More like November Siesta. I don’t know if it’s psychological but I swear this is relaxing the bejesus out of me, and normally chamomile or other BS sleepy-time blends do absolutely nothing for me. Yet, not long after I started drinking this, it hit me and I really want to go to bed. Granted, I had a long, mentally exhausting day filled with an absurdly high percentage of difficult, rude, entitled, and bizarre people/interactions. Constant, non-freaking-stop. The kind of day that really questions how some people, actually, how so many people come to be the way they are, and how they sleep at night.
So here I am past midnight waiting for my dishwasher to finish up while I allow my nails to dry and I wanted some tea to keep me company and warm me up. The mere look of the dry leaf automatically wins given the fact that there is whole star anise in here. So beautiful!
I’m a little all over the place with chamomile. I appreciate its fragrance and skincare benefits, and in tea, it depends on what it’s paired with, my mood, etc. Can be a little overpowering, but I do like it here. I know many aren’t into licorice root either, and I too, while loving licorice flavours (especially star anise), find that the root can be a little tricky.
The licorice root is a tad cloying here but this is still pleasant to drink under these circumstances. I’m not tasting the star anise so much, though. To my palate, this is equal parts chamomile and licorice with a shot of citrus. There’s something cooling and refreshing about this too, in the background behind the licorice and chamomile.