Caramelized Pear

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  • “Yum! I do love this tisane. I was a little worried when I read some of the recent tasting notes from those who also subscribed to the Steepster Select box, because I have tried this tisane...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4550 tasting notes
  • “I was thrilled to receive a tea swap package from the lovely teaplz recently and this was in it. Oh, Steepsterites. Pear tea is not something I've had a lot of good luck with. It's my...” Read full tasting note
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    takgoti 260 tasting notes
  • “Luscious! Completely fantastic rooibos dessert tisane! Caramel and fruitiness (pear, but faintly sweet fruity real pear) and the rooibos adding depth and holding everything together. I added a...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes
  • “My new stressful-yet-awesome job plus the arrival of dreaded finals have kept me off of Steepster for a while. But today, something happened that both revived my faith in humankind _and_ provided...” Read full tasting note
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    zildjianpride 176 tasting notes

From Art of Tea

One of Art of Tea’s most popular offerings, this delectable dessert infusion is sweet and flavorful with notes of honey, caramel, and fresh baked pear.

Water Temperature: 206 F degrees
Caffeine Content: Caffeine Free
Steep Time: 5-7 minutes
Suggested Serving Size: 1 Tbsp/8oz
Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade South African Rooibos, Organic Honeybush, Organic Apple Bits, Organic Marigolds, Natural Flavors
Origin: Art of Tea Blend

About Art of Tea View company

Art of Tea is a tea importer and wholesaler based in Los Angeles, California. We hand blend and custom craft the world’s finest organic teas and botanicals. Our teas are carefully selected directly from growers, each one offering a unique story.

61 Tasting Notes

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4550 tasting notes

Yum! I do love this tisane. I was a little worried when I read some of the recent tasting notes from those who also subscribed to the Steepster Select box, because I have tried this tisane before, and loved it, but from reading some of the tasting notes, not everyone was very enthusiastic about it, so I worried that maybe it was a bad batch. But mine is very tasty – sweet, delectable pear … caramel flavor. Honey notes.

So yummy!

Sil

this sounds lovely

Azzrian

Glad you like it! I would send mine to you but I already passed it on.

LiberTEAS

@Azzrian, no problem, I have more than enough teas to keep me occupied! :) But this was one that I have missed. I am sorry you didn’t really care for it.

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260 tasting notes

I was thrilled to receive a tea swap package from the lovely teaplz recently and this was in it.

Oh, Steepsterites.

Pear tea is not something I’ve had a lot of good luck with. It’s my favorite fruit [thinking about the validity of that statement and deciding it’s definitely true], and therefore it’s not something that I’m going to be satisfied with if I have to reach for in a tea. [Kind of like the elusive pumpkin, I suppose.] I don’t want it to be light and floaty, though light and floaty pear done well is better than artificial or this ain’t pear. I want it to be in my face and smack me around a bit.

Oh, Steepsterites.

The fact that this combines with my favorite dessert flavor [thinking about the validity of that statement and deciding it’s definitely true] means that this tea could easily be my Icarus. It could soar up high on the warm air currents and then tumble silently before crashing fatally into the sea.

Fortunately, this tea is like Icarus’ happy ending. It’s the Icarus Remix. Pears have a relatively short season where they’re really good [or at least it seems that way because I can’t get enough of them when they’re around] and this tea is going to become like crack for me, especially when pears aren’t in season. I’m already calling it, everyone. When I get really effing weird on Steepster [weirder – that is] and start spitting nonsense, it’s going to be because I’m either out of Ryokucha or this tea. Look forward to it.

Take a second to travel to Imaginationland for a second with me here. Think about a nice, ripe, juicy pear. You know, where they’re in that state of limbo between firm and mushy and when you bite into it you have to have a towel on hand [if you care about that kind of thing] because you inevitably end up making a mess. Now, cut that pear up into little half inch cubes and stick them in a bowl. You still with me? Okay, now there’s a saucepan on the stove to your left. It’s got some caramel sauce bubbling in it – deep orange-brown, bubbling, thick, and satiny. Give it a good stir, cut off the heat, and let it cool for a minute. Excellent. Take the caramel, and pour that all over the pear bits. The whole thing. Don’t hold back. Stir everything around gently, do not smush the pear.

Now, take out a spoon. Put the spoon in your mouth. Remove your belt and wrap it around your head. Take off your shoes and go outside. There will be a bag of trash in your trashcan. Take that out, and…

I’m kidding, I’m kidding.

