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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Review: Joy’s Teaspoon Winter Wonderland Tea

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The Subject:  Winter Wonderland
Company:Joy’s Teaspoon. [More info]

Flavored Tea Rating:

About the new rating designation.

Flavorings work with tea?  Yes
Tea can be tasted? No
Flavor blend balanced? Yes

Water temperature:203-212° F
Steeping time:4-5 mins. (we did 5 mins.)
Tea type:Black
Additions:Chocolate chips, orange slices,
star aniseed, cinnamon rods, flavoring
Aroma, dry leaves:  Orange, cinnamon, anise

1st Infusion:
Aroma, plain —Balance of orange, anise, cinnamon
Taste, plain —Balance of orange, anise, cinnamon
Color, plain —Orangey brown
Taste, enhanced —  Milk rounds out, sweetener makes dessert-like

The black tea used as the basis for this blend is not specified and, considering that its flavor is almost totally subdued by the items added to it, that’s fine with me. I must also confess that I don’t even mind not really being able to taste the tea. Sadly, neither hubby or I detected any chocolate flavor. Happily, we didn’t care. The flavor is quite yummy, and the orange taste is not only detectable but very real. The anise lends a licorice quality to the liquid and gets stronger as that liquid cools.

I prefer this tea plain but hubby liked both plain and with a bit of milk and sweetener, which he thought made it very round-tasting and dessert-like.

Steeping tip: Don’t include the large orange, star aniseed and cinnamon stick chunks in with the tea when you steep. That way you will get a liquid that isn’t overly flavored.

Storage tip: If you plan to have this tea around awhile, be aware that the tin in NOT airtight. Open it, tear off a piece of plastic wrap wide enough to cover the tin, push it down inside the tin over the tea, and put the tin lid back on. The tin still won’t be airtight, but it will be better. UPDATE: According to company proprietor Naomi Rosen, this is just a sample tin. Their normal tins are more airtight. However, be aware that as you take tea out of tins, canisters, or other hard-shaped containers (as opposed to a flexible pouch), air will replace it. I would still use a bit of plastic wrap pushed down over the tea.

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.


  1. I have this one and like it a lot. I am going to try your brewing tip of not including the chunks when I am just brewing a cup and save the big pieces for a pot. Also I had not thought about milk, sounds like a good idea. In regards to the packaging, I ordered the regular two ounce tin and that one is airtight.

  2. Hi, Josue and Sarah, thanks for your comments. Personally, I wouldn't put the chunks in the pot either. In fact, the tea was steeped in a teapot for this review. But, your choice. Let me know how you like it with the milk. As for the tin, Naomi let me know that the sample tin I received was not their usual tin. Unfortunately, I can only comment on what I get. Sadly, no tin is ever airtight. As you take tea out, air gets in. I have a blog post coming out soon about this and other tea storage issues. I have edited this post anyway, though, in line with Naomi's corrections.


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