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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lichee - It's (in) My Cup of Tea...PLUS Free Giveaway

I heart tea!

I drink tea all year round. My morning routine is to have a cup of Earl Grey or Lady Grey (Twinings being one of my favorite brands for these flavors). At other times of the day, I will indulge in a cup or two of tea in the mid-afternoon and in the evening.

I have a drawer full of teas that I go to for tea during this time. I have teas from so many places, sometimes it’s hard to keep track. I try not to buy too many at a time as I want to be able to finish the ones I have while they are still fresh. But it’s really hard to resist buying when I walk into a tea shop. Hence, my stuffed tea drawer:

Annie's Tea Drawer

Annie's tea drawer

My current favorite tea shop is Lupicia (oh, how I wish they had a Mariage Frères near me!). If you are fortunate enough to have a Lupicia store near you, do check them out. They have a vast array of different teas and lots of flavored teas galore!

So many little time

It is a little overwhelming when you go into the store—just take your time and look around. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample of the tea to try—they will brew it for you right there. Some flavors that I’ve really enjoyed there include Tsugaru Green (Green Apple), Sakura (cherry leaves), Jardin Sauvage (a non-fermented rooibos, tasting of mangoes and citrus), Oriental Beauty and Lichee.

Now that it is full-on summer and the days get really hot, it’s not so fun to brew a cup of hot tea. It is during this time that I enjoy drinking some of my teas iced. Not all teas do well cold but I do have a few favorites.

My favorite iced teas

One tea that is very popular is the non-caffeinated roasted barley tea (Mugicha) that the Japanese and Koreans enjoy. I really like it too and will often set a whole jug of it in the fridge to drink through the day.

But my very favorite iced tea these days is the Lichee flavored black tea that I get from Lupicia. When you drink it hot, the lychee flavor is muted and the Keemun tea stands out a bit more. For that reason, I’d rather just drink a plain Keemun hot.

But when it is cold, the lychee sweetness is in the front and simply delicious. I go through plenty of this tea during the summer and it’s a crowd pleaser with all my friends too. Even though it is unsweetened, the lychee's fruity flavor adds its own sweetness to the tea.

Iced Lupicia Lichee Tea

Iced Lichee Tea

Lupicia Lichee Tea Giveaway

Because I love this tea so much, I want to share it with you, our readers. So, I’m going to have a giveaway of this Lichee tea!

Lupicia Lichee Tea

All you have to do is leave a comment on the bottom of this post and tell me about the teas you love to drink in summer. One lucky commenter will be randomly selected to get a 50g bag of Lupicia Lichee tea. This giveaway is open to international readers as well, so everyone can go ahead and leave a comment.

The deadline is 12:00 AM (PST) on the 31st of July. So set a bookmark and remember come back on August 1st for the winner to be announced and see if you won! Or, better yet, enter your email in the "Stay Up To Date" box over on the right sidebar to have all our new posts automatically sent to you.

Cheers, Annie

Check out these other tea-related posts: Sakura Tea and Mochi, Green Tea-ramisu

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SteamyKitchen said...

You know, as much as I drink tea, I've never had Lichee tea before!!!

Helen said...

I'm just discovering teas so this would be a perfect addition to my collection. So far this summer, it's all about the green tea.

chiff0nade said...

Thanks, but I think I will pass on this.

Vicki said...

Lychee + tea sounds delicious!

Tiffany said...

Oh, I have never had lichee tea before either... is it very sweet?

Michelle said...

My husband and I both love tea and I'm curious about the Lichee Tea. Put my name in the hat please!!

pietra said...

I would love to try this tea. I also heart tea. Nothing like sitting in the garden sipping tea.
This tea looks wonderful.

mai said...

lately ive been making a green tea jasmine iced tea with pieces of lychee and a bit of lychee juice. very refreshing!

jieun said...

Lychee tea sounds wonderful. I love Green tea with Acai from Tea Republic, as well as Korean barley and corn tea

d0cchuck said...

WOW, I have never had lichee tea.

But one of my wife's employees told my wife, Dr. Elizabeth, that Wegman's in Hunt Valley (Maryland) had fresh lichees available.

