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Joy's Teaspoon

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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
308 tasting notes

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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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76
drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
4043 tasting notes

love getting to stay home to be productive with work. We got a note from the apartment ppl yesterday saying contractors would be propping our door open for 30 mins today as they paint our doors. Um…say what? i don’t think so..not if i’m not home! Best thing ever since the last time the same contractors were here, they did the work and then left our apartment unlocked. great cool..love that.. NOT. On the plus side? taking this time today to get through a few more teas before the weekend rolls around. I figure even though i KNOW i’m getting teas in florida, since they won’t be back until march they hardly count towards my february total…riiight? :)

This is a relatively tasty tea from tastybrew and our BBB Box. Happy to have had the chance to try at least one of joy’s teaspoons straight teas since i’ve only really had her flavoured teas. :)

TheTeaFairy

It.doesn’t.count. Love the way you think.
Now, can you help me figure out how to not count the three orders that are currently coming my way???

Sil

um… sorry.. i’m not help there. You just need to start a travelling tea box that doesn’t come back to you LOL

Courtney

I love the logic.

Sil

i actually think i’m on to something with this travelling teabox thing.. maybe something like.. it starts out with 20 teas/20 oz.. first person to get the box can take out/put in whatever they want but the box has to go down by at least one tea/oz? that way by the time i gets back to the person who started it..there’s for sure LESS tea than it started with haha

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

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drank Italian Dream by Joy's Teaspoon
608 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
608 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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drank Jin Xuan by Joy's Teaspoon
608 tasting notes

If this is truly unflavored—supposedly there’s still some deception about that in the milk oolong marketplace (and I don’t mean to potentially libel Joy’s AT ALL either; it’s altogether possible often resellers aren’t aware)—I’m quite impressed. This is the milkiest natural/unflavored milk oolong I’ve tried. I did 3x resteep side-by-sides of this and their (flavored) Milk Oolong and they had equal levels of milk flavor, just different overall profiles (IIRC one was more floral, letting the oolong’s greenness shine through). So far, this is my favorite unflavored Milk Oolong. Yep.

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

Wow, that’s saying a lot. Do you mind sharing your runners up? Just curious what else you’ve compared, as I’m always on the hunt for the world’s best milk oolong and haven’t tried this yet – it’s going on the list though!

ifjuly

As far as unflavored goes, I’ve tried Teavivre’s and Mandala’s. I’ve still got Yezi’s and Eco Cha’s to try. And I’ve had a couple Jin Xuans that weren’t light oolong or milky, which until recently I didn’t even know existed.

Flowery

Thanks! I’ve never tried a flavored one, but Mandala’s is one of my top two along with Capital right now (haven’t tried Teavivre, Yezi or Eco Cha’s either). Most aren’t even worth drinking, but those two and also SerendipiTea (for the price) are great. Will definitely have to give this a try.

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76
drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
4043 tasting notes

I figured with the obscene amount of tea i keep picking up, I should get cracking on the teas from the BBB Box today since life is conspiring against me getting enough work done.

This is a decent enough tea, though i’m not in love with it due to the dryness that is left in my mouth while drinking it. I brewed this western and didn’t get any of the notes that Tastybrew did, so I’m going to hold off on this one until i have a chance to brew it gaiwan style since this particular tea might be best suited for that. Either way, still an enjoyable cup, but left me with a dry mouth. :)

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
585 tasting notes

Yummmmm Pear. I love pear, I don’t eat enough pears. It’s also one of the fruits that don’t always translate well into “flavor”. Black tea, spices, pear – hmmmm me thinks the pear is going to get lost under the spice and black tea. I’m a little apprehensive about this, but ifjuly gives it a glowing recommendation and was kind enough to share a sample.

I’m Wrong. Not sure how they did it, but this is pear, sweet juicy pear – just a hint of spice – smells like Christmas, I’m not getting any black tea.
This is fantastic, everything it promises – totally exceeded my expectations.

Pandeme

This is one of the many teas that I ordered the other day, and now I’m excited to try it!

