Welcome to our first edition of Tea Time at A Bibliophile’s Reverie! Every now and then we’ll feature tea reviews written by our resident tea enthusiast (and fellow writer and book lover) Sara Letourneau. We’re very excited to have this new article series for you, and we hope you enjoy it!
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What’s the first thing you think of when you hear about a green tea named Oasis? Is it something like, “Yes! That’s exactly what tea should do: create an ‘oasis’ state of mind for the drinker”? That was my initial thought when I discovered Tea Forté’s Oasis Green Tea. I’d been looking for a tropical-like, loose-leaf green tea to brew at home, and Oasis seemed like the ideal tea to start with.
Tea Forté’s Description: “Prized green tea leaves delicately layered with the zest of citrus and fragrant floral blossoms that softly unfold with each refreshing, restorative sip.”
Ingredients: green tea, marigold flowers, orange peel, rose petals, cornflower blossoms, and natural lemon flavoring.
Steeping Instructions: Steep 1 teaspoon per 8 oz cup for 2 to 3 minutes at 175°F (not quite boiling).
A mingling of two scents greeted me when I opened the Oasis canister: clean and grassy green tea, and… lemon? Yes, lemon flavoring may be listed as the final ingredient, but it permeates more than the floral notes do. I wouldn’t describe it as overpowering, but for someone who’s not a huge lemon fan it wasn’t a welcome surprise. The leaves of Oasis are appealing to look at, though. The blend is like a miniature flower garden, a bed of dark green with lots of yellow (marigold) and bits of blue (cornflower) and rose.
When brewed as instructed and without sweetener, Oasis produces a beautiful golden-yellow brew with a hint of green. The green tea, floral, and citrus scents balanced out, giving the drink an earthy yet sweet aroma. It’s such a harmony that any worries I’d had about a lemon-dominated tea dissipated with the steam – and so I took my first sip.
Balance continues to be the key as you taste Oasis. The green tea undertones allow the other flavors, particularly rose and lemon, to poke through, so you get a little bit of everything that Tea Forté promises. Altogether the tea is light, mellow, and smooth, with a subtle sweetness and a tangy, slightly acidic finish. It reminds me of summertime, of sitting on the back porch just after the grass has been cut and relishing the bright colors of blooming flowers. Not tropical by any means, but it still offered the “oasis” state of mind I was seeking, only in a different way.
Oasis is a delicate tea, so be careful when brewing. It can grow bitter if the water’s too hot or if you let it steep too long. Keep it to the recommended 2- to 3-minute timeframe to get the flowery, soothing cup that Tea Forté intended.
Unlike what its name and packaging implies, Oasis Green Tea isn’t quite a “tropical” green tea. (And I admit, I should have researched more before buying the tea with that impression.) However, it still makes for a mellow, delightful cup. And with summer just days away where I live, this was the perfect time of year to try Oasis. The lightness and additional flavors also make this a perky alternative to straight green tea. So, if you don’t normally like green tea, consider giving Oasis a try.
Grade: 8.5 / 10
- Tea Drinkers Who: Like green tea, prefer little or no caffeine, or want to give green tea a second chance
- Time of Day: Afternoon or evening
- Time of Year: Summer or spring
You can purchase Oasis Green Tea at Tea Forté’s website.
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In addition to being a tea enthusiast, Sara Letourneau is an avid reader and a writer who… well, enjoys writing! Currently she’s working on a novel, and she writes CD reviews, book reviews, and occasional articles on the craft of writing. She’s also a published poet with works avaiable in print and online publications. Visit Sara at her personal blog, Facebook, or Twitter.
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