Review: Mark T. Wendell Tea Company Lychee Congou

Black Tea, Lychee Tea, Mark T. Wendell Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Good iced or hot, it's the perfect summer blend that can transition nicely into winter."
Katie’s Teaview: 8/10
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markwendelllycheecongLychee flavour added to Chinese black teas is a pretty classic combination, somewhat less classy, perhaps, than jasmine greens, but almost as ubiquitous. I find that usually the combination is just Okay, either too sweet or too perfumey or too bitter and almost always too cheap-tasting.

But this is a near-perfect blend. I try it first hot, steeping a teaspoon at 195° for three minutes. The liquor is a murky, cloudy deep brown colour, not exactly brilliant, but the smell is a bright and fruity lychee. Appearance aside, the cup is delicious. The earthy, robust base tea balances perfectly with the bright and fruity notes of the lychee. There's no bitterness, and the lychee is neither too perfumey nor fake.

Fruit and black tea in perfect harmony should also make for a brilliant iced tea, so I make a couple cups with two teaspoons per cup, add a little bit of sweetener, and throw it in the fridge. At first, I'm a little disappointed. It's good, but the touch of sweetness has pushed the blend from balanced to too sweet, but I find completely unsweetened iced teas lacking, so I take a leap and add a classic: Just a dash of lemon juice.

Now it's perfection. The base black tea is the perfect level of earthy and fruity to make for a great iced tea, and the lychee adds an interesting hit of fruit. The sweetener makes it so the iced tea isn't harsh, but the lemon adds the hint of brightness to make it really refreshing. I could drink cup after cup of this on a hot day.

Good iced or hot, it's the perfect summer blend that can transition nicely into winter if you don't manage to use up all of your leaf before season's end. And at this price, you may just be tempted to buy enough that you're incapable of finishing it off in a season.

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