The Persimmon Tree® offers customers some of the world’s finest organic teas and botanical. Their high quality teas are hand-blended and organically grown. When doing my research, what I found most interesting about this company is that some of their teas are also fair trade, ensuring a better life for tea workers from countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Ingredients: Organic Black Loose-Leaf Tea, Lychee Essence, Safflowers, Natural Flavors
Steep Time: 3 minutes
First Sip Thought:“Juicy!”
Smell: The aroma is quite fragrant and really showcases the peach and apricot notes. When it’s steeped I can start to recognize another scent that I assume is the lychee essence (I have actually never had a lychee before, so forgive me). I like that it’s not overly fruity and that you are still able to identify the black tea in the blend.
Taste:If you’re feeling like something fruity but would still like a tea and not a tisane, I would recommend Lychee Burst. Although I have never actually tried lychee before, I’m impressed with this blend for many reasons. One of the best things about this tea is that the black tea base is not masked away from all the fruit flavours. I often find that too many fruit “teas” contain actually little to no tea in it which makes you feel like you’re just sipping on fruit infused warm water. Which isn’t horrible, but if I want a tea, I want an actual tea, please. Through each sips, I find Lychee Burst to be pleasing and sweet. I like that with this tea the taste and smell match each other. I don’t get any artificial flavours from this blend, in fact, I find that the lychee taste is a fresh and natural feeling. I should note that I also added some of The Persimmon Tree’s rock sugar to this blend. I first tried the tea without any and noticed in my next sip with the rock sugar included that it assisted with bringing out the flavours. If you’re interested in rock sugar, I will have a separate post about it later this month. I’m curious to try this tea cold brewed as I imagine it would resemble juice but of course a much healthier and tastier one. Perhaps I should go out and try a real lychee as well!
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