This beautifully sweet and fruity Fair Trade Certified organic tea is traditional to China. Often created by scenting black tea with lychee peels and/or blossoms, our loose leaf organic black tea is flavored with extract from the lychee fruit for maximum taste. Native to Asia, lychee is a small round pink fruit with a translucent white pulp known for its delicate floral and fruity fragrance and taste. For this blend, we use a traditional Chinese organic black tea as the base and add in a small amount of our Vietnamese organic black tea to create a light to medium-bodied, smooth cup; all the while making sure the sweet fruity notes of the lychee can shine through!
Ingredients: organic Chinese and Vietnamese black tea, organic osmanthus blossoms, organic safflowers, and natural lychee and tropical flavors
Serving Size: one rounded teaspoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: This tea is often used to make Asian Milk Tea (also known as Bubble Tea or Boba Tea). Check out our recipe for Boba Tea, and simply swap in this organic Lychee Black Tea as the tea base!
Sarah Says: This tea reminds me of the lychee-flavored hard candies available at our local Asian market.
Posted by Kara on 29th Apr 2016
This tea has a mild lychee flavor to it. Nice if you want a scant fruity aroma in the back of your throat. I like it but it doesn't "wow" me. Maybe I'm not a big enough fan of lychee to appreciate this tea.
Posted by Jonathan on 24th Feb 2015
I'm in the middle of sampling 13 teas from Arbor, and this is the one that I keep wishing I had not already finished. It has the perfect amount of sweet accent for me. I've never had anything lychee before this, so it was a complete surprise to me! Every time I brewed a cup, I would save the leaves for a second cup. Definitely my favorite tea here at Arbor so far! (still have a few to go).
Posted by Unknown on 1st Dec 2014
A lovely start to the morning! This tea is bold, fragrant and slightly sweet. A really unique tasting tea.
Posted by Tom on 6th Sep 2014
I have been experimenting with familiar as well as unfamiliar teas for roughly ten years now. The immeasurable abundance of different varieties, styles, and ways to prepare tea keep me exploring and learning new things about the precious plant we all love and respect here.
Out of the countless number of teas I have tried in the past, only 3 stick out as my all time favorites and ORGANIC LYCHEE BLACK TEA is most definitely on that list. I have NEVER experienced such an intoxicating, invigorating and addictive smell/taste that this tea produces. Its a hands down, must try tea 100%!!! I sure hope this product ALWAYS stays in inventory!!!!
Posted by Ellie Lynne on 28th Jul 2014
This tea will make your entire kitchen smell like lychee as you steep it. I had lychee jellies as a treat growing up, which is what made me pick this tea as a sample to try. While I really like lychee and I like black tea, this tea was a little too overwhelmingly lychee flavored for me and didn't quite tickle my fancy how I had hoped. That is nothing against the tea itself, the tea is beautiful and my friends really liked it, which is why I gave it 4 leaves. No reason to penalize a tea for my own personal dislike. If you are in love with lychee this is definitely the tea for you!
Posted by Unknown on 8th Mar 2014
I totally loved the flavor! Tried it in a sample and coming back to buy more
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one rounded teaspoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)
Steeping time: 3-5 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.