Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
You’ve just discovered the best Lychee Tea around. This is a type of Flavoured Tea, a combination of high-quality Tea leaves with sweet, succulent lychee.
Once a fruit enjoyed by Chinese Emperors, it is now added to one of the most popular infusions we stock. Why not discover for yourself here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company? We pack it fresh to order.
What is Lychee Tea?
The word “Lychee” derives from the Chinese “Lee Chee”, meaning “donor of the joy of living.” Our Lychee Loose Leaf Tea embodies just that. What’s more, there are several spellings of it, including “litchi”, “liechee”, “liche”, “lizhi”, “li zhi” and “lichee”.
But what is Lychee Tea botanically speaking? Where does it come from, and what are its features?
The Lychee Tree is the sole member of the genus, Litchi, which in turn belongs to the soapberry family, Sapindaceae. This perennial, round-stemmed plant grows best in tropical and subtropical climates, reaching heights of up to 28 metres (91 feet).
The fruit itself is a drupe of around 3-5 centimetres in diameter. On the outside of it is the pericarp (skin), which is notably thin and hard.
Most important, however, is the deliciously white, translucent pulp inside. This is the component added to our heavenly Lychee Tea, the part that Royalty of ages past dined on.
The good news is that, now, you don’t need to be a King, Queen, Emperor or Prince to indulge in its delectable flavour. But what does Lychee Tea taste like in the first place?
What Does Lychee Tea Taste Like?
The uniqueness of this Loose Tea cannot be overstated. Connoisseurs often describe lychee fruits, in particular, as reminiscent of grapes with a hint of rose.
Blend that with the distinct yet classic maltiness of Black Tea and one has a match made in heaven. The bottom line is that, with every sip, you can expect complex flavour notes that will, undoubtedly, impress.
Lychee Black Tea Caffeine
It’s worth noting, too, that the Black Tea leaves in Lychee Loose Leaf Tea ensure that it has a considerable amount of caffeine. This stimulating chemical compound, as most people will know, provides an energy boost upon consumption.
Specifically, this beverage has around 45-mg per 8-oz cup, which should, in theory, be more than enough to start your day the right way.
Lychee Tea Nutrition
If you’re looking to adhere to a healthier lifestyle, you’ve chosen well here. This is because Lychee Tea contains a wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants capable of improving your life in small yet significant ways.
Namely, it boasts large amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex and phytonutrient flavonoids, as well as manganese, magnesium, copper, iron and folate.
Lychee Black Tea Calories
Black Tea without additions tends to have no more than two calories per average serving. However, with lychee fruits in the mix, the numbers go up somewhat. When you choose Lychee Black Tea, specifically, it will have around 90 calories.
It sounds like a lot on the surface - but really, it isn’t. Compare it to the most popular soft and fizzy drinks, for example, and you’ll find this Tea to be much better for you.
Lychee Tea Pregnancy
A debate persists over whether pregnant women should drink Tea - regardless of the type. Some such as Raspberry Leaf Tea have become popular among expecting mothers due to their well-documented pregnancy benefits.
Others - including Lychee Tea, we must admit - are best avoided because of potential Lychee Tea side effects. Nevertheless, whatever your circumstances, we have the brew for you.
How to Make Lychee Black Tea
1, Buy a Tea Filter or Infuser and fill it with Loose Tea.
2, Position the Tea-filled accessory in your cup.
3, Begin brewing by pouring in freshly boiled water.
4, Allow it to steep for 3-5 minutes.
How to Serve: Best served without additions.
Lychee Black Tea Benefits
We’ve mentioned above that, when you brew up, you’re getting a wealth of nutrition in your cuppa. Let us now take a moment to explore Lychee Black Tea health benefits - in other words, what these chemical compounds can do for you.
Perhaps most noteworthy is the fact that they combat free radicals in the body, ultimately reducing the risk of developing several chronic conditions.
But that’s just the beginning. Black Tea - practically no matter which variety you decide on - aids digestion and boosts immunity.
It also, according to the latest scientific research, promotes weight loss and even enhances cognitive function.
Additionally, and indeed contrary to popular belief, its antibacterial properties improve oral health. What more could you want from your new favourite blend?