Okay, take the spoon. Dip into the mixture and…I think you can take it from there.

That is what this tea tasted like to me. It was rich, and the caramel and the pear were both just so very much present. Between the mouthfeel and the taste and just the absolute giddiness I got from the fact that they nailed the pear so hard it won’t see straight until the weekend. Just…AH.

The two tastes didn’t combine often. When they did, it was maybe just a smidge weird, but the majority of the time it tasted like a piece of pear coated in decadent caramel, and Zeus help me, it’s going to take an insane amount of willpower to keep this sample from disappearing before I order it.

As it cooled, the caramel started to melt away a bit and the pear came to the forefront. The only thing that could keep me from being disappointed at this is the fact that I love pear to the point that it raises eyebrows, but the fact that the tea did this for me is something that I think y’all should be aware of. [This was also true of the second steep – more pear than anything else. I let it sit for seven minutes on the second infusion, but I’ll try steeping it a little longer next time. The more mileage I can get out of this the better, I think.] Oh, and the rooibos didn’t come into the picture at all.

Anyhow, win. Just…win. It was such a win that everything else could have lost that day and I wouldn’t have cared much. The ONLY reason that this tea isn’t going to get a flat out 100 from me is unfortunately because of something that also makes it so awesome. It is sweet and rich and a full on dessert tea. I can’t drink this every day, though I wish I could. If I did, I’d get sick of it, which would make my tea self cry, and this is not a tea I want to have to take out of rotation.

Anyhow.

ABSO-EFFING-LUTELY DELICIOUS. Thanks, teaplz!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
S

Maybe this will be my first rooibos tea…was it sour? Pencil shavings-ey?

teaplz

This review is WIN. Absolute win! I’m SO HAPPY you really adored this, because I think it’s really something special too! It’s so ridiculously identifiable as pear, I can’t take it. True, juicy pear flavor, with caramel and deliciousness.

WHEEEE! 2-2 today for my tea and you and Auggy!

Mike

See I tend to be a fan of your self-proclaimed “weirder” posts and wonder what that says about me? Also…oh man oh man oh man this tea sounds right up my alley!! s-hop-list’ed as they say.

silvermage2000

Nice review and this sounds really good.

Angrboda

When I get really effing weird on Steepster [weirder – that is] and start spitting nonsense, it’s going to be because I’m either out of Ryokucha or this tea.

You say that like it’s a bad thing!

takgoti

@shanti I highly recommend it if the caramel and pear flavors appeal to you, but I got absolutely zero taste from the rooibos in this tea. So…I’d get it regardless, but if you’re looking to get a baseline for rooibos look elsewhere!

@teaplz Ahhhh so good. I wanted to have it again last night but I held off. This is going to be an ongoing battle, I think.

@Mike HAHAHA, I think it just means that I’m in good company here on Steepster? I’m glad that my weirdness is well received.

@teadipso Apparently there are apple pieces in it? I thought that they might be pear, but upon reading the description, it’s apple. For whatever reason, it works so well.

@silvermage2000 Oh, it is!

@Angrboda HAHAHA! Yeah…well, sometimes I get so in my head that I read what I’ve been putting on the page and have to go, “Really?” at myself. Thanks for supporting my quirks!

teaplz

Yeah, Shanti, the rooibos here really doesn’t come out at all. I wouldn’t worry about it! Of course, rooibos isn’t really that scary. It has more of a woodsy sweet taste to me, and it looks like pencil shavings, but doesn’t exactly taste like them.

AND I LOVE TAKGOTI’S QUIRKINESS.

sophistre

Fun log, and exciting flavors. When some of you steepsterites are enthusiastic about a really good tea, it’s incredibly contagious. Just reading this made me want to rush out and place a new order.

Laura

ohhh, you make this sound so delicious! this is going to the top of my shopping list! and takgoti, we <3 you & your quirks.

wombatgirl

Hon, you made me buy the Andrew and Dunham Series 2 after your Jackie Muntz (? Did I get that right? I’m not looking it up right now) review – and now this has moved to the top of my list. You’re a hoot to read!

takgoti

Yeah, that didn’t work. Ate my ♥. No more less than signs, it angers the HTML gods, I think. Let’s try this again.

@teaplz THANK YOU. I LOVE YOUR QUIRKINESS. Quirkiness no longer looks like a word.

