Review: Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Cacaoberry

Carob Tea, Chicory Root Tea, Chocolate Tea, Green Tea, Licorice Root Tea, Raspberry Tea, Rooibos Tea, Sencha Tea, Zhenas Gypsy Tea Add comments
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Its OK"The redeeming quality of this blend is the cacao aftertaste that kinda lingers in your mouth for a moment after swallowing. It is this quality that compelled me to keep sipping and finish my cup."
Laura’s Teaview: 5.5/10
Other Teaviews: Kari gave it 8.5/10, Jamie gave it 6.0/10
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gypsycacaoberry"Cacao (pronounced cuh-COW) nibs are pure raw chocolate. High in antioxidants, cacao contains over 300 compounds including: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. Magnesium helps to build strong bones and is a cramp and muscle relaxant associated with feelings of bliss and calmness. Cacao is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong nails and healthy hair." ---Zhena's Gypsy Tea website.

Unlike most of the other offerings that I have tried from Zhena's Gypsy Tea, this one comes in a silken tea sachet rather than their typical paper tea bag/sachet. I will tell you that I think that this silken sachet is superior to the paper one for two reasons. First, it looks as though the leaf included in this silk sachet is much larger than anything that I've seen in the paper ones (and I have cut them open with a pair of scissors before). Second, I think the silk sachet has more room for the leaves and other ingredients to expand. I would love it if Zhena would eventually transition all of their blends over to these tea sachets. This blend gets bonus points as it is one Zhena's Pink Tea For Women's Health line and a portion of the proceeds look to go to Breast Cancer Research.

Zhena lists the ingredients in this as Top-Tier Sencha Green Tea, South African Rooibos, Roasted Chicory Root, Licorice Root, Carob, Flavors, Natural Flavors, and a Superfood Blend of Freeze-dried Raspberries and Dark Cacao Shells. This one definitely sounds intriguing. I prepared this using water that was brought to steaming with bubbles formed on the bottom of the pot and beginning to rise to the top, but cut short of boiling. I added a pinch of rock cane sugar to the concoction while I allowed my tea sachet to infuse for about 3 min. I am not a fan of the aroma of this nor the flavor profile at hotter temperatures---it smelled a little swampy to me. Enough so that I actually made a second preparation at a lower temperature to make sure that I hadn't somehow oversteeped it. However, by the time that I finished making the second cup, the first one had cooled and I found the flavor profile far more enjoyable though I don't know that I am still a huge fan of this one. The flavor profile is an unusual marriage of berries, green tea, cacao and rooibos. There are also some chicory notes in here, but they are much subdued. I think the Sencha green tea was maybe not the best choice to use with the other flavors in this blend. Everything else seems to really get along nicely, but the Sencha adds sort of an odd vegetal element. This might be one of those times that my somewhat fickle relationship Sencha shows. The redeeming quality of this blend is the cacao aftertaste that kinda lingers in your mouth for a moment after swallowing. It is this quality that compelled me to keep sipping and finish my cup. The richness of the berry and cacao is nicely done and those two flavors complement each other very well. I think this this blend would work with a rooibos only base or even with the addition of a black tea, but the Sencha base is just kinda off to me.

While I didn't love this blend, there are a number of reviews on Zhena's website that indicate that there is a population that feels to the contrary. I do feel that the green tea used in this blend is it's Achilles Heel. This blend is definitely unique, but it is not one that I would seek out for purchase even amongst 'bagged' tea offerings. However, if this sounds intriguing to you, then you might read Kari's review and some of the ones on Zhena's website and give it a shot.

— To purchase Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Cacaoberry, 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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