O.K. I just tried this one again at a lower temp and shorter steep time. It definitely smells better – I’m getting a hint of pear.
Taste-wise, it’s not as bitter as before, so that was obviously operator-error, but I still don’t taste any pear, or much at all for that matter. I’ll wait and see what it tastes like after it’s cooled down a bit.
Cool, it’s a bit better, but I’m still not a fan.