Well, this tastes A LOT better than Traditional Medicinals’s regular Throat Coat. I got the last box of this flavor at the store today, so I think the general public in my area concurs. I immediately replaced the nasty-tasting regular Throat Coat teabag I’d nicked from my housemate a few nights ago when I got home.
The box recommends 10-15 minute steep time, so I kept the teabag in the water the whole time. The longer it steeped, the sweeter it got. Just a precaution for those who dislike strong sweetness.
The licorice isn’t quite as pronounced, and they knocked it off with the cherry bark, which is what made the other Throat Coat taste like nasty licorice-y cough medicine. I think the lemon and echinacea are a wonderful idea, as they make this tea more mellow and also well-rounded in terms of function. (Now, not only does it soothe the throat and taste good while it does it, but it also helps your immune system fight whatever’s ailing you!)
I find this tea to be quite sweet on its own, but if you’re sick, adding honey is good for you. A teaspoon of it certainly didn’t hurt my enjoyment of this tea any.
I highly recommend this tea! Just don’t make the mistake of getting the regular Throat Coat instead.