How I LOVE this tea! It was love at first sniff because the dry leaf just smelled so enticingly like licorice. The taste of this is like a liquefied licorice scotty dog candy with more substance and probably less sugar. It is gloriously smooth, unlike a lot of chais where the spices just kind of clash and leave a roughness on the tongue. The clove in particular, but also the cardamon and other spices really build up the licorice and add to it. I haven’t had a straight guranse, but what I did get from the base was smooth, dark, and slightly vanilla. I am enjoying this cup immensely!