74
drank Sencha Pear (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown of this one tonight (stealing the term from TeaEqualsBliss !)

Well, I managed to make a pretty good cup of it for my last one. This tastes the way I initially remembered the tea, light and a touch sweet, with a fragrant pear flavour. It’s really rather nice tonight, actually. Enough to bump it up a few notches on the rating scale. I think I’ll keep looking for a pear-flavoured tea though, since this one’s now only available in 50g size online, and I don’t think I want that much of it in my cupboard. Also, it’s finicky :P

ETA: Goodbye Sencha Pear. Steeped this a second time and… it’s just not very flavourful. Kept the time to 3 minutes as I know this one gets bitter easily, but perhaps that wasn’t enough. Either way, I suspect I’ll never drink this one again. Sad sad.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Dylan Oxford

You’ll have to let me know when you find a good pear tea. I’ve been recommended the Honey Pear from Golden Moon (but haven’t tried it). The spiced pear from Market Spice has this awful soapy aftertaste to the pear flavoring, ick.

Kittenna

You shall see it in my tealog!! Haha, it’s not a huge priority for me atm, but if I come across one I’m likely to order/try it. Pear is a tasty flavour.

Dylan Oxford

Haha, yeah it would show here, wouldn’t it?

Kittenna

Oh yes. I am far too Steepster-addicted right now to drink anything without logging it! :D

Ptkelo

I can’t stand sencha pear because it’s so fussy. I find you have to brew this one exactly right or it gets all uppity and starts tasting bad. I like my teas to be forgiving of my mistakes. I have tried it a few times and it only tasted good once. bratty little tea.

Kittenna

Hahaha, same thing with me! I’ve had it like 5-6 times, and only twice was it good. That’s just not an acceptable failure rate for me. And I couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong, either (I mean, when 3 minutes and 15 second at 82C ruins it one time and is great the other….?!)

Ptkelo

I’ve decided it’s either inconsistant mixing in the factory or black magic.

Blake

VOODOO TEA!!!!

Ptkelo

Hahaha

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Dylan Oxford

You’ll have to let me know when you find a good pear tea. I’ve been recommended the Honey Pear from Golden Moon (but haven’t tried it). The spiced pear from Market Spice has this awful soapy aftertaste to the pear flavoring, ick.

Kittenna

You shall see it in my tealog!! Haha, it’s not a huge priority for me atm, but if I come across one I’m likely to order/try it. Pear is a tasty flavour.

Dylan Oxford

Haha, yeah it would show here, wouldn’t it?

Kittenna

Oh yes. I am far too Steepster-addicted right now to drink anything without logging it! :D

Ptkelo

I can’t stand sencha pear because it’s so fussy. I find you have to brew this one exactly right or it gets all uppity and starts tasting bad. I like my teas to be forgiving of my mistakes. I have tried it a few times and it only tasted good once. bratty little tea.

Kittenna

Hahaha, same thing with me! I’ve had it like 5-6 times, and only twice was it good. That’s just not an acceptable failure rate for me. And I couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong, either (I mean, when 3 minutes and 15 second at 82C ruins it one time and is great the other….?!)

Ptkelo

I’ve decided it’s either inconsistant mixing in the factory or black magic.

Blake

VOODOO TEA!!!!

Ptkelo

Hahaha

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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