Ask and you shall receive! Since putting it out into the universe that I wished that there were more pear flavoured tea blends, I end up stumbling upon Pear Caramel from Mighty Leaf. I was lucky enough to win a giveaway through their Instagram page a couple weeks ago, and was sent a sizable amount of this black tea as a prize. I don’t know about you, but personally my luck is generally pretty crappy, so I was really excited when this tea arrived in the mail, and I just knew I had to sit down to review it! Compared to the last pear tea I reviewed last month, I am anticipating a richer, sweeter flavour profile this time around from Pear Caramel.
Pear Caramel comes packaged in a resealable pouch that is two sizes the palm of my hand. There is very minimal labeling; basically just the tea name, weight in ounces, and best before date. I like the use of purple (my favourite colour), but the imagery used seems out of place considering the tea that is inside. The dry leaf of Pear Caramel consists of a mixture of black teas from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and China, as well as dried pieces of pear all the way from Washington State. Unfortunately, I am unable to identify the supposed bits of caramel. The listed ingredients are: black tea, caramel, pear, and natural flavours. The scent out of the bag is both everything I expected and something completely unique all at the same time. Sweet, creamy, very dessert like.
There are no steeping instructions provided for Pear Caramel on its packaging or online. I took it upon myself to steep this black tea at 95°C (200°F) for 2 and a half minutes.
After steeping for close to three minutes, Pear Caramel brews to a brownish colour that actually resembles a dark caramel to me. The caramel aspect is also apparent in the scent. It’s sweet and creamy, alongside the distinctively fruity smell of the pear. There’s something about this combination of ingredients that reminds me of cream soda. As for the taste, the maltiness of the black tea base dominates over the other components in this tea. While the pear comes through more so towards the end, I’m not getting much of the caramel. There’s a luscious smoothness in sipping that really adds to my overall enjoyment, with no astringency or bitterness to be found.
For someone who doesn’t have the biggest sweet tooth, I was anticipating this tea to be a lot sweeter than it was, and that was a bit disappointing. I suspect that I got a lacklustre scoop of tea this time around, because Pear Caramel has a lot of promise and I can see it excelling as a dessert tea. I would have liked to see the caramel, even the pear make a stronger appearance in this blend. My expectations may have been too high from the get go, but I’m not ready to give up on Pear Caramel.
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Until we steep again…