Nashi no hana means ‘pear blossom’ in Japanese, and a Japanese pear is a nashi pear, one of my favourite fruits. So, it seems only fitting to mark the change in domain name with a pear tea: Lupicia Honey & Pear Hojicha, which is described as a ‘houjicha flavoured with juicy Japanese pear and honey’.
Steeping 2.5g for 2 minutes in 200 ml of 85°C water delivers a light reddish brown liquor. The instructions recommend infusing in boiling water, but I’m more inclined to infuse at the lower temperature usually recommended for houjicha to avoid unwanted bitterness. A first sip gives the toasty, slightly caramel sweetness of houjicha from which the fragrant crispness of nashi pear emerges in the body before returning to a caramel sweetness in the finish. The houjicha dominates this tea pleasantly, with the nashi pear providing a refreshing twist.
This bag of Lupicia Honey & Pear Hojicha contained 50 g. The tea originated in Japan and was purchased in Melbourne, Australia in 2014.