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.