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I think licorice is an acquired taste. I know, as a kid, I thought licorice tasted totally gross. :P

But now, as an adult, the taste is growing on me—as if my palate is growing ever more “sophisticated” with age. :) I can now appreciate—and even find delicious—the flavors I used to detest—like liver, mushrooms, olives and dry red wine.

This smells strongly and sharply of licorice—of pure anise. Reminds me of the tea version of ouzo. But the flavor is more “pillowy” and soft and nicely sweet. It pairs really well with the white tea!

The tea itself tastes almost veggie-esque and “brothy”—like cauliflower and potatoes (and I mean this in a good way :) ).

Suprisingly yummy overall. It may even convert licorice-shunners. ;)

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My ratings are purely subjective and each note varies according to my perception and mood at the moment. So, with that said, my rating scale can be deciphered as follows:
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