Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tea Review: Lychee Noir

Octavia Tea: Lychee Noir Tea

Kirsten, Melody

Melody, let's try a new tea today.
Sure thing. What did you have in mind?
This lychee noir looks good.

Yes, it does. Smells good too.
What is a lychee?
I read that it is a member of the soapberry. Usually found in southern China and other areas. It's very tasty.
Should make a great tasting tea.
If the flavor is as strong as the aroma.
I've put 2 teaspoons of leaves in the pot.
Oh, no! It fell over.
Scoop up the leaves and put them back in. I'll set the timer for 4 minutes.

Look at the leaves dance!
What do you think? Agave or honey?
Let's try both. We each have a cup.
Done. Such a lovely color.
Oh, yeah!

Smells fabulous. I've sweetened with just a touch of agave. It's really good. The tea doesn't need much.

I agree. It tastes great. now try mine with the radish honey. Yummy!

Oh, I agree. This is very yummy. The lychee gives a unique kind of fruity, kind of floral side to the tea.

Radish Honey

Yes, radish. It doesn't taste anything like the root, but is a very nice honey
We found this at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

Xyra's Notes

The Octavia Lychee Noir tea is a very nice, fruity, full-bodied black tea. I found that I did not like it as much cold as I did hot. The lychee becomes a bit perfumey. Personally, I do not lake that, but others may. I was able to resteep these leaves 2 more times and still had a nice strong cup of tea. The second and third time I used the radish honey and added milk. Each cup was lovely and creamy and very tasty!

Thank you for stopping.

Best wishes,


  1. Sounds interesting. I had chocolate covered lychee berries and I think I remember liking them. Where did you find this tea? Radish honey is intriguing, too!! I mentioned you on my blogoversay post today and added your blog link. I have some great giveaways going on, you should stop by. I always love your tea posts.

    1. Browsing the Octavia Tea website. The great thing about Octavia is they offer sample sizes, so you don't have to fully commit to a big tin right away. The links are green above.

      Thank you for the shout out. :)

  2. Ooooh, looks good and sounds interesting. What is agave?

    1. Hi, Izzy! Agave nectar or syrup is kind of like honey, but it comes from a succulant/cactus plant. It's more mild than honey in flavor.
      Thank you for stopping and sharing.