Pear Oolong

Tea type
Fruit Oolong Blend
Ingredients
Bartlett Pears, Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Floral, Green, Honey, Pear, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Vegetal
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 355 ml

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  • “The first steep is very light with flowery notes like what I'd expect from the first steeping of a green oolong like this. The pear flavour is quite subtle but it doesn't taste particularly fake...” Read full tasting note
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    JillDragon 1622 tasting notes
  • “This last cup isn't as good as it used to be since it's been sitting in my cupboard for a while and lost some of its flavor, but it's still strong enough to remind me of how very good it was. I've...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I'm not a fan of oolongs as a general rule, but i do love pear. *Nicole* sent this one my way to try as such. Dry, this smells amazing..love it. Brewed up however is a different story. This is...” Read full tasting note
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    Silaena 5241 tasting notes
  • “Another sample from *Nicole*! I'm not generally a fan of green oolongs, so we'll see how this goes! The pellets are fairly dark for a green oolong, and they're somewhat small. I get a vague fruity...” Read full tasting note
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    CameronB 711 tasting notes

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Top-grade high-mountain oolong tea from Formosa flavored with natural essential oil of Bartlett pears, creating a sweet and luscious cup.

As I walk through the pear orchard with my cup of tea, I pick up a fallen pear and bite into it. The juices drip into my tea. I take a sip and the gentle sweetness of the pear juice balances well with the floral green notes of the oolong. My newfound tea.

Oolong has been highly revered in China for centuries. To tea lovers and aficionados, these sophisticated teas represent the pinnacle of much that is exotic and captivating about Chinese tea.

Oolong teas undergo a partial oxidation, which can vary from 10-80% depending on the style of tea in each region to the wishes of the tea maker. This broad oxidation range brings a remarkable number of delicious teas with a range of styles and flavours. Our Pear Oolong is lightly-oxidized and hence on the fruity and aromatic side.

The original name for oolong – wulong – translates into Dark or Black Dragon, a title once bestowed on the large, bulky dark tea leaves from the Wuyi Shan in China. There is also a possibility that the name was given in honour of the teas shaped to resemble the silhouette of the mystical Chinese dragon.

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6 Tasting Notes

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1622 tasting notes

The first steep is very light with flowery notes like what I’d expect from the first steeping of a green oolong like this. The pear flavour is quite subtle but it doesn’t taste particularly fake or out of place with the other flavours in my cup.

The second steeping (@ 4:30) has more flavour and I can taste more pear in the tea. The whole thing has more body but it’s still a relatively light tea. It might be something that would be nice and refreshing to have iced in the summertime. *wishes it was summertime *

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Amen on the summertime vibe. (Remind me I said that when Southwest Missouri is sweltering in 100+ heat come July.)

Jillian

Me too, it gets up to +40C here in the summer – but all that seems unbelievably far away when I’m huddled under a blanket listening to the wind howl outside.

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56 tasting notes

This last cup isn’t as good as it used to be since it’s been sitting in my cupboard for a while and lost some of its flavor, but it’s still strong enough to remind me of how very good it was. I’ve had other pear teas that weren’t particularly pear-like at all, but this one has a very nice pear flavor without the overly fruity Celestial Seasonings sort of experience. Must buy more.

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I’m not a fan of oolongs as a general rule, but i do love pear. Nicole sent this one my way to try as such. Dry, this smells amazing..love it. Brewed up however is a different story. This is too floral for me, but when i DO get the pear flavour for that split second, it’s amazing. I just wish that this was on a green tea base or a black base lol thanks for the share nicole! :)

Ysaurella

you obviously prefer the heavily oxidized Oolongs. I remember you loved some I sent you.Pear is a flavour I love to get on an oxidized base for sure.

Sil

yes..roasty, oxidised oolongs are what i prefer (butiki has a few green oolongs i really love though…) but on the whole, i just don’t love oolongs.

Fjellrev

Pear is so damn tricky. Forsman makes a pear sencha but not sure if you’d even like that one either. It was quite artificial-tasting.

Tealeaves

Thank you so much for your feedback, Sil! If you’d like to try a similar blend on a green tea base, we do blend a Pear Tree Green: http://www.tealeaves.com/organic-pear-tree-green.
It’s been so popular over the years that we’ve added a classic teabag version, as well as a Pear Green iced tea blended to be at its best when chilled.

Sil

thanks for the heads up…i’ll have to see. Green>oolongs imo haha

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Another sample from Nicole! I’m not generally a fan of green oolongs, so we’ll see how this goes! The pellets are fairly dark for a green oolong, and they’re somewhat small. I get a vague fruity smell along with a “green” scent. I did a 3 minute steep at 185 degrees.

I definitely get crisp pears from the aroma, which is lovely. The green oolong scent is also still there, unsurprisingly. Yum, pear! This is definitely a pear tea. The flavor reminds me more of cooked or canned pears than fresh, which is not a problem. There’s a lovely honey note that melds beautifully with the pear. I’m always unsure how to describe the flavor of green oolongs – it’s not really vegetal and not quite grassy. The only thing I can think of is that it tastes like leaves, which just sounds stupid to say. :P There’s a bit of a floral note here, which I pretty much expect from a green oolong. It’s rather mild though, so I’m okay with it! The pear is the star, and it’s very tasty! Thanks Nicole, this one surprised me!

Flavors: Floral, Green, Honey, Pear

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (131/138)!

Last tea of the night! I’m ending on a sipdown from my swap with Cameron B. I must have really been in a pear mood when picking teas from her, because I chose three different pear teas! And, I know I was in a pear mood today too because this is the second pear tea for the day, I’m cold brewing a pear tea for tomorrow, and I pulled another pear tea from my cupboard to have later this week.

Mmm pears!

Somewhat disappointingly though, the pear is this tea is far too light for my tastes. If I didn’t already know this was a pear tea, I don’t think I’d be able to identify the flavour and that makes me kinda sad. However, it still has a very nice oolong base even if it is a really, really green oolong (I tend to like my oolong somewhat darker). The very faint floral notes compliment the light, sweet and generic fruitiness and the mildly vegetal base.

So overall this really isn’t bad; just very disappointing and not what I was hoping for. Kinda bittersweet to end the night on, but I’m still very happy I tried it (how would I know, otherwise?) and I do feel like I got a fair bit accomplished today in regard to doing stuff around the house, cooking, tea drinking/logging everything I drank, and updating social media and stuff like that!

I think I put my day off to good use!

Flavors: Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Vegetal

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539 tasting notes

Wow, the leaves unfurl to majestic proportions! I do love that about oolongs. :)

Light and delicate with some of those buttery notes that I like in oolongs. The pear is subtle – as with most pear teas I’ve had the scent is stronger than the flavor. I’ll have to try this one at work with filtered water. And I perhaps had the temperature a tad too high as there are small bitter notes leaking in around the edges. I thought I let it cool down enough but I am fairly impatient. :)

No rating for now, but I have high hopes.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Megan

This sounds like a tasty combination! And I think oolongs might be my favorite just because of the leaves.

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