Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tea Forté Skin Smart Honey Yuzu

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: small, dark green
Ingredients: Fair Trade Certified™ organic green tea, organic orange peel, natural grapefruit flavor, natural honey flavor, organic flower pollen mixture, (organic safflower, organic marigold,organic rose), natural yuzu flavor, natural flavoring (citrus)
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup
Liquor: deep gold

The ingredients are purported to be antioxidant amplifiers and this particular blend is for natural renewal. I'm not one for health benefits, schmealth benefits so that wouldn't be an extra incentive for me to purchase this tea. The version that I tried was an eco teabag from Teaforte's Skin Smart line. When I saw this tea my first thought was, "What the heck is yuzu?". Apparently it is a sour citrus fruit common in Asia. The flavoring of this blend was very mild. It tasted like a run of the mill green tea bag with a bit of orangey zip in the finish. The citrus flavor and dry finish actually made my tongue tingle a bit. The pollen came through as a barely there note of honey. I was happy that it wasn't overly sweet despite having lots of fruit and honey flavoring. While I definitely wouldn't choose it over loose leaf, this wouldn't be a bad option to keep in my purse for tea related emergencies.

You can find out more about this tea here.