Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: David’s Tea
Lychees are just about the cutest little fruits around. But their perfumed flavour is all sophistication. After all, they’ve been the favourite snack of Chinese emperors since the 1st century. This lychee-scented black tea is made by placing baskets of tea leaves over big pots of simmering lychee fruits. Now getting the royal treatment is as easy as steeping a cup.
Learn more about this tea here.
This has to be one of the nicest Lychee scented black teas I’ve ever encountered. The flavor doesn’t taste over-the-top or chemical-y the way so many Lychee teas have the tendency to be. Instead the flavor is smooth and sweet.
Lychee is a very unique fruit in that it has a somewhat perfume-y flavor, but somehow David’s Tea managed to capture the fruit flavor without making it taste like Aunt Mary’s soap. Instead, the lychee here is softer, less sharp, while still managing to be a easily distinguished flavor. That is to say, when you taste this, there’s no doubt that it’s a lychee flavored tea. It just doesn’t have to knock you over the head with its flavor … and this tea doesn’t.
The black tea is not overshadowed by the fruit flavor. In fact, the black tea is the strongest flavor of the cup, which is what makes this lychee flavored tea so unique. The lychee isn’t aggressively attacking my palate with its perfume-y flavor, the black tea isn’t obscured by that strong, distinct lychee flavor, and the black tea reigns as the dominate flavor … without taking anything away from the lychee. A perfect presentation of flavors.
This is what all lychee flavored black teas should strive to become.
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!
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