Steeping black tea at a lower temperature and for a shorter time has dramatically increased my enjoyment of flavoured black teas — the flavoured component is not overwhelmed because the black tea is less bold and bitter. Unfortuantely, that method doesn’t seem to work with On Ming Hin Lychee Black Tea.
Steeping 3 grams of loose leaf in 200 ml of water at 85°C for 90 seconds yields a red-brown liquor with the rich smells of black tea. While there’s a hint of the lychee in the dry loose leaf, there’s no hint of those tropical notes from the infusion. A sip reveals the faintest hint of lychee in the head before the richer and bolder notes of the black tea emerge and dominate in the body with a sweet bitter finish characteristic of black tea. The hint of lychee returns shortly in the aftertaste, lingering with a slight astringency. The weakness of the lychee would have me consider this a general, rather than a flavoured, black tea with a pleasant round flavour.
With a particular fondness for lychee, I’d prefer a stronger lychee flavour akin to Lupicia Lychee Oolong, which has a deep and complex lychee flavour, or Lychee Black Tea by The Tea of Tao, which has a simple but obvious lychee flavour (review forthcoming).
This tin of On Ming Hin Lychee Black Tea contained 150 g. The tea originated in China and was gifted by family visiting Guangzhou, China in 2015.