This being the first Tea Forte tea that I have tried in quite some time, I decided to go all out. I am using my Tea Forte Cafe Cup, Tea Forte Tea Tray, and the Tea Forte Tea Timer app for iPhone. The instructions, acquired from the application itself recommend 2-4 minutes of steep time. For a happy medium, I choose three, using just-under-boil filtered water.
I have a decent amount of experience with oolong teas. As this tea
is steeping, I cannot help but wonder if the tea is being restricted
from expansion by the pyramid in which it rests, as most oolongs like
this one do a decent amount of unfurling while steeping.
The color of the tea is a brownish yellow; the smells wafting from
the cup are smooth, mellow, with perhaps a faint hint of spice. After a
couple of small sips, I determine to put the pyramid back into the cup
for another minute. The strength is okay but not quite as strong as I
like. (If you like your oolongs light and mellow, three minutes will
probably suffice.) Another minute, and it is back to tasting.
Pleasantly, I can still taste the buttery aftertaste of those couple
sips, with hints of vegetal flavor. The taste of this tea reminds me a
lot of a Ti Kwan Yin.
In my opinion, four minutes was a prime amount of time for this tea.
The flavors are much more full-bodied and literally burst in the
mouth. There is a bit of vegetal bite on the sides of the tongue, as
with a slightly-oversteeped green tea (like a gunpowder), but this is
hardly noticeable, and probably due to my long steep time.
Overall I really enjoyed this tea. It was a very pleasant cuppa, and
I do not think I have any complaints with it, other than a bit of
lacking in the flavor department. I would perhaps be interested to know
if this was due to the pyramid or the tea itself. 85/100 is what I
would rate this tea on my personal enjoyment scale.
This tea may be purchased from the Tea Forte website, here.
Photo credit to Tea Forte.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.