Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tea Review: Lichee Congou (Metropolitan Tea Company)

Lichee Congou
Metropolitan Tea Company
Type:  Flavored Black
Origin:  China, Fujian Province
Product Description:  Tea was reportedly discovered in China around 2737 B.C. by The Emperor Chen Nung when a tea leaf fell into his bowl of hot water. This tradition of tea drinking became an integral part of society and was the preferred beverage for all walks of life; from monks and mandarins to the nomadic tribesmen who traded horses for bricks of tea. The Japanese may have transformed tea drinking into a sacred ceremony, however, the Chinese are credited with initiating the time honored ritual of offering a guest a cup of tea as a sign of hospitality. A leafy black tea infused with the flavour of lichee fruit producing a delightful, naturally scented tea.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of lychee, sweet and fruity.

The infusion is coppery orange with a fruity aroma of lychee, a taste to match, and a long velvety finish.

This is one of the flavored teas that can be steeped repeatedly without much of the flavor washing off in the first infusion.  I enjoy the fruity flavor and aroma and this is a bit like drinking dessert without any of the guilt.  This tea is quite nice when prepared hot or iced.




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