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drank Jin Xuan by Joy's Teaspoon
613 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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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
6321 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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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
6321 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
892 tasting notes

I received my Joy’s Teaspoon order today. I placed that order because of this tea. I LOVE this – it’s easily my favorite pear tea.
Anyone who knows me understands that I NEVER drink new order teas as soon as I get them. I have teas here that I received months ago that I haven’t tried. This one I ripped right open and made a cup (also put some into the fridge to cold steep).
Yep this is still wonderful. Beginning to regret ordering ONLY 4oz….
(Thank you so much ifjuly for introducing me to this FANTASTIC tea).

TheTeaFairy

So happy you are enjoying it, and we all know that a good pear tea is hard to find! The fact that you ripped it open speaks volume :-)

Dexter

Once my life get under control, I’ll send you some of this and the others that I got. Smell really good!!!

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
892 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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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
3150 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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drank Cinnamon Roll by Joy's Teaspoon
6321 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 Cinnamon Roll by Joy's Teaspoon
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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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drank Jack Frost by Joy's Teaspoon
3150 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
6321 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 Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
6321 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
6321 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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drank Jack Frost by Joy's Teaspoon
6321 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 Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
3150 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 Jack Frost by Joy's Teaspoon
361 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 Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
361 tasting notes

Another from my ocho sampler from Joy’s Teaspoon. This tea is from Nepal and according to the website, is processed at a factory owned by the tea growers and run by a woman. I’m all for that, so I was hopeful that I would like this one. And I do! I found a winner for the BBBB! Now I have an excuse to order more Cinnamon Roll from Joys Teaspoon, too!

I dumped the whole tiny tin into my gaiwan to make this one. It is very similar to a Yunnan, but spicier. Along the lines of Zhu Rong. Not as chocolatey though, more caramel I think. But man, spicy. And a touch of toasted rice flavor. I’m really enjoying it! I’ll add updates if the flavor profile shifts at all through the steepings, but steeps 1-3 are really enjoyable.

DigniTea

I quite enjoy this tea!

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I had this one for breakfast yesterday. I’ve been trying to find my perfect bold morning cup to handle cream and honey. This was not it. It was ok. Definitely a bold cup, but I think I need a stronger assam to any other tea ratio in my breakfast blends.

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drank Cinnamon Roll by Joy's Teaspoon
361 tasting notes

The last time I got the sampler from Joy’s Teaspoon I got this and really liked it so I got another sample of it this time too. I need to order a small bag next time. This is really good. The cinnamon isn’t that fakey cinnamon flavor that puts me off from so many teas (ahem… monkey bread)… This is just a really good cup. I’m already sad that my sample is gone. I want more right now.

ETA: I was able to get a very decent second steep out of this. I normally don’t resteep flavored teas, but I wanted more!

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I’ve been looking for some more interesting teas to share with the BBBB ladies so I ordered the ocho sampler from Joy’s Teaspoon. I love that sample set. You can choose any 8 teas and they each come in a tiny little tin perfect for a mug full, 2 cups, or a gaiwan session. Just the right amount. I pulled this one out this morning as it smelled pretty interesting.

This tea tastes like…. tea. Like the unflavored iced tea that comes out of soda dispenser at a restaurant. Very similar to a ceylon, but it almost tastes like it has lemon in it already. This wasn’t for me as I don’t love Ceylons, but I can see using this as a base to make really good iced tea. I"ll have to order another sample next summer and test it out, but for now, its not going to be reordered for the BBBB.

Sil

Nice! I haven’t tried many from Joy’s teaspoon

TastyBrew

I haven’t found a winner yet… I just got the sampler which comes with only a TBSP of each and if I find a good one I’ll order more to share with you guys. I have a few more to try though!

Sil

i’m trying to sort out what i’m sending you guys for this round. I actually have a bunch that i bought that i’ve never tried, intending to share but now i can’t decide which ones to send your way haha

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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
255 tasting notes

This tea is most enjoyable – pleasant aroma with a sweet and nutty taste. No astringency at all. I made the purchase because I’ve never had a Nepalese tea and I was curious but I really like this one! It’s in line with many of the Black Yunnans I typically enjoy. I’ll definitely be buying more.

Update: 2nd steeping reveals flavors that have become much more spicy. The flavor shift is a bit surprising but both cups were very enjoyable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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This Darjeeling is positivly mellow! Its got a little bit of a coppery taste to it, and less of the greeny undertone that I have come to expect from a Darjeeling.
An excelent cup for this afternoon. I need caffine, and a good afternoon tea is just the ticket.
A million thanks to Fuzzy_Peachkin for providing me with the cutest little tin of this that you ever did see.

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drank Mahalo by Joy's Teaspoon
613 tasting notes

So fruity! I love it. I’ve discovered while I still generally hate tart-fruity flavored black blends I don’t mind an abundance of fresh fruit smell and flavor when paired with a fresh-tasting green tea base. Den’s Tea Pineapple Sencha was a green tea gateway this spring, I loved ATR’s Nirvana (sencha with fig, berries, kiwi, and rose petals), and this makes me cheerful in a very similar way. It’s very juicy and bright, like eating a big bowl of fruit salad on a sunny morning. Hooray!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Joy's Teaspoon
34 tasting notes

I am in LOVE with this blend! I was super apprehensive at first, though. Earl Grey is my most favoritest tea in the world, so adding anything to it could seriously shake my world.

Money has been tight, so I have recently written a few companies and inquired about samples. Joy’s Teaspoon generously sent me Strawberry Oolong and the Earl Grey Cream. I am suspicious that someone actually read my profile and tea preferences, because I can’t think of any two of their teas that I would like to try more.

Anyway, back to the tea. I brewed this early Sunday morning before I went out to sit on the porch with my husband. It was an unseasonably cool and cloudy morning, and with the addition to this tea it was a perfect experience. The blend has the full body of a solid Earl Grey but with a lovely creamy malt. To my surprise, though, it is just as refreshing as a non-cream counterpart. I was so pleased that I forced my husband to try some, and even he really liked it, and he’s not big on Earl Grey.

I will be purchasing this blend in the future. Thank you, Joy’s Teaspoon, you’ve earned a customer!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Joy’s Teaspoon has a lot of variety! I was very excited to pick up a samler from them! I might have to try this when I order again.

Lynxiebrat

EG is a like-love for many tea drinkers, so not to surprising they sent that one, as for the Strawberry Oolong, hmm could be random choice….or could be something out of the Twilight Zone…(Twilight Zone theme music.)

Elonwy

Shhhh! Let me feel special! ^_~

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