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Lupicia Lychee Oolong

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The exot­ic sweet flor­al notes of lychee is a fla­vour that excites me everything time. With Lupicia Lychee Oolong, I vis­ited at least 4 – 5 branches of Lupicia in Japan before find­ing one that had lychee oolong in stock. I was determ­ined to have it, but such was its pop­ular­ity!

It’s a beau­ti­fully bal­anced tea. The exot­ic sweet­ness of lychee comes through in both the smell and the taste (and both these senses enhance the over­all enjoy­ment of the tea). It’s a very refresh­ing, barely there, sweet­ness, which is worlds apart from the cloy­ing sweet­ness of some teas. Yet there’s also no mis­tak­ing that it’s a leaf tea not an infu­sion. Along the spec­trum of green (no oxid­isa­tion) — oolong — black (full oxid­isa­tion) teas, this oolong tends towards the black­er end. This is evid­ent from the col­our of the leaves and the brewed tea, and the short­er brew time. (For Lupicia teas, this is also evid­ent in the pack­aging, which changes from a green/​yellow for green­er teas and brown/​orange for black­er teas.) That said, there’s none of the bit­ter­ness of black tea — there’s a depth to the fla­vour of the tea that’s very pleas­ant in a way like brown rice green tea, but without the nut­ti­ness.

Overall, lychee makes this a very refresh­ing and calm­ing tea well worth the time spent look­ing for it.

This bag of Lupicia Lychee Oolong con­tained 50 g. The tea ori­gin­ated in Taiwan and was pur­chased in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.