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drank Joy by Tazo
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Sipping a big 500mL mug of this at Starbucks this morning … last time I tried Joy, Tazo was stiull using those little teabags with fannings. Now Tazo is all about full-leaf, and while I deplore the petroleum-based bags, the full leaf, of course, makes a huge difference.

How to steep a blend of black (including delicate Darjeelings), green and oolong? The hot water at Starbucks is just below boiling, as far as I can tell, and a 4-minute steep of one bag (they’re big bags, packed) in a 500mL cup yielded to me a toasty, slightly nutty and green, sweet and incredibly floral oolong bouquet. I would not steep this blend any longer than 4 minutes, and I would definitely use water below boiling. Don’t worry, the black teas will make themselves known. Might be soe Yunnan in here, too; definitely getting a peppery bite. I really like the 2010 Joy blend and would happily give it as a gift.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Drunk without milk or sugar.

gmathis

I hunted and hunted at our armpit-of-nowhere-scaled-down-Starbucks last year hoping to find a little Joy of my own, with no luck. Maybe this year, Charlie Brown…

Michelle Butler Hallett

Hope so! My local Buck’s is stocking a gorgeous red tin of Joy for about $9.00. Not sure how many bags are in it. Just amanaged to stop myself from buying it less than 24 hours after orders arrived fro Stash and David’s.

Sigh. I may have a tea problem.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Drunk without milk or sugar.

gmathis

I hunted and hunted at our armpit-of-nowhere-scaled-down-Starbucks last year hoping to find a little Joy of my own, with no luck. Maybe this year, Charlie Brown…

Michelle Butler Hallett

Hope so! My local Buck’s is stocking a gorgeous red tin of Joy for about $9.00. Not sure how many bags are in it. Just amanaged to stop myself from buying it less than 24 hours after orders arrived fro Stash and David’s.

Sigh. I may have a tea problem.

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

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