@sophistre Hehe! What can I say? Good tea gets us all frothed up and ready to infect! I just made it sound like we have rabies, didn’t I? Anyhow, thanks! And secretly, though I am telling myself I am delaying the order because I’m “budgeting,” it’s really because I got a couple of other Art of Tea samples from teaplz and I want to try them first in case I want to add something to the order.

@Laura DO IT! I’m going to have to drink it again tomorrow. It’s just too irresistible and I keep on thinking about it as I’m drinking other tea. And aww, thank you! ♥’s all around!

@wombatgirl Hehe, close! It’s Jackee Muntz [JacKEE MUNtz and ThomAS SAMpson – I saw someone out that on twitter and it blew my mind a little bit], but I won’t tell anyone. I hope you like it! My Series 3 just got here. Thanks so much!

Thanks for the warm fuzzies, everyone! I am cold. Might be time for bed soon.

Tabby

Ok, I’m sold! I am totally getting this when I get paid. <3

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1112 tasting notes

Luscious! Completely fantastic rooibos dessert tisane! Caramel and fruitiness (pear, but faintly sweet fruity real pear) and the rooibos adding depth and holding everything together. I added a splash of milk and it was so dessert-y and everything I wanted in an after dinner tisane!!! So so good!!! My husband said “This one is great!” I said “This is one of the three rooibos tisanes Jamie sent! I think I like this one the best!” and he said “They were ALL good!” in the most serious voice ever. :) :) :) I think I simply must place an Art of Tea order (even though I need tea like I need a hole in the head) because finding after dinner tisanes we both love so much is pure gold – pure caramelized pear gold!!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Jaime

So glad you liked them! I absolutely love this one, too. I get it as a latte at Cuppa all the time…they make it with caramel syrup!

If there’s any more Art of Tea’s blends you’re eyeing and want to try out, just let me know!

JacquelineM

Jaime – I’m going to place an order soon, because I am also in love with one of the brewing cups they have on their site :) Eeeee!

Jaime

Oh, I’ve not looked at the brewing cups on their site…just glanced through the teas to see which ones I want to ask Lisa to bring into the shop. Must resist!!

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176 tasting notes

My new stressful-yet-awesome job plus the arrival of dreaded finals have kept me off of Steepster for a while. But today, something happened that both revived my faith in humankind and provided me with a delicious bubble of happiness in my stomach – my long-awaited package from Takgoti arrived! If you didn’t already know, Takgoti pwns at life. If you don’t believe me, look at how she packaged this tea and look at what she included in the box besides wonderful tea. http://www.flickr.com/photos/47736372@N04/4555495137/ Yes, that is some kind of wedding invitation-esque stationary with the list of teas, steeping instructions, and personal comments. She also included a note bearing good wishes to me and apologies for not sending the package out sooner. No worries, Takgoti! I should be the one apologizing! Your packaging puts mine to shame!

Within the awesome package were little individual awesome packages full of awesome tea. It was like a Babushka doll of awesomeness, if you will (and I will). She made sure that the tea reached me in absolutely perfect condition. http://www.flickr.com/photos/47736372@N04/4556121460/ I normally just put tea in plastic baggies (if I don’t have any empty tins laying around) and send them off, hoping for the best. Takgoti used freaking Gladware.

Finally, on to the tea – the lovely, lovely tea. http://www.flickr.com/photos/47736372@N04/4555488735/ The dry rooibos smelled like cherries, pears, honey, and maybe a little bit of candied almonds. After steeping, it smelled like nothing more than pure caramelized pear goodness. Those of you who know me know that I’m not fond of rooibos. I’ve had only a few blends that can cover up the tobacco yuckiness adequately enough for my own tastes. Let me tell you guys, this is the best rooibos I’ve ever had. It is one of the best teas/tisanes I’ve ever had. Period.

I have searched far and wide for a good pear-flavored tea. Adagio’s White Pear left me (almost literally) vomiting and weeping with disappointment at the same time. My search is over now. This tastes so much like those Juicy Pear Jelly Belly beans. Which, if you didn’t know, taste exactly like pears. There is caramel in here, too, which is another favorite flavor of mine. This was so worth the wait.

Thank you Takgoti! I think I can die happy now.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Wow! That package is amazing!!

Meghann M

Oooh….may have to get this just because you describe it as tasting like the Juicy Pear Jelly Belly’s. Totally my favorite flavor of JB Beans!!!!

Great packaging, kudo’s to Takgoti and her awesome stationary.

