|"The delicate and perfume-like taste of lychees is convincingly conveyed over top of a smooth and unobtrusive tea base. Being light and lively, it's a good bet as an afternoon cuppa. "|
I steeped a generous teaspoonful of leaves in 8 ounces of water heated to a boil for 3 minutes. The results were noticeably lychee scented. The dark mahogany-coloured cup is rather light bodied in feel and flavour. The delicate and perfume-like taste of lychees is convincingly conveyed over top of a smooth and unobtrusive tea base. I would have liked the latter to be a bit more present. I'm guessing that if I had let the tea brew a bit longer, its flavour would have been more intense. I felt no need to add sugar or milk in any case.
Following a 4 minute-long brew, my second cup is a bit more astringent in feel and taste. However the lychee flavour is still strong. It has taken on a more floral yet citrus-like taste here, reminding me both of the bergamot oil used in Earl Grey tea and rose flower water.
After 6 minutes, a third infusion is still palatable. It has a little bit more roughness to the finish and a much thinner feel, but the slightly malty tea base and the sweet fruit taste still make it worth while. The leaves are clearly passed their prime though, so I decide to quit while I'm ahead.
Those who like perfume-like flavours such as rose water and bergamot should enjoy this tea. Lychee fans will of course also be very pleased. This tea offers a generous, long-lasting, and natural-tasting fruit flavour. Being light and lively, it's a good bet as an afternoon cuppa. I could see this blend working equally well as an iced tea. Definitely enjoyable!
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