Joy's Teaspoon

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OK, I think I must be crazy. This very much reminded me of a not-as-good Whispering Pines Cocoa Amore. (Don’t misunderstand, it was still excellent, but Cocoa Amore is an all-time favorite.) I’m not going to put numbers or anything on this rating at this time, since I feel like my tastebuds must be confused…

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drank Sweet Sin by Joy's Teaspoon
36 tasting notes

This has an almost chocolatey note to it! To me, the raspberry is faint but present, and it really softens the harshness that a red rooibos can have. I really enjoy this one!

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drank Ruby Red by Joy's Teaspoon
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It’s a definite red rooibos. I honestly don’t get much else out of this at all, although as it cools, I do get a faint citrus hint. It’s fine if you’re a red rooibos fan, but it’s definitely not a reorder for me.

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This is a well rounded earl grey crème with a natural vanilla flavor. The tea has the deep brown color when brewed and the flavoring is just right with a nice, subtle balance. Many teas like this have a fake vanilla flavor or worse. If you are a fan of earl grey crème, order this tea as it has that full bodied, smooth taste with the right hue. I have tried many different brands, and Joy’s teaspoon is my go to for this tea. Naomi the owner gives great service, and always sends a thank you.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon Zest by Joy's Teaspoon
6322 tasting notes

GCTTB

this one is very similar to the other lemon tea i pulled from the gcttb yesterday but this is a rooibos base and less creamy :) i think i prefer the other one just slightly but this is a pretty delicious lemon herbal. No woodsy rooibos here, just lemon goodness!

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I’m not going to give this one a numerical rating, because the reason I don’t like it isn’t their fault. :) This has a super strong anise scent and flavor, although there are other spices and tea in the background. I’m not a huge anise fan, and for some reason thought it would be a bit more subtle. I didn’t get the orange flavor at all. I think if you love anise and a nice spicy tea, this would be lovely – it’s just not my thing. It did get a little bitter, but not terribly so.

Flavors: Anise, Bitter, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Lemon Zest by Joy's Teaspoon
414 tasting notes

GCTTB

I really enjoyed this one. It’s got that creamy lemon pie taste with the rooibos. A good choice for a caffeine free drink in the evenings.

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drank Genmaicha by Joy's Teaspoon
708 tasting notes

Taquitos and genmaicha don’t mix. xD
I don’t know why I thought it would…I tried though.
I’ll have to try this another time because it’s just weird right now-haha!

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drank Khongea Assam by Joy's Teaspoon
294 tasting notes

I actually drank this and wrote a note a while ago, but I can’t find the note, so I’m thinking Steepster ate it during one of its tantrums. So let’s try again.

I don’t remember what I used last time, but this time I did 1teaspoon, 8 oz water, 200F, 2 minutes. Sweetened.

Unlike some teas that develop most of it’s flavor in the middle to end of the sip, this tea seems to lay all it’s card on the table, so to speak. Front of the sip presents malt, a dark fruity note, cherry, maybe craisins, and some dark honey like flavors. The mid to end of the sip is a dark bread like taste. A very smooth tea.

As it cools, the flavors seem to spread out a bit, still the same notes, but spread out throughout the sip. I liked this steep a little but better than the first time, so 2 minutes seems to be my sweet spot.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cherry, Honey, Malt, Raisins

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drank Hu Hong by Joy's Teaspoon
294 tasting notes

The dry leaf of this smells fantastic. Like cocoa and malt. The flavor is malty and sweet. And there’s a dark earthy almost smokey background. There’s also a sweet, almost molasses note.

The second steep gets more earthy and less sweet. And the third becomes sort of honeyed. This steep is simple, but sweet.

This is a nice companion for my Doctor Who marathon.

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drank Genmaicha by Joy's Teaspoon
294 tasting notes

I’ve been drifting away for green teas lately, which is a shame because I used to love them so much. I decided to try a genmaicha to see if they too are in that same predicament.

Good news! They’re not. This is an exceptionally good contender because there’s quite the abundance of genmai in here. Roasty toasty comfy goodness in a cup. The toastiness holds up to 3 steepings before fading out. Yum! I’m really glad I haven’t drifted from genmaichas.

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

I love genmaicha. I almost bought some today.

Cameron B.

I agree, long live genmaicha! :D

Mandy

It tastes like comfort!

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drank Milk Oolong by Joy's Teaspoon
294 tasting notes

I have to say, even though for the most part I’ve been drifting away from flavored teas, I seem to prefer flavored milk oolong over unflavored. I’ve found that unflavored milk oolongs can be a bit too floral for my taste, and the added cream flavors help mask that in the flavored versions.

This is no exception. Sweet, creamy, buttery, almost candy like, without too much floral notes. And the cream flavors hold up and keep going strong through the 3rd steep and beyond.

If you like creamy, milky, buttery teas, then this is worth a try.

Cheri

I’m the opposite.

Mandy

It seems most people are, and I’m surprised that I like flavored better, but it seems like I just do. Could also be because I’ve been drifting away from green oolongs, and flavored milk oolongs have less green oolong taste.

Cheri

Could be. I think the flavor just tastes funny to me. Off. Some more so than others.

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drank Lemon Zest by Joy's Teaspoon
516 tasting notes

From my July Tea Sparrow box.

I was not expecting to like this tisane as much as I am. It’s what I wanted Lemon Chiffon to be and wasn’t. It’s the perfect amount of lemon, creamy and sweet. I think the rooibos is the perfect background for the flavors. (I like rooibos. I know not everyone does.)

I’m definitely glad I got to try this one.

I’m posting this from my phone and it really doesn’t like the Steepster site at all, especially not the tasting not pop-up screen, so please excuse any typos I missed.

