When I opened up the tin containing the tea bags, I was hit with a familiar smell. Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Strawberry Kiwi Green Tea smells a lot like strawberry Jolly Ranchers – bright and sweet with a floral, strawberry scent – and a lot like it would make a wonderful pitcher of iced tea. So, I made iced tea and it did not let me down. The tea, although it smells like Jolly Ranchers, does not taste candy-like in the least. It does keep the floral strawberry notes, but they are much mellower and more subtle in the brewed tea. The kiwi came through in a very slight tang in the finish.This tea was excellent sweetened, as both honey and sugar played up the natural sweetness of the tea’s ingredients.
It’s a green tea and, as with many green teas, I found that it lost a bit of its softer, floral flavors when it was too diluted with water/ice. So, if you plan to make iced tea with it as I did, it’s worth planning ahead to give the full-strength tea time to chill overnight before serving, so that you will get the full effect of this sweet, summery tea on a hot day.