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(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
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…
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.
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
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
And its a sipdown!
Its so kind of my friend to give me tea every Christmas, and this year was the most enjoyable batch of Joy I’ve yet encountered. I still find the blending of teas to be a little strange, but it came out much sweeter this time than in years past, and was easy to drink.
We are rapidly moving out of easy sipdown country. Its almost going to be all teas that I don’t want to sip down from here on out. Don’t want to because I don’t like them, and don’t want to because I love them.
Well, I told myself I was going to do this, and I am.
For now, an easy Sipdown! I suspect I’ll see you again next year, Joy.
Today is a much better day, in terms of energy levels. I got a good nights sleep, and it makes a world of difference in the day, and my ability to pay attention to the teas I am drinking.
Point in fact, this one. Its never going to be a favorite, but its doing its job well. I still thing the combo of all three teas is not the worlds most ideal, but hey.
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.
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!