Sipdown, 246. This sample comes to me thanks to Kasumi no Chajin! I am reviewing the bagged version of this tea, which is no longer available; it is only sold loose now.

Funny how the name of a tea company can influence your perception. For some reason I thought the name of this tea company was Zhena’s Gypsy Chai, no doubt from the preponderance of chais in their catalog. So I immediately assumed that this was a chai until I looked it up and saw that no, it was actually a white tea with mint and rose. I am not usually one for minty teas, but I am game to try most things.

Well this is certainly minty, and I imagine that if you were in to that type of thing that this would be really up your alley. I was disappointed that I couldn’t really taste the rose at all in my cup. It was pleasant enough, but definitely not something I would go back to.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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