I got some of this ages ago in a swap with Becky, but have yet to try it for some reason. I love lychee, I usually enjoy Lupicia’s teas (and some of my faves are Lupicia), so it should be perfect, right?
I adore Lupicia’s keemun base that they use for their Earl Grey tea, and I’ve had good experiences with a few of their other black bases (but not all of them). This is also a keemun, but it seems to be a different keemun, or it is reacting with the flavoring differently. I don’t get any smokiness in the Earl Grey, but this one most definitely has that characteristic keemun smoke. It happens to be a flavor I do not like all that much.
The lychee in this is quite lovely; juicy, sweet, both citrusy and floral. It really reminds me of eating a lychee. It’s too bad that I just really don’t like this keemun base. I left it for a while and took a sip when it was cold, and the smokiness was even worse. I will try cold brewing it but I am afraid that this might be a tea that I just will have to swap away.