Licorice Twist

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Licorice, Spicy
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Let’s do the twist

Here’s one for black licorice lovers. With its sweet anise seed taste, it’s just like biting into a black licorice candy. But it’s also packed with all sorts of good-for-you herbs and spices, from ginger root to nettle leaf. And if you’re suffering from a sore throat, it doesn’t get any more soothing than this. That’s right: not only is this your new favourite sweet treat…it’s also your new favourite cold remedy.

Ingredients: Licorice, mint, fennel, anise, cocoa, candied pineapple, ginger, peppermint, nettle leaf, chilli pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, safflower, and marigold blossoms.

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coldbrew sipdown (331/313)

I should really say this is a pourdown because one sip turned my stomach so bad that I immediately threw the rest out. I like licorice in tea and i hate wasting tea, but this one is just plain awful and nausea-inducing.

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104 tasting notes

My fiancé, who is Dutch, just loves black licorice and anise. I, on the other hand, hate black licorice but love anise. However, we both enjoy this tea! I prefer Bravissimo over this tea but this is nice when I want a licorice-y tasting tea that won’t make me sleepy.

This tea has the Dutch seal of approval!

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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154 tasting notes

Too many flavours going on in this mix…needs to be less complex and less spicy and more licorice.

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6 tasting notes

This tea is decent. As a black licorice lover, I was hoping for a stronger licorice presence, but as other steepsters have mentioned, the other flavors seem to compete with the licorice taste. That being said, I tried it at DAVIDs TEA hot with honey and it tasted pretty yummy; enough so that I bought 50g and some of the honey straws. I have a sore throat now so this sounds like the perfect remedy!

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10 tasting notes

I love licorice but did not really like this tea. Coincidentally I had a sore throat and did not really find it helped.

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49 tasting notes

Hooo… sweet baby Jesus! Now I remember why I buried you in my cupboard, Licorice Twist.

Dry smell? Could almost pass for green licorice.
Steeping? Oh god it looks like grass, it smells like grass, it tastes like a freshly mown lawn (don’t ask how I know, xD) blended with what used to be mint in a past life. To top it off, its a bit spicy too.
Blech. This does not taste like licorice. Maybe licorice chopped up in a bowl of steaming hot water… with grass clippings?

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I have a sore throat, so I opted to try and treat it with this tea. It was a suggestion after all.

I love black licorice candy and was really excited to receive this one. When I opened the package and smelled it dry, I was underwhelmed. I hastily dumped it into a tea tin and shoved it to the back of my tea cupboard to be drunk at a later date.

I brewed this tea by boiling the water and then steeping for five minutes. Since I have an uber-sweet tooth, I was tempted to add sugar straightaway. Thank goodness I didn’t. I opted instead to taste it on it’s own first and was pleasantly surprised. The initial taste wasn’t sweet, but all of a sudden the anise struck me on the back of my tongue and throat—SWEETNESS! I was so happy I even interrupted my husband from doing yardwork to tell him about it.

The initial smell was a little like freshly mown grass, after letting it sit a little I smelled a little bit of chamomile. Also, after letting it sit a bit I also tasted a bit more of the spiciness.

Overall, this is a really nice tea and I’m glad I have it. The lower marks are due to its lackluster dry smell.

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183 tasting notes

It’s a funny thing. I can’t stand black licorice, but I love licorice and anise teas. Add mint, and I’m sold. This was a winner for me, and I’ll enjoy it throughout the winter months. The additional spices help to give it a unique taste, and the smell is great.

I don’t worry about over-steeping this, as it tastes good to me no matter how long it’s steeped for.

Only for licorice tea lovers.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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13 tasting notes

In my opinion this tea tastes much better than it smells. The smell of the leaves before they are steeped was so overpoweringly spicey that I was a bit hesitant at first, but it steeps much softer and sweeter. What’s most interesting about this tea is the strange sweet aftertaste that lingers in the back of your throat after you swallow. I just love it. The fennel and ginger really come through after the first few sips, once you’ve gotten used to the sweetness of the licorice. I find fennel to be very comforting. This is a lovely “snowed in” and “getting a cold” tea. Very relaxing and warming. A lovely and tasty alternative to the traditional gingery “sick tea”.

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123 tasting notes

This tea is so strongly flavored that it’s almost undrinkable. I like licorice, but this is far far too sweet. I gave the rest of it to my friend, hopefully she likes it!

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