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drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
325 tasting notes

It´s not you, cup of tea, it´s me. Seriously, you smell awesome and the ingredients read like a great idea. But I got a perhaps irrational dislike to aniseed (or liquorice, or anything of its family) and dear tea, it´s not going to work between us at all.

(nice rooibos base though)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Jessie

Yep, anise/liquorice can really ruin a cup if you don’t like it. It’s usually all I can taste!

Ninavampi

Love the review! I get the relationship issue completely! And, if you are like me, anise/liquorice and I will never get along.

cteresa

yeah, not a aniseed/liquorice lover, or even friend here, so it´s not my cup – I think it is the first, and so far only Yumchaa blend which has not worked for me.

Hallieod

I’d been comparing this one to Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, which is unfair to almost any spicy rooibos, but noticed that it contained aniseed just last night. I share your feelings about it in teas, though I like liquorice itself just fine. Will try another cup to see if it’s strong enough to have been the problem!

cteresa

It just might be your cup of tea – the aniseed, liquorice thing is really personal (though maybe more of a hate thing in southern Europe. salmiakki, eurgh)

Hallieod

Oh, it’s not bad but I don’t like it all that much either. I realised I have exactly the same top two dislikes in teas as you – hibiscus and aniseed, and want to reassure you that I did NOT just copy you! Long-standing tastes but just starting to get serious about why I like or dislike a particular blend/flavour of tea.

cteresa

Don´t worry, great minds think alike (and we so agree on so much else!). Though I think a certain dislike for hibiscus is almost inevitable in almost tea lovers sooner or later :p

Hallieod

:) It does seem a very unnatural like to me too!

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Jessie

Yep, anise/liquorice can really ruin a cup if you don’t like it. It’s usually all I can taste!

Ninavampi

Love the review! I get the relationship issue completely! And, if you are like me, anise/liquorice and I will never get along.

cteresa

yeah, not a aniseed/liquorice lover, or even friend here, so it´s not my cup – I think it is the first, and so far only Yumchaa blend which has not worked for me.

Hallieod

I’d been comparing this one to Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, which is unfair to almost any spicy rooibos, but noticed that it contained aniseed just last night. I share your feelings about it in teas, though I like liquorice itself just fine. Will try another cup to see if it’s strong enough to have been the problem!

cteresa

It just might be your cup of tea – the aniseed, liquorice thing is really personal (though maybe more of a hate thing in southern Europe. salmiakki, eurgh)

Hallieod

Oh, it’s not bad but I don’t like it all that much either. I realised I have exactly the same top two dislikes in teas as you – hibiscus and aniseed, and want to reassure you that I did NOT just copy you! Long-standing tastes but just starting to get serious about why I like or dislike a particular blend/flavour of tea.

cteresa

Don´t worry, great minds think alike (and we so agree on so much else!). Though I think a certain dislike for hibiscus is almost inevitable in almost tea lovers sooner or later :p

Hallieod

:) It does seem a very unnatural like to me too!

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am trying to make sure …

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres,Thé-o-Dor and Yumchaa.

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