Sticky Fig Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fig, Mineral, Molasses, Raisins, Roasted Barley, Spices, Floral, Fruity, Autumn Leaf Pile, Honey, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Malt, Stonefruits
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Certification
Vegan
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 45 sec 4 g 16 oz / 466 ml

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  • “I finished off the package of this today. I’m trying to get through some of my older 52Teas blends before the 12 days of tea begins again. I still have several of the packages from previous years...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Ok, I have to admit, the first cup of this I underleafed AND understeeped. And it was awful. It was, as they say, like making love in a canoe, if you get my drift. So the next steep I intentionally...” Read full tasting note
    73
  • “I was elated to be able to try this tea! Thanks so much for sending some, Annie! I think I might have been one of the people to suggest a fig tea to Anne? I love the idea behind this one,...” Read full tasting note
    74
  • “Had this last night. 3 g in 12 oz, the first infusion was the recommended and the 2nd infusion much much much longer. Maybe an hour? :P It’s good and the fig notes are there. Like the others, I’d...” Read full tasting note
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From 52teas

When it came time to do this year’s poll, only 2 Oolong teas from our archives were requested as reblends, which didn’t offer enough diversity for my liking – so rather than reblend one of the 2 Oolong teas on the poll, I decided to create a new Oolong tea this year.

This tea was inspired by one of my customers who is also a frequent poster on Steepster, who – in one of her posts – mentioned that she’d like to see a fig tea from me. So here it is (and it won’t be the last, fig is one of my favorite fruits, I just haven’t gotten around with experimenting with fig in tea yet . . . but now that I have, I think I’ll keep it up because – YUM!)

So I started with these three ideas in mind: Holiday tea, Oolong tea & Fig tea. I crafted a blend of Oolongs – Ruanzhi, Wuyi and Qingxin cultivars – which I chose because I wanted the Oolong to be a little more fruity and a little less floral. To this lovely Oolong blend, I added some figs. For the holiday element, I added some cinnamon. For the final touch, I added a little honey essence.

Really lovely – this tea. The oolong is smooth and sweet. It has pleasing notes of fruit with just a hint of floral. The fig is well-defined and the honey compliments the fig nicely. The cinnamon is warm and inviting without overwhelming the cup. As I say: really lovely! It’s also organic, VEGAN, gluten free & allergen free!

organic ingredients: oolong teas, figs, cinnamon & natural flavors

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I finished off the package of this today. I’m trying to get through some of my older 52Teas blends before the 12 days of tea begins again. I still have several of the packages from previous years unopened. I don’t drink caffeine often so unfortunately I can’t sipdown most of these anytime soon.

I’m having my last cup of this one in hottish (80ish deg. C water) with 800 mL water. I’ve been letting it steep as I drink it Grandpa style. I get some nice oolong notes (molasses, thick, floral in the after taste) and some dried fruit flavour. It is reminiscent of dried fig or raisin. The spices aren’t helping since I don’t associate figs (I eat them as a fresh summer fruit) with winter spices. Overall, the blend is alright. I would prefer no spices and more fig but I like the oolong choice. It verges on bitter after ~1 hour of steeping at low temperature but the oolong flavour works with dried fruit.

Not related to this tea really, but I just thought of a new fig tea for 52Teas to make. What about fig newton? Cakey pastry and graham cracker notes with the sweetness of dried figs. Or, maybe a blend called “Greek holiday” with freeze dried figs (Fresh fig taste) and freeze dried grapes. When I went to Greece I lived on grapes and figs. No regrets. You can buy figs by the dozen for a few euro in Greece (in contrast Canada grows quite a few figs but they cost over $1 each).

Flavors: Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fig, Mineral, Molasses, Raisins, Roasted Barley, Spices

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 4 g 27 OZ / 800 ML
AJRimmer

I have the same problem. I only occasionally drink caffeinated tea, so it sits on my shelf forever as I finish up all my herbal teas like lightning. I often just try a cup or two of each and give the rest away or swap it.

