Review: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Lemon Jasmine

Green Tea, Jasmine Tea, Lemon Myrtle Tea, Zhenas Gypsy Tea Add comments
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Not Great"Tastes more like lemonade or a Jolly Rancher candy than a green tea... I'm sure there are some who would prefer this blend, I'm just not one of them."
Casey’s Teaview: 3/10
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gypsy-lemon-jasmine.jpgThis tea comes in little rounds which are apparently filled with green tea scented with jasmine and lemon verbena, a.k.a. lemon myrtle, a plant which the box tells me "is believed" to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Unfortunately, the experience does rather remind me of disinfecting my mouth. It's hard to see the leaves, which are quite small, inside the little white packets, but the packets have an herby, slightly buttery, very lemony smell.

The brew they produce is light yellow, which started to shift to a darker yellow as time went on. It smells kind of like a lemon jolly rancher and tastes kind of like lemon-fresh Pine Sol. Perhaps I'm being a little harsh on this one since I have never enjoyed lemon verbena and it does have a decent, tangy flavor. Still, the lemon is just too overpowering and artificial for me. I feel like this would be better if iced and loaded with sugar, but in that case you might as well just make lemonade. I only know there was green tea in this because the box says so. All I could taste was lemon and herbs with a hint of jasmine. This seems like green tea for people who like lemonade better than green tea, but I suppose if you really like lemon verbena it might be worth a try. Still, I can't help but imagine that there are better, more delicate and natural-tasting examples out there.

— To purchase Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Lemon Jasmine, 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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