Review: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Papaya Mango

Apple Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Licorice Root Tea, Mango Tea, Papaya Tea, Rooibos Tea, Rose Hip Tea, Strawberry Tea, Vanilla Tea, Zhenas Gypsy Tea Add comments
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Not Great"Unfortunately, the flavor profile is dominated by the rooibos, hibiscus, rosehips and licorice root---though not necessarily in that order. Those ingredients come together and taste almost medicine-like to me."
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zhenapapayamango"Sip the true taste of paradise with this naturally caffeine-free rooibos blended with the intoxicating flavor and flora of island papaya, mango, peach, citrus, rose and marigold flowers." ---Zhena's Gypsy Tea website.

Lately it seems as though a number of fruity bagged and loose teas have been crossing my path. Some good and some not so good. Zhena's Gypsy Tea has a similar track record with me. However, as far as bagged tea goes, Zhena has some solid offerings. Zhena's website lists the ingredients in this as: Organic Fair Trade Rooibos, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Apple Pieces, Organic Rosehips, Organic Licorice Root, Organic Compliant Strawberry Flavor, Organic Compliant Mango Flavor, Organic Compliant Vanilla Flavor, Organic Compliant Papaya Flavor, and Organic Vanilla Powder. There is a lot going on in this blend.

I prepared my cup using water brought to a boil and infused the little tea sachet for 5 min. I also added a pinch of rock cane sugar to help counter any tartness rendered by the hibiscus and rosehips. Unfortunately, the flavor profile is dominated by the rooibos, hibiscus, rosehips and licorice root---though not necessarily in that order. Those ingredients come together and taste almost medicine-like to me. There is a mild fruitiness that does dance in and out of the tart medicinal flavor, but it is not really necessarily one that I would peg as papaya or mango. If I were to try to pinpoint the fruity flavor, then I would actually probably guess it as more of a strawberry one. This may work as an iced beverage but, since it is bagged tea, that is not the ideal preparation.

Overall, this one just didn't come together in a way that pleased my tastebuds. I think that the blend needs some tweaking or a different name. I have encountered a number of blends from Zhena's that I would recommend for purchase but this, unfortunately, is not one of them.

— To purchase Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Papaya Mango, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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