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Ok, I have to admit, the first cup of this I underleafed AND understeeped. And it was awful. It was, as they say, like making love in a canoe, if you get my drift. So the next steep I intentionally overleafed and oversteeped to compensate. It is much better this way. Even without adding any sweetener, I’m getting a very nice flavor here. It’s a mild fig/raisin flavor with a black tea base. Adding a sweetener (for SCIENCE) and it brings out the fruitiness a bit more. The fig isn’t as strong as I would like it to be though. I was hoping for the full on newton with this, but instead, I get a mild, reserved fig flavor. It’s definitely not “bad” so to speak, but it isn’t living up to its full potential and that’s unfortunate.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

Maybe I’ll try the overleafing route next time…

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I was elated to be able to try this tea! Thanks so much for sending some, Annie! I think I might have been one of the people to suggest a fig tea to Anne? I love the idea behind this one, however, not sure if it works for me in the resulting tea. I used slightly less than a teaspoon, as that is what the package suggested. I see some definite fig pieces which I appreciate! The oolong is roasted, dark and very tightly rolled. Normally I would think a roasted oolong might overpower these flavors, but the oolong used here isn’t too overpowering, just roasty enough. However, reading the description there are three types of oolongs here: Ruanzhi, Wuyi and Qingxin cultivars. The three must me very very similar! The cinnamon somehow didn’t impart much to the flavor — I’d probably rather it be a fig/honey type of flavor anyway. Sadly there wasn’t much fig or honey flavor either, so this mostly tasted like a better yet light roasted oolong. That’s good because I usually don’t like roasted oolong too much. But I can see figs working with this type of oolong best. A little disappointing, but I would love more fig experiments. I won’t say no to more fig teas, there just needs to be more fig in them!
Steep #1 // less than one teaspoon for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min
2019 Sipdowns: 31 (This and David’s Jasmine Black Dragon Pearls)

Mastress Alita

And dates! I’m so close to finishing off my one date tea, it’s been discontinued and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them used in any other teas…

tea-sipper

YES and more teas with dates. If Tealyra’s ‘Date Shake’ is the one date tea you mean, I really miss that one! (Thanks again for the sample of it!)

Mastress Alita

Yup. It actually was sourced from Dethlefsen & Balk (as many of Tealyra’s teas come from them) so I was looking for that blend elsewhere, but D&B no longer produce it so it isn’t around anywhere anymore. Booooooo.

Evol Ving Ness

date shake is the bomb

tea-sipper

Well, looks like there are three fans of Date Shake… what the heck tea sourcers..

Evol Ving Ness

mebbe politics we are unaware of

Mastress Alita

Well, as I mentioned, the wholesale source of that tea was German tea blenders Dethlefsen & Balk. They are a major blend wholesaler for many tea sites (one of the majors like International Tea Importers, Metropolitan Tea Company, East Indies Coffee and Tea, etc.) Tealyra was sourcing that blend from them, and many of the herbals still on Tealyra’s site are still D&B blends. Since Dethlefsen & Balk don’t make it anymore, that’s why it is gone. I have no idea why they discontinued it, but I’d guess either they either ran into trouble sourcing the ingredients or not enough shops were buying the blend to offset the cost of producing the tea (just my guess…) They’ve pulled a lot of my favorite blends, another Dethlefsen & Balk blend I loved was Caramel Chai Pu-erh (which Fusion Tea wholesaled from them) which was also discontinued. I remember sampling a spicy chocolate rooibos from Angry Tea Room before that is gone now that I’m fairly certain is also a discontinued D&B blend since most of their teas are wholesaled from D&B as well.

Kittenna

@Mastress Alita – Your knowledge about tea wholesaling is fascinating and eye-opening! :)

tea-sipper

Nooooo not Caramel Chai Pu-erh! I loved that one.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Mastress Alita, for your insights.

Mastress Alita

So while it is true that the blend that Tealyra called “Date Shake” has been discontinued by Dethlefsen & Balk, I have found that they have one other date blend right now, but they consider it a “holiday blend” so availability of it could be limited. It is a date/pistachio blend and Fava Tea wholesales it as “Candied Pistachio Herbal Tea” and Tin Roof Teas wholesales it as “Pistachio-Vanilla Praline”. (Some other tea shops sourcing it can be hunted up searching by the D&B ingredient list: Date pieces (date, rice flour), pistachios, slivered almonds, rose petals, natural flavour. ) That’s the only other date tea I’ve still found out in the wild, though!

tea-sipper

Thanks for the info!

