I was very excited to try this, and see just how blazingly hellishly hot it was. The description and reviews promised a good bit of heat, though I have a hard time gauging what other people mean by that.
I’m a bit jaded to spiciness. I am from the southwestern US, where Taco Bell’s “hot” sauce got complaints for being too mild, so they added another level of heat just for this market. Most nationally-available “hot”-flavored products don’t impress me a whole lot—sure, I can detect the heat, but I think it’s cute that Flamin’ Hot Cheetos think they’re a macho food.
I assumed that a Canadian company’s definition of “hot” is kind of on that level. But, just in case, I spent a few minutes mentally preparing myself to be in Stupid Capsaicin Tricks. Just in case. ’Cause the description and reviews said this was pretty hot.
With a 5 min steep, I couldn’t taste any heat or even any chili flavor. Just fennel and anise and licorice. Awww. It was pleasant enough, since I like fennel just fine. But it tasted like just fennel tea, not at all like SPICY fennel tea.
The scoop I brewed didn’t have a chili in it. I am going to try again, being sure to include a pepper. But I sure hope that’s not necessary to get some heat, since I don’t think there are enough peppers in my package to put one in every cup. Perhaps a longer brew time will bring out some spice?