After reading the tasting notes on here I am starting to think I did something majorly wrong making this tea. I recently ordered a large batch of different teas from ESP while they were having their 4th of July sale, and this was the first one in my cart. That being said, when the package arrived today, it was the first one I made, but regretfully I did not get past the first sip. The tea smells wonderfully, but I found the taste to be very similar to a black licorice type candy. (Which I am not a fan of!) The after taste was similar to what I was looking for when trying this tea, but unfortunately I just can’t stomach drinking it. Disappointed and hoping that some of the other teas I bought turn out much better.