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drank Green Pear by Art of Tea
1994 tasting notes

Pear seems like a tricky flavor. I’ve had pear teas and while they’re always tasty, they don’t always taste like pear.

If the dry leaf was any indication, though, that wasn’t going to be a problem here. The tea in the tin smells like the juicy run off from canned pears, without the sugar.

Steeped, the aroma is less intense and greener — the tea base comes out a bit more. But there’s still more than a definite hint of pear in the aroma. The tea is an intense gold color and remarkably clear.

It’s in the flavor, though, that this really shines. Though I have to focus my mind a bit on the warm pear desserts I’ve had in the past to get past the initial jarring effect of hot pear, that’s what this is. Hot pear, not sugary, with a grassy green sencha coming through mostly around the edges. It’s amazingly true to flavor, without any artificiality.

I dub this my official top pear tea so far.

Flavors: Pear

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
ashmanra

I just realized I have never had a canned pear. In fact, I am not sure I ever registered that they were sold in cans, but now that I think about, my mother-in-law used them for a pear salad she made at Christmas but I never ate it. I think she put mayo on it and topped it with cheddar cheese. It’s a southern thing?

Starfevre

pear and mayo and cheddar sounds revolting, but that might be my northern sensibilities talking.

__Morgana__

My parents were raised in the depression and they always had canned fruit (and other canned goods) because they were very cheap, and they lasted essentially forever. So you could stock up during sales. :-) I switched to frozen vegetables when I got older and had my own house to avoid the sodium, but I still can’t really keep fresh vegetables in the house. I don’t get around to making them in time and they spoil.

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ashmanra

I just realized I have never had a canned pear. In fact, I am not sure I ever registered that they were sold in cans, but now that I think about, my mother-in-law used them for a pear salad she made at Christmas but I never ate it. I think she put mayo on it and topped it with cheddar cheese. It’s a southern thing?

Starfevre

pear and mayo and cheddar sounds revolting, but that might be my northern sensibilities talking.

__Morgana__

My parents were raised in the depression and they always had canned fruit (and other canned goods) because they were very cheap, and they lasted essentially forever. So you could stock up during sales. :-) I switched to frozen vegetables when I got older and had my own house to avoid the sodium, but I still can’t really keep fresh vegetables in the house. I don’t get around to making them in time and they spoil.

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Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

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80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

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