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Teavana Sweet Asian Pear White Tea

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I love a ripe nashi pear, and Lupicia Honey & Pear Hojicha cap­tures its sweet, juicy, crisp­ness eleg­antly. Another nashi pear tea is Teavana Sweet Asian Pear White Tea. Its descrip­tion entreats you to –

Slip in to serenity with this sooth­ing, fla­vor­ful and “oh-so-deli­cious” white and oolong tea blend. Kissed with eld­er­flowers, the sweet Asian pear, pas­sion­fruit, peach and silky smooth cit­rus com­bine to cre­ate a bliss­ful and calm­ing exper­i­ence, cer­tain to keep your head in the clouds as you sip your way through day­dreams.

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Infusing 5 g or 1.5 – 2 tea­spoons for 2 minutes in 200 ml of 85°C water yields a lightly golden liquor with a flor­al and slightly fruit aroma. On tast­ing, there’s a first hit of acid­ity from a hint of pas­sion­fruit that blooms into a more sweet trop­ic­al fla­vour remin­is­cent of papaya with flor­al notes recall­ing eld­er­flower and lychee. Towards the end of the body, though, the fla­vour of cooked nashi pears emerges, along with an unpleas­ant bit­ter­ness that builds in the tail and lingers long in the after­taste. The bit­ter­ness isn’t like that from an astrin­gent tea, but the bit­ter­ness of grapefruit pith or the lychee skin with the sweet­ness and acid­ity of cooked pears.

Evidently, its name Sweet Asian Pear White Tea is a mis­nomer, and you’d be dis­ap­poin­ted if you expec­ted bright notes of fresh nashi pear. A peek at the ingredi­ents list con­firms that there are nashi pear pieces –

Apple pieces, white tea, oolong tea, pear pieces, rose hip peels, nat­ur­al and arti­fi­cial fla­vor­ing, cit­rus slices, peach pieces, jack­fruit, can­died papaya pieces, cit­rus peels, orange juice pieces, can­died pear pieces, orange petals, eld­er­flowers, grapefruit, can­died peach pieces, pas­sion­fruit pieces, pas­sion­fruit cris­pies, lychee pieces

A taste of the nashi pear pieces from the infu­sion con­firms they’re the ori­gin of the cooked pear notes, and I’d haz­ard a guess that the earthy notes of eld­er­flower com­bine with the sweet­ness and acid­ity of the numer­ous fruits to cre­ate that bit­ter­ness. With such an ingredi­ents list, I’d soon­er call this a trop­ic­al fruit salad tea, like T2 Fruitalicious, whose taste it recalls but without the bit­ter after­taste. Dialling back the con­fus­ing mix of fla­vours, and focus­ing on cham­pi­on­ing the tit­u­lar fla­vour is key, and Lupicia is a mas­ter of that art.

This tin of Teavana Sweet Asian Pear White Tea con­tained 57 g. It was packed in the United States of America and gif­ted by friends vis­it­ing Honolulu, Hawaii, the United States of America in 2014.