Based on two experiences: my wife’s and my own
Experience buying from Tea Forte: Positive. Website is very colorful and easy to navigate. Sent free samples after responding to an invitation on Steepster. Package came in reasonable amount of time. Other than sending my address, no e-mail or phone contact.
Age of leaf: Unknown. Steeped within weeks of receiving.
Packaging: Creative: each tea came in a silver and somewhat transparent plastic bag with five smaller “Single Steeps” packs attached to a colorful paper backing describing each tea. The tiny tea foil packs themselves are the most colorful and most professional-looking tea packages I have ever seen—with a picture of the fruit that the tea replicates prominently displayed on it.
Dry leaf: sweet smelling, reminiscent of lime and mint.
Brewing guidelines: (package states 12 oz. I used closer to 16 oz.) I used a metal basket strainer inside a ceramic 16 oz. Cup. Two steepings: 1st: boiling, 3mins. 2nd: boiling, 5 mins. (the next day). Small amount of Stevia added.
Aroma: similar to dry leaf, but not as strong.
Color of liquor: brownish looking green.
Wet leaf: << I can’t remember >> : (
Flavor: Good. I did taste like a Mojito.
Value: Free sample, but their price on their website is more than I would be willing to pay if I purchased it.
Overall: We both enjoyed it. Like all the rest, it had some flavor on the second steeping, but not much. This was one of the most enjoyable of the five Single Steeps for us.