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Overpriced "Zhen" Experience.....Don't Get "Gyped" By Zhena's Gypsy Tea!
on September 21, 2015
I love good tea as I'm sure you do and wanted the convenience of tea bags or "sachets" as they are referred to in the industry.
However, even if you were fortunate enough to be sitting in the Jamaican or Bahama sun and a cluster of fresh coconuts dropped on your head, would you even for a nanosecond think that this tea reminded you of a tropical paradise. Unfortunately, I'm sitting in Philly and I guarantee you in NO way does this tea remind me of ANY of these aromas....No pineapple.....No vanilla...., No coconut...., No rum..... and No flavor whatsoever!
Here is my assessment of this most disappointing "Lush sweet taste from paradise" as the canister exclaims:
1. I am trying real hard folks....honest!.... ok.....Attractive gold and yellow canister reminiscent of what's NOT in the can.
2. Round hemp sachets ergonomically-designed to fit the diameter of your mug or cup.
3. Manufacturer claims this product to be organic, fair-trade and kosher.
4. Only 20 MG caffeine per sachet.
5. Canister is worth more than the tea inside and can be used as a spittoon or nice pencil holder for the kids.
1. Tea volume is meager compared with other competing brands within the same price parameters. A sip prepared as directed is all that is needed to confirm this.
2. This is nothing more than expensive green tea with an imaginary hint of flavor so subtle that no organism in the animal kingdom would think this was "Coconut Rum" tea. Absolutely no flavor emanating from the can other than the smell of a basic stock green tea.
3. Contains stevia as a sweetener: I'll add my own if I so desire. Tastes artificial and synthetic and compromises both the taste and integrity of any fine tea.....Guess that's why Zhena used this! An unnecessary ingredient that only serves to mask any remnant of flavor or aroma.
4. Product integrity: The tea I received was fresh with a use by date of March 13th, 2018. However, upon opening the can seal, my nose was assaulted by a plume of green tea dust (Please see photos attached to this review) which had been at the bottom of the can. My detective work was unable to find any of the 22 sachets having been compromised. Better quality control necessary.
1. This product is an example of the psychological effect and impact of slick marketing on consumer's purchasing habits. A disappointing tropical journey at best. The only thing that departed on this excursion was the money. Lipton makes better tea. My recommendation for a good flavored tea: Harney & Sons. Avoid purchasing.
2. Deciphering this manufacturer's date code: One of the more resourceful strategies. Notice that there is no stated "Best By" or "Use By" nomenclature on the can-only a date and number. We are supposed to guess what this means. According to the company (which I called), I was informed that the product is good for three (3) years from the date of production. To determine this, you simply subtract 3 years from the can date to determine that the product (in my case), was produced March 13, 2015. Most teas do not use a freshness window more than 1-2 years following the date of manufacture. The bottom row of numbers are production lot/batch/shift numbers.
3. Unfortunately, I also purchased at the same time, another flavor of Zhena's tea which I will sample shortly. This particular flavor however, is a Dodge Dart masquerading as a Mercedes! A Wal-Mart wannabee wearing Dolce & Gabbana. Perhaps my taste journey will set sail for more unexpected vistas! Stay tuned.
To your good health.