Ponder life’s great enjoyments. Think love. Think beauty. Think wonder. Think Teavana’s boldly-named Joie de Vivre? It takes quite a bit of hubris to declare your tea the joy of life and do it in the language of love, no-less.
On this windy and cold, brutal winter night, I sit hoping this Teavana blend will radiate some light on my evening. This fruity tea brews to a very mild yellow color. The peach-like smell has me recalling a warm mid-summer day. A glowing day that feels so, so distant. My excitement builds as I take the first sip. Bring me joy!
Upon tasting, I am quickly brought back to a harsher reality. This light and smooth blend has an interesting peachy-grape taste with a fairly-strong lemony aftertaste. It’s a tea that at first grabs attention due to the intersection of some unique flavors. But after the initial element of discovery, this tea becomes rather uninspired. Where is the joy? While not terrible, it hardly lives up to it’s haughty name. This is a tea that would likely be better served iced, while sitting poolside, with a nice colorful straw poking out. As I peer out of my window into the total eternal darkness known as winter, I’m left feeling dispirited.