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drank Lychee Black by Samovar
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teaplz

Hrm. The tea description says it’s also flavored with lychee flowers. I think that’s why there’s such a strong floral component.

Ricky

The package said lychee flavored oils! Conflicting! Oh this would probably be a nice bubble tea base actually, haha.

Cofftea

Ditto on the italics!

tease

Oh dear, I was really looking forward to ordering this one… Especially when it’s one of Samovar’s bestsellers!

Ricky

Doesn’t hurt to try the sampler for yourself =] It’s more of a Rosie tea than lychee.

Cofftea

A disappointment that’s still a 73 though:)

Ricky

Well, the low rating is honestly because I felt deceived. If they advertised this as a Rose tea I would have bought it anyways and it would probably of gotten an eighty. My ratings are all messed up now. I honestly don’t even know how I do it anymore. One day I will go through and fix my ratings. I mean if you are looking for a lychee tea, you won’t find that much for this. If you are looking for a decent rose tea one is very nice. Golden Moon’s rose is a lot heavier and more floral where as this one is more subtle. I guess it really depends what you’re looking for.

Cofftea

Ooooh… deception… I hate being decieved. Then I would have given it MUCH lower than a 73. I don’t consider 73 a “low rating”. Deception would probably get no higher than a 35 in my book.

Ricky

It really isn’t, but if I can stand a tea it’s generally 65-85 range. I have no clue what 81,82,83,84,85 means… I’m going to have to rework my scale and figure out exactly what these numbers mean to me.

teaplz

I don’t know why you feel deceived, Ricky.

Read the tasting notes they list:
Light bodied and as sweet as the lychee fruit that sweetens this brew. A lingering rosy fragrance is met with the slightly malty, very smooth, and mild liquor flavor of the black tea. Light bodied, extremely refreshing, and lightly sweetened by the fruit itself.
Lychee flowers naturally sweeten this light, salubrious, brew.

It’s very clear from Samovar’s website stuff that this has rose notes to it. The cup I had, I could taste the lychee at the end of every sip if I concentrated. It’s there. It’s not like Samovar said this is going to be a fruit-fest. It’s a very light cup of tea.

Ricky

Ahh, I meant deceived by the name. I agree, the description describes the tea, but let’s take some random tea => Caramelized Pear, from the name you expect Caramel and Pear. Rose was clearly the stronger factor in this tea and the lychee was at the end of a sip. If this was Lychee Rose Black, I’d understand. The name just seems misleading as Rose is the stronger component.

tease

Eeep, I’d missed that rose bit, too, teaplz. Oh well. I guess the rose component would pretty naturally overpower the lychee, unfortunately… Too bad I don’t like drinking roses.

teaplz

But the rose flavor is coming from the lychee, so it’s not really a deception.

Apparently a lot of people think lychee tastes like roses (search Google for lychee + rose and you’ll see). So maybe the essential oils of lychee are more rose-like than the fruit itself.

Arguing over semantics, obviously. :P But I feel like deception is when a tea company uses elements that they didn’t list. Here, your expectations were different than the end result, and that’s not Samovar’s fault.

tease

Huh, really? How interesting, I didn’t know that. I’ve always been under the impression that roses are more… Overwhelming in the nostrils.

Ricky

Oh totally agree with you that it didn’t meet my own expectations. Samovar describes its accurate. I think I did state that it was a great tea, just not what I expected. I could see how lychee tastes rosy, but the juicy fruit flavor was what I was looking for.

Let’s just say I’d be happy with this tea if someone gave me it and didn’t tell me what it was. Teas are so complicated. Seriously! =]

Tomato, tomahto. Words are so complicated too! =P

Cofftea

LOL at tomahto…

CHAroma

@ teaplz, I’m in agreement with you. To me, this tea is 100% lychee. I’m not getting rose notes at all, but I also had no idea that some people confuse lychee and rose. It’s a very good explanation. Varying expectations definitely affect the tea tasting experience. Luckily for me, this was exactly what I expected and wanted. :)

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teaplz

Hrm. The tea description says it’s also flavored with lychee flowers. I think that’s why there’s such a strong floral component.

