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Steep for 2-4 minutes, 175°F
For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. How the leaves of the plant are processed and their level of contact with oxygen determines the type of tea. The more processing the leaves go through, the darker the leaves become, resulting in a distinctive color and taste characteristic. There are four main varietals of tea: black, green, white, and oolong. Tea contains substances called flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidant polyphenols. Antioxidant polyphenols help protect the body's cells from damage due to harmful molecules called free radicals. Regardless of the processing method, black, green, white and oolong teas all contain polyphenols. In fact, tea ranks as high as or higher than many fruits and vegetables in the ORAC score, a score that measures antioxidant potential of plant-based foods. Green tea is a variety of tea that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing, resulting inunique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Green tea has half the caffeine of black tea and varies widely in appearance and taste. Our green tea captures the fresh clean air of high mountain tea gardens and defines how green tea should taste. Fresh harvested leaves are skillfully steamed, rolled and pan-fired in a wok for the ultimate cup.
Average Customer Rating
too complex and medicinal
I enjoy almost all herbal and "real" teas, but I found this one to be undrinkable. I believe it was because there were so many different--and conflicting--ingredients: green tea, spearmint, basil, marigold, blueberry, and cucumber. Whew. It was like something I might try blending--once. On the other hand, the Cherry Marzipan I like fine (although the water should be much less than boiling for all these teas).
2/19/13 | Paul, Watertown, MA
Minimal Cucumber Flavor
At least in the batch I received, this blend would be better described as a Basil Mint tea. The strong basil and mint flavors are accompanied by a slight taste of blueberries, and only perhaps the lightest touch of cucumber. Still an interesting tea, but not quite what I expected.
1/25/13 | Matt, Boulder, CO
I was really interested when I saw the "skin-smart" selection of tea on Tea Forte's website. After reading the reviews on all the Skin-Smart tea, I decided to try out Cucumber Mint. Like other reviewers, I wasn't sure how I felt about the combination of mint & cucumber... but wow, am I glad I listened to the 5 star rating! My husband and I made some last night and it was out of this world. Such a light.. delicious blend of flavors. It is now one of our favorites and I will definitely purchase this again when we are out.
12/18/12 | Shawna, Chandler, AZ
I brew this tea and drink it iced, unsweetened (normally I prefer sweet iced tea) and it is perfect! So refreshing. All of the flavors are there.
11/14/12 | Serena, Ocala, FL
I didn't know tea could be so good! I have been a tea freak a long time and never thought that I would absolutely treasure one company over the next, but Tea Forte has blown my mind! Cucumber Mint didn't sound very good to me (cucumbers in salads, yes, but tea?), but when I read the reviews and tried it; I couldn't believe how Delicious it was. It is so refreshing, soothing, you name it! Hot, cold, or in between, this tea rates high on my list of bests in the world. (no fooling!)
11/3/12 | VICKI, Little Chute, WI
I tried the sample today and oh my I love this tea. It's refreshing, not overpowering and heavenly. I can not wait to try more flavors Tea forte. Thank you for my sample and introducing me to a whole new world of teas
8/22/12 | Joy , Wilmington, NC
My new favorite!
I just tried this tea for the 1st time this morning and it is my NEW favorite tea!! I didn't think the cucumber seemed like a good idea for tea...but the combination of the cucumber and mint is genius! So light and refreshing! It's a different tasting tea, but sooo yummy! I can't get enough!
8/7/12 | Lyndee, Lakeland, FL
Just tried my sample of this and it is probably the best tea I have ever tasted. I added a drop of peppermint extract and sweetened it with raw honey and it was so good!! I was sad when it was gone :) I will definitely be buying!!
7/27/12 | kearstin, deshler, OH
Just got this tea today
Just got this tea today, and so far it seems to be a pretty decent tasting cup of tea. I've only had a single cup so far, but i'll definitely be making another cup soon.
3/17/12 | Alisha, Indiana, PA
A fabulous new favorite!
Along with Cherry Marzipan, these are my 2 new favorite Tea Forte teas! Really tasty and light, I easily drink several cups a day of these.
9/14/11 | Julie, Somerville, MA
The caffeine level in a cup of tea can vary by tea type, steeping practices and even the particular tea harvest. We use the following designations as guidelines for the caffeine levels of our teas:
Robust, high caffeine teas; 50-100mg
Lower caffeine teas with shorter steeping times; 30-50mg
Tea/herbal blends with less than 30mg
Decaf tea retains a tiny amount of caffeine
Herbal teas are 100% caffeine free
These steeping guidelines produce the best results for our palates. Use them as a guideline, but you may certainly experiment and find the best results for yours.