Fired Up Fennel

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Fennel, Licorice, Spices
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 12 oz / 355 ml

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  • “Dry leaf nose: Aromas of fennel and anise, with a light sweetness and a hint of chili. Liquor: Golden clear. Flavour: Very sweet and medium bodied. Strong fennel and anise flavour with a sweetness...” Read full tasting note
  • “Well, all I can say is BLECH! I shouldn’t have even tried this, as I vehemently HATE fennel and anise and anything that tastes remotely like black licorice, but… It’s really cold out and windy out...” Read full tasting note
  • “Man, I’ve had a lot of tea today! And I think I’ve found a winner from the bunch in this fiery sweet tea. I love licorice, and licorice things. Fennel, anise, stevia (which I find a bit licoricey,...” Read full tasting note
  • “Not a tea I’d choose for myself, but my roommate brought some back with her after trying it at her local DT during Reading Week. So what the heck, may as well try it! Both steeped and dry, the tea...” Read full tasting note


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According to ayurveda, kaphas are calm, even-tempered and dependable. Sound familiar? If you’re a kapha, you know you sometimes need a little extra get-up-and-go. This herbal tea should be just the ticket – it has the perfect balance of mellow sweetness from fennel and licorice root, with a good dose of zing from hot red chilis. So if you want to turn up the heat, a cup of this ought to get you up and moving.

Ingredients: Fennel seeds, anise seeds, licorice root, chili peppers.

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8 tasting notes

So I was a little weary when I found out David’s was going to revamp their ayurvedic teas. Then I had the Fired Up Fennel and I think I found my new post-lunch tea!

I am a Pitta-Kapha and I find the fennel, anise, chilis, and licorice perks up the body and mind.

I do wish this tea would include tulsi like the previous formulations, but I am very happy with this tea for kaphas!

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I loved the smell of this tea, the fennel is very strong in the scent, I couldnt smell the spice at all. Once brewed this tea still smelled delicious, with a slight spicy smell. One I tasted it I could barely stand to have any, definitely couldn’t finish the cup. The fennel taste was strong and tasty but the chili kick was unbareable. I don’t usually mind spice but this was a bad spice kick. I even had my fiance try it and he loves spicy things and even he thought the spice was far too much. I am going to try this tea again without any chilis in it to see how it tastes without the chilis. I definitely wont be buying this tea again.

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

I agree with the chili overkill in certain cups! But I’ve learned to regulate the heat by choosing how many peppers I steep. Fewer peppers = gentler heat, I promise.

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This tea is strange – there is really no getting around it. But its strangeness makes it interesting, and I like that. When I first encountered it in store, I thought it smelled good, but food good – I couldn’t really imagine how it would translate into a tea, and it kind of terrified me. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I really don’t smell the licorice at all, and without the licorice it smells like curry – really delicious, but I didn’t want to feel like I was drinking liquid Indian food. You definitely taste the licorice though – the whole curry flavour of the fennel and chili peppers hits the back of my tongue, while the front is all smooth, sweet licorice flavour. Strange, but strangely delicious. I’m not sure that I’d be able to drink this often, but I definitely plan to keep some around. This seems like it might work magic on a cold without tasting like the general immune system-boosting teas you normally end up drinking – a plus, in my books. Next step: throwing a scoop of this into the rice cooker with some basmati…

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

Exactly like it sounds: fennel spiked with chili pepper. I steep it for 10 to 15 minutes to bring out the chili.

Boiling 8 min or more

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This tea has a really nice smell to it. I like fennel and spices, so had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately the chili peppers were a bit too much for me. They BURNED going down. I ended up removing most of the peppers from the dry mix so I can finish the rest of the tea.

It would be a good tea if you really like chili pepper.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

spicy! very spice. too spicy.

6 min, 0 sec

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