4 Tasting Notes
I have a sore throat, so I opted to try and treat it with this tea. It was a suggestion after all.
I love black licorice candy and was really excited to receive this one. When I opened the package and smelled it dry, I was underwhelmed. I hastily dumped it into a tea tin and shoved it to the back of my tea cupboard to be drunk at a later date.
I brewed this tea by boiling the water and then steeping for five minutes. Since I have an uber-sweet tooth, I was tempted to add sugar straightaway. Thank goodness I didn’t. I opted instead to taste it on it’s own first and was pleasantly surprised. The initial taste wasn’t sweet, but all of a sudden the anise struck me on the back of my tongue and throat—SWEETNESS! I was so happy I even interrupted my husband from doing yardwork to tell him about it.
The initial smell was a little like freshly mown grass, after letting it sit a little I smelled a little bit of chamomile. Also, after letting it sit a bit I also tasted a bit more of the spiciness.
Overall, this is a really nice tea and I’m glad I have it. The lower marks are due to its lackluster dry smell.
I’m in love with this tea. Thank goodness I got a sample in my recent shipment because I wouldn’t have tried it out otherwise. This tea is subtly minty with delicious fruit flavors, I particularly noticed the lemon. Yummmmm.
I brewed it twice today. The first time I boiled the water to 208 degrees F and then steeped it for 5 minutes. I then added a little sugar and poured it over ice for a refreshing tea on this hot day. The second time I boiled the water, resteeped for 6 minutes, and poured it over ice again. This time I didn’t sweeten this much but it was still delicious. It did seem to be a bit weaker in flavor after the second steeping, but that could also be influenced by the fact that I had just finished eating some sweet strawberries.