__Morgana__

Glad to hear the report on this awesomeness of this pear. I haven’t had luck with pear either and am looking forward to trying this one!

gmathis

Isn’t it great to have a tea buddy to take care of you?

Cofftea

She what’s at life? Based on the package and your tasting note I’m guessing it’s a good thing, but I’ve never heard that word before and it’s not in the dictionary…

Auggy

Totally unrelated to the tea (or takgoti’s massively awesome packaging skills), but I love the shape of your teapot.

LissaMarie

@Cofftea Pwns,is basically slang for owns, or that she dominates/is awesome at life.

Rabs

What an amazing note (with illustrations!) and an amazing package! Very inspiring all around (and your teapot is gorgeous – I actually reclicked the link to look at it again) :)

takgoti

Your pictures are fantastic; I’m glad you’re enjoying the tea! Reminds me that I need to get some more of this one, now that I’ve read this…

SoccerMom

Great packaging. Loved the pics and am glad that we now know what “pwns” at life means (it’s a new one on me to Cofftea).

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Love the tealog. Love the photos. Love Takgoti’s box.

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382 tasting notes

Ho-Lee Buckets!
Remember how I said I was looking for a dessert tea that could trick my sweet tooth into thinking I had dessert? I think I have found it. And I think it may be TOO good.

I am FULL. Seriously, this tea has made me feel FULL. It is PACKED with flavor. Supersaturated I would say. It’s like, a smack upside the head of flavor and it is HEAVY. Woah. I don’t know how they did it. (Witchcraft is looking more and more likely!) It’s actually too much for me, I had to add milk to tone it down a bit. Clearly this will require some tweaking of steep time, amount, etc. Glad I have the whole rest of the packet to mess with.

The taste is fascinating. It reminds me of dried pear more than of fresh, but I suppose cooked pear would work too. I definitely get the pear and a caramel taste so strong it’s almost metallic. There’s a hint of honey there too, I think this might be what Honey Pear wishes it was.

Right now this is the forerunner for ordering more of, since it was EXTREMELY effective at silencing my sweet tooth. But I’m gonna have to see if I can get it to a not quite so overwhelming level, because DAYUM.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

“I don’t know how they did it. (Witchcraft is looking more and more likely!)”-love this, will have to try this tea!

Stephanie

This sounds so good! Eventhough roobois is not my friend, I still added this to my wishlist!

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911 tasting notes

I’m bumping the rating of this one up a bit because apparently I find this decently tasty when made in a big ole cup. Very pear-ish in a canned-but-not-as-sweet way. I only get hints of caramel but it adds a different sweetness to it that is nice. I get a bit of the sweetness from the rooibos but none of the wood. It doesn’t hold a candle to last night’s Coconut Custard from Teas Etc but, in the big cup, I’m finding it very drinkable.
4.7g/12oz

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kristin

I’m glad to hear that it’s not as good as the coconut custard. Maybe that will keep me from buying it. This has been on my shopping list for a long time because it has such high ratings.

Auggy

I am a much bigger fan of coconut flavoring in general compared to pear so that might make a difference. Maybe if you were a big pear fan you’d like this tons? Not that I am encouraging you in buying more tea or anything… Though Jade Teapot carries this one so you could always request a free sample of it from them. (http://www.jadeteapot.com/shop/pages.php?pageid=8)

Kristin

Do you think the Jade Teapot one is the same? I tried that one and found it to be meh.

Auggy

Yes, it is. They source their teas from Art of Tea. (I think they posted that in the discussion board somewhere.)

Kristin

Oh. ok. Cool. The pic looks different from the JT actual tea (if I remember correctly). Does your Art of Tea version actually look like that pic?

Auggy

Sorta? There were some fruit pieces in it but not near as many as the AoT pic makes it look. And they were rooibos coated (like the lump in the back of the JT pic) so it just looked like rooibos with chunks until it had steeped. I’d vote for the AoT pic being the artistic, attractive glamor shot of the tea and JT pic being the causal, informal snapshot. Hehe.

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2515 tasting notes

This tea came to me by way of Azzrian, who received it via Steepster Select and found it to be nothing special… but I am so glad it found its way to me!!! Let me explain:

First off, the smell! Delicious, delicious pear Jelly Bellies! That’s exactly how it smells, to me! I’m not really sure that it’s a particularly realistic pear aroma, but I happen to like pear Jelly Bellies, and fake pear flavouring, so I’m pretty excited! I could smell a touch of rooibos behind the pear, but it wasn’t really bothering me. I had my roommate smell this one as well, and she found something in it to be offputting, which I found surprising (but that’s ok, more for me!)

