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Monday, January 24, 2011

Review: Joy’s Teaspoon Eternal Sunshine Tea

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The Subject:  Eternal Sunshine
Company:Joy’s Teaspoon. [More info]

Flavored Tea Rating:

About the new rating designation.

Flavorings work with tea?  Yes
Tea can be tasted? Yes
Flavor blend balanced? Yes

Water temperature:176-194° F (we did 180˚ F)
Steeping time:2-3 mins.
Tea type:Black
Additions:orange peel, freeze-dried raspberries, cornflower blossoms, flavoring (unspecified)
Aroma, dry leaves:  Cocoa-ish, faint citrus/floral

1st Infusion:
Steeping time —2 mins.
Aroma, plain —Earthy, hint of cocoa/citrus
Taste, plain —Earthy, citrus, cocoa-ish, floral
Color, plain —Red-brown
2nd Infusion:
Steeping time —3 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Earthy, hint of cocoa/citrus
Taste, plain —Earthiness & fruit/floral stronger
Color, plain —Dark brown
3rd Infusion:
Steeping time —3 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Earthy, hint of cocoa/citrus
Taste, plain —Earthy, slight citrus tang
Color, plain —Red-brown

Okay, readers, time for me to once again lie and say, “This tea is awful!” (Heh, heh, heh…it’s ALL MINE!)

The company site says this version of pu-erh is good for those trying the tea for the first time. I disagree. If you have not tried pu-erhs before, you won’t be able to fully pick up and appreciate the pu-erh flavors in this blend. However, if you have tried pu-erh and thought it too earthy, give this tea blend a try. Naomi Rosen has successfully mixed that pu-erh taste with citrus and floral. Somehow that mix conveys a cocoa-ish fragrance and taste.

A good thing about this tea is that you can enjoy it straight or with milk and sweetener. Straight, each infusion is different, which is also a drawback. The added flavors fade away with each successive infusion, one reason we stopped at 3, where the site says a 4th is possible. It’s also one reason we have tended to steer away from teas with “stuff” added. With milk and sweetener, this tea not only looks like a cuppa hot cocoa, it has a cocoa-ish, dessert-like flavor. Substitute a cuppa this tea for that wedge of cake or pie.

We want to send Naomi a message: Don’t change your recipe here! As far as we’re concerned, you have a big hit! And that’s really saying something coming from tea drinkers like us who prefer straight teas.

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

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