I think this is the last of the teas I picked up with my latest Leaves of the World order, although I’ve one from a previous order that I’ve not tried yet. Must get to that! This one wasn’t part of their summer collection, but I feel like I rarely see a fig tea so I had to give it a go.

It brews up to a very pale yellow – no hibi here! – and I could easily mistake it for a white tea were it not for the scent. It smells like Um-Bongo – that tropical fruit drink that came in a carton. I used to drink it all the time as a kid. The flavour, though, isn’t as sweet or as tropically as the scent might lead you to expect.

There’s a lot of peach, and that’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned. It tastes like slightly underripe peach, but I’m okay with that. There’s an undertone of green apple – crisp, slightly sour, and a hint of spice. Not exactly what I was expecting! The initial sip is fruity wonderfulness, but the spiciness seems a little misplaced – this blend contains both ginger and pink pepper, and it’s the pink pepper that dominates here. It creates quite a distracting burning sensation that lingers at the back of my throat long into the aftertaste. I’m usually okay with pink pepper – and I love it in chai – but it’s more than a little heavy-handed here. My other complaint is that I only get the slightest hint of fig, and I was expecting more of a flavour that gets first billing in the name.

I don’t dislike this one – the peach is pretty awesome, for a start – but it’s not exactly what I expected it to be. I think Leaves of the World are a pretty young company, though, and so it’s perhaps not surprising that things are a bit hit and miss at the moment. I’ve had some fantastic blends from them – this summer’s Fruit Salad springs immediately to mind – but there have been some duds. This one isn’t quite that, but it’s a bit of a close thing – the pepper is misjudged, I think, at least in its current quantity. Possibly it would work better cold, though, and that’s something I’ll try at some point.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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