Cheri

I forgot to post an update about my cat. Nothing showed up on the X-ray except for the thing in his lung we already knew about, but that hasn’t changed. So we’re trying antibiotics. This meant I had to cancel my weekend travel so we can be home to pill the cat. Thankfully, Mr. Penny loves to take pills if they are put in a soft treat. That boy will do anything for a treat.

Veronica

Hope the antibiotics do the trick! Tell Mr. Penny I’m sending him happy kitty thoughts. :)

TeaBrat

So am I!

MissLena

Hope Mr. Penny gets better fast!

Cheri

Penny Penster seems to be about the same this morning, but he came out from behind the couch and was begging for treats. I wish I could have worked from home again today to keep an eye on things, but I know he’ll be fine. Last time he did something like this he started responding to the antibiotics quite quickly – about 36 hours.

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drank Enchanted Forest by Joy's Teaspoon
6322 tasting notes

dexter sent this one my way and i made sure to try it before reading any notes on it or figuring out what was in it. For me – this is a REALLY cherry green tea. I’m not getting much in the way of almonds but this is refreshing and very much a cherry cup of tea heh. On the whole not a bad cup of tea, especially since i am a fan of cherries! :) thanks dex!

NofarS

I love this tea’s name!

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drank Almond Cookie by Joy's Teaspoon
6322 tasting notes

dexter sent this one my way and i am a fan. I was thinking this would be very similar to the roasted nut tea i have from tea gscheweriweprwem….but it’s different. this one is a little sweeter but still that same weirdly pink brew. i am a fan of this! if i was in the mood for a nutty, sweet tea, i’d be sure to pick this one up again. thanks dexter!

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drank Enchanted Forest by Joy's Teaspoon
892 tasting notes

It is officially enjoy your teaware day in my house, so I’m drinking this tea out of my new octo travel mug from Davids…

I’m not so sure about Black Forest Cherry Cake – but is a really nice cherry, almond, green tea. I really, really like it. It’s on the mild side, but the cherry and almond shine right through. Really happy to be drinking this right now, and my new mug is fun. Good experience all the way around.
(loved both the Joy’s teas I’ve tried – still have two that I haven’t – really happy I ordered from them)

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This was from the BBBB grab bag, courtesy of Tasty Brew.
It’s got a nice tart quality to it, as well as a little shiny kind of taste.
Sipdown – 360

Cameron B.

What’s the BBBB grab bag? :o

Sil

the BBB box is a box that tastybrew, terri and i share. it’s a travelling teabox between the three of us. we each buy two teas to share in the box and put in half an ounce of each tea for the two other ppl..it’s been going around now for over a year. Only unflavoured black teas are allowed (with the occasional puerh)….and every now and then we’ll toss in random “grab bag teas” that are outside of what we’re actually sharing that month :)

Cameron B.

That’s a cool idea, sounds fun. :D

Sil

it’s nice because we get to share in trying out new black teas together and with companies that force you to buy 2oz, still only leaves you with an ounce for yourself. haha

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Another tea from the BBBB, uh…from Sil? Or TB?
Oh well…either way, it’s an Assam, & I have to confess, after eating breakfast I ate a piece of crystalized ginger, thinking it would make a good palate cleanser. Actually, it didn’t.
I’m not really tasting the tea much, other than the bold tart shiny quality, typical of Assams.

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drank Mangalam Assam TGFOP1 by Joy's Teaspoon
6322 tasting notes

another one that came my way via the BBB Ladies. sadly it wasn’t much to write home about. it’s a sweet sort of assam and not at all what i wanted today. that being said it wasn’t a BAD cup of tea, just…boring? uneventful?

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drank Plum Crazy by Joy's Teaspoon
440 tasting notes

Well shoot. I steeped what was left of the sample. Mostly broken tea leaves. Even with the brokenness i can still tell this is a good tea. Mine just lacks some of the plum.

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Tea #16 from Considering a new TTB
I was so busy today making Lemon Meringue pie for my blog that I didn’t even have my first cup of tea until after 5pm today. Normally I would have had something left in the fridge just for such an emergency, but I needed room for the pie to cool which means there’s just no room for my usual pitcher of tea. This ended up being a nice choice for my first cup of the day. I really enjoy plum tea and it’s nice to see one that isn’t loaded down with spices and lets the plum shine. Unfortunately I can’t tell you much more than that, I’m in the middle of scarfing down a well deserved piece of pie and can’t taste the subtle flavors of the tea.

Happy Pi Day! If my earlier mention of pie got your craving some you can check out my Pi Day recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie: http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/3/14/lemon-meringue-pie.html

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Italian Dream by Joy's Teaspoon
613 tasting notes

As rooibos and marzipan/amaretto-based blends go, this takes the cake! I really enjoyed it last night. I often find that while I like that marzipan/amaretto flavor/smell, I want it in controlled amounts and most blends with that make it way overpowering to the point it starts to smell like plastic. Not so much an issue here somehow, possibly because the tanginess (Yes! This week I have been winning when it comes to finding teas that delivery that tangy dairy note!) cuts it off. I really liked this. Yes you can taste the rooibos, but it doesn’t take over the way it so often can. It’s there but not out of control. Would drink again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Milk Oolong by Joy's Teaspoon
613 tasting notes

Also good, milky of course but different from Jin Xuan. Drank it last night and didn’t keep notes, just remember I liked both and they did taste different but equally milk powerful. IIRC this one had an extra vaguely floral-sweet aspect. Sorry I’m not more detailed right now! As flavored Milk Oolongs go, this one was fine but I think I like Teavivre’s a smidge more (I’m way into the way that one smells). On the other hand, Teavivre’s tends to make me jittery and this one was the opposite; it calmed me and didn’t feel very high in caffeine. Not sure why the difference. Both resteep well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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