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drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
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I’m simultaneously excited and apprehensive to try this tea that has so much love here on Steepster… but it also has rooibos. The dry leaf smells sweet and tart. Like a pear tart with devon or heavy cream on it. Yummy. Decadent. But when I pour the tea into the cup, I can smell the rooibos. I smell sweet and tart underneath it but I might have to relearn that rooibos is not evil before I can enjoy this cup.

Yeah, this one is going to have a learning curve (tasting curve?) for me. I taste a little something sweet on the front end – honey and pear intermingled I think – but it is quickly replaced by rooibos. And this isn’t just a straight woody rooibos. This one makes me think a bit of moldy wood. No, it’s not quite that strong – freshly dampened wood. I am getting a little light caramel hint at the end so that gives me hope that after a few cups, this tea and I might come to a non-rooibos-focused understanding.

Holding off rating for now to see how this relationship develops
2.5g/6oz

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Erin

I feel the same way about rooibos. The whole cigar-like taste and smell really turns me off. But I’m trying to slowly get used to it, because there are a lot of flavored teas out there (like this one!) that sound really good but have a rooibos base. I want to try them without a bias, and I want to like them!

wombatgirl

I don’t know if you sweeten or not, but if you don’t, try this sweetened. It took that to make it less rooibos, more nom for me.

Auggy

Erin, Yep, I’m doing my best to enjoy rooibos just for the lack of caffeine. Samovar’s Ocean of Wisdom was a full rooibos blend that I eventually enjoyed but it was more spice, not sweet so that might have had something to do with it. Nonetheless, I will keep trying!
Wombatgirl, Thanks for the suggestion – I will give that a try perhaps tonight!

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Erin

I feel the same way about rooibos. The whole cigar-like taste and smell really turns me off. But I’m trying to slowly get used to it, because there are a lot of flavored teas out there (like this one!) that sound really good but have a rooibos base. I want to try them without a bias, and I want to like them!

wombatgirl

I don’t know if you sweeten or not, but if you don’t, try this sweetened. It took that to make it less rooibos, more nom for me.

Auggy

Erin, Yep, I’m doing my best to enjoy rooibos just for the lack of caffeine. Samovar’s Ocean of Wisdom was a full rooibos blend that I eventually enjoyed but it was more spice, not sweet so that might have had something to do with it. Nonetheless, I will keep trying!
Wombatgirl, Thanks for the suggestion – I will give that a try perhaps tonight!

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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