Following steeping recommendations, I steeped 1 tsp of this with about a cup of water at approximately 195-200 degrees F for 3 minutes.
My first thought was that this tea smells like bee pollen, although I don’t actually have all that much experience with bee pollen, lol. But when I looked up the ingredients I discovered that bee pollen is actually one of them so I guess I was right!
It steeps up a nice golden/amber color, but interestingly cloudy. Instead of a clear amber like many teas are, it had lots of tiny specks like golden dust floating around in the depths. (That would be from the bee pollen, I guess. It’s a great special effect.) The fragrance is probably also courtesy of the bee pollen, so if you know what that smells like, just imagine that. At any rate, it doesn’t smell much like black tea when steeped (or before steeping either).
The first taste is mostly of pollen-ish honey flavor. It’s got a hint of pear but not a lot of conventional “fruity” taste. It doesn’t taste overly sweet either; I mean, it’s a bit sweet but not as sweet as I expected from something honey-flavored. It also doesn’t have an overpowering black-tea flavor.
After trying it plain I added sugar, about a teaspoon, and now it’s way too sweet for my taste. It definitely tastes of honey rather than sugar though, which is interesting given that I just put a bunch of sugar in. So then I added some milk to balance it back out again and now I’m finally catching a hint of the “black tea” flavor; still, though, it mostly just tastes of warm honey-milk and a slight fruity depth from the pear (which is quite nice but not very conspicuous; you don’t really notice it unless you’re trying). It’s very warm and comforting and great for rainy afternoons.
So I’d say overall my impression of this tea is that it’s quite subtle (other than the cool dissolving-pollen bit). There’s a lot to appreciate if you’re willing to take your time with it. I’m thinking of steeping it up more strongly next time to see if I like it better that way or not.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Nelson’s Tea
Just like biting into a sweet, succulent pear, this tea is sure to please. Enjoy it hot or iced!
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Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House there are so many things that interest me about this tea. I am learning as I sip, actually! First I have always wondered what plum and pear combos would taste like with different tea bases. I think we have only ever reviewed one other Plum & Pear Tea at it was back in 2012 from New Mexico Tea Company and LiberTeas was the reviewer here at Sororitea Sisters. But let’s talk about this Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House this time around!
Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House has similar ingredients with the exception of them NOT mentioning that their Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House contains PAN FRIED green tea. I will say that Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House TASTES wonderful! I agree that THIS tea is gently flavored. The pear and plum flavors are in no way over the top! They are more of an assist. The Green Tea flavor is upfront and the plum, pear, and floral flavors are more subtle.
As the tea cools at room temperature I can taste the plum and pear come out to play more. This leads me to believe that they will stand out even more if and when iced. Yup! I am really liking this one! I’m also interested in any other companies that have a Pear and Plum combo out there that is heavily flavored. Not that I don’t like this one or appreciate it because I DO I am just curious if anything! Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House is a VERY NICELY DONE flavored green! Two thumbs up!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Pekoe Sip House
Description: A gentle blend of green tea with the flavors of fresh pear and soft sweet plum.
Sip the gentle blend of ripe green pears with the soft sweetness of ripe plum in this satisfying tea. With the perfect hints of citrus, sweetness and green tea, the Pekoe Plum and Pear is delicious hot or iced during any time of the year. Add in a splash of lemon or honey for a more complete cup of tea.
We recommend served hot or iced with a hint of honey or lemon.
Ingredients: green tea, safflowers, and marigolds with plum and pear flavor.
BREW TIP for Green Teas:
Water Temperature: 175 Degrees
Brew Time: 2 – 3 minutes
• Nourishing energy that stimulates metabolic function to help lose weight.
• Anti-cancer benefits.
• Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties stimulate bone density.