Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea Grotto
This flavored black is rich, earthy, fruity, and floral. Great alone, or with milk, it makes a stellar tea-latte. Chinese sourced black tea.
Learn more about this blend here.
This Fig & Lavender Black Tea Blend from Tea Grotto smells amazing. I smell the fig prominently, and I’ve never made it a secret of how much I adore figs. And the lavender comes through just beneath the fruity fig notes, with notes of earthy black tea filling in the background. It smells yummy!
And it tastes AMAZING! I’ve enjoyed several delicious fig teas during my time as a tea reviewer, but, this may just be the best fig tea that I’ve tasted … ever! I would not have thought it if I wasn’t tasting it for myself, but fig and lavender work together so delightfully well! I’m surprised at how good these two components taste together.
The black tea is a rich, flavorful Chinese black tea. It has a full body and a smooth texture. It’s nicely round, and it supports the flavors of fig and lavender but isn’t overwhelmed by these flavors. I am getting notes of black tea as well as lavender and fig – everything is represented.
The lavender and fig are well-paired here, and I mean that not just to say that it is a unique and flavorful pairing, but also that they are well balanced. I taste close to equal parts of both the lavender and fig. The two notes hit the palate at just about the same time. The lavender is a delicate note, but, that is not to say it is a weak note. It is portrayed here as a subtle flavor rather than something that becomes obtrusive and tasting of soap. It complements the fig notes in a really stunning way.
The fig is flavorful and when the tea is hot, the fig tastes of the warm figs I used to pick off the trees in that orchard as a child. I would eat them right off the tree, and there are few childhood memories as delicious as those involving warm figs right off the tree! That is one of the most delicious things I remember tasting as a child. It is, at the very least, in the top five. (Chocolate would be up there too!)
This tea is amazing, and I’m so happy that I got to try it. This is going to go on my repurchase list, because it is one that I will want to have again … and again!
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!