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From Element Tea

Ingredients: China Black, Pear Bits, Flavoring

Brew time: 5 mins

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6770 tasting notes

Muppetlove sent this to me! Thanks a bunch :)

The black tea base is rich and a little strong than a medium strength black. The pear is certainly there – and tasty! There is a floral or perfumy-ness to it, too!

I’m not sure if those lil pieces of leaves are raspberry leaves and stems or what – perhaps THAT is what is contributing the floral/perfume notes.

I’m not sure if Element Tea is having website problems or making an upgrade…I can only view their 1 Luxury Tea – the search doesn’t come up with anything nor does clicking on each tea base. Strange.

BUT…this is tea nicely flavored and I do like it very much! It just might be my fave pear flavored black so far…or at the very least right up there!!!

Scott B

Element tea went out of business about a month or so ago: http://steepster.com/discuss/2929-element-tea-closing-down-sale

TeaEqualsBliss

DOH! Well…that would make sense. I remember seeing the sale but apparently didn’t put 2+2 together!

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2007 tasting notes

Thanks to Tea Sipper for sending me this tea to try! I am finally getting around to it. I realize now I am logging two pear teas in a row, but many hours have separated them so I don’t really feel like I am on a pear kick per se.

Pear and black tea is an interesting combo; I always feel like pear is an appropriate flavor for a green or white tea. In the scent of this I can smell the bright pear, but also the robust black tea too. I was concerned about bitterness and astringency from this cup based on the smell (and also some of the comments here) but fortunately I am not getting any. It’s a pretty smooth, malty base tea that I am enjoying, along with some lightish pear notes. I often enjoy a lighter flavoring on my flavored teas these days, but in this case the pear and black tea don’t really do anything for each other, they just kind of are there together, sharing the spotlight but not improving one another. Anyway, it’s a decently tasty tea. I will be cold brewing this as well because I feel like cold pear black might work.

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470 tasting notes

Apparently I’m on a pear kick, in part because I got quite a few teas with it as a flavor from TeaEqualsBliss! This is from our swap rather than the TTB but they came together so I keep forgetting which tea came from where.

I love a good pear. That first juicy bite, the super firm and crisp flesh, the tart rindy taste from the peel. Pears are great, especially because consistency is a real issue with me when it comes to fresh fruit and I often find apples (other than Granny Smith and some reds like Honeycrisp) super mushy and revolting. Just looking at a golden delicious makes me shudder. But pears are where it is at, so perfectly firm!

Of course you can’t capture that sensation in a tea, but just the smell of this reminds me of a perfect autumn pear. The flavoring is spot-on, totally authentic and delicious. I drank this for the first time a few days ago when I had a friend over: he took a sip, looked at me amazed and said “it tastes like a pear!” He’s used to bagged teas so I suppose the transition to nice loose-leaf is initially a shock. Like holy cow, a flavored blend can be this good?!

I would rate this blend really highly if not for the base, which has come out a touch bitter both hot and even in a cold brew. A little more astringent and assertive than I’d like in a fruit blend, but now I know to just cut down on the leaves.

Kasumi no Chajin

this is helpful for me, as I have a friend that I split most tea with who likes pear notes/profile, and I miss a lychee pear tea I found through swap, then found was discontinued….:(

Alphakitty

Sadly this one is discontinued too—Element Tea closed a few months back. :(

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1212 tasting notes

Thanks, Azzrian!

This is actually not bad, considering I think pear is a tough flavor. Of course, with enough flavoring it probably isn’t, but this doesn’t taste the least bit artificial.

I made it iced but as it has warmed up to room temperature, the pear flavor has come out better.

I’d add more but I made it with lunch, but fell asleep after, and now I have nothing else to say. Except it tastes like pear and black tea. And from what I remember the black tea was a little floral and malty. I really didn’t like the first sip because it reminded me of dirt but once it sat around a bit it was much improved.

Azzrian

You are welcome :)

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1494 tasting notes

I’m pleasantly pleased with this one! Though the base is a black tea, the pear flavor is consistent and delicious! (it’s labeled “china black”? It’s kind of perfumey — not in a bad way.) You’d think the black tea flavor would overpower the pear, but it doesn’t. I didn’t think there would be actual pear pieces in the blend. It’s hard to believe that just a couple pear pieces would make the pear flavor this strong, so it must be helped by the “flavoring” they have added. There are also tiny leaves in the blend, I’m not sure what those are since it isn’t anything on the label. Not too bad!

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4550 tasting notes

This tea is one of those “long lost” teas that was in my stash that I just came across. It’s probably been in there a while. I thought it might have gone stale by now, but it still tastes quite good.

I’m impressed with the pear flavoring here, it’s a strong pear taste. Sweet and maybe even a little on the “candy” side. The black tea is rich and smooth. It’s a really nice tea.

This is a tea that Element no longer carries, and that’s a shame, because it’s a tasty one. I love pear teas, although it’s not always easy to find one that has a good “pear” representation, and this one does.

Since this is a tea that is no longer sold, I won’t be rating it.

Anna

A green one I like – Le Palais des Thés Poire. If you know any other good green ones, I would love some tips. A pear oolong would make my day, though – that’s my holy tea grail.

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