Not even going to lie, this was 100% an impulse buy. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel like I see a whole lot of pear flavoured tea blends out there… So when my eyes caught sight of Perfectly Pear from Sloane Tea a couple months back, I just had to snatch it up to try at home. My knowledge of Sloane Tea has been pretty limited, extending as far as spotting their products in select grocery stores and more recently, at local afternoon tea spot, Kitten & The Bear. I don't own enough white teas in my collection, but I’m a big fan of White Peony, so the addition of asian pear really sparked an interest in me. Apart from the schmancy packaging, that is.
Perfectly Pear comes packaged in such a sleek, ornate looking tin; it really helps to further justify its hefty price tag. It is mostly black with gold accents, and an interesting feature is that the lid twists off to reveal an extra layer of protection for the tea inside. The inner tab (complete with circular window) both seals the tea in and gives you a sneak peek of the dry leaf. The loose leaf appearance is comprised of darker coloured leaves, fuzzy tea buds, and plenty of twig-like pieces. White Peony/Bai Mu Dan through and through. The listed ingredients are: Chinese white tea and natural flavours. Even after sticking my nose deep among the leaves, the essence of pear is still only a whisper. Overall, it is delicately fruity, delicately floral.
Sloane Tea recommends steeping one teaspoon of Perfectly Pear for three minutes in 85°C (185°F) water. I followed these suggested instructions exactly.
After brewing, Perfectly Pear smells more or less like it did before steeping. The colour of the infusion gives me rose gold vibes, and is even comparable to amber in hue. I’m relieved to reveal that my initial fears about this tea were immediately dashed upon taking my first sips. The pear essence is still very much on the subtle side, making itself known in the lingering fruity finish of this tea. There is a real nice level of natural sweetness coming from both parties that I really appreciate, that and the fact that it’s so silky smooth. This just tastes like a match made in heaven to me.
Bai Mu Dan or White Peony (however you wish to refer to it) is my favourite type of white tea, and Perfectly Pear was a great opportunity to switch things up, and try something a little different, but still familiar. I thought the white tea and asian pear complemented each other perfectly. Although subtle, I didn’t have to search too hard for the pear flavour, and the natural sweetness from the white tea made for an enjoyable cuppa all around. I agree that this tea is ideal at any time of day, “but especially refreshing in the afternoon”, which is when I’m currently drinking it. Definitely worth a try.
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Stay tuned for my first experience with yellow tea!
Until we steep again…