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Butterfly Brand Lichee Black Tea

Since I was gone for so long, I'm going to do two entries back to back!

Butterfly Brand Lichee Black Tea from Fujian China - sent to me as a freebie from Kathy in another BPAL swap package (I'm getting a lot of teas this way!)

I put it up to a vote which tea to try next and new IRC friend Xanthina recommended the Lichee Black Tea, as it's one of her favorites.  I asked for recommendations on how to prepare it and was told to use not quite boiling water and steep for 5-10 minutes.  Xan uses both sugar and honey depending on mood, just like I do.

I can see why it's one of her favorites, it's so delicious!  It's a light sweet and fruity black tea, which surprised me.  Steeped a little longer than I usually do at Xan's direction, and with two sugars, this blend was really a wonderful choice for my tea.  It worked very well paired with my serving of my mom's apple crisp. 

This chinese tea is marked in both Chinese and English, reading "Pleasing Rich Aroma Bright Red Liquor Homely Refresher Valuable Gift."  This English major is highly amused by the translation. 

I might have to go looking for other lichee black teas.  I was very much impressed because I normally don't like black teas because they are too strong.  Apparently I've been drinking the wrong ones!