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drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
260 tasting notes

GM Sampler | Tea 3 of 31

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This tea made me so angys!!!

Like, for real, pissed. I want to photoshop a big frowny face all over the Honey Pear picture.

I think I’ve professed my love for pear in enough gory detail already, but if you missed that log – I LOVE IT. Like, scary love. And I like honey well enough. So to say that I was excited to try this tea is a bit of an understatement.

The dry leaf smelled like bazooka joe. And medicine. This put me on edge right away, because it tripped my WTF alarm straight off. But I dumped the sample into the infuser and began the process of making the tea.

When I pulled out the infusing basket, I smelled the wet leaves.

Strawberry runts and banana boat suntan lotion. I’m really confused at this point, but I sip it anyway.

You might have read my post about how much I loved Art of Tea’s Caramelized Pear, which uses apple bits to achieve the pear taste to great effect. This tea is like what I imagine using the power of apple to pear for EVIL would be like, because the tea tasted like bad, mealy, apple. It was Bad, Bad, Mealy Brown apple. Once I had that mental image in my head, it was impossible to shake and there was no way to enjoy the tea after that.

Building upon the suck that is mealy apple, the tea had this bitterness to it that would get really high and sharp at some points. And to make matters worse, at the back of the throat the tea created this horrible sour taste.

I sat with it long enough to eventually get a hint of sweetness at the tip of my tongue, but unfortunately it was impossible to recover from all the bad. I had to dump the cup, but I consider it an accomplishment that I got halfway through it.

I honestly think that this was defective because it does not at ALL sound like what the majority of the other people got, and while I think that tastes diverge this was just…wrong.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
sophistre

That’s terrifying. I wanted to like it so much, and did not. I didn’t have trouble finishing it, but I didn’t enjoy it…mostly because I felt like the flavor was too much for me. It wasn’t completely repellant though! I have half of a sample left, and my intention is to try to make it and ice it and see what comes of that. I’m going to see if I can’t pick out some of these bad notes when I do, just to see if your sample really had to have been defective. It’s entirely possible!

teaplz

Ouchies. :\ This is one of the ones I have left in my basket to try, just because I thought I’d love it. It’s so divisive!

fcmonroe

Wow. I kind of liked it. The pollen made it taste so much like honey. Maybe you don’t like pollen?

takgoti

@TeaEqualsBliss Indeed!

@sophistre Please do. I’m curious, because it’s not like it tasted overwhelmingly of pear or honey – I probably would have liked that. It just tasted of disgusting.

@teaplz I really very much think that there was something wrong with my sample, so don’t let my experience deter you! Given when you ordered/received your sampler, I think you’re likely safe.

@fcmonroe Hmm. I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten pollen before that I can recall, so maybe? It didn’t taste anything like what other people were saying that they were tasting, though. And since my preparation methods didn’t differ wildly from other people and I know that what I get out of tea runs roughly parallel to some of those people, I’m going to tentatively blame it on the sample.

Ricky

Poooooorrr takogti…. your batch seems really messed up. Doesn’t GM have a customer satisfaction guarantee policy?

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sophistre

That’s terrifying. I wanted to like it so much, and did not. I didn’t have trouble finishing it, but I didn’t enjoy it…mostly because I felt like the flavor was too much for me. It wasn’t completely repellant though! I have half of a sample left, and my intention is to try to make it and ice it and see what comes of that. I’m going to see if I can’t pick out some of these bad notes when I do, just to see if your sample really had to have been defective. It’s entirely possible!

teaplz

Ouchies. :\ This is one of the ones I have left in my basket to try, just because I thought I’d love it. It’s so divisive!

fcmonroe

Wow. I kind of liked it. The pollen made it taste so much like honey. Maybe you don’t like pollen?

takgoti

@TeaEqualsBliss Indeed!

@sophistre Please do. I’m curious, because it’s not like it tasted overwhelmingly of pear or honey – I probably would have liked that. It just tasted of disgusting.

@teaplz I really very much think that there was something wrong with my sample, so don’t let my experience deter you! Given when you ordered/received your sampler, I think you’re likely safe.

@fcmonroe Hmm. I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten pollen before that I can recall, so maybe? It didn’t taste anything like what other people were saying that they were tasting, though. And since my preparation methods didn’t differ wildly from other people and I know that what I get out of tea runs roughly parallel to some of those people, I’m going to tentatively blame it on the sample.

Ricky

Poooooorrr takogti…. your batch seems really messed up. Doesn’t GM have a customer satisfaction guarantee policy?

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