Who else loves Christmas? I for one, absolutely love Christmas. I’ll be talking more about Christmas baking tomorrow, but today let’s talk about Christmas at Starbucks!
I’m sure we are all well aware that the famous red holiday cups from Starbucks are now being used and they are also serving their holiday beverages, too! These beverages include Caramel Brûlée Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Eggnog Latte. However, there is another holiday beverage offered from Starbucks that usually gets over shone by the ones previously mentioned and this beverage is the holiday Tazo tea, Joy!
Since you can pretty much find a Starbucks just about anywhere, and I’ve been loving this tea lately, this weeks Tea Tuesday will be featuring Joy by Tazo!
Joy is not a loose leaf tea like the teas I usually review; however, it’s one of the best bagged teas I’ve tried and most definitely one of my favourite teas from Tazo.
This tea contains a blend of three different types of tea – black, green, and oolong. Those three teas paired together is quite unusual as they all have different steeping times, but some how it works with this tea! Especially if you get the steeping time correct
The first time I had this tea, I didn’t want to allow it to steep too long because I was afraid that the black tea would cause it to become too bitter. So, I removed the bag fairly soon; approximately 2 – 3 minutes.
When steeped between 2 – 3 minutes, the tea is quite light and although I could pick out all three flavours of tea, black, green, and oolong, the green was most noticeable. It was also somewhat floral and fruity and reminded me of the green tea I get from my favourite Vietnamese restaurant whenever I go for Pho.
After trying this tea steeped for 2 – 3 minutes, I got a bit braver and steeped it a little bit longer the next time I had it; about 5 minutes. When this tea is steeped for 5 minutes, it’s less sweet and floral and more like a black tea; however, you are still able to pick out the green and oolong teas, but the end note is most definitely black whereas if the tea is steeped for less amount of time, the oolong tea is much more noticeable.
If you steep this tea any longer than 5 minutes, it does start to get bitter and the lovely delicate flavour of oolong is completely lost.
I like to enjoy this tea all throughout the day! It’s a great tea to have when you wake up in the morning, but also the perfect mid afternoon tea; however, it does contain caffeine, so you may not want to have it too late in the evening!
I never add anything to this tea. I always enjoy it black as it tastes perfect like that, in my opinion, and doesn’t need any extras!
Overall, I really enjoy this tea, but pay attention to the steeping time. It’s my favourite tea at Starbucks and wish they’d offer it year round, but they don’t, so I guess that gives me something to look forward to each Christmas holiday
Have you tried this tea yet? What is your favourite holiday beverage from Starbucks?
See you tomorrow with some talk about Christmas baking!