Since I’m nearly done with my turn with the TTB I’m back to working through the teas from my epic swap with JustJames. This is the last of the Butiki teas that he sent me.

It has been a long time since I’ve had lychee, it just isn’t something easy to come by where I’m currently living, unless I want to buy them canned at the asian market, but I really enjoyed eating them on the rare occasion I could find them fresh.

I was really excited to see this tea make an appearance in our epic swap and it is such a wonderful tea. The scent of lychee hits you immediately and pairs perfectly with the floral oolong used as a base. The lychee isn’t immediately present in the flavor, I notice it more at the end of each sip, lending its sweetness to the floral oolong.

I wish I hadn’t saved this one for last, it would have made a great summer tea.

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so glad you like it! it truly is outstanding….. i don’t think i will ever be without it =0)

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so glad you like it! it truly is outstanding….. i don’t think i will ever be without it =0)

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I am always interested in swapping so if you see anything in my cupboard that you want to try just send me a message. Please keep in mind that I order most of my teas in sample sizes and may not have a lot to swap. I’m also trying to keep my swaps limited to one a month so I don’t break the bank.

My favorite tea companies to order from are American Tea Room, Rishi, TeaVivre, and Single Origin Teas, however I am constantly lured away from my favorites by a good sale.

Ingredients I love in tea
rose, peach, oolong, osmanthus, vanilla, marshmallow root and peppermint

Ingredients I dislike in tea:
spearmint, chocolate, orange, hibiscus, sage and for the most part lemon.

I am a firm believer that sage only belongs in my thanksgiving stuffing/dressing and absolutely not in my tea.

Cinnamon, Chocolate, Burdock Root, and Goji Berries

FORLIFE Curve Teapot, 24oz
Adagio ingenuiTEA, 16oz
Adagio Iced ingenuiTEA, 32oz
Zojirushi Water Pot, 4L
Libbey Country Fair drinking jars for ice tea
TeaVivre Travel Gaiwan

Rating Guidelines:

100 – 90: Pantry essential and some of my all time favorites that I can’t live without.

89 – 80: You’ll have a pretty good chance of finding this is my pantry on a regular basis, but it isn’t the end of the world if I run out.

79 – 70: I might consider restocking this at some point if the price was right.

69 – 40: Not undrinkable, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again.

39 – 20: What in the world were they thinking? Probably still finished this just because I hate to waste anything.

19 – 0: Wow, that’s so terrible chances are pretty good I dumped it out and gave away the rest.

My current top five favorite teas:

China Black – Rishi Tea
Earl Grey Cream – Zen Tea
Lemoncello – American Tea Room
Nonpareil Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong – TeaVivre
White Tea Rose Mélange – Rishi Tea


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