The Tea of Kings

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Black Tea
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Floral, Fruity, Powdered sugar, Sweet, Lychee, Malt, Flowers, Black Pepper, Smoke
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 303 ml

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Are you looking for a tea regal enough to be worthy of the delicate embrace of your finest china cups? This Lychee black tea is a delightful, refreshing blend from the distant Congou region of China. Your first, intense sip will fill your senses with the succulent flavour of Lychee – the most revered fruit by many Chinese Emperors. Take another sip and you will unlock an entirely new level of flavours, the sharp, enlivening lichee now being caressed by fruity tones of grape, and the sweet, fragrant essence of roses. This black tea called “The tea of kings” is not a cup that can be hastily consumed – it demands respect and attention, and is an experience worth taking the time to get right. Treat yourself to some well deserved time out and add a touch of regality to your day with this fruity, complex delight.

Ingredients: Black Tea, Lychee flavouring

100°C / 212°F 1 tsp 3-4 minutes

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2997 tasting notes

All the RiverTea hype going on right now has made me pull out my two remaining small sample packages of this blend and Pret a Portea. Internally, I’m a hyena right now laughing loudly and egotistically at you all because I get to drink my RiverTea blends and you do not.


But honestly, I’m so happy that RiverTea is receiving such a warm welcoming and so many people are placing orders because I’ve been nothing but impressed with the blends and the company itself. I hope everyone enjoys what they ordered as much as I’ve enjoyed the teas I received. I have my cart all built and samples picked out, but sadly I’ve yet to pick up a prepaid card to actually place my order.

So anyway, parameters for this mug were 1 tsp. of leaf in a 10 oz. mug steeped in boiling water for three minutes.

I still love the taste of this one – it’s a lychee black that really does taste exactly like a lychee. Not artificial or overly sweet, just perfect. Alongside the lychee, I also get floral notes of rose but that’s not uncommon for lychee since it’s often compared to roses, grapes, some wines, and perfumes.

For me, the sweet spot with this tea is after you’ve allowed it to cool down a little. If you try to drink it piping hot, it’s ok but cooled for 5-10 minutes and it’s just mind blowingly delicious. The black base for this one is also quite nice to boot.

For me, I only ever pull out my lychee teas (whether that’s Butiki, Tea Desire or now RiverTea) when I feel I really have time to sit down and appreciate them. I’m very excited to be getting a larger amount of this one!


haha, you cheeky lady with your special introduction to RiverTea. You feel pretty special, don’t you?

Roswell Strange

Well, you can feel special too – you have Boatsman and Mulberry White headed your way (sent everything out yesterday), and they damn well better make it to you before all the recent RiverTea orders are delivered.

Roswell Strange

By which I mean, if the damn parcel takes two(+) weeks to arrive then I’ll be pissed, since usually we get things for one another in less than a week. But yes, I feel very special.


Har! You’re cracking me up. I will continue to feel unspecial and enjoy being a fly on the wall of the River Tea discussion while I sip my way through lockdown.

TheTeaFairy Aw! Ordered massive amount of tea from them this afternoon (yes, bad case of restless fingers morgana, dont brag, we know you’ve got yours under control! ) but I feel more confident and less guilty about it after reading this, lol!
Roswell Strange

What did you get? :D


You really want to know? There’s about 13!!!
I got some darjeeling, assam, puerh, cherry kiss, spring fest cherry jasmine, peach, banana, nougat almonds, crazy mint, raspberry meringue, gentle rose, and yes Boatsman!!!

Roswell Strange

13 isn’t so bad :P I’m looking at six/seven right now, but I already have two at home… Boatsman is probably my favourite just because it’s fun to say, although it tastes great too. Cherry Kiss was good too (it was a sad sample sipdown), but I have similar already stocked so I’m passing on getting it.


Oh noooo! Don’t tell me I found another tea enabler???? Lol, 13 is waaay too much when you have over 250 in the cup-hoard!! Thanks for the heads up :-)


(Cup-hoard – that’s funny – I might have to steal that from you.)


