Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Zhena's fall teas: The giveaway that wasn't

Friends, I have been looking for something fun for a fall giveaway, but so far it has eluded me. On Saturday, I was at T.J. Maxx when I came across these stackable tins of Zhena's teas, and I thought oh boy, this is it! With Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Apple, Chocolate Truffle, and Cranberry Bliss, what could be more perfect, right? Alas, I found only one set of the tins, and I selfishly decided to enjoy it for myself. On Sunday afternoon, I heated water in my electric tea kettle, plucked a tea bag from one of the tins (there were only 16 tea bags total, I discovered), and prepared to enjoy the flavors of fall.

But the Pumpkin Spice tea didn't taste very pumpkiny. It tasted like a so-so tea with a little cinnamon in it. Then I tried the Caramel Apple, and it tasted just as weak. Huh.

Later in the week, I tried the Chocolate Truffle. It was okay and did taste a little chocolatey. The Cranberry Bliss had a fairly fruity flavor, but compared to Zhena's teas I've enjoyed in the past, these weren't nearly as tasty. So the good news, I guess, is that I got stuck with them instead of one of you. I checked on the tin and the teas don't expire until 2019, so I'm mystified about how I ended up with such weak tea. Just an FYI in case, like me, you're at T.J. Maxx and lured by these flavors!


  1. What a shame! But I appreciate the warning, because this is exactly the kind of thing that would have caught my eye if I happened to see it at TJ Maxx.

  2. Too bad they weren't that great. Thanks for the heads up because they do look tempting.

  3. That's so disappointing! I have also had some of her other teas that were very good. By the way, have you ever read her book about how she got started in the tea business? It's called Life by the Cup by Zhena Muzyka and is very interesting.

  4. I foresee an Angela-made blending of teas to make these palatable in the near future! Those bleh weak teas make a good filler to mixing a few good ones, don't they? What a shame, though.


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