Ceylon Star

Tea type
Black Tea
Ceylon Black Tea, Cocoa, Coconut, Natural And Artificial Flavouring, Star Anise Bits, White Chocolate
Anise, Cinnamon, Chocolate, Cocoa, Sweet, White Chocolate, Licorice, Coconut
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 11 oz / 327 ml

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136 Tasting Notes View all

  • “Mmmm. To be honest I wasn’t sure how excited I’d be to drink this again. It was so hit and miss from what I remember. (Sorry ShayneBear) So, because of this I’ve sorta had this 25g pack sitting...” Read full tasting note
  • “I was going to make chai this morning, as the cooler weather is making me want cozy teas, but I saw a picture of the new sugar plum tea and saw the star anise and decided I’d rather have a cup of...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you Isaila for my sample of this! For preparation, I steeped up 1 1/2 tsp. of leaf in 8 oz. of boiling water for four minutes. Although now I’m wondering if that wasn’t enough leaf or enough...” Read full tasting note
  • “Snacking for dinner this evening. First, some leftover pasta, next up roasted yams and baked zucchini fries. This tea really doesn’t go with any of it. But that’s OK. I wanted something sweet and...” Read full tasting note


Wish upon a star

Star anise is one of the most beautiful spices around…and also one of the most delicious. It has a sweet, subtle licorice taste that we just can’t resist. And some say it has magical properties: keeping star anise around is said to bring you good luck, happy dreams and even clairvoyance. Most importantly, it makes for some seriously delicious tea. Star anise and Ceylon black tea is a classic combination, but here we sweeten the deal even more with white chocolate, cocoa nibs and coconut. The result is sweet and creamy, with a hint of exotic spice. Now that’s star power.

Ingredients: Ceylon black tea, star anise, cocoa, white chocolate, coconut, natural and artificial flavouring*.

Allergens: Soy, dairy and coconut

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334 tasting notes

This blend has a very strong cocoa aroma right out of the package. I was expecting more anise, but that doesn’t emerge until after brewing, as a lighter note in the background. Anise is one of those weird flavors that I enjoy even though many people I know do not, and it balances out the cocoa and bittersweet-chocolate flavors of this blend nicely. The Ceylon base is enjoyable and identifiable as well. Overall, a little heavy on the chocolate, but fairly good. Thanks beelicious!

Cameron B.

I like anise/licorice too, and though I’ve never had it with chocolate before, it sounds like a good combination.


It’s pretty tasty! When I was in elementary school, my route walking to and from school went past a field that was full of wild anise plants (though maybe not the same kind as star anise?). It smelled amazing and I’ve kind of loved it since then!

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635 tasting notes

I have a bit of a sugar rush from breakfast this morning. I had two English muffins slathered in butter and strawberry preserves. Now I’m not feeling so hot. Probably should have used less preserves. I blame my husband. He bought the kind with added sugar, which I usually try to avoid.

Anyway, this is a free sample I’ve had in my cupboard for at least a year. The dry leaf aroma is cocoa and coconut. There’s a fair amount of scum in the water after brewing. This seems to be somewhat common with DAVIDsTEA blends and is probably attributable to their use of artificial flavorings. The brewed tea aroma is a weird combination of cocoa, coconut, and star anise.

First sip…bleh not very good. The flavor is just as weird as the aroma. I’m not sure who came up with this combo but it is strange. Then the aftertaste seeps in and YUCK! This is why I avoid teas with artificial flavorings. This is disgusting. I’m going to add milk to see if that helps cut the stank going on in my mouth right now.

I added a little more than my usual dollop of skim milk, and it did help cut the nasty aftertaste. But overall, this tea is not for me. I don’t like this combination of flavors and it all just tastes so fake and gross. Yuck yuck blech blech. Down the drain it goes.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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893 tasting notes

I’ve finally found energy to get back to event organizing for my community, so tonight I hosted a potluck and games night for poly folks.

