time to write about it, but I did record a message on the phone, reviewing the tea. There wasn’t much that I said about the tea, expect that it tasted like “old fruit that was sitting out too long; however, there’s an odd sweetness to this tea.” The “old fruit” flavor remained as an aftertaste that was almost unsettling. I usually like Zhena’s Gypsy teas, but this wasn’t one of them that I had enjoyed.

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