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Monday, April 19, 2010

Tea Forte Loose Leaf Herbal Tea 'Chamomile Citron'

Tea Forte kati loose tea system with a Chamomile Citron loose tea single steeps™

Tea Information:
Tea: Chamomile Citron
Type: Herbal Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Tea Forte
Purchase: Here
Description: Harvested in the spring, our Chamomile is melded with a potpourri of herbs and flowers for a sweet, citrusy infusion. A smooth and relaxing cup with a pink blush.
Ingredients: chamomile, hibiscus, rosehips, peppermint, lemongrass, lemon verbena, licorice root, natural flavors

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 loose tea single steeps! just rip open the packet and dump into the strainer
Water: fill to line with boiling water
Tool: Kati
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: lemongrass, floral, mint
Steeped Tea Smell: mint, lemongrass, floral
Flavor: sweet, lemongrass, mint
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: tingly, minty, lemongrass
Liquor: translucent reddish-yellow

The tea was a nice zippy herbal tea to sip on. You had better like lemongrass and mint as they are the predominant flavors here.

Now here is my thoughts on the Kati system's goal - introducing bagged / pyramid tea drinkers to loose tea with minimal fuss - I think it does a great job.

I was able, with only boiling water and a timer (a clock would do) to make loose leaf tea. It's simple - place strainer in cup, dump in packet of pre-measured leaf, add hot water to fill line, wait the designate (on the packet) number of minutes, set strainer on lid and enjoy.

My number one and only complaint is I think a handle would improve the cup. It now is 3 for 3 on being too hot to pickup after steeping herbal teas for 5 minutes with boiling kettle water.

>> Here is my kati loose tea system review from a loose tea drinker perspective.

Resteep: just as strong and tasty

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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