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Had this last night. 3 g in 12 oz, the first infusion was the recommended and the 2nd infusion much much much longer. Maybe an hour? :P

It’s good and the fig notes are there. Like the others, I’d love more fig in it. The oolong is nice because I don’t typically like over the floral type of oolongs where in this one it’s the fruity notes in the forefront and the floral in the background.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fig, Floral, Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Swap Sample Sipdown! (30)

This sample came my way from Kawaii433. In fact, she sent me a lovely selection of 52teas blends! ❤

I do like the oolong base here – it’s a rolled oolong but it’s partially oxidized. It has a nice slightly roasty flavor with notes of dried fruit. In fact, it’s difficult to tell which fruit notes are coming from the oolong and which are coming from the fig. Either way, it’s a lovely combination.

I really love the light touch of cinnamon and honey here. They combine beautifully and add just a kiss of warming spice and nectar-like sweetness to the blend.

This is a good one. I’m not sure it’s quite great, I think I would prefer just a bit more figgy flavor. But definitely tasty!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Fig, Honey, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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10184 tasting notes

Cinnamon floral ish oolong. that’s this tea for me earlier today. Will have to try it again but i fear this might not be a tea for me

Kittenna

IIRC it was too floral for me.

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7th Day of Christmas Teas

Full disclaimer: I’m not a big fan of figs (they make me wish I was eating dates instead). I’m also not in love with wuyi or “red” oolongs, although I do appreciate them in small amounts.

With that out of the way, I think this blend is unique and fun. I don’t think I’ve ever had a fig flavoured tea before and 52teas does a beautiful job of capturing that flavour (which I have not yet learned to love). It’s an interesting pairing with this oolong blend, which brings out the stonefruit, floral, and honey-like qualities in a fig. There’s a bit of roasted malt note, along with the added cinnamon, which I don’t pick up on as much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fig, Floral, Honey, Malt, Roasted, Stonefruits

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12 Belated Teas of Christmas – #7
A very interesting concept! I always like trying flavoured oolongs, and I’ve liked fig teas in the past, so I was looking forward to trying this tea! Admittedly, the scent of the dry tea is not amazing. I can’t really tell what exactly it smells like, but it’s not overly appealing (it kind of smells like… flavouring). Aaaand then you brew it up, and suddenly it smells like a delicious oolong, with a bit of something else sweet. Flavourwise, I can definitely taste the fig flavouring (though I am not sure it screams “fig” to me, it’s the same flavour I’ve tasted before in fig teas), and the oolong base is a great, smooth choice. I’m also getting a hint of a spiciness, which is unexpected… I don’t think the jalapeno tea I just had contaminated this cup? Anyways, an interesting cup, and I’m loving the base, but I think I might have liked a bit more… fruitiness/juiciness in this cup. Something to tone the florals of the fig, I think.

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7th tea of Christmas

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this, I don’t know what sticky fig is….but I do know that I love fig. first thought was like, a sticky rice? but it’s definitely not that. there’s some cinnamon? some kind of spices, and a kind of…caramel-y fig? I’m into it.

52Teas

LOL – sticky fig = a slightly honeyed, cinnamon oolong tea into which I cut up some very sticky, dried figs.

tea-sipper

WHAT fig tea?! On to the wish list this goes. I think I might be the person in the description who mentioned Anne making fig teas?! Awesome. Also, it’s good to know this won’t be the last fig experiment that Anne also mentions in the description…

52Teas

Yep – @tea-sipper, I do believe it was you that had mentioned that I should do a fig tea. I had planned on doing fig teas at some point in the future, but it was your mention that prompted me to do it a little sooner than that. :)

annie

@Anne – hahahaha, I thought it was some weird dessert or something. that is the best description, thank you. and yes, more fig teas pleeeaase!

tea-sipper

Oh good, I’m glad we will have fig teas sooner then. :D

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