Thé des Cigales

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From Dammann Freres

“Thé des Cigales” flavored black tea

Yunnan black tea flavoured with fig aroma, clementine and nutmeg essential oils, sprinkled with flower petals, and orange peels.

Brewing time: 4 to 5 minutes

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2215 tasting notes

I still love this one, but my friend who had tea with me today wasn’t crazy about it at first. It is a slightly more assertive, slightly dry base and she isn’t accustomed to that. I noticed how smooth and sweet this tasted when I had a bite of cream puff first, so I suggested that she add a wee bit of White Gold Honey and some milk to smooth out the base for her.

Once she did that, she warmed up to this tea and said that it now tasted like a delicious dessert. Next time, I will serve Coquelicot Gourmand with its smoother base so she can enjoy her tea without additions.

Her favorite tea of the day was Fruits d’Alsace, iced!

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1112 tasting notes

The tree murderers are here and my nerves are shot from the incessant chainsaw sounds coupled with the wood chipper! I also saw some fallen branches on my rose bushes! They may look puny to a tree murderer but I fuss over those roses sometimes twice a day! I hope they are not damaged.

I thought a nice French flavored tea with some half and half and sugar would be calming so I made a pot of this. I am tasting a chewy slightly burnt caramel/smoky Yunnan and figs. At one point I actually felt around my mouth with my tongue for the little seeds you find in fig preserves! I definitely taste cooked figs not fresh ones. I think milk and sugar are the way to go with this one – I’m getting a really nice pastry like flavor as well. The clementines come as an addition in the fig preserves (of my imagination ;) and not a distinct, separate taste. I don’t taste any of the other flavors listed.

This is another one that brings me back to my childhood. Around the holidays we always had dried figs and cookies with fig preserves inside. Barely sweet and very delicious. Not like Fig Newtons at all. This tea reminds me once again of holidays as a child.

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Oh – I hope that your roses remain unharmed! That’s horrific – like adding insult to injury. No, more like injury to injury! :( I’ll send some “rose protecting” vibes your way!


My husband mowed over some of my irises last weekend ( ) so I feel your pain. I hope the roses are okay!


Thank you! I think this ordeal is almost done…they just backed the trucks out of the yard… I will be able to check the roses soon…


Auggy! I had a knot in my stomach after reading that!! Ooooowwww.


Yeah, I’m still a little bitter. Ironically though the chopped off bud started to open a few days ago. Which looks really weird. And kind of makes it worse, you know?


I just went out to see the roses and the stems/branches are broken! The tree murder said “Don’t worry! Roses thrive on being cut back!” I am laughing AND crying!


Oh no! Poor roses! And poor JacquelineM!


…and just for the record – some of the branches on the lilac are broken too. I know murdering trees is a dangerous business but sheesh. So many innocent bystanders were hurt!!!!


My lawn guys are always do stuff to my flowers so I feel your pain! Sorry.


Insta-bad karma for those tree killers :( I’m so sorry!

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169 tasting notes

This tea experience was provided by the gracious Ashmanra
All these teas that she sent me, make me hungry for some European pastry that I have never had.
Which I know makes no sense, but seriously they make me think of some delightful decadent morsel.
I read about this tea before I brewed up a cup, so I knew what it was supposed to smell/taste like, but was still surprised when I stuck my nose close and inhaled…Figgy goodness galore!
It brought an immediate memory to mind.
A few years ago, before I got married, I cared for a 90 year old blind woman named Mary.
She was originally a teacher from California, but after she went blind she moved to Idaho to be closer to her daughter.
Her son still lived in California, and he had a Fig Tree in his yard, and would send her fresh figs.
Opening that box for her was always a delight, the smell that hit your face was like sugar and sunshine.
This tea has that same delightful odor.
There is a definite floral note to this as well, but nothing overpowers the other.
It really feels like I am sitting in a Californian garden…although I can’t say for sure, since that is something I have never done.
This tea is fairly dark in color.
I just brewed it for 3 minutes, but it is a dark burgundy.
First taste is actually lavender, which was weird, because my nose kept smelling fig, but it was unmistakably lavender in taste.
After that first sip, I could taste the Yunnan tea and then floral notes, as well, as citrus mixed in with the sweet figgy-ness of it all.
What a beautiful tea, and for some reason I keep associating it with California.
Maybe they should have a State Tea?
Thank you again, Ashmanra for sharing with me!

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do they have any cicada in California ?

Hesper June

Yes! they do:)


so Thé des cigales is definitively a californian tea :) (shhh don’t tell Provence I said that !!!)

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1183 tasting notes

I’ve gone my whole life without fig flavored tea, and now I’m having two back to back. This was yet another of the teas I’m sharing with the Dammann Freres buying co-op thanks to the efforts of Doulton, hereinafter referred to as “Fig 2.”

The dry leaves of this one have a deeper and somewhat musky smell, and there is more going on than mere fig, though the fig contribution to the fragrance is every bit as fresh and juicy smelling as it was in Figue Fraiche. I can smell a citrus note (must be the clementine) and I can smell something bake-spicy which must be the nutmeg.

The tea’s aroma is muskier as well. The citrus moderates the fig some, and makes it seem more earthy. Fig 2 is more fig pastry-like than fresh or baked fig, which was Fig 1’s domain, but still quite nice.

I can definitely taste the Yunnan’s contribution here; it brings a full-bodied depth to the tea and gives it a malty, carmelized sweetness with a bit of astringency. The flavors blend well with it, and don’t hide behind it, but it is an interactive base rather than a passive one. The flavors swirl around in it so that sometimes they are the stronger flavor, and sometimes the tea base itself is, which makes it an interesting, mercurial drink.

I’m enjoying it quite a bit.

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714 tasting notes

had the last of this tonight
3 tsp, 750ml, 212 F, 3:30
black tea with the smell of fig
oh the subtle flavors of the french

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This reads like an avant-garde haiku!

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4846 tasting notes

I steeped this tea for 3 1/2 minutes, and I think that was too long for my taste. There is a bit more bitterness to this tea than I like. I also think this tea is much better iced than hot.

As an iced tea I can taste the peppery notes from the Yunnan, which I wasn’t getting when it was hot. Very pleasant. A hint of citrus and definitely a sharp floral note. Not getting as much lavender as I would like, nor am I getting much of the fig.

Overall, I like this tea quite a bit, although I think Noël en Provence is still my favorite (thus far!) from Dammann Freres.

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I found that the second infusion is much better than the first with this tea. I can taste the FIG and it is yum, yum, yum delicious! The tea is much smoother, there is a little less of the spicy note coming from the Yunnan. I really liked the spicy note, but, I think it may have interfered a bit with the softer fruit flavors… so infusion one – enjoy the tea; infusion two – enjoy the flavors!

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972 tasting notes

Another sample from ashmanra. This one sounds amazing, and it even has fig, which is my very favorite fruit flavor! The tea itself appears to be only smallish brown leaves mixed with flower petals.

The base here is somewhat earthy as well, maybe it has some Keemun in it. I can taste the fig, which is lovely and sweet and syrupy. I’m not sure whether I’m getting any clementine or nutmeg, but this cup also came out a teensy bit bitter, so it could be covering them up. Actually, I think I can taste a tiny bit of citrus. Overall, tasty.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Fig, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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