TheTeaFairy

I do love me some juicy pear…pear is so underrated. Sometimes, I cut them in half, slowly cook them in organic virgin coconut oil, and melt some 70% dark Lindt dark chocolate in the pan. Delish…like a non hassle chocolate fondue in one dish! my kind of dessert!

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70
drank Jack Frost by Joy's Teaspoon
4043 tasting notes

sipdown! (185) this one reminds my of cocoa butter. You know the lotion…i haven’t seen it in forever but it’s one of those scents from childhood. This tastes, like that smells lol. It’s not a bad thing, it’s actuall quite tasty, but that’s what it tastes like. Thanks for sending this our way tastybrew!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Cinnamon Roll by Joy's Teaspoon
4043 tasting notes

this is exactly what i needed today. The perfect blend of cinnamon and warm and yes….yes! yes! it’s also a sipdown (188) It’s a cold cold windy day and i’m drinking a bunch of tea today though i’m behind with all my tasting notes heh soooo good!

TheTeaFairy

You might have been cold but you were on fire today girl with your tea drinking!!!

Sil

i’ll be paying for that tonight hahaha

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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
2491 tasting notes

I’m are Tony’s & it’s snowing!!!! It’s really snowing!!!
I predict a full day of tea drinking, supernatural watching, pajama wearing, logs in the fire, & food!
Yesterday they were predicting up to a foot of snow, so I came well stocked with tea, in fact, as usual I brought more tea than I could possibly drink. I brought the BBBB, the Steepster select samples I still haven’t drank, & a few other random things. Silly me!
I’m starting off with this one, TastyBrew’s offering from the BBBBox. I love the name of it, I love it’s backstory. I want to love the tea, & although I don’t hate it & it’s far from boring, it’s not something I will ever love. It strikes me as a Darjeeling type. The leaf is more of a green color, the sip starts out kind of cream of wheat like, but then a spicy lemon takes over the back & sides of my tongue. There are floral elements to the taste, & it does have other layers in there as well. Definitely not a morning tea for me, as it hits my empty stomach with the queasy effect slightly. It might make a nice afternoon pick me up & palate cleanser though. Still glad to give it a try!

Rosehips

Stay warm!

TheTeaFairy

Welcome to my world! Enjoy you pj day, but you should also go play in the snow if it’s not too hazardous outside to do so, it’s so much fun :-)

Terri HarpLady

I’m not much for playing in it, & just like watching it fall :)

JustJames

i love snow.

TheTeaFairy

terri, watching it fall is truly the best part :-)
James, though I have more snow than I can handle at the moment, i just can’t help loving it too :-)

gmathis

Hard to get a fair measurement because it’s drifting so bad; I’d say 6 inches here down in our holler. I am done with winter, thanks.

tigress_al

Falling snow just calls for a full day of tea drinking!

Terri HarpLady

It used to snow here a lot more than it does now. When I was a High school Senior (class of 77, Ava High), we got off for winter break a week early due to a scabies outbreak at our school (never heard of scabies until I moved to the Ozarks). The day before we were suppose to go back to school in January it snowed a foot or so, & school was cancelled. After that, it snowed about every 3rd day. We didn’t go back to school until February. THAT was a long winter! We lived 15 miles from town, & all we did every day was get up, feed & water the livestock, milk the goats, gather eggs, & sit around drinking coffee & watching daytime television, crowded around the woodstove. Then we’d eat lunch, watch more tv…etc.
We don’t hardly ever get an awesome snow like this anymore, if we get anything in st louis it’s usually ice storms & a little snow dust, so Yay! I don’t have anywhere to go, let it snow!

Sil

we got home today just in time for it to really start snowing but it was great walking around in it while it was lightly snowing. now i get to sit by the window and watch it all come down…so nice. i dunno how my florida friends do christmas without snow.

Terri HarpLady

I heard we’re up to 11". I’m not sure if that’s true, but it looks like it!

K S

Terri, I remember the blizzard of 77 well. It hit while I was in college. So much snow. It took military trucks to clear the country roads. It was like driving through a white canyon. It was so cold then just like we are supposed to get tonight. It stayed that way for so long. Classes were cancelled for a day or two until (supposedly) someone hit the Dean with a snowball. Who knows if it were true. There was an energy crises going on at the time. We weren’t allowed to dry our mullets :) I remember on one of the coldest days my hand literally froze up around my books. No permanent damage but I was nervous. Personally, I don’t miss it.

