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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
2094 tasting notes

(this review is for the 2017 Joy blend in sachet form——it is fairly consistent each year but may vary slightly)

I can taste smooth, malty black tea that makes this a deliciously rich, thick brew. Jasmine flowers are the first thing I notice, followed by juicy peach/fruits. There is a slight bitterness, but it balances well with the floral/fruity notes.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Jasmine, Malt, Peach, Stonefruits, Tannin, Thick

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My chiro mentioned that she likes this tea with steamed coconut milk, so I thought I’d give it a try. They gave me two tea bags so it was kinda spicy. No syrup so not a latte and already sweet from the coconut. A good way to get my healthy fats!
It was a bit too potent so I added some shakes of vanilla and cocoa, which seemed to tone things down. Overall, I enjoyed it. Would go better with almond milk, I’ll try that next time.
Sadly, not a chai I’d keep in my cupboard as it relied heavily on the cardamom. I prefer a more balanced spice blend. I hear Second Cup has dairy alternatives besides soy now. So many versions to try…

Evol Ving Ness

Do you know what brand of coconut milk they use?

Indigobloom

Hmmm I didn’t notice. They were working behind the counter. I’ll ask next time

Evol Ving Ness

I ask because some brands are loaded with sugar.

Indigobloom

Oh I know! I hate that. Though with a chai I do find that I need some sweetener and since I didn’t add sugar myself or have syrup, in this case I don’t mind

Evol Ving Ness

London Fog latte is my dirty sugar secret. :)

Indigobloom

I have a lot of secrets haha :P
Dirty chai is my most recent one

Evol Ving Ness

hmm, what’s dirty chai?

Indigobloom

In a cafe, it’s a chai latte with a shot of espresso. Making it myself, I just add an inch or so off regular ol’ coffee to the mug, and milk/cream. But then I decided to experiment and added it to Christmas Morning from Stash, and it goes surprisingly well!! Today I did it with a Ceylon.

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90
drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
16 tasting notes

When I saw that the 2017 blend was a blend of green, black, and oolong, I couldn’t help but wonder who the people at Teavana thought they were and how weird this would taste but it’s really amazing. Its mellowness pairs well with brighter tastes like peppermint or citrus and I really wish I could purchase the loose leaf version of this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 20 OZ / 591 ML

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75

This is a tasty tea. I just used up the last of mine. I don’t even know if they make it anymore. It is different tasting to me than the regular Oprah Chai…which I really loved. This has the flavors of a chai but also is very herbal.

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This is SO weak in flavor. Such a disappointing chai.

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The first thing you’ll notice is the pungent smell. This is immediately going to split people into loving or hating the tea. It’s damp and earthy, and smells of age, but betrays a slight sweetness underneath it. Moss in running water mixed with damp leaves comes to mind.
The next thing is the taste – which has to be split out into sections. This is a tea designed to be re-steeped three times.
1st steep tastes much like it smells. Hay, caramel, earth. It’s not very complex, save for a light sweetness on the back of the mouth between sips one expects from a Golden tea, while much subtle it does linger for a little while. Honestly though, the first steep is hard to get incredibly excited about, as it lacks the bite and layers I expect in a Pu-erh.
2nd Steep: They smell of Hay becomes more prominent and a few more layers get revealed.
3rd Steep: Still a strong flavor, but I think this is where the tea is best. The sweet after taste comes on sooner and lingers longer.

Flavors: Earth, Hay

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
14 tasting notes

Absolutely LOVE this blend. Idk why they made it seasonal. Probably just to torture me. It’s a blend of three teas I like and the jasmine is mellow enough not to overtake the whole thing. I wish it was a regular tea so I didn’t have to crazily stock up once a year.

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This is one of those sweet, one-steep-only teas. I am a huge fan of sweet things but this is just too much for me! I also typically brew 2 – 3 mugs from one serving of tea leaves, but like many sweeter herbals, the flavor is pretty much exhausted in the first steep no matter how short it is.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

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45

Tastes like a very strong apple cinnamon apple sauce, not something I really like but if someone likes the strong taste of those flavours, surely they’d enjoy this.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 475 ML

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
2436 tasting notes

My morning at home was a peaceful montage, where I easily floated through my tasks, sipping my tea and getting read for the day.
I get to work and its all wham, bam, thank you ma’am!
I shall require more tea than just this. Much, much more.