Ricky

The package said lychee flavored oils! Conflicting! Oh this would probably be a nice bubble tea base actually, haha.

Cofftea

Ditto on the italics!

tease

Oh dear, I was really looking forward to ordering this one… Especially when it’s one of Samovar’s bestsellers!

Ricky

Doesn’t hurt to try the sampler for yourself =] It’s more of a Rosie tea than lychee.

Cofftea

A disappointment that’s still a 73 though:)

Ricky

Well, the low rating is honestly because I felt deceived. If they advertised this as a Rose tea I would have bought it anyways and it would probably of gotten an eighty. My ratings are all messed up now. I honestly don’t even know how I do it anymore. One day I will go through and fix my ratings. I mean if you are looking for a lychee tea, you won’t find that much for this. If you are looking for a decent rose tea one is very nice. Golden Moon’s rose is a lot heavier and more floral where as this one is more subtle. I guess it really depends what you’re looking for.

Cofftea

Ooooh… deception… I hate being decieved. Then I would have given it MUCH lower than a 73. I don’t consider 73 a “low rating”. Deception would probably get no higher than a 35 in my book.

Ricky

It really isn’t, but if I can stand a tea it’s generally 65-85 range. I have no clue what 81,82,83,84,85 means… I’m going to have to rework my scale and figure out exactly what these numbers mean to me.

teaplz

I don’t know why you feel deceived, Ricky.

Read the tasting notes they list:
Light bodied and as sweet as the lychee fruit that sweetens this brew. A lingering rosy fragrance is met with the slightly malty, very smooth, and mild liquor flavor of the black tea. Light bodied, extremely refreshing, and lightly sweetened by the fruit itself.
Lychee flowers naturally sweeten this light, salubrious, brew.

It’s very clear from Samovar’s website stuff that this has rose notes to it. The cup I had, I could taste the lychee at the end of every sip if I concentrated. It’s there. It’s not like Samovar said this is going to be a fruit-fest. It’s a very light cup of tea.

Ricky

Ahh, I meant deceived by the name. I agree, the description describes the tea, but let’s take some random tea => Caramelized Pear, from the name you expect Caramel and Pear. Rose was clearly the stronger factor in this tea and the lychee was at the end of a sip. If this was Lychee Rose Black, I’d understand. The name just seems misleading as Rose is the stronger component.

tease

Eeep, I’d missed that rose bit, too, teaplz. Oh well. I guess the rose component would pretty naturally overpower the lychee, unfortunately… Too bad I don’t like drinking roses.

teaplz

But the rose flavor is coming from the lychee, so it’s not really a deception.

Apparently a lot of people think lychee tastes like roses (search Google for lychee + rose and you’ll see). So maybe the essential oils of lychee are more rose-like than the fruit itself.

Arguing over semantics, obviously. :P But I feel like deception is when a tea company uses elements that they didn’t list. Here, your expectations were different than the end result, and that’s not Samovar’s fault.

tease

Huh, really? How interesting, I didn’t know that. I’ve always been under the impression that roses are more… Overwhelming in the nostrils.

Ricky

Oh totally agree with you that it didn’t meet my own expectations. Samovar describes its accurate. I think I did state that it was a great tea, just not what I expected. I could see how lychee tastes rosy, but the juicy fruit flavor was what I was looking for.

Let’s just say I’d be happy with this tea if someone gave me it and didn’t tell me what it was. Teas are so complicated. Seriously! =]

Tomato, tomahto. Words are so complicated too! =P

Cofftea

LOL at tomahto…

CHAroma

@ teaplz, I’m in agreement with you. To me, this tea is 100% lychee. I’m not getting rose notes at all, but I also had no idea that some people confuse lychee and rose. It’s a very good explanation. Varying expectations definitely affect the tea tasting experience. Luckily for me, this was exactly what I expected and wanted. :)

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