Anyways, onto the flavour! I lost track of how long I infused this one for (a while), but it’s ok as it’s a rooibos… and also not an issue because the flavour is absolutely delicious! A strong pear flavour as per the aroma, again with the rooibos present but unassuming (thankfully) in the background. I’m not sure that I’m really getting “caramelized” pear from the tea, and would really like to mix a little creme caramel rooibos or something similar in here to see what happens…. but this tea is sweet and delicious as is! Much less finicky than DavidsTea’s Sencha Pear, but with the same great pear flavour.

This one’s a winner for me! And bonus – caffeine-free, so I can enjoy it before bed! Perfect! Thank you so much Azz, this tea definitely found a better home here!

ETA: Re-steep pretty good! A bit more rooibos, but still a strong pear flavour. Tasty!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Azzrian

Yay Success!!!! :)

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411 tasting notes

Yay.
Oh yay.

I ordered this on a whim after reading the other glowing reviews. I like pears, and I LOVE caramel. Rooibos – not so much. I’m not into the wood flavor.

Opening this bag, I actually swore out loud in joy – it SMELLED SO GOOD. So totally pear like. So yummy. When I walked it by a co-worker this morning, she said it smelled like pear skin and honey.

Brewing, it’s a beautiful brown-red. And then the flavor was amazing. When I first tried it, I wasn’t as excited as I was once I added a tiny bit of sweetner. I do like my teas sweeter. And for me, adding the half pack of splenda made it sing. The pear jumped out, and the caramel was extra creamy then.

I like this tea. I like this tea a LOT. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
S

Mmmmm sounds yummy!

teaplz

Yay! So happy that takgoti and I got people started on this one, because it’s really, really pear-ish!

chana

Now this sounds like something for me! (^_^)

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2542 tasting notes

This arrived today in the last Steepster Select box for a while (boo!)

Man, I can’t believe all the positive reviews of this tisane. I just thought this was kind of nasty. It smells odd and it tastes even odder. I can’t quite place it, it’s mediciney and yes there is pear in here, but it tastes kind of rotten and fermented with a mixture of stinky feet. Blech! I do like some rooibos blends but this is NOT one of them.

If anyone wants to swap for this please let me know.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

I feel you on this one.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Interesting. 2yrs ago I tried this and rated it alright but did think there were a few things that didn’t work for it. I wonder how I will like it this time around? Hmm…

TeaBrat

Rachel, if you want mine you can have it. :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

No thanks but I appreciate the offer. I got some in my box from Steepster today too. I was curious if that batch will change my impression on it.

Madeline Alyce

Dang! We just did a swap!

TeaBrat

MA – I’d be happy to send it to you anyway.

GiggleGoddess

I thought I’d like this as well…but all I’m getting is the rooibos and something fruity. I’m glad I’ve been able to give most of my sample tin away in Swaps, lol:) I think I have at least 1-2 cups left in anyone wants some!

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318 tasting notes

Ooh, I love this. The scent of the tisane in the bag is beautiful – like a ripe brown Bartlett pear. I really don’t eat many pears because I can’t stand being messy, and they drip a lot. But we grow them at the apple orchard where I used to work, and they always were fabulous there, right off the tree.

Okay. Boiling water, poured into my TARDIS tea mug (For you DW fans: I realized a bit late that I was drinking pear-flavored tea in the TARDIS. SORRY TEN!) (For you non-DW fans… don’t judge me!) and steeped for approximately, 5-7 minutes? I forgot about it, and stopped steeping when I could smell it from across the room. On the plus side, the little infuser included in the Steepster Select box fits PERFECTLY across the square shape of the mug, which is good, because most mugs aren’t square!

Drinking this, it tastes exactly as it smells. I really love it. There’s just the right hint of caramel to pear to rooibos. The pear comes first, and the rooibos and caramel flavors are intermingled. When it was boiling hot, all I could taste was faint hints of rooibos, but as it cools the sweetness really comes out. This is fantastic. So glad for it to have been included

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
TassieTeaGirl

Only banana oolong and daiquiris from now on Michelle!

Michelle

I’m still only 18… no daquiris for me! :)

TassieTeaGirl

Well then, come visit (me, or the Doctor in Cardiff) and you can have one! ;)

Michelle

Sounds good :)

TassieTeaGirl

“I just snogged Madame de Pompador!” Ah, love that ep!

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