Terri HarpLady

yeah, but once in awhile… :)

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76
drank Cinnamon Roll by Joy's Teaspoon
4043 tasting notes

Another tea from Tastybrew via the BBB Box. I used to LOOOOOVEEEEEEE frank’s cinnamon roll honeybush and then, i didn’t. I love cinnamon swirl bread, and then i liked it less (still a great tea though). So now there’s this one. And i think cinnamon teas are teas that i love and then don’t love…ebbing and flowing like the tide.

I like very much that this tea still keep the base present. It’s not just cinnamon in a cup. it’s baked goods like. mmmmm thanks tastybrew!

Fjellrev

I know what you mean about cinnamon teas. I’m hoping to pick up more of Tea Desire’s Cinnamon Star before I head back. It’s the only cinnamon tea that I never got sick of. Like a warm cinnamon bun.

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78
drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
4043 tasting notes

sipdown! (159) brewed up a nice giant cup of this and it’s delicious! Thanks again Tastybrew for sharing this with us. While this isn’t quite the pear tea that iv’e been looking for this really does taste, as TB mentions, a pear and a cinnamon jelly belly in my mouth. lol pretty darn delicious!

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drank Jack Frost by Joy's Teaspoon
2491 tasting notes

Oooh, this is tasty! It’s kind of like a buttery almond cookie. There is a richness to it, probably the chestnut flavor, that really rounds the whole cup out. TastyBrew included this in the most recent round of the BBBBox, & it is a nice treat to enjoy in between brekkie & the work I intend to at least start today, which is moving my office. So far I’ve moved my tea shelf out of the kitchen, moved the table from the dining room (which will be my office) to the kitchen, & put all the important (& many probably not important) papers from my desk into a box…the important stuff. I know I should have sorted through it as I was putting it in there, but I actually have a headache, so I just want to get at least part of this job done before I slip into pajama mode. But first, the rest of this tea… Thanks TB!

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
4043 tasting notes

i’m a fan of this one. that’s all i’ve got for you now folks. Thank you tastybrew for sending this my way in our BBB Box! it’s made a bad day better…i almost wrote good day bad, that’s the kinda of day i’m having lol

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drank Jack Frost by Joy's Teaspoon
4043 tasting notes

i made this today…like 10 hours ago. thank you tastybrew!more to come on this one when work isn’t the suck.

JustJames

oh dear…..

Cavocorax

Hope you are relaxing and enjoying Christmastimes!

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drank Jack Frost by Joy's Teaspoon
308 tasting notes

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
2491 tasting notes

This is another one from the most recent round of the BBBB, compliments of TastyBrew. Very heavy on the cinnamon, the pear came through more as it began to cool down a bit, & once that happened it was a very nice pear taste. I added Maple syrup to this one, & I’m glad I did! :D
Thanks TB!

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This is not the first tea I drank today, just the first tea I’ve had a few minutes to log! This one comes from TastyBrew, by way of the BBBBox. I made a pot of it, using the entire sample, & drank the first little cup straight. Then I added maple syrup & coconut milk to the rest of it. It was tasty, however there was a slightly odd taste at the end of the sip…a little soapy-like. Not overly noticeable, just there.

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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
308 tasting notes

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drank Jack Frost by Joy's Teaspoon
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drank Jack Frost by Joy's Teaspoon
357 tasting notes

2 days ago I was in 80 degree weather today it’s below freezing. I wanted something to warm me back up! This came in my ocho sampler and then as a free sample in my recent Joys teaspoon order, but this is the first time I’ve had it.

It’s a really good flavored tea! There’s black for a good case and the oolong gives it a roast butter and mate a good nuttiness, plus chestnut flavor and almond slices. It’s a really balanced tea that I can see drinking a lot of this winter. Glad I finally tried it. I wish I’d tried it before my recent Black Friday order so I could have gotten more!

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
934 tasting notes

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