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Pass the Stash TTB #5
Looking for a non-caffeinated tea in the box tonight so I won’t lie awake until 4:30 AM like I did last night. Whoops.
I love blueberries so I’m always up for trying blueberry flavored anything. Unfortunately, I’m really not getting any blueberry notes from this tea. It’s very tart and I’m not enjoying this at all. I added a bunch of sugar and that didn’t even help.
I am so glad I got this on sale.
Holy artificial flavoring…that fake honey flavor is intense. And it pales in comparison to the scent. Iced, it isn’t undrinkable, but I would not recommend it given how much better is out there. For real – just add real honey if you want honey flavor in your tea. I won’t make that mistake again.
The smell, like the flavor, is very subtle and unassuming. I have found this to be one of the more underwhelming teas from the tea forte sampler. The lemon is so muted that it’s challenging to taste, and typically lemon flavors are right up front. It certainly isn’t a tart tea, but the taste is slightly above the neutrality of water.
A mingling of two scents greeted me when I opened the Oasis canister: clean and grassy green tea, and… lemon? Yes, lemon flavoring may be listed as the final ingredient, but it permeates more than the floral notes do. I wouldn’t describe it as overpowering, but for someone who’s not a huge lemon fan it wasn’t a welcome surprise. The leaves of Oasis are appealing to look at, though. The blend is like a miniature flower garden, a bed of dark green with lots of yellow (marigold) and bits of blue (cornflower) and rose.
When brewed as instructed and without sweetener, Oasis produces a beautiful golden-yellow brew with a hint of green. The green tea, floral, and citrus scents balanced out, giving the drink an earthy yet sweet aroma. It’s such a harmony that any worries I’d had about a lemon-dominated tea dissipated with the steam – and so I took my first sip.
Balance continues to be the key as you taste Oasis. The green tea undertones allow the other flavors, particularly rose and lemon, to poke through, so you get a little bit of everything that Tea Forté promises. Altogether the tea is light, mellow, and smooth, with a subtle sweetness and a tangy, slightly acidic finish. It reminds me of summertime, of sitting on the back porch just after the grass has been cut and relishing the bright colors of blooming flowers. Not tropical by any means, but it still offered the “oasis” state of mind I was seeking, only in a different way.
Oasis is a delicate tea, so be careful when brewing. It can grow bitter if the water’s too hot or if you let it steep too long. Keep it to the recommended 2- to 3-minute timeframe to get the flowery, soothing cup that Tea Forté intended.
Read the full review here: http://bibliophilesreverie.com/2014/06/18/tea-forte-oasis-green-tea/
Flavors: Grass, Lemon, Rose, Tangy
This was yum! I still have some in the cupboard, I might have to indulge in a cup tomorrow. I like that the black tea base is a bold tasting black tea. The reason for the bold flavor is that it’s a pan-roasted Assam base and it is what makes this blend so awesome! The notes of malt from the tea, the rich, robust flavor, and the pan-roasting gives this tea a roasty flavor that is almost reminiscent of a rich coffee. Only it’s better than coffee because it’s tea.
The peach notes do not overpower the black tea base, and I like that too. Notes of peach, mango and a subtle hint of coconut. Of these flavors, the peach is the most prominent, with the mango weaving its way in and out of the sip and the coconut is very delicate, most noticeable in the aftertaste than during the sip.
A really lovely tea.
It’s supposed to be a chamomile/lemon/ mint blend, but for me it was just an unorganised mess of tastes and smells. Granted-herbal teas/blends, aren’t my thing; in fact if the missus hadn’t have gotten me this from the hotel, I would’ve been content to have never had this. It’s ok, but I wouldn’t get any more.
Add in some honey and it’s acceptable, as the honey masks the mess of flavors
I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately… This one helps a lot. I know most of the same ingredients are in Sleepytime tea, but for some reason, the proportions of the ingredients are better in this one. I think the lemon balm makes the biggest difference. It’s smooth and slightly tart, but the sweetness of the chamomile and licorice root balance it out and keep it from tasting acidic.
