Licorice Rocky

Tea type
Black Fruit Herbal Blend
Ingredients
Black Teas, Freeze Dried Raspberries, Licorice Root, Organic Marshmallow Root, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan), Organic Vanilla Beans
Flavors
Anise, Cream, Licorice, Raspberry, Vanilla
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
Certification
Organic, Vegan
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  • “Sipdown! 147/365! This is a cheater sipdown, haha. Thanks to Roswell Strange for letting me sample her tea before I send it off! This tea was actually surprisingly good. I expected to be hit...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Not a licorice fan but this is very tasty. It has a very subtle licorice note, and the raspberry taste is very good. Slightly tart. Nice. It has a creamy flavor background, surrounded with vanilla...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is the Tea of the Week for January 21 – and to continue the theme of “Retro Candy Shop” I chose to create a tea inspired by my favorite candy from my Handy Candy haul – Licorice Rockies! I...” Read full tasting note

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Tea of the Week for January 21, 2019!

This tea is inspired by an old fashioned British candy that I ordered from Handy Candy. It was absolutely my favorite candy from my Handy Candy haul – what can I say? I adore black licorice! I loved the Licorice Rockies so much that the small amount I ordered from Handy Candy disappeared very quickly & I was immediately online searching for a more local source for the sweets (read: something that would be shipped from the US so that I could get it faster than the 3 + weeks it took to get it shipped to me from the UK).

These candies look like short black licorice ropes (the thick kind, not the strings) on the outside but inside there’s a pastel colored fruity cream. This sweet, fruity, creamy filling cuts the sharp bite of the licorice – so you get the sweet & salty, anise-y flavor of the licorice without the strong bitterness of it. There’s still just a hint of licorice bitterness – but it’s been softened – smoothed out – by the notes of cream & fruit. From the filling, I got a strong creamy note with light fruitiness. I tasted raspberry mostly – so that’s the fruit I focused on – but the fruit flavor was very light with the candy – the strong notes of the licorice & the cream gave the fruity notes a flavor that reminded me a bit of the color of the cream – very light … very pastel … a very softly flavored note that seemed to do more to soften the licorice than to really provide a forward flavor for itself.

To craft my Licorice Rocky tea interpretation, I started with a base of black teas (Assam, Yunnan & Ceylon) & added licorice root, marshmallow root & vanilla bean for the creaminess & a bunch of raspberries.

As I sit here, sipping this tea, I am happy to say that I managed to capture the flavors of the Licorice Rockies in this tea quite well. The licorice root stands out – but it isn’t sharp or bitter. It’s actually quite smooth thanks to the notes of vanilla, raspberry & the marshmallow root. So you get a smooth, creamy anise/licorice note with just a hint of raspberry. This is so YUMMY! It’s also organic, VEGAN, gluten free & allergen free!

organic ingredients: black teas, raspberries, licorice root, marshmallow root, vanilla bean & natural flavors

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Sipdown! 147/365!

This is a cheater sipdown, haha. Thanks to Roswell Strange for letting me sample her tea before I send it off!

This tea was actually surprisingly good. I expected to be hit heavily by licorice, but it wasn’t overly strong – it was smooth and tasted more to me like a yummy vanilla black with just a dash of licorice. In fact, I liked it enough that I probably won’t shy away from 52teas licorice blends in the future.

Roswell Strange

Ooh! Now I’m super excited for this one!!

Kawaii433

I thought the same thing, Kittenna and I got some as a free sample. I can’t stand black licorice but the dash of licorice is just right. I haven’t wrote a review on this because I usually write reviews on the sipdown but it is good.

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Not a licorice fan but this is very tasty. It has a very subtle licorice note, and the raspberry taste is very good. Slightly tart. Nice. It has a creamy flavor background, surrounded with vanilla notes. It was a nice surprise.

Flavors: Anise, Cream, Licorice, Raspberry, Vanilla

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This is the Tea of the Week for January 21 – and to continue the theme of “Retro Candy Shop” I chose to create a tea inspired by my favorite candy from my Handy Candy haul – Licorice Rockies! I wasn’t at all surprised that I loved the candy since I love black licorice. But I do know that it’s a somewhat polarizing flavor, most people either love it or hate it. So I’m careful not to go crazy making licorice flavored teas but the candy that inspires this tea is a bit different from most licorice candy because the black licorice rope is filled with a sweet fruit and cream filling that softens that sharp edge that is usually present with most licorice candy. So while it does have a taste of licorice, it also has the taste of fruit (the flavor I noticed most was raspberry) and sweet vanilla cream and since it was a bit softer than most licorice candy, I thought this would be a safe inspiration to draw upon and that even those who might not be terribly fond of licorice might like this.

This has a licorice presence but I also taste a note of raspberry which is particularly noticeable in the aftertaste. In the aftertaste, it comes out as a distinct raspberry flavor while through the sip, I get more of berry-ish fruit notes. It doesn’t come across as strongly raspberry. When I taste tested it, I didn’t want to play around with that a lot to make it taste more raspberry because this isn’t specifically a raspberry candy, it’s licorice with a few different fruit flavors with raspberry the most distinct flavor I noticed. So I decided to have raspberry play the role of “fruit” in this blend. The cream is also not strongly “vanilla” but more of a smooth, sweet cream note that does more to soften the licorice than it does to offer a stand-out flavor of its own.

I absolutely love this tea.

Mastress Alita

I’m one of those people that loves black licorice candy!

Sil

Black Licorice>red!

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