If a tea could be characterized as pretty, Mariage Freres’ Sweet Shanghai tea blend would be the prettiest of them all. Drinking this tea is like walking into a spring garden on the cusp of summer. It’s a green tea blend with the sweetest notes of tropical fruitiness, distinctive yet soft in litchi flavor. If you like litchi black teas, this is its springtime cousin. A bouquet of flowers in a cup, Sweet Shanghai is the perfect drink as springtime draws to a close.
BREWING TIPS: 2-3 minutes @ 165 degrees F. As with all green teas, try not to over brew. Also nice iced.
THE LEAF: Dark green leaves with peach, purple, yellow, and fuchsia blossoms.
THE SCENT: A fresh bouquet of sweet spring flowers mingled with ripe tropical fruits.
THE STEEP: Bright, fresh, light, fruity, tropical, floral, slightly astringent.
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