Plus, it makes me yawn as I drink it. Once I finished the cup, I felt all warm and ready for bed.
Glad I dug this one out from the back of the tea shelf at TJ Maxx! Bumping up my rating.
Flavors: Citrus, Flowers, Hibiscus, Lemon Zest, Licorice
A sample from ashleyelizabeth. I gave this one 5 minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk. I like coconut, and coconut teas in general, and I also like chai, so this one seemed a good bet on a cold morning. The scent of this one dry, and while brewing, is heavenly. The coconut scent is strong and true to life, and deliciously creamy. Fortunately, the same is true of the brewed tea. The main flavour is definitely coconut; slightly toasted coconut, with a milky-creaminess about it. The spices come out second, quite strongly and suddenly. It’s a trinity of ginger, black pepper, and liquorice in the main, with maybe a hint of cinnamon and clove around the edges. The pepper I like, oddly, perhaps because it’s a warming, spicy contrast to the creamy, milky coconut. The ginger works well too. The only thing that’s spoiling this one for me is the liquorice – while it sweetens the blend, it also leaves a fake, over sweet taste (like splenda) at the back of my throat. The tea base (which I assume is black) is also a little weak for me to really be able to get behind this as a chai blend.
I enjoyed this cup, but on the whole it’s not one I’d look to try again. There are other chai blends I like more (although the coconut in this one is so good, that’s a hard thing to say). If it had a stronger base and no liquorice, I’d probably like it a whole lot more. As it stands, though, it’s one I can live without.
Blueberry is tricky. Easy in pie tough in tea. I feel like most of the time it’s not strong enough compared with the other ingredients. The first flavor to hit my tongue is blueberry but it immediately gets sucker punched by sage and then kicked in the groin by the hibiscus to make it be just a henchmen. Never had sage in a tea before. It’s interesting but to me it just doesn’t quite fit. This also doesn’t remind me of merlot but of some type of fruity side dish.
The boyfriend surprised me when the dog and I got back from our morning walk. He went, “I thought this one would go well with breakfast!” As he plates eggs and bacon for the two of us. This may be because we had a sort of heated conversation last night, lol.
On to the tea:
He was right, it did go well with breakfast. Perfect for a fall-ish morning. I don’t quite think it is fall here in Missouri yet but it was less than 50 degrees on the walk so it’s coming. It smelled of cinnamon and had a pleasant taste. I am happy that I enjoyed a black tea but don’t think I will be ordering more of it.
I got some sample packs of this tea a while ago and set them aside, because I hate cucumber. But today I had an upset stomach and this was the first mint tea I could find in my stash, so I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised! Not sure I really got any cucumber at all, unless that was what accounted for the clean flavor of the tea. Not overly minty either, but a pleasant amount. Pleasant!
Well….it’s good? I guess? I don’t know. I had such high hopes for tasting rhubarb because I thought that would be neat, but the hibiscus really overshadowed that for me. Then, I thought at least maybe I’d get enough good peach flavor to make me happy, since that’s one of my favorite tea flavors….but…not so much. Oh well. I’ll try another Tea Forte sample the next time my co-worker gets some, but I wouldn’t buy any myself.
Last day dogsitting, last day to sample my sisters tea collection. And let’s be honest, there isn’t a lot of “tea” here. There is a lot of herbal things, and some of them even have a bit of tea in them.
This is a white tea with vanilla and coconut. The aroma is just that. Vanilla and coconut. This would be great for people that don’t like tea. Don’t get me wrong, it smells really good. But then I taste it.
The taste is dry and a bit on the bitter side. The vanilla disapears as soon as it enters my mouth, and the coconut just doesn’t go well with the remaining tiny hint of white tea.
Remember those old bitter beer face commercials? Yup.
Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Vanilla