Dexter, you can have it, it suits you pretty darn well I’d say…


@Roswell Strange – I do feel special :) I am excited to try them out now. And I hope the packages don’t take too long. Weirdly enough your package was already in transit last night where as Cavo’s is still just accepted at post office. And her’s is supposed to be express post.

Roswell Strange

I have a tracking number for yours, but I stuffed the slip into one of my many jackets and I don’t remember which one now, but I’m confidant I didn’t toss it.


Woah! That’s a great list. I had such a hard timenarrowing it down.
Maybe I should have got Boatsman? Hmm.. Maybe next order! :D

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1571 tasting notes

This one came as a sample. More precisely it came in a zip lock bag with a clear easy to read label listing ingredients and steeping recommendations. Much appreciated touches.

The tea is well done but it is just not my thing. Lychee to me is coming off as a cross between lilac and rose. I like, even love, these flavors as additions to other flavors but on their own it is a little too girly for me. It is not bitter and there are no harsh edges. The floral flavor is balanced and not over the top. I would gladly sip this with friends but it is not something I see myself wanting to sip alone.

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523 tasting notes

This smells nice and fruity dry and lightly floral with a strong black tea base as it brews. I’ve never had a lychee tea before, but I love the fruit. I still can’t get over RiverTea’s packaging—clear expiration dates! Thank you so much!

This is definitely a floral lychee flavor. It reminds me of roses a little bit, but it’s also identifiable as the fruit. It has a juiciness to it that keeps it from being too floral. The base is there but doesn’t detract from the flavor, so it feels clean to me in the same way most breakfast teas do.

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1929 tasting notes

I received this while ago from Roswell Strange and for some reason hadn’t tried it!

And now that I have, I’m sad! It was so good. Fruity and with a bit of a spicy kick. I guess I’d call it plums and black pepper, but honestly I wasn’t awake enough to make that kind of distinction.

Made with a touch of milk.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Lewis & Clarke TTB

I’ve never had a lychee tea, but I always seem to be curious about them… So I’m trying one! This definitely smells lovely and fruity, though I have no concept of what lychee tastes like. The scent is very sweet and somewhat tropical, with something that reminds me of ginger?

Brewed, this tea smells sweet and fruity with some floral. I am immediately reminded of Fauchon, because this tea has that odd powdered sugar-esque smell too. Interesting! I’m assuming lychee is a very floral fruit, because this hardly tastes fruity at all… It’s mostly a mild, sweet floral flavor with a little bit of that powdered sugar taste. Not terrible, but not at all what I expected. :)

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Powdered sugar, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

i think lychee is close to grapes if you take skins off ( to me at least, not the same but similar profile). same slippery and juicy.

Roswell Strange

Yes, lychee is naturally rather floral. Think sweet grapes/pear and kind of what a rose smells like? It’s hard to describe, I guess. Butiki’s Lychee Oolong conveys the juiciness and robustness of the flavour very well. This one is more subtle.

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516 tasting notes


This one was a good lychee tea. Just the right amount of sweet.

I wrote up some notes on paper at work today, but they’re sitting on my desk. So I’m logging from memory now.

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1281 tasting notes

Thank you to River Tea for this sample.

The raw tea smells a little fruity but it’s subtle but definitely berry like. Using my personalitea teapot for this to share with my husband whose home after a stressful day at work.

Flavour wise this is a mild black base with gentle lychee flavour and a smoky finish. It also has rich malt tones which come through after a few sips. It has some natural sweetness but it’s light compared to the base and next time I will have to try it with a little sugar, see if that makes the lychee pop.

It’s a nice tea but average, tasted lots of teas like this one and I don’t think this will be on my purchase list.

Flavors: Lychee, Malt

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me. It is certainly a nice cup and the flavor is distinctively lychee. However, I am also getting a fair bit more of the base than I anticipated. That isn’t such a big deal as it is smooth and a touch malty and yet I am finding it is drowning out the delicate lychee essence. I should mention that the heavy base might be entirely my fault because I ended up overleafing this by at least a 1/2 tsp. Oops. Though, even with my crappy measuring, it is still pretty good.

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