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drank Lychee by Lupicia
2246 tasting notes

Really? First to log this? That’s weird.

Anyways, this was part of Sil’s and my shared Lupicia Happy Bag, 2012. I’m not overly fond of lychee-flavoured teas, as I think they tend towards the overly floral side (yes, I know lychees are floral, but eating the fruit is different from tasting it in tea!) Anyways, this one smells delightfully like lychee, but not too floral, which is good. And the flavour? Actually pretty decent. I’m getting a moderate lychee flavour overtop of the black tea base, which is not astringent at all. More juicy than floral, which would be my preference. Really, as far as lychee teas go, this is pretty good. The only weird thing is that once the lychee flavour fades and I can taste the black tea, I get a bit of a rotted garbage sort of flavour lingering in my mouth. However, this may just be an artifact of residual Honey/Caramel Orzo tea in my mouth as well, because it’s not noticeable until the end. Also, sickness, so who really knows. So for now, rating does not reflect that off-flavour, because I’m not totally convinced that it’s real. Sil obviously has some of this too, so I’m sure she can verify this one way or the other at some point!

ETA: Nope, no off-flavour when my mouth isn’t contaminated. Actually, it’s kind of tasty and fruity :)

ETA again: Didn’t care for the re-steep and dumped it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

yeah your glowing review, complete with rotting garbage references REALLY makes me want to dig this out and try it. lol

Kittenna

I’m pretty sure that it’s just a strange-combo-of-flavours-in-mouth thing :P That orzo tea is strong, and lingers.

Kashyap

the best lychee flavored anything I have ever had was the lychee oolong from naivetea and it was so amazing I bought a pound and spent time coming up with recipes for it, including poached pears, simple syrup, and sorbet. I found out that the way the scent and flavor teas is vastly different from others and happens while the tea is undergoing transformation into an oolong and its not a post ‘production’ flavoring, so the naturalistic and balanced flavor is captured…I would recommend them highly

Dinosara

I’ve had some of this for a while but haven’t gotten around to it (mostly because I have a lot of it and it’s not sipdownable :P). But I love lychee congou so I am looking forward to it.

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Sil

yeah your glowing review, complete with rotting garbage references REALLY makes me want to dig this out and try it. lol

Kittenna

I’m pretty sure that it’s just a strange-combo-of-flavours-in-mouth thing :P That orzo tea is strong, and lingers.

Kashyap

the best lychee flavored anything I have ever had was the lychee oolong from naivetea and it was so amazing I bought a pound and spent time coming up with recipes for it, including poached pears, simple syrup, and sorbet. I found out that the way the scent and flavor teas is vastly different from others and happens while the tea is undergoing transformation into an oolong and its not a post ‘production’ flavoring, so the naturalistic and balanced flavor is captured…I would recommend them highly

Dinosara

I’ve had some of this for a while but haven’t gotten around to it (mostly because I have a lot of it and it’s not sipdownable :P). But I love lychee congou so I am looking forward to it.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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