drank Fig Rose by Teavana
18 tasting notes

I tried this tea with the 3 tsp. to 1 c. water ratio as per the reported practices at Teavana stores. Naturally, the flavor increased dramatically, and I was able to better appreciate the figgy and floral notes. However, the warm, lush jammyness of the rose and fig flavors were simply ruined by the sharp hibiscus cutting through. I suppose it adds complexity to the flavor profile, but I feel that some other note would have been better suited to the job than hibiscus, which tends to overpower everything it touches.

Sadly, I can’t bring myself to really recommend this tea. Considering the concentration necessary for a richly-flavored cup, it’s a lot of money to pay for something that is at best mediocre. I should note that it did resteep fairly well one more time, the flavors were all diminished, but thankfully that included the hibiscus. Also, at this concentration level, I don’t believe it needs any sweeteners, even if you tend towards a sweet cup of tea.

Flavors: Fig, Floral, Hibiscus, Jam, Rose

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My scale is simplified for the sake of consistency. The legend follows below:

100 – These teas are simply special. They are not only perfectly balanced, but also particularly appeal to my tastes, emotions, and always have a place in my cupboard.

90 – These teas are perfectly balanced, and have no downsides. I feel this is the highest objective rating I can give, and anything rated higher is simply a special fancy. The teas here are certainly among the best I’ve ever tasted.

80 – These teas are really good, but they may have downsides that are very particular to me. They may be generally well-balanced, but perhaps contain a flavor I’m not personally keen on. Nevertheless, these teas are solid and deserve a chance.

70 – These teas are just alright. Not particularly offensive, but nothing to write home about either. I wouldn’t warn anybody off them, but I wouldn’t restock them myself.

60 – Teas in this category have a fatal flaw or require some serious help, lots of milk and/or sugar, to be enjoyable. But at least they can be salvaged.

50 – This is the lowest reasonable category, in my opinion, as anything lower must either not be tea or altogether undrinkable. I was able to finish one cup of these teas for the sake of fairness, but that was probably all I could drink.

10 – This category is reserved for “teas” so offensive, I could not finish a full cup of one. I’ve yet to have such a bad tea, but I suppose anything is possible.


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