Tea Tuesday: Joy

by Meg on November 19, 2013

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! :D

Love always,

Meg xo

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Livi November 19, 2013 at 7:52 AM

the Tazo passion tea is SO good! I’m addicted!


Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome November 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I love Joy! I haven’t paid attention to how long I steep it though and definitely will next time. I have felt like it was a little bitter before so good to know!


Kellie @ keeprunninkellie November 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I always buy teas that I want to try and then forget about them, so they just sit in my cabinets :(


Dominique @ That's What Domi Said November 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Haven’t tried Joy yet, but my sister brought some home this week (she’s a barista!) so I hope she’s feeling generous! :P Starbucks’ holiday beverages always taste way too sweet to me, so I love making peppermint “mochas” at home with DARK roast coffee + a few drops liquid stevia + cocoa powder + a couple drops of peppermint extract + almond/soy milk to taste. It tastes so much better and is SOOOO much cheaper!!


Diana @sosmallsostrong November 19, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I used to work for Starbucks when I was in college and I loved this tea. This along with all the red cups really reminds you that the holiday is right around the corner! Looking forward to tomorrows baking post. :)


Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 19, 2013 at 9:37 PM

We don’t have holiday special beverages from starbucks here that I know of but we don’t have as many of them as you guys do. That tea sounded delicious. I used to drink Oolong tea all the time but haven’t for a few years but really must again. I was doing some baking last night too, not exactly Christmas baking but it was fun nonetheless


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