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I bought this at the tea festival hoping to find a replacement for the Butiki licorice chai I love. Except after searching for so long(and thanks for all the licorice! sorry, couldn’t resist) of course it didn’t need to be chai, just licorice! I have a chai sugar that I can add to it when I want so I do have some options :)
Anyhow. Opening the tin, I didn’t find much of a scent. Vague herbally licorice followed by a basic black tea aroma. I wasn’t put off though, as I know how potent licorice is.
After steeping for three min, I added milk and maybe a third tsp of sugar.
The verdict? Yum. A great balance between the tea and licorice. I’m also loving that medicinal tingle on my tongue. Oh also, the licorice part does evolve as the cup cools. It has more of an anise and fennel influence when hot, and a straight licorice/fennel note as it cools. I’m really liking it.
Next time, I’ll try it with my chai sugar :)
Disclaimer: The lovely person who owns 3Teas was in a bunch of my tea classes. And you know what, I can honestly say that this review isn’t biased at all! it really is delish.
This one is also better cold-brewed. It’s still pretty much all hibiscus tartness… if anything, I’m getting even less of the peach scent than I did with the hot tea. But the tartness seems to work better as a cold drink. And the colour is pretty awesome. Now I want to try cold-brewing everything in my cupboard that has hibiscus in it. :)
Third one! It’s a herbal tea with hibiscus in the name, which doesn’t exactly bode well. The dry tea smells really good, actually – strongly peach-flavoured, maybe a bit more peach candy than fresh peaches. The brewed tea has the same peachy scent, as well as the classic pink-red hibiscus colour. It tastes… tart! Yeah, pretty strong hibiscus in there. Now it’s kind of reminding me of sour peach candies. :) I don’t hate it, but I think I’d like it better if the hibiscus weren’t overpowering the whole blend.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Peach, Tart
I cold steeped this one overnight, and I definitely like it better this way. It’s still mostly peppermint, and I have to really concentrate to taste the ginger and green tea, but it feels a little bit more balanced. And cold steeped, it’s more just pleasantly refreshing as opposed to overwhelmingly minty. I strained it through a small kitchen strainer into my glass, and there’s a bunch of little bits/debris that settled to the bottom, which is a bit annoying but mostly just means I’m not going to drink the last 20-30ml. Note to self: strain through something finer next time. Bumping up my rating a bit because it’s actually pretty pleasant this way, though I’m still not sure it’s substantially different from straight peppermint.
Well I like all the component parts of this tea, but not sure how I feel about putting them all together. Guess we’ll see! Dry leaf smells like peppermint. As it steeps, it still smells mostly like peppermint, though I can detect the ginger if I really focus. Tasting, peppermint is still the predominant flavour, though I can taste a bit of the green tea base in there. I’m not really getting much ginger at all (and there were definitely ginger pieces in the tea I steeped). Maybe at the lower temps needed for the green tea, the ginger flavours don’t really come out as much? Anyway, it’s fine, but if I wanted to drink something that tastes like peppermint tea, I would probably just make peppermint tea.
So the latest (and my last) Postal Teas box included teas from this company. I’m pretty puzzled, since black licorice is definitely one of those polarizing flavours that some people just always hate. So why would you include it in a subscription box? Unless you’re not trying to entice people to your brand so much as you’re trying to get rid of old stock that’s not selling.
Anyway. I’m one of those people who do like black licorice so this is something that might work for me, but the smell of the dry tea is… odd. And the smell of the steeped tea is… still odd. Definitely a bit licorice-y, but not a lot. The taste is… like, I can taste what I’m coming to think of as “generic cheap ceylon base tea”, and I can taste the licorice root (which doesn’t actually taste anything like black licorice), and there’s this sort of… old, musty, herbal tea kind of flavour. And there’s some astringency building up in my mouth. Nope, do not like.