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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Jade Teapot Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea 'Caramelized Pear'

Tea Information:
Tea: Caramelized Pear
Type: Rooibos Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: The Jade Teapot
Purchase: Here
Description: (Caffeine free)
Sweet flavorful herbal blend, with notes of honey, caramel, and fresh baked pear.
Steep with water temperature of 206f degrees with a steep time of 5 minutes.

Ingredients: Organic fair trade rooibos, organic apple bits, Marigolds, Natural Flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp (entire sample)
Additives: none
Water: 26 ounces filtered boiling
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 10 minutes (7 was too weak)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Pears, Woody, and something else I can't quite place
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, pears, and that odd something else
Flavor: funky (marigold?)
Body: Light
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: translucent reddish-orange

I realize I should have done less water, but that was the pot that was out and it needs at least that much to cover the tea.

This was a free sample from The Jade Teapot, which I really appreciate in my quest to find good caffeine free tea.

Sadly this tea is just too weird, there is that flavor I can not place, and the pear is a very light flavor, although the sweetness was wonderful, no additives needed!

Update: the pear and apple become more prominent and the tea becomes medium bodied when it cools.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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