This licorice mate is delightfully not a single-note anise tea. It smells and tastes like black licorice candy which matches the smoky quality of roasted mate. In fact, the dark flavour is akin to drip coffee especially sipped scalding hot. With no added sugar which is my preference, this tea is dessert-like. I don’t really notice mint but there is a cooling effect that could be menthol. The strength of flavour carries through the second cup which is good because mate, in of itself, survives multiple steeps.