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.

The first thing that impressed me that this was truly a full leaf tea bag. The leaves were fairly large in size and they had plenty of room to expand in the sachet. Darjeeling was definitely the dominant flavor. A peachy undertone lent an interesting fruity softness. Although Tazo doesn’t hint at what the natural flavoring might be, there is just a bit of cinnamon spice in the finish. The flavoring really was very faint and I thought it was well done. There was some astringency but it wasn’t bitter at all. It’s not available all year but I definitely see myself grabbing another tin before the holidays are over. My one qualm is that they are packaged in a bulky metal tin. It’s fine for gifting but for personal use, I’d much rather have a large package that is more eco-friendly.

I don’t normally mix tea blogging and my personal life but in a way, picking up this tea was a tribute to a dear friend. Niramon was one of the most amazing people that I’ve ever know and she left this world too soon. This was her favorite tea and I think of her every time I drink it.

You can find out more about this tea here.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.