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Loose leaf ZGC from Teavana

An blend of ginger, coconut and spicy black pepper that complements the robust red rooibos in this caffeine-free, Ayurvedic blend.

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Crouching Rooibos, Hidden Coconut

  • Feb 28, 2010
Rating:
+4

This was my brother’s first ever loose leaf tea purchase, which we bought at the Teavana located in Glendale, CA. It’s actually a blend of their zingiber ginger coconut rooibos and their honeybush vanilla herbal, so this review would be more accurate had I also included the latter in the title… As it stands, I feel that by including it under this tea the steeping community here on Lunch would have a higher chance at coming across my opinion, even if it’s a blended one. ;P

The blend itself was more honeybush vanilla, less rooibos. Consequently, I’m sure most of the flavor is coming from the herbal side of the blend with touches of the rooibos coming through. But regardless of the ratio, this tea blend smells AMAZING. The first time Ryan and I cracked open the tin, our olfactory senses were bombarded with a sweep of gingery vanilla that pleasantly reminded me of Starbucks’ Tazo Vanilla Rooibos latte. I honestly didn’t wanna stop sniffing this tea. Interestingly enough, the vanilla plays largely a scented role… A lot of the sweetness is involved in the smell of this tea blend, of which I suspect the almond/honey/vanilla combination is responsible for.

But after steeping this tea for five minutes and giving it a sip, much of the sweetness has surprisingly subsided, making way for the flavors present in the rooibos side of the blend: apples, cinnamon, & ginger all swirling together with the red rooibos to form a nutty taste that isn’t actually as sweet as it smells. This is great because it still FEELS sweet; you’re smelling the blend while tasting it at the same time, so the vanilla and ginger eventually come together for a one-two punch that will certainly send you stumbling for more.

I can’t really hunt down the coconut in all of this, but I’m sure it just gets lost somewhere between the sweet honey-vanillas and the almond-cinnamon bits. The next time I steep a cup of this blend, I’ll log it under Teavana’s Honeybush Vanilla so as to spread the love evenly. That said, this tea is a delightfully tasty blend that smells better than it tastes. It’s not that knockout in round 2 that you were hoping for, but the zingiber ginger coconut & honeybush vanilla sure make for a great match nonetheless.

Crouching Rooibos, Hidden Coconut

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July 09, 2011
Sounds like an herbal delight.
August 31, 2012
It certainly is. I haven't had it in awhile, however... Might be time to revisit this one.
August 31, 2012
I agree.
 
November 22, 2010
Yum! This sounds SO good- I might have to go to Teavana and get it...like tomorrow lol! Thanks for sharing.
December 13, 2010
It's great! Make sure you swing by Teavana and pick some up ASAP! ^__~
December 14, 2010
Definitely, will do!
 
March 01, 2010
I have limited experience with flavored tea...but this one sounds intriguing. It has plenty of flavors I like!
May 31, 2010
My experience with tea is actually quite limited too. I just started drinking tea regularly this year, but it's a great learning experience that's healthy to boot!
 
March 01, 2010
Sounds incredible! I've been on a mint tea kick for ages now, and really should start mixing in more variety. I'll be checking this out!
May 31, 2010
Lemme know what you think. =]
 
March 01, 2010
Wow, you make this sound friggin' amazing! So amazing, in fact, I'm surprised you didn't rate it a +5 ;) That's a really interesting blend of ingredients, I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing, Ken!
May 31, 2010
It woulda been a FIVER if it tasted just as good as it smelled! Interestingly enough, it smells better than it tastes, but that doesn't mean it tastes bad either. It just smells heavenly. =P
 
February 28, 2010
Sounds truly exotic! I'm not a tea person but your review makes me want to try this!
May 31, 2010
I'm glad my words had the potential to turn you onto this tea! Try it when you can and you won't be disappointed. ;D
 
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How to Prepare

Use 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8 ounces of water. Heat water to just boiling (208 degrees) and steep for 5-6 minutes. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.

Ingredients:
Red Rooibos, coconut chips, ginger bits, cinnamon, apples, cardamom, black pepper and almonds. Contains nuts.

This tea blends well with:
White Ayurvedic Chai Tea

www.teavana.com/The-Teas/Rooibos-Teas/Zingib...Coconut-Rooibos-Tea.axd

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Gourmand, Tea, Teavana, Coconut, Loose Leaf, Tea Blend, Zingiber, Ginger

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