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drank Ginger Pear by Simpson & Vail
2498 tasting notes

When I opened the bag of this tea, I was greeted with the most amazing pear smell. I had been expecting ginger to predominate (given that S&V has a pear black, and ginger is first in the name here), however given that one of my “quests” is to find a great pear tea, it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest if this was more pear than ginger!

The aroma of the brewed cup is true to the dry tea… and crazily enough, so is the flavour!! (I say crazily enough because how often does the flavour actually match the aroma?! Not nearly enough, IMO.) Ohhhhh man, this one is good, guys! If you like sweet pears? BUY THIS TEA!! The tea leaves a lingering pear-flavoured sweetness in your mouth which is absolutely divine. I’ve gotta admit that my hopes have been far exceeded here, and the likelihood of me placing another order from S&V in the far-too-near future are rising. I’ll admit that it’s a little on the perfumey side, but then again, so are pears. The perfuminess does remind me a little bit of the Violet tea I just drank, so perhaps it’s a flavouring component.

Oh… and there’s no discernible ginger here. So if you’re looking for ginger pear, I suggest you either add your own, or buy a different tea.

ETA: Prior to the second infusion, I sniffed the infuser basket and definitely smelled ginger, which also was noticeable in the brewed tea alongside the pear. My guess is that a) the strong pear flavouring masks the ginger in the first infusion and b) perhaps the ginger needs a bit more time to infuse into the cup?? Either way, this second infusion, in half the water, was quite pleasant!

Preparation
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Sil

I can’t even remember if this was on my lifeppst of things…likely nt but ill happily steal a sample :)

Indigobloom

meeeee to!!! :P

Vortegne

Wow, pear..Sounds amazing, as I’m not a huge fan of ginger :)

Kittenna

Nopers, neither of you had it on the list (I looked last night out of curiousity). I’ll definitely bring samples though!

Kittenna

Vortegne – if I were you, I’d probably stick with the plain pear tea if you decide to order, although the ginger is definitely not prominent here!

CrowKettle

That sounds amazing, although I would probably add some ginger as I like mine zappy! Ginger pear is one of my favourite tea flavour pairings.

MissLena

I love ginger and pear, this sounds absolutely delicious to me :D

Kittenna

I really wish there was more ginger! The pear was so delicious, I think it could be amazing!

MissLena

Mmm I might have to place an order and try some of S&Vs pear teas, looks like they have a few of them, and you could always add in some fresh ginger to see what happens!

Kittenna

Yeah – I’m really kicking myself for somehow missing the flavoured teas with bases other than black!! I see there’s a pear green – that could be amazing…

MissLena

Mmmm yes it’d be so light and fresh, I need a good pear tea, I haven’t started the hunt yet..but it might have to begin here :D

Kittenna

Yes – as long as the green base is a good one! I would love it if Stacy @ Butiki used something like her Organic Huangshan Mao Feng to make a pear tea…. that could be amazing. DavidsTea’s Sencha Pear has a nice flavour, but it’s quite finicky, and not pleasant if at all oversteeped. Butiki’s Exotic pear, which I’ve gathered is being discontinued, contains anise (or another related flavour), and I couldn’t get any pear from it. Caramelized Pear from Art of Tea, I think, is a good pear-flavoured rooibos, but I much prefer actual tea bases.

MissLena

I’ll have to check those out! I’ve been adding a bunch of Butiki teas to my cupboard so I imagine an order to them will occur in the near future :) , I should check out the DavidsTea one for sure too as it’s local, haha, like I need more teas though!

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Sil

I can’t even remember if this was on my lifeppst of things…likely nt but ill happily steal a sample :)

Indigobloom

meeeee to!!! :P

Vortegne

Wow, pear..Sounds amazing, as I’m not a huge fan of ginger :)

Kittenna

Nopers, neither of you had it on the list (I looked last night out of curiousity). I’ll definitely bring samples though!

Kittenna

Vortegne – if I were you, I’d probably stick with the plain pear tea if you decide to order, although the ginger is definitely not prominent here!

CrowKettle

That sounds amazing, although I would probably add some ginger as I like mine zappy! Ginger pear is one of my favourite tea flavour pairings.

MissLena

I love ginger and pear, this sounds absolutely delicious to me :D

Kittenna

I really wish there was more ginger! The pear was so delicious, I think it could be amazing!

MissLena

Mmm I might have to place an order and try some of S&Vs pear teas, looks like they have a few of them, and you could always add in some fresh ginger to see what happens!

Kittenna

Yeah – I’m really kicking myself for somehow missing the flavoured teas with bases other than black!! I see there’s a pear green – that could be amazing…

MissLena

Mmmm yes it’d be so light and fresh, I need a good pear tea, I haven’t started the hunt yet..but it might have to begin here :D

Kittenna

Yes – as long as the green base is a good one! I would love it if Stacy @ Butiki used something like her Organic Huangshan Mao Feng to make a pear tea…. that could be amazing. DavidsTea’s Sencha Pear has a nice flavour, but it’s quite finicky, and not pleasant if at all oversteeped. Butiki’s Exotic pear, which I’ve gathered is being discontinued, contains anise (or another related flavour), and I couldn’t get any pear from it. Caramelized Pear from Art of Tea, I think, is a good pear-flavoured rooibos, but I much prefer actual tea bases.

MissLena

I’ll have to check those out! I’ve been adding a bunch of Butiki teas to my cupboard so I imagine an order to them will occur in the near future :) , I should check out the DavidsTea one for sure too as it’s local, haha, like I need more teas though!

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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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