Next in the Adagio flavored white sampler. Steeped according to package directions for initial foray.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I think the tea base is exactly the same as the one used for all the other Adagio flavored whites, which appears to be white peony with maybe a silver needle or three thrown in.
To say this tea seems to have elicited strong reactions from some Steepsterites is something of an understatement. ;-)
The more I try the other flavored whites, the deeper into the negative point abyss White Tropics slips. The White Pear doesn’t have a cloyingly sweet smell, artificial or otherwise, to the dry leaf. The only hint I get of pear at all in the dry leaf is an undercurrent of freshness, like a fresh water smell. It’s very faint, though. Mostly I smell white tea.
The liquor is the same clear golden yellow as the other flavored white samples. There’s a very faint smell of something other than tea to the steep. I have to really stretch my olfactory sense to get to pear, though.
The flavor suffers from the same issue as the white tangerine. There’s not enough beyond the tea to really merit the name flavored white. It’s not bad, just not what I’d hope for out of pear.
There’s more of a sweetish pear-like flavor as the tea cools. But I have to wonder how much of this is power of suggestion. I doubt if this was presented to me without my knowing it was supposed to be pear, I’d identify it as pear. It’s probably mostly placebo effect.
It makes me want to run a double blind study: take a plain black tea and call it, oh say, pomegranate and see how many people taste pomegranate. ;-)
A really good pear tea would be awesome, though.