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.
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.
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.
I got this in the Skin Smart sampler and it was by far the worst tea I've ever had. First off, just opening the packet gave off this overwhelming citrus smell with this sickeningly-sweet artificial honey smell that was downright nauseating. It reminded me of some citrus-y mosquito repellant. I took two sips of it before pouring it down the sink because it was just so unpleasant. The smell wouldn't leave the room even after the tea was gone and it gave me a headache.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.