• Reviews

    Tazo Joy

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: dark and twisted, fairly large in size Ingredients: black tea, green tea, oolong tea, natural flavors Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup Liquor: reddish brown This particular blend is a seasonal Christmas offering at Starbucks and a recent favorite of mine. Here is what Tazo has to say about it: Tazo® Joy™ is a festive, full-leaf tea blending rare Darjeelings and Oolongs with fragrant Nuwara Eliya teas from Ceylon. Green teas from China and Assam black teas from India add further texture and complexity to a fine tea that’s a joy to share with friends – or to enjoy yourself.…


  • Tea Tips

    The Tea Lovers Guide to Starbucks

    The name Starbucks is generally synonymous with coffee but there are plenty of tea treats to be had, both on and off of the menu. In general Starbucksoffers Tazo’s line of teas. Bagged Teas – these are available hot or as a shaken iced tea. The teas with asterisks are available as lattes. You can also ask for lemonade to be added to an iced tea if you are craving an Arnold Palmer style drink. Awake – blend of black teas from India and Sri Lanka* Calm – chamomile blossoms, lemon balm leaf, pink rose petals, spearmint and sarsaparilla Refresh – peppermint, spearmint and tarragon Earl Grey – black tea and bergamot* Passion – hibiscus, lemongrass,…

  • Reviews

    New Starbucks Full Leaf Teas

    I have a confession to make. One of my guilty pleasures in life is a tall chai latte from Starbucks. This can be controversial in certain circles as Starbucks is sometimes assigned a level of corporate evil reserved only for Wal-Mart and Teavana. But I was intrigued when I found out that they would be releasing a new line of Tazo full leaf tea bags.  There happens to be a location by my job so I picked up a cup of the China Green Tips. And the verdict is…”meh”. It wasn’t spectacular or special in any way. That being said, it also wasn’t terrible. I also tried the Awake black tea and that…