Beautiful blend of pear and spice and the honeybush masquerading as dense pastry.
“Beautiful blend of pear and spice and the honeybush masquerading as dense pastry.” Read full tasting note
“Nice but tasted all the world like a fall candle (which is not necessarily a bad thing).” Read full tasting note
“I’m bumping up the rating on this because it really makes an excellent latte. I think the milk actually helped bring out the pear flavor. I’m not really sure how that works, but it does.” Read full tasting note
“Juuuuust got my teas from the Christmas reblends (I had them sent to a friend in NY), and am excited to try everything! This was second on the list (first, I will get to reviewing in a few...” Read full tasting note
Tea of the Week for September 7, 2015!
I love pears but they’re one of those fruits that while I do enjoy them, I just don’t eat them very often. I’m not sure why that is except that it seems like I can never find a really nice, ripe pear in the store. They’re either hard as a rock or way too bruised to eat. So I buy the hard as a rock pear and keep it in a paper bag on the counter to try to get it to ripen but I end up forgetting about it and it goes rotten.
So, instead, I try to seek out a really good pear tea. As LiberTEAS I had a really remarkable pear flavored green tea and I may try to recreate that at some point but for now, what I’ve been craving is a baked pear. I did some googling for a pear recipe and found a recipe for Maple Baked Pears and my tea-deluged brain said “YES! Make that a TEA!”
I decided that a Honeybush base would be nice for these flavors – the natural honeyed, nutty flavor would work well with this autumnal dessert. And those notes peek out with the notes of pear and maple and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg – this is a delicious dessert tea that’s made for fall! (And it’s finally here!)
Taster size is approximately 1/2 ounce.
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Juuuuust got my teas from the Christmas reblends (I had them sent to a friend in NY), and am excited to try everything! This was second on the list (first, I will get to reviewing in a few minutes).
This tea turns out to be quite a sweet, pleasant honeybush. I can’t distinctly pick out the maple flavouring, but there is certainly a lovely sweetness to the tea, along with notes of cinnamon and of course, a light but juicy ripe pear flavour. No scratchy throat from the honeybush, so I’m overall fairly pleased. It reminds me a bit of Strawberry Pie Honeybush.
So, I just hit a really cool Steepster milestone… 1000 Teas Rated!
Realistically, I hit that a while ago since I have things grouped under the same tasting notes (such as the teas I drink for my Sommelier courses) but now I have the numbers to actually say “I’ve drank over 1000 different kinds of tea”. That’s pretty cool.
So this tea, number 1000, comes from OMGsrsly and is my second “Anne Era” 52Teas blend. As a Canadian, I feel like I definitely have the right to be very critical of the ‘maple’ in the blend. But honestly, the thing I’m most interested in when it comes to this blend is actually the pear. I sure do love a good pear tea!
Cold brewed, of course, and this definitely smells like both maple and pear. Probably a little more like maple though, honestly. It smells “sticky”, at least as much as one can smell a texture that is.
As for the taste? I like it! There’s both a lot going on and really a very simple flavour profile. Basically, here’s how I break it down: The initial flavour is overripe pears (Bartlett) accented with a slight taste of cinnamon, then the cinnamon fades and you just taste pear. As an “overripe” pear there’s a slight sharpness to the taste with is pleasant as is creates a note that punctuates the rest of the sip. The finish is a maple/cinnamon duo and from there the aftertaste is a long lingering sweet, sticky maple flavour. What the maple reminds me of is “Maple Taffy” which, for non Canadians, is basically just maple syrup poured over snow and rolled onto a stick. The whole drink has a faint honeybush undertone throughout.
Only in Canada, right? The maple is getting the “Canadian Seal of Approval” though, and the pear gets the “Roswell Strange: Pear Fiend Seal of Approval”. Definitely enjoyed this tea a lot! Perfect for satisfying those after supper sugar cravings.
Really. Cinnamon chips. Huh. I didn’t pick that out at all.
So this tea. No caffeine, which is why I’m trying it. Intensely maple. INTENSE. So far, the honeybush is good. Not sour at all.
But pears? Hmm… I’m not so sure I’m getting pears. At least, I’m not getting the gross over ripe pear jelly belly pears. Just some fruityness. And then some spice at the end. So that’s a win for me because I don’t actually, umm, really like pears. I know, I know. But I looooove maple and I hoped that it would be maple >>> pear.
Again, I’m having it completely plain. And it’s nice and sweet, and feels like it would take milk and/or sugar really well.
I’m just over half way through my cup now, and the honeybush still isn’t sour (yay!) but the pear is starting to come out a bit more. Maybe the tea just had to cool a bit. Anyways, this one I also like and kinda wish I had bought more of. The rest of my sample is heading out soon to be tried by others who have more discerning palates than I do.
(2 tsp in 13 oz at 195F for 4 minutes. Maybe longer would mean more pear? IDK. I would think it’d bring out the spice more.)