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drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
974 tasting notes

The last of my teas for tasting from my trip through Millerton and tea of the morning.

As far as the lychee teas I have had in my day, this one is the best. It is the perfect balance of flavor, scent, and the tea base. It is very similar to rose tea, but has more of a citrusy floral note than just a floral one. Very pleasant, and I know I will be ordering more at some point, but right now my Harney’s wishlist is kind of long….

I have had one that was lighter scented and perfect for iced (from Upton..iced teas for me are usually pretty basic) and one that was overly scented, even too much for iced tea (this one was from The Tea Table and the sample which I liked did not match up with the tea I ordered).

Steeped by the usual parameters.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

I tried lychee fruit (my oldest daughter had it in Hong Kong and calls it eyeball fruit) and really really didn’t like it. It tasted like cleaning fluid to me. How does it taste in tea?

SimplyJenW

If it is too strong, it definitely tastes like perfume or cleaning fluid. Done well it tastes like citrus and flowers!

Dinosara

I love lychee fruit, so this one is definitely a must-try for me!

ashmanra

Harney used to sell a lychee tea that was $600 a pound. I think Mike said it was one of his wife’s favorite teas or something. I don’t dare get hooked on that one!

SimplyJenW

This one is $24 a pound. And it is still really good. There will be some in at least one package that went out today ;) , and one that is going out in October.

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ashmanra

I tried lychee fruit (my oldest daughter had it in Hong Kong and calls it eyeball fruit) and really really didn’t like it. It tasted like cleaning fluid to me. How does it taste in tea?

SimplyJenW

If it is too strong, it definitely tastes like perfume or cleaning fluid. Done well it tastes like citrus and flowers!

Dinosara

I love lychee fruit, so this one is definitely a must-try for me!

ashmanra

Harney used to sell a lychee tea that was $600 a pound. I think Mike said it was one of his wife’s favorite teas or something. I don’t dare get hooked on that one!

SimplyJenW

This one is $24 a pound. And it is still really good. There will be some in at least one package that went out today ;) , and one that is going out in October.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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