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
Wanted to love it but horribly bitter
This tea was a huge disappointment. Steeping according to the instructions leaves you with a cloyingly sweet smelling tea, with a hugely bitter aftertaste. I found that I could drink a cup if I steeped it for less than 30 seconds - any longer and it was completely unpalatable. Adding sweeteners really did not help - just made the juxtaposition between the sweet smell and bitter taste even more noticeable. I won't be purchasing another tin of this and am trying to slog my way through the tin I already have - I hate wasting food!
4/1/13 | Nancy, Santa Barbara, CA
This tea is absolutely disgusting! First off, it smelled terrible as soon as I opened the package. Then it smelled just as bad while steeping. I was nervous tasting this tea because I could barely get past the smell. This tea smells and tastes like hairspray. I got this as a set with the rest of the skin-smart teas (all of which I loved), but this one is repulsing! DO NOT BUY THIS TEA!!!
2/10/13 | Ashley, Waldorf, MD
I was so excited to get my new tea in the mail, but when i opened the pouch i was repulsed. i continued to make the tea to try it out but i couldn't even take more than a sip. The smell was awful and the taste was even worse. I am a huge fan of the tea forte green teas, so i thought this would be perfect. I'm extremely disappointed that i wasted my money on this.
1/14/13 | Lauren, Bardonia, NY
I have LOVED every tea that I have tried from Tea Forte so far until I ordered this one. A horrible smell permeates the room from the loose leaf tea itself even before it is brewed. The taste is a little less abrasive, but it is just over all gross. I wanted to like it for the health benefits, but just could not. I would stay away from it. The cucumber mint, white ginger pear, ginger lemongrass, jasmine green, Moroccan mint, and winter chai are some of my favorites....go with them instead.
11/20/12 | Candice, Ladera Ranch, CA
Just got my free sample of this tea in the mail and am sitting here now sipping on it and it is very refreshing. Will buy this flavor and cant wait to try the other samples I received. Want to try the Coconut flavor.
7/26/12 | Cindy, West Salem, OH
Hopefully the Skin-smart line isn't anyone's introduction to Tea Forte teas as the whole collection ranges from just plain bad to absolutely undrinkable and Honey Yuzu is the worst of the five. Tea Forte I feel offers some of the best of the best when the brand gets it right, but it gets nothing wright about this one. With no subtlety and nuance it's just a loud and bizarre mess that comes across as almost chemical. The flavor was so unnatural it lingered painfully in my nostrils long after I moved on to drinking a much better tea. Hideous.
4/4/12 | Jason, Honolulu, HI
This is a truly great tea
I just tried a sample of this honey yuzu tea. It was really great I will be ordering again.
3/16/12 | Pat, Northport, NY
Lovely aromatic green tea
This is a lovely tea I tried at ColdWater Creek Spa. It's a flavorful, distinct tea. Not mild or watery. I loved it so much that I bought a pack at the spa immediately. I am buying the tea system and loose tea now. A feel good, soothing, tastes like summer in wintertime tea. Highly recommend.
2/25/12 | Bonnie, Saint Charles, IL
The flavor of Honey Yuzu does not seem stronger to me than my other two favorites, Lychee Coconut and Cherry Marzipan. All three are delightfully distinctive and quite flavorful.
2/6/12 | Patricia, San Rafael, CA
I expected this tea to be soft and flowery, since so many Tea Forte flavors are just plain lovely. But the honey scent and flavor were so overpowering that the green tea was lost. I've made a few more pots, still trying to like it, but it just doesn't taste good. I would stay away from this one if you truly love green tea.
2/3/12 | Linda, Waltham, MA
Overpowering Scent and Flavor
On opening the loose tea canister I was hit with a strong scent of honey, not in a pleasant way but rather astringent. The odd scent overpowers the green tea completely! The brewed cup is just as bad - if not more so because the awful aroma now fills the room. I bought this based on a another review which said the scent seemed floral. Since most Tea Forte teas have that light scent, I assumed that this would be the same. I would not recommend this tea.
1/19/12 | Marilyn, Collegeville, PA
I'm starting to get into loose leaf teas and this was the first flavor I bought from Tea Forte. I wanted a basic, minimally flavored green tea for my first one. Initially when I tasted this, I thought it was very floral and I didn't like it. This is not a weak tasting tea. It definitely grew on me and I drink it every day now. I love the scent when I open the can...the citrus hint is a great way to start my morning. And having picked this from the green tea section of the site, it is a plus knowing that it is also one of the skin smart flavors.
12/29/11 | Cherdie, Clifton, VA
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.