So, we are off this weekend to Hunt Valley to check it out.

Thanks for the heads up!

Gillsnthrills said...

That looks incredible. I love iced tea, and I've been wondering about what to do with lychees.

El Particular said...

It's hard to imagine drinking something other than tea (besides beer). When Lupicia opened a location at the new mall extension in downtown SF, I must have gone in there once a week. At some point, I had to draw a line because I may have had more tea then your awesome looking drawer. No, up in Portland, I'll stop in a few of the stores that sell loose herbs and teas and try blending my own using a book I bought at Goodwill for .99 a few years back. Because my allergies kicked off when I got back here, I've been trying to blend a tea with fenugreek, chamomile, fennel and some other things. Iced yerba mate is always good. But i don't mind drinking hot soup or hot tea in hot humid weather for some reason.

Nice blog. Keep it up!

Elizabeth said...

my recent favorite as of late is green tea with sliced almonds in the mix. Then sweetened with honey.. soo good.

lrimerman said...

Wow, that sounds interesting. I didn't even know there was such a thing as Lichee tea.

We usually stick to blends without caffiene, but it is easy enough to brew it twice to reduce the caffiene in the second brewing.

Currently I have been in love with an herbal blend from a local (Michigan) tea company that uses all organic. It is called Hummingbird Nectar and is from By the Light of Day (that is the name of the tea company). It is very good and has a few pieces of maple sugar in it to take some of the bitter edge off. My kids love it iced!!


SarahHub said...

I love lychees, so this tea sounds great. i drink a lot of iced peach tea, garnished with frozen peaches, in the summer.

Temperance said...

Chai is always a winner with me (I even drink it cold), but I like a good jasmine tea occasionaly. Lichee tea is a new one for me however.

carmencooks said...

Yum, I love tea!

Thanks for coming by. I loved the food in Hawaii! Also, we were really trying to find Aoki's - I know it's along the same road - but we drove the same stretch 3 or 4 times and couldn't find it, so we ended up settling for Matsumoto's! We'll have to find it next time. :)

mk said...

nothing fancy--jasmine lime tea from peet's coffee :)
must try ur iced lychee tea!

quitecontrary1977 said...

spaermint tea is best in summer!! ice cold!

Secret Server said...

I would love to try this (and I would love to know how to pronounce Lychee).

Jude said...

I don't drink tea during the summer... I usually steep tea leaves in cream and milk, cool, and make ice cream :)

Kathryn said...

I adore tea year round, but my favorite in the summer is Fortnum & Mason's black tea with vanilla iced. It's marvelous.

Annie & Nate said...

@SteamyKitchen - Jaden, this might become a new favorite in your tea rotation!

@Helen - do you drink your green tea iced?

@Vicki - it is!

@Tiffany - no, it's unsweetened tea. The lichee adds its own sweet, fruity essence, kind of like a rose.

@Michelle - you got it!

naycookaim said...

I love tea no matter what season! Summertime, with iced peppermint tea definitely from throat to heart! a touch of Lime and honey(trust me taste better than lemon!) with iced green tea would be perfect too! or Get a great fusion iced Chinese Jasmine Tea add a touch with apple juice and slices of green apple. (My bf birthday is coming and he is hardcore fans of Lychee...)

Annie & Nate said...

@Pietra - sipping tea in the garden sounds so relaxing.

@Mai - Yes, that does sound refreshing.

@Jieun - hm, haven't had acai yet. But I do love the roasted corn tea - it's so complex and delicious!

@d0cchuck - good luck on the lichee hunt ;-)

@Gillsnthrills - I love your handle!

@El Particular - I have dreadful allergies too. Does the herbal tea remedy get rid of it?

@Elizabeth - wow, sliced almonds! I love almonds. Going to have to try this one.

Annie & Nate said...

@lrimerman - Hummingbird Nectar -- what a great name for a tea!

@Sarahub - ooh, peach iced tea sounds perfect!

@Temperance - chai isn't on my list of favorite teas, but a good jasmine is sublime.

@Carmencooks - too bad, Aoki's is just a stone's throw away from Matsumoto's, on the same side of the road, even!

@mk - jasmine lime...all these teas sound so great. Too bad my tea drawer is so full...

