Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: 52Teas
About this series:
Here are FIVE unique iced tea blends we’ve created from high quality Nilgiri CTC teas. These are uber fine teas, so they are not as pretty as our whole leaf teas, but they steep up a bold, rich, flavorful iced tea.
Lychee isn’t what I’d consider a favorite fruit flavor. Hey, I like it alright, but there are many fruits I’d prefer. You probably wouldn’t catch me putting a lychee-flavored tea on my shopping list. There are just so many other flavors out there that I prefer over lychee. So, I was not really excited about this tea being part of this series. I mean, why lychee? Of all the tropical fruits out there, why lychee? Why not banana or pineapple or passion fruit?
Anyway, I still decided to order the full series, and you know what? I like this. It is really tasty.
The lychee fruit is sweet and pungent. It has a somewhat sharp, tart flavor that is especially noticeable in the aftertaste. It is a little bit floral and it tastes… well, it tastes like a lychee fruit. It’s one of those fruits that is truly it’s own distinct taste.
The black tea is the same, strong Nilgiri tea that is used in the other iced tea blends, and it works really well with the lychee flavor. It is bold enough to hold its own with the rather intense flavor that is lychee. The astringency of the tea melds well with the lychee, cutting through some of the more pungent tones.
I like this much better than I thought I would. It is very refreshing.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!