The dry leaf smells like bubblegum. The spices aren’t real dominant in the dry leaf. But, once brewed, the spices really come forward, I SMELL ANISE! Yay!
Unlike some others who dislike Anise, I love LOVE love it. LOVE it. I love licorice, I love Anise, I love Fennel. It rocks my socks. It made me put this song on: http://youtu.be/HTTAPCUtbc8 and I don’t know why.
And I love that Anise is a strong component in this. The cinnamon, cardamom and clove seem to be sort of equally balanced, with the anise stepping just outside of their neat little box. Coloring outside the lines. The brandy flavoring is also strong, and as the tea cools slightly, I find that I like this even better than when it’s served hot. I like it sort of warm, not cold, not hot… warm. It warms me up better than when its hot, and it tastes like a warm, mulled brandy. Except that they put some extra anise in the mulled spices. And that makes me happy.