Review: American Tea Room Toasted Fig Pu Er Blend

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Thumbs up!"The combination of a milder pu-er with a truly unique and captivating blend of fruits and herbs makes this tea a true winner and the best tea I have sampled in a very long time."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 10/10
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I recently made a purchase at American Tea Room's e-store, and the great folks at ATR threw in a few samples of some of their new teas for me to sample. Among them was a tea called Toasted Fig...the name alone had me intrigued. I examined the lable more clearly and learned that this is a blend of organic pu-er tea, figs, dandelion roots, coconut flakes, and fennel. Undoubtedly, this is a unique combination. After learning that this was a Pu-er based blend, I have to admit a little hesitation, as my limited experience with pu-er has convinced me that pu-er is not really my thing. But one whiff of this blend assured me that this would be a great tea. Additionally, my fellow Teaviewer, Lynne referred to this tea as a "winner" on the staff forum, and since we often have overlapping taste preferences, I knew I would like this tea.
The scent of this tea is warm and hearty. I couldn't wait to brew this blend. I used 200-degree water and a 5 minute infusion time, as recommended. The tea brews to an intense reddish-brown color. The tea has a rich and smooth flavor. The coconut, fennel, and figs combine to form a sweet and hearty flavor that is the essence of this tea, but the pu-er gives the tea earthy udnertones. Thanfully, the earthy character of the pu-er is comparatively mild; it does not overpower the tea and is well-balanced by the other ingredients.

Whether you normally like pu-er or not, this tea is worth trying. The combination of a milder pu-er with a truly unique and captivating blend of fruits and herbs makes this tea a true winner and the best tea I have sampled in a very long time. I can't wait to brew a fresh cup of this tomorrow morning.

This tea truly needs nothing added, but if you feel so inclined, it does handle dairy and/or sweetener well. I experimented with a drop of agave nectar and a splash of cream, which turned this sturdy blacke tea into a decadent dessert-style beverage that was out-of-this-world delicious. This is a tea I intend to purchase.

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One Response to “Review: American Tea Room Toasted Fig Pu Er Blend”

  1. American Tea Room Says:

    Thanks Vanessa (and Lynn) for your high marks. American Tea Room will be “debuting” this new tea on January 1, 2011 for purchase online. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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