Blueberry Vanilla from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where To Buy:  Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Company Description:

Finest quality green tea leaves blended with blueberry and vanilla bean.

Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade, Biodynamic Green Tea, Organic Blueberry Piece, Organic Vanilla Pieces, Organic Blueberry Flavor, Organic Vanilla Flavor.

Taster’s Review:

Yummy!  This tea tastes like berries and cream to me!

The green tea base tastes smooth – I can’t detect any vegetative or grassy flavor to it at all.  Just sweet smoothness.  It’s very light.

The focus in this tea is on the blueberry and vanilla.  The blueberry is sweet – but there is a faint tart tingle on the tip of my tongue at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste.  It isn’t a severe or strong berry flavor – it’s delicate but in keeping with the light flavor of the green tea.

And then there is vanilla.  This gives the blend a very creamy taste and texture as it coats the palate.  The vanilla essence is the strongest in this tea, but that’s quite alright with me, because I really like how it complements the blueberry in this blend.

I know it’s iced tea season – and the berry sweetness of this tea would make it an excellent candidate for chilling.  But I think I prefer my vanilla flavored teas hot as it keeps the vanilla flavors creamy as opposed to dulled.   This blend has a nice sweetness to it and I found it rather enjoyable without sweetener.

A very nice tea from Zhena’s!  If you like berry flavored teas, you really should try this one!

Bed & Breakfast from Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Company Description:

This tea is the result of carefully crafted blending, to ensure that the essential harmony of the botanicals healthful properties yield a superb tea experience.

Our artisan crafted blend of top of class Fair Trade, organic black teas will cheerfully awaken and delight you with its rich, smooth flavor and sumptuous floral aroma. Grown by small, socially-just gardens, this highest grade exotic blend of Indian, Ceylon and China whole leaf teas brew a full-bodied, stimulating cup. Its distinct, deep flavor is enhanced with a splash of milk.

Ingredients: A Blend of Black Teas: Yunnan, Nilgiri and Ceylon.

Taster’s Review:

When it comes to breakfast blends, I want the tea to be strong – something that will help me shake off that “still sleepy” feeling that I have in the morning.  This tea does that, but still offers an agreeable sweet taste that brings a smile to my face.

It is a pleasantly robust, bright-tasting blend of black teas.  I find it very well-rounded:  smooth, but not too silky; vigorous, but not too strong; sweet, but not sickeningly so.  Just a very flavorful black tea.  It’s a little milder than some breakfast teas – it doesn’t reach out and slap you in the face to wake you up.  Instead, it gives you a sweet, gentle nudge to get you going.

The tea finishes with a dry note to the palate, much like drinking a fine dry wine, but without the bitterness I’d associate with that wine.  I like this tea very much, and I like it even better knowing it is a blend of organic, fair trade teas.

This is one that you can feel good about waking up to in the morning!