Drinkable when hot, with honey, but really unpalatable as it cools. I took a sip, nearly gagged, and dumped it out. Probably the licorice/anise plus maybe the “slippery elm” (maybe it’s jut power of suggestion, but I swear the tea felt “slippery”) Anyway, I have no idea if the half mug I choked down helped my throat. I doubt it. I will file this one away as definitely “for medicinal use only.” Some herbals I actually enjoy drinking, but this isn’t one of them!