Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Tin Roof Teas
High quality Taiwanese oolong is the perfect base for the rich taste of Smyrna fig.
Learn more about this tea here.
I love Steepster. One of the things I love most about the tea community is that there is a great opportunity to meet other tea enthusiasts and occasionally, swap teas with them. It’s a great way to taste different teas that maybe I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to try otherwise, not to mention the fact that it allows me to share my abundant tea supply with others!
This is one of the teas that was recently sent to me by one of my Steepster friends. I was excited to try it, because I love figs and I love a good Formosa Oolong.
This tea bears a striking resemblance to the Fig Formosa tea from Teas Etc, the same name and visually, this tea looks the same as I remember the Fig Formosa looking … especially in the brewed tea. The liquor is such a unique color – it’s purple! Purple!
I absolutely loved that tea, and I remember it tasting unlike any other fig tea that I’ve tried. This has that same strong fig flavor, along with the deliciously smooth flavor of the Formosa tea. Delightful!
And this tea also manages to bring me back to those memories of the fig orchards when I was a child. Happy times!
I don’t know that these teas are the same, and it’s been long enough since I tasted the other tea that I can’t compare them properly, but, I really don’t care either. I know that there are a lot of tea companies out there who resell other companies products and to be honest, that doesn’t bother me one bit. As long as the tea is fresh and delicious and has been properly cared for, that’s what matters to me. As far as who the wholesaler is or who is the re-seller in this case (or even if both of them are re-selling teas) … that doesn’t matter to me.
For me, it’s all about the tea … and this tea is good!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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