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So, I’ve been away a fair while – been travelling a fair bit this year both domestically and internationally. Going forward I am going to make an effort to post more often. I recently went on a trip to Washington State in the Seattle area to visit some family and friends. It was an amazing visit but I caught a nasty bug on a plane. Acute sinusitis. While at the hospital for that I somehow contracted salmonella as well which totally destroyed my intestines ( which I’m told will take several months to heal) and gave me GERD. I can’t lie down lest things come up and I get heartburn, and I can only eat very few things right now. While shopping for us, my husband ( who knows I am a licorice and fennel fan) picked this up for me. All of the ingredients are great for digestion, plus are among my favorite flavors : Roasted Chicory, Anise Seed, Sweet Fennel Seed, Licorice Root, Cardamom Pod, Orange Peel, Ginger Root. I have other teas with these ingredients and love them. But this particular combination is absolutely divine and really helps after meals for digestion and to relieve wind. If you have digestive problems or just enjoy these flavors, I recommend you give this a try. It’s earthy chicory and sweet black licorice flavor are a great combination on the tongue. The citrus and spice is hinted but just adds roundness as opposed to coming up front. One of my new favorites and I will keep this in stock from now on. Steeped in boiling water for 5-10 mins.
This is DELICIOUS!! I am a huge licorice fan and I’m always on the hunt for real licorice flavor!! This tea has organic licorice roots from three different places (Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Egypt), with no additives. It is deep and sweet. The box was too pretty to throw away so I cut it up and reused it for gift tags. The taste is similar to one of my favorite treats, Panda black licorice. Steeped with boiling water for 10 mins. Drank plain.
Very strong aroma, both refreshing and warming, blends perfectly both ingredients.
Distinct liquorice sweetness is the first impression. Peppermint is usually quite assertive, but here it lurks in the background, not having the chance to dominate.
Good warming brew, but only for avid liquorice fans.
Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint, Sweet
Dang steepster. Seriously, this site needs a UX overhal. As I was trying to say, took a mug of this along with the final steeps of my two greens from earlier this morning. What I like about this ginger is that it is more on the spicy side compared to the tisane I usually drink. There is less of that licorice sweetness throughout the entire cup, but it must settle at the bottom or something, because I got a mouthful right as I was finishing this up.
Flavors: Ginger, Licorice, Spicy, Sweet
Ending the day with this because I accidentally opened it earlier. Licorice doesn’t come through much, so it is definitely pure ginger up front with a hint of turmeric. Fairly clean and straightforward flavor profile. I do start the taste the licorice a bit at the end.
Not bad overall.
I couldn’t drink this. There is a flavor in this and also in Pukka Licorice and Cinnamon that I strongly dislike. The common ingredients in both teas are roasted hickory root, sweet fennel seed, and cardamom pods. I haven’t yet determined which is the culprit as I am unfamiliar with all three ingredients.
Very strong, spicy aroma. There’s really a lot of ginger here. The licorice is fortunately far in the background.
Very spicy taste, I didn’t expect that from the bag tea. The slight note of licorice nicely compliments the overall ginger experience.
Good one, extremely warming.
Flavors: Ginger, Licorice, Spicy
I’m not a fan of licorice, so it makes sense that I don’t love the taste of this tea. I also don’t find it very “soothing” to drink — I don’t get that warm feeling from it that some teas give. I probably wouldn’t buy it again, especially because drinking it before bed was giving me nightmares (due to the Valerian root ingredient, which is known for stimulating dreaming).
Another favorite grocery store brand of mine in the UK is Pukka. I grabbed this one on our latest trip while we were at Tesco because I needed a warm minty beverage while I froze in the damp of Ireland. I like Ireland, but it is cold and damp and you need lots of blankets and socks and hot beverages.
This is peppermint, spearmint and fieldmint. I feel like we don’t really use fieldmint in the US? But it wasn’t anything much out of the ordinary. This is a nice sweet minty tea. I drank a box and a half in 2 weeks and brought a box back with me too.
While I didn’t notice any drastic relaxation from this, it does seem to help de-stress a little bit. Very strong licorice flavor, so if you’re a fan of licorice, I would definitely recommend drinking this tea at the end of a long day. Given that I don’t really enjoy the taste of licorice, I wouldn’t personally buy this again.
Hm. I love my first tasting note for this tea, didn’t love it quite so… eloquently… when I drank it last night. Perhaps just not in the mood? Dunno. I think I over-steeped it though, and thus the grassy bits of the green turned astringent and sour. I’m sure it’s user error, so leaving everything else as-is.
Flavors: Grass, Smooth
Turmeric lovers, rejoice!
I love turmeric tea. I make it from scratch all the time, but, it’s a huge mess and stains everything. So I prefer to find pre-mixed turmeric tea, it just makes my life easier.
Out of all the turmeric teas I’ve tried (I think more than 20 now, I’d have to check for sure), this is my favorite.
It’s STRONG, for starters. No powder that I can tell in this tea, it’s more of a small rock shape, for the turmeric, anyway. Perhaps little flakes of the actual root?
Next up, it’s smooth, I’m sure because of the licorice root. Then, the lemon is a surprising astringent twist. Both whole lemons and lemon oil. I thought it would be overpowering, but it’s not at all. I had to look at the ingredients twice, asking myself, “Is that citrus? No…”
Yes, yes it is.
This is probably to die for with some coconut milk and honey, but since I’m not using honey at the moment.. wah. Someone do tell me if they try it!
Flavors: Astringent, Lemon, Spices
Grabbed this as an alternative to ridiculously priced matcha – which is all I find in the UK at the moment. Darn traveling. ;)
I miss my matcha, and wish Red Leaf’s shipping wasn’t such a high threshold to come over here. Plus, since I’m on the road so much, it’s tricky to get anything without my being “gone” already, on to the next place. Suggestions for solutions, welcome!
Anyway, this tea. Suggested steep time of 3 minutes is perfect, as i’m finding this gets ridiculously bitter, fast. Did it as a keto / butter tea, didn’t notice anything of substance. Did it today just as a regular tea, and it was tight, astringent and bitter. Got some granularity from the matcha, which made me happy as I was worried there wasn’t any in here. Having said that, zero matcha buzz, which I consistently get with straight matcha. So…
Would I buy this again? Maybe, if I needed matcha in small doses for some reason, and couldn’t get what I wanted at a decent price.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Grass