Fig Cheesecake

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Fig, Malt, Sweet
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Organic, Vegan
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  • “A pleasant smooth black tea with lingering sweet fig finish. Not much of complexity and I did not taste a prominent cheesecake component. This is the tea that comforts but does not distract you...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Tea of the Week for August 19: I cold-brewed this one overnight, and it is also really good. Usually, I am able to say right away which way a tea tastes better: hot-brewed & served hot or...” Read full tasting note

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Tea of the Week for August 19, 2019!

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

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A pleasant smooth black tea with lingering sweet fig finish. Not much of complexity and I did not taste a prominent cheesecake component. This is the tea that comforts but does not distract you from what you are doing : a good choice for a late-night cup while browsing the Internet or reading.

Personally, I prefer more complex and luxurious desert teas, though.

Flavors: Fig, Malt, Sweet

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140 tasting notes

Tea of the Week for August 19: I cold-brewed this one overnight, and it is also really good. Usually, I am able to say right away which way a tea tastes better: hot-brewed & served hot or cold-brewed and served chilled. (Or even hot-brewed and served chilled.) I’m not able to do that with this tea because all three work really well, perhaps equally as well. They do taste a little different, of course, but they are all really good.

When it’s served hot, I get equal portions of the fig and the cheesecake and a tasty Assam background. What I really like about this particular Assam is that it is very smooth. When it’s hot-brewed, I don’t get astringency. Mind you, I’ve not oversteeped it, but what allows me to say that is that I thought I oversteeped it the first time I tried it (as an unflavored base) and it wasn’t bitter or even astringent. It didn’t feel dry on the palate at all. It just had a very rich, malty flavor. I was very impressed by it. This is why I recommend a 3 minute steep time (as opposed to my usual 2 1/2 minute recommendation) for this particular Assam tea, because it can withstand it without imparting a bitter bite or a hint of astringency.

When served hot, the fig and cheesecake have a very balanced taste to it. When served cold (after hot-brewing), I notice a bit more cheesecake than fig, but still both are prominent.

As I sip it now after cold-brewing it overnight, I find myself mentally comparing it to a milk bubble tea, but with fig rather than the usual taro I tend to favor from my local bubble tea place. The cheesecake flavor lends that sort of creaminess that I would taste from the milk bubble tea, but it’s a bit more tangy than the milk bubble tea. And I think that’s a good thing because I like that contrast. Granted, this isn’t a bubble tea (so please don’t interpret my comment that way), I just found my mind recalling my favorite bubble tea drink as I sip this – meaning that there is something about this that evokes those memories.

The base seems perfect for this combination of flavors. I really am pleased with this one.

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