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Friday, March 4, 2011

Review: Joy’s Teaspoon Summer Sunrise Tea

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The Subject:  Summer Sunrise
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:Oolong
Additions:Basil, lemon granules, marigold blossoms, flavoring (unspecified)
Dry leaves:  Big pieces of all ingredients, mild lemon chiffon aroma, also floral with hint of basil

1st Infusion:
Steeping time —2 mins.
Aroma, plain —Combo of lemon, basil, oolong, almost muffin-ish
Taste, plain —Smooth, not bitter, lemon, basil, floral, vanilla-ish
Color, plain —Amber
2nd Infusion:
Steeping time —3 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Milder, more basil, less lemon
Taste, plain —More basil, oolong coming thru, some lemon
Color, plain —Amber
3rd Infusion:
Steeping time —3 mins.
Aroma, plain —  More tea-ish, flavorings much less
Taste, plain —Balanced, not bitter, basil & lemon, no floral
Color, plain —Lighter amber

Lots of sunshine at Joy’s Teaspoon. First, there was Eternal Sunshine (a flavored pu-erh tea that can get you past your fear of that “dirt” taste many people associate with this type of tea). Now, there’s Summer Sunrise — just what you folks in the Northern half of the continental U.S. need after all that snow and cold weather.

Oolongs are usually good for several infusions. Flavoring them is a bit tricky, since the flavors need to last through each infusion. As you can see here, this tea has lots of good stuff in it:

We find that this tea goes well with a nice pasta with a light, creamy sauce sautéed with some fresh peas and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Yum!

We applaud this tea vendor and others (Indie Teas, Boston Tea Co., etc.) for their use of real ingredients to flavor their teas, not flavored oils. This way the flavor lasts through multiple infusions, as it did here.

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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