drank Oasis by Tea Forte
14 tasting notes

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

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hello! I’m a tea reviewer and founder of A Bibliophile’s Reverie’s tea column, “Tea Time At Reverie.” As part of these reviews, I also recommend tea and book pairings to tie in the column with ABR’s primary purpose as a book review / literary discussion blog.

I drink most kinds of teas – black, green, oolong, white, herbal, rooibos, jasmine, blended teas… Picking favorites is almost too tough. I love just about anything with jasmine, Teavana’s ToLife and Song Zhen Needle, Tea Forte’s Orchid Vanilla, and Marianne’s Wild Abandon from Bingsley’s Teas. The only kinds of teas I don’t care for are chais, mates, and overpowering fruit flavors.

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