2 tsp per 400mL mug. Boiling water. Bare. 8-minute steep. Rating: 95.

I really don’t like licorice in tisanes, so I’ve been staying away from the DavidsTea Ayurvedics. But it’s all a matter of balance. As in the Shanti, the licorice here just adds some depth and sweetness without dominating. This tisane is bright and cheerful and really tasty. It’s herbal, so it needs a good long steep to get all the flavours out. Several mornings over the last week I’ve drunk this instead of a tea with caffeine for my first morning cuppa, and I’ve woken up just fine. The weather here in Newfoundland has turned relentlessly cold, dull and wet, so this tisane is a real help. Sweet, a bit spicy, minty — but all in a good balance. Definitely worth a try.

Jessie

I took a chance on this one (don’t like licorice, either) and was pleasantly surprised too.

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Jessie

I took a chance on this one (don’t like licorice, either) and was pleasantly surprised too.

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I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

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