Miss Figgy from Tea and Tins

So, I have to say this first: the piggy sprinkles are DEATH-DEFYINGLY cute! (I think that’s a thing?) Also, I appreciate the fact that this is an extra-punny tea: not only is the name a pun, but the tea itself is both figgy AND filled with sugar-based figgy piglets. (Yes, the sprinkles do absorb fig flavor over time. I checked.)

miss_figgy_-_spoon_largeAlthough you can smell the sweet flavor of figs through the packet, it gets even better while steeping. After steeping, the tea is a nice hazy cedarish amber color. The overall taste is a bit less figgy than I expected from the smell, though the flavor does build up towards the end of each sip. This tea is sweet enough to not need sugar, although it’s good with sugar too! And it’s quite smooth, with no more than a teeny hint of astringency.

For best flavor, I recommend adding a pinch of sugar and some milk (but you know me, I recommend that for basically all teas). I also recommend using generous amounts of leaf. The first time I sampled this tea, I used a heaping teaspoonful for about 10 oz of water. I tried it and found myself wondering if it would be even better in a stronger infusion, so the next time I tried two heaping teaspoonfuls in about 8oz of water and found the flavor much improved. Again, it’s a matter of taste, so go with your instincts and feel free to experiment!
I really enjoyed drinking down my sample of this tea, and it’s made me consider adding a figgy tea to my regular rotation. (I’m also considering buying some of this tea as a Christmas present for my little sister. It’s both cute and yummy, and thus it’s likely to be an instant little-sister favorite.) If you’re a serious fig fan, you might have to steep this tea especially strong to get as much fruit flavor as you’d like; still, if you’re looking for a nicely fig-flavored black tea with the cutest sprinkles EVER, this is most certainly THE one for you.

Here’s the scoop!

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Where to Buy: Teas and Tins

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Loose leaf black tea, nicknamed Miss figgy!

Ingredients: black tea, fig taste with dried figs and pink pig sprinkles.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, Della Terra Teas Sent Me This Tea!

Merry Christmas!  I hope that you had as much fun as I did counting down the days until Christmas day with me.  I’m very excited about today’s tea!

Figgy Pudding

Day12Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Della Terra Teas

Tea Description:

Merry Christmas!!! You made it!  Do you hear the 12 drummers drumming?  Now open this up and sip away!

Whether you are having a festive get together like Ole Fezziwig, or spending the day at home with family … like the song says, O’ bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer!

Taster’s Review:

Few tea flavors out there get me as excited as when I find a fig flavored tea.  I really love figs, and as I’ve reminisced at least once (probably more) here on this blog, they bring back some happy childhood memories for me.  And while there are other fruits that I might enjoy more – like strawberries or peaches, for example – finding a good strawberry or peach flavored tea isn’t quite as challenging as finding a good fig flavored tea.  They’re few and far between.

And this tea was well worth the wait as I counted down the teas of Christmas.  This is delicious.  The fig notes are prominent.  From the moment I opened the pouch, I could smell the fig!  And just now, as I walked into the kitchen to pour myself of the freshly brewed tea, the smell of warm figs filled my kitchen.  YUM!  My mouth started watering.

This Figgy Pudding Tea is really, really good.  The fig flavor is strong and true to the fruit.  It is sweet, just like biting into a fig … all that’s missing is the seedy texture of the inside of the fruit.

There is a slight creaminess to the background, not really a strong, pronounced “vanilla” or even “cream” flavor but more of just a slight creaminess to the cup that might be further enhanced with a drop or two of warm milk, but, I’d not want to risk losing some of this fig flavor!

The black tea is a even-toned base.  I suspect it is most likely a Ceylon as it doesn’t have a strong or robust character.  Instead, it’s brisk and slightly astringent.  It’s not too strong-tasting a tea but I do pick up on slight notes of malt and the hints of fruity taste in the black tea play well to the sweetness of the fig.

Such a yummy Christmas gift from Della Terra Teas!  Thank you!