Annie & Nate said...

@quitecontrary1977 - yeah, mint has that great cooling effect.

@SecretServer - I pronounce it "lie-chee" but some people say "lee-chee". It's a To-MAY-to / To-MAH-to thing.

@Jude - have you made a jasmine lime iced cream? Now that sounds totally awesome!'

@Kathryn - mmm, vanilla...

Thanks for your comments, everybody. Keep 'em coming!

cindiir3lli said...

iced toasted barley tea with a squirt of lemon is delicious in the summer. Actually, it's a perfect year round drink, just leave out the ice cubes in the winter!

Paper Girl Productions said...

I have never actually tried lichee tea but I want to!! That pic of a nice cold glass of lichee tea is making me thirsty!!

Annie & Nate said...

@Cindiir3lli - ha ha, so true!

@PaperGirl - thanks. It was quite hard to resist taking a sip while shooting.

Lola Enchanted said...

Hello. Oh I just "heart" tea also! I would simply love to try this tea! I drink it every day. Please count me in on this wonderful give~away!
Enjoy your weekend!~

soy said...

I like lychee tea too but I bought mine from Ranch99. I wonder if there's much of a difference from yours. Also do you think you can post a picture of the Mugicha tin? I would like to get some but am not sure what to get. Thanks!

virginia said...

uhmm, Lichee ice tea sounds interesting. I've had the Chinese version of Lichee tea from the traditional Chinese tea shops but had never tried the Western version. Count me in, Annie!

MM said...

Aloha Annie,

Wow love your blog!!!! I love tea too but with the weather we have.. I like them on the rocks LOL
PutuPiring from IK

Nate-n-Annie said...

@Lola Enchanted - *ting* you're in! LOL

@soy - can't tell you if there's a difference or not. Perhaps I shall do a post of mugicha and other roasted kernel teas.

@Virginia - welcome!

@MM - Hi PutuPiring *waves*. Thanks for coming to my blog!

Linda said...

Love the iced tea at Diamond Head Bakery and Grill on Monsarrat. It's homemade, tastes like Chai. I like it best mixed half and half with lemonade, Arnold Palmer style.
I've got to try the Lychee tea, hope I win!

CCC (Crazy Cooking Camper) said...

I drink lots of tea year round. Summer time is definitely for cooler and "lighter" varieties. I drink a lot of green and white teas but my favorite is definitely Genmaicha (Japanese green tea with roasted rice and sometimes popcorn).
I recently tried Chinese "beauty" green tea which has chrysanthemum, dried fruits and flower buds, as well as some candy rock in it. It is becoming my favorite mid-day tea.

Katastrophyk said...

I love chamomile tea!

seventiescinema said...

Lichee tea sounds exquisite. Sweet teas on the taste buds, all I need for summer! I have to say I tend to stay a little traditional and I like a sweet mint tea during the summer. I saw a recipe for lemon balm blackcurrant mint tea and my eyes nearly fell out. Sounds like I have a new taste awaiting my tongue. (Really, how yummy does that sound?)

Nate-n-Annie said...

@Linda - Oooh, I'll have to stop in one day and try it!

@CCC - mmm, genmaicha is one of my favorites too.

@Katastrophyk - I like the chamomile when I'm looking for something really relaxing.

@seventiescinema - wow, that's gotta be some sweet mint tea. Where can I get some?

julie said...

I recently tried starbunks green tea on holiday which i have taken a liking to and am now willing to try anything

Sara said...

I love to drink iced Jasmine tea in the summer.

ICook4Fun said...

I love anything Lychee be it fresh or in can but never have one in a tea bag. I am sure its refreshing in hot summer day.

Nate-n-Annie said...

@Julie - congratulations, you've won the tea! Please click the Contact link up at the top of the page to send us an email with your snail mail info.

Trina said...

That tea sounds refreshing and delicious! I know the contest is over, but I wanted to thank you for introducing me to the "Research Randomizer" website. What a great idea for contests! I was introduced to your blog from the FoodBuzz contest. Congrats! Great recipes and pics. I want to try the tofu two ways!

Nate-n-Annie said...

@Trina - thanks for stopping by!