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drank Exotic Pear by Butiki Teas
300 tasting notes

Thank you Stacy for sending this sample! I believe this blend was retired right after I ordered. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat this morning which has mostly gone away but I think it’s still affecting my taste buds. I spent most of morning and afternoon with a honey oolong and while I could tell it was delicious and fresh and good quality and there were things I liked about it, there was one off note that was being intensified and I’m finding the same here. I like anise but didn’t really get it on the first infusion, it just sort of read as “gum”. I added a pinch or brown sugar which brought out the juiciness of the pear. I just glanced at Bonnie’s note before logging this and I agree with the slightly rough bitter pear skin analogy, but she says it much more poetically than I.

Kittenna

I’m honestly not too sad to see this one being replaced by a different pear tea. I only received a sample of it myself, and I no longer really remember how it tasted except that I could taste the anise and therefore didn’t like it.

Sil

I’m with kittena on this one. Stacy’s poached pear sounds wonderful! Or at least like ill love it better than this one :)

Autumn Hearth

Yes the poached pear does sound amazing, I think it’s supposed to be with caramel

Kittenna

Yeah, and given her blend execution….. (my hopes are probably way too high, haha).

Kittenna

OH WOW. I just re-read that and it totally sounds mean!! To clarify, I mean that because her execution is so amazing, my hopes are through the roof! Probably unachievably so, even by such an awesome blender!! Wow. O.o Glad I caught that before someone else thought I was just a jerk.

Sil

autumn…yes..yes it WILL have caramel…i’m SUPER excited to see how stacy does caramel. I have a weakness for caramel… sigh

Autumn Hearth

Kittenna, I read it right the first time ;)

Kittenna

Whew. I just wanted no misunderstanding!

Terri HarpLady

I’m not a big fan of the exotic pear, but am also looking forward to the poached pears with caramel…

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Kittenna

I’m honestly not too sad to see this one being replaced by a different pear tea. I only received a sample of it myself, and I no longer really remember how it tasted except that I could taste the anise and therefore didn’t like it.

Sil

I’m with kittena on this one. Stacy’s poached pear sounds wonderful! Or at least like ill love it better than this one :)

Autumn Hearth

Yes the poached pear does sound amazing, I think it’s supposed to be with caramel

Kittenna

Yeah, and given her blend execution….. (my hopes are probably way too high, haha).

Kittenna

OH WOW. I just re-read that and it totally sounds mean!! To clarify, I mean that because her execution is so amazing, my hopes are through the roof! Probably unachievably so, even by such an awesome blender!! Wow. O.o Glad I caught that before someone else thought I was just a jerk.

Sil

autumn…yes..yes it WILL have caramel…i’m SUPER excited to see how stacy does caramel. I have a weakness for caramel… sigh

Autumn Hearth

Kittenna, I read it right the first time ;)

Kittenna

Whew. I just wanted no misunderstanding!

Terri HarpLady

I’m not a big fan of the exotic pear, but am also looking forward to the poached pears with caramel…

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Druid, artist, poet, mum, lover of tea, ritual and myth. I grew up on Celestial Seasons herbals but fell in love with straight loose leaf tea working at my local Teavana for a year. I am grateful for the introduction and the experience, but have moved on.

I see tea as an experience for the senses, I like to imagine tasting the land and the weather as well as the effect of sun, air, fire and the human hand. I have a soft spot for shu pu’er, yabao, scented oolongs, wuyi oolongs, taiwanese tea as well as smooth naturally sweet blacks, creamy greens and surprisingly complex whites.

I began ordering lots of samples from Upton to educate myself on different varieties of tea we didn’t have at work and have fallen head over heels for the unique offerings from Verdant Tea. I am learning things I like: buttery mouthfeel, surprising sweet or spice notes, woodiness, mineral notes, depth and complexity and things I don’t: astringency, dry and sour notes.

I collect tea tins and am in danger of collecting pots, though I am trying to restrain the urge due to current lack of space. I brew mostly in a glass infuser mug or a tea maker, only using cast-iron for company now (still need to get a gaiwan) and tend not to sweeten my teas unless they are British or fruity and iced, which is not often.

As far as ratings, I lack a definite system and haven’t been assigning numbers lately, wanting to spend multiple sessions with a tea first. I usually only log a tea once, unless it is a new harvest or I have significantly different observations, but will go back and edit or comment if I find something interesting or new.

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