I packed up a bunch of tea that have in quantity, and this was the first pot of the night. A tasty, mild caffeine boost that was enjoyed by all.

While I was feeling a bit tired and stressed, the night went really well over all. A bunch of new people came out, I got to meet a bunch of people who have been out to other events I’ve organized (but that were facilitated by someone else), and I got to squee over photos of tea shelves with one of my new acquaintances. :) Fun times.

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4 tasting notes

This is one of my favourite teas. It is creamy, and yummy and chocolatey. The coconut is there, but very subtle. I bought a giant bag on Web Special and there are enough anise stars for every cup (and they are so cool looking!) For the record, this tea is delicious with a splash of Bailey’s.

Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Licorice

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A tea with White Chocolate? YES PLEASE. This tea combines both the sweetness of the white chocolate and spice of the licorice with a hint of coconut that makes for a perfect mug to snuggle up and stay in for the night. One of my favourite’s hands down.

Flavors: Coconut, Licorice, White Chocolate

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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1812 tasting notes

First impressions: While this tea was tasty, I found it to be a little weak/light, and the lack of anise flavor was disappointing (very much just an undertone). I did pick up on a lot of cocoa notes, though.
Pairs amazingly well with a plain bagel and peanut butter.

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4 tasting notes

This was my special treat. I made a big travel mug on days when I knew work was going to be unbearable. I love liquorice, and this did have a slight liquorice flavour to it. I love coconut too, so the whole thing seemed to be made for me. On the whole, though, I found the flavour a bit underwhelming. I don’t like sugar in my tea so I didn’t want to have to go that route.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Licorice

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1000 tasting notes

This is why I swap. I would NEVER have tried this tea. Ceylon – ewwwww, star anise as in licorice, no thank you. I’ve bought teas dozens of times from Davids, never once even considered trying this.
I’m not getting any Ceylon or licorice. Nxtdoor wrote a note about this one a few days ago, and she said coconut was the predominate flavor. I agree with that. Chocolate and coconut and a little spice in the back.
I really like this. Is it discontinued (I remember seeing it on sale?), if not will pick some up next time I’m at Davids.
Thank you so much TheTeaFairy for sending this to me, would never have found it if you didn’t shove me outside my comfort zone. :))

Christina / BooksandTea

It’s on sale on the DT website in the “Web Specials” section. However, you have to buy 250g in one go.


So happy you liked it!
I have about 2 servings left and it’s heading your way :-)


You can find it in store sometimes too in the 2/$5 section on the counter. I just saw it this weekend at the Bayview store. I also have… a lot of it, if you ever want to swap. :P (I may have bought the webspecial)


I haven’t seen a 2/$5 section in ages. It’s all been taken over by honey and chocolates…


Ah, this post made me smile. Yay for both of you! :)


Like I said, this is a perfect example of why I love swaps/care packages – you never know what surprises you might run inot.
Thanks guys, will either take a look for it in store or swap for some more.
Cavocorax – I have a few teas that are on your wishlist if you ever want to reduce your stash of this – my cupboard is always open to swapping :))


I didn’t see what Tea Fairy said about sending more to you, but if you decide you still like it, let me know. I don’t mind sending an oz or more your way. :D

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283 tasting notes

Tea from TheTeaFairy, Thank you!

I have been mildly curious about this one but the whole star anise in the dry leaf is not my thing. Interestingly enough, all I can taste is coconut . I can’t taste any licorice. I can totally smell it in the wet leaf but I don’t get any flavour. Not interested in resteeping to see if it will come out especially since I don’t like licorice. Maybe I’ve had the sample too long and didn’t properly care for it.

I’m glad this sample is a sipdown. I will finish the cup. maybe.

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9 tasting notes

Didn’t realize this tea was on it’s way out when I was talked into buying 25g last night. I only really get the licorice taste as an after note with this tea, otherwise it’s just kind of a mild spiced tea for me. Nice, but nothing to write home about. At least in my opinion.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Licorice

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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