I have been putting off trying Kusmi Sweet Love because every time I found myself reaching for it, it has been late in the day, and I have concluded that the black tea first ingredient would keep me awake. Whoops—silly me.
In fact, this is more of a licorice root than a black tea. My sachet also contained, remarkably, three—count ’em 3!—cardamom pods. That was probably just luck of the draw, but it does seem a bit excessive
Despite all of that cardamom (three pods of cardamom ground might actually be toxic!), the licorice root still prevails as the dominant flavor in this blend. The black tea is more like an afterthought. I realized this when I saw how many more spices (also pink pepper) there were than leaves of black tea. The liquor is orange amber.
Anyway, Sweet Love is not bad for a spicy licorice tea, which is what this really is—against my expectations. In addition to the sample sachet, I have a small tin of the loose blend. When I make a pot, I’ll probably use a smaller ratio of cardamom to black tea.
(Blazing New Rating #73)
Flavors: Cardamon, Licorice