Tea of the Week for August 19, 2019: Fig Cheesecake Black Tea!
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Fig Cheesecake Black Tea!
Tea Description: For our 12 Teas of Christmas box, we included our first fig tea - well, the first fig tea that I've blended, anyway. That tea was our Sticky Fig Oolong Tea and at that time, I promised it wouldn't be the last fig tea I'd make. I didn't want to put off keeping my promise, so I decided to create a Fig Cheesecake Black Tea this month.
This tea starts with a blend of organic Assam teas: rich, bold & malty! This blend is a different Assam than the usual Assam tea that I use in our go-to black tea blend of Assam, Ceylon & Yunnan - that Assam is a single estate, while this is a blend from several estates in Assam specially crafted to provide a very malty taste. When I first sampled it, I tasted distinct notes of fig so I decided that this Assam blend would be the perfect base for something fig.
I've been toying with the idea of a Fig Cheesecake for some time so I decided to use this base for a delightful Fig Cheesecake blend. I blended the Assam with chunks of dried fig & tangy cheesecake essence. The result is blowing my mind! It's so rich & creamy! Fig forward - but also cheesecake forward. With this blend, I believe I have achieved balance between the two flavors.
Of course, it is VEGAN, gluten-free, allergen free & organic!
organic ingredients: black teas, figs, calendula petals & natural flavors
Please note: the labels were printed out before I realized the calendula petals were omitted from the ingredient list. My apologies.
Oh my goodness! This tastes amazing!
Full disclosure: I've never tried Fig Cheesecake before but the idea of it sounds amazing to me. So this - this tea - is my first experience with "Fig Cheesecake" and I'm loving it!
The malty Assam blend is really rich and satisfying. I fell in love with it the first time I tried it - it was so bold and invigorating. It was malty, of course, but what stood out to me more than the malty notes were the dried fruit notes that tasted so much like dried fig to me.
The fig is well pronounced here - as is the cheesecake. But even more important, these two strong flavors do not overwhelm the tea. This one is very nice - it turned out just the way I hoped it would!
to brew: as I often do, I recommend shaking this pouch before you measure out the leaves to incorporate the ingredients. There are tiny chunks of chopped dried fig in this blend and they are a bit heavier than the tea leaves, and therefore they're likely to shift to the bottom of the pouch. So give it a shake to disperse the pieces of fig throughout the pouch.
Something that is a bit different than my usual recommendation though, is the brewing parameters: Measure 3g of tea to 12 ounces of nearly boiling water (205°F) and allow to steep 3 minutes. Yes, I know it's an Assam, but this particular blend can handle it - and I found that the flavor is much better with that extra 30 seconds of steep time. Strain and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before you sip. This tea is fantastic chilled too - try it cold-brewed! You'll be glad you did!