Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: 52Teas
This one was a request from a former employee, Ramona, who asked me repeatedly to create it. I just felt like spiced pear was never as exciting as some of the other crazy blends we were creating, so I never got around to it. Well, I never forgot about it either, so here it is. This one is for you, Ramona!
Pear is one of my favorite fruits, but it isn’t always my favorite flavor for tea. Very often, the pear flavor will be so delicate that I can hardly taste the pear. There have been exceptions, though… like this one!
The light-bodied white tea is a lovely base for the softer flavor of the pear, because both the tea and the pear can be tasted without one overwhelming the other. The spices are skillfully balanced so that they do not overpower the other flavors. The pear is sweet, juicy and delicious. The white tea is fresh and crisp. The spices are gentle and warm, not hot or spicy.
The combination of pear, spice and white tea creates a lovely flavor that reminds me of a baked pear dessert! Delicious! Like many baked fruit desserts, this tea tastes best served warm. I made a pitcher of this to serve as iced tea, and it was yummy, but, I noticed that both the pear and the white tea became a bit muted. The result was more like a spiced cider – with the fruit flavor being pretty difficult to discern. It was still very tasty, but, not quite as sumptuous as it is when served hot.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!