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
2436 tasting notes

Hmm. May have been giving this tea a bit too much credit. I got my first of the collywobbles after drinking this mornings time. Apparently that vague feeling of nausea I get after some green and black tea blends can appear here, if I’m not careful with the steep.
Good to know.

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
2436 tasting notes

I am pleased. I looked back on my notes on earlier incarnations of this blend, and I seem to have pretty much hated them. I think my current feelings, of an inoffensive meh, is a vast improvement.
Still, fits the bill for working tea perfectly (which is to say, somewhat forgettable, easy to deal with, not a special favorite.)
Let see how fast I can sip it down.

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
2436 tasting notes

This tea is much better balanced than I remember it being in years past. That’s a good thing!
Its still a little…. odd. Ooolong, green tea and black tea? The steep time is more a matter of guesswork than of knowledge, but hey.

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
2436 tasting notes

I have a friend who gives me some of this every Christmas, which is very sweet. Its not my favorite blend, but it does a good job as a work tea, and that’s where it is.
This years version seems sweeter and smoother than in years past, which is an initial good sign. I hope it can continue with this pleasing trend!

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
2436 tasting notes

And I polished this meh blend this morning. It was nice to have at work, but its also nice to have it gone!
Sipdown.

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drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
2436 tasting notes

I’ve brought this with me to work, and have been drinking a cup of it in the mornings. Never more than a cup, though, as the combination of black and green tea can make me feel a little ill, if I drink too much of it, or if I brew it too strong.
Its never going to be a favorite, but it was given to me by someone who is fantastic, so I’m gonna drink it down.
Not long to go, actually! A cup a day facilitates a sipdown in good time.

gmathis

I have no proof, but I think the blend has changed somewhat since I first drank it years ago. (I have neither aged, nor have my flavor preferences changed, since then. ;)

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73
drank Joy by Teavana & Starbucks
61 tasting notes

Teavana, the Vichy Bux! Why is this a holiday tea? I don’t get it.

My first infusion was too weak and it tasted like a peach green tea. My second infusion was too strong and tasted like a bitter apricot black tea. I was not overly impressed with the base material but the flavor is very palatable and the aroma is great. I am grudgingly enjoying this, although I’ve given up trying to replicate the store samples.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

I bought the iced tea tea bags from Starbucks for this tea. Normally I don’t like a huge amount of hibiscus in my tea but this one is actually really good. It is tart and tangy and fruity and refreshing. I really like this. I get a hint of the cinnamon but mostly what I taste is that hibiscus. This is an excellent herbal iced tea. I will repurchase this.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus

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I was out running around with a friend and she wanted to hit Starbucks. Guess its been a while since the only teas they had last time I was there was Tazo.

I got this tea for something warm and spicy and hopefully not too bad. I was surprised as it was enjoyable.

Chai can be a bit of a hit or miss with me. While I enjoy clove, it too easily dominates, and I despise it when clove dominates. I could barely taste the clove in here. I adore cinnamon, but I couldn’t taste any in here at all.

The flavor I could taste is difficult for me to nail down. Possibly the cardamom. I’ve never had it in anything where it wasn’t dominated by another flavor. If this is indeed what I was tasting, I do enjoy the flavor.

I didn’t realize until looking this up that this is a black/rooibos blend. I normally have trouble with rooibos since it always have a medicinal flavor to it However, this tea, as well as another, I do not get that flavor from the rooibos.

Anyway, if I ever end up going back to Starbucks wanting something hot to drink, I will likely get it again. But its not something I would go out of my way for.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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84

I got this one yesterday at Starbucks (actually the guy I went with did and then I pretty much ended up drinking both of our teas…) and it was okay. Definitely not my favorite tea but something I might end up getting if I need something warm but not caffeinated.

This was super duper tart with a lot of hibiscus and berry flavors to it (raspberry and cranberry mostly), I can taste the passion fruit (so it’s true to it’s name) but it doesn’t really round out the cup of tea well.

Flavors: Cranberry, Hibiscus, Passion Fruits, Raspberry, Tart

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79

Brews up really sweet! A little cinnamon but not a spicy kick. Really good!

Second steep is alright too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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