Honey-roasted Licorice Root

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Earth, Honey, Licorice, Roasted, Spicy, Wood
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From M&K's Tea Company

A tea you can’t get anywhere else. Honey-roasted licorice root is a completely unique blend to M&K’s, made with local California honey, roasted in our own ovens, and packaged! Nothing else. Just two ingredients. A very different, thick, sweet taste for an herbal tea, licorice root is a great tea before bed, but with just enough bite for anytime. And guess what? It doesn’t taste like licorice, so you can stop whining like a baby.

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If I were a responsible adult, I would put on pants (well, pants with pockets, more leggings need pockets, but then they would just be pants and not leggings?) and walk to Aldi’s for some groceries. Turns out I am not responsible, or at the very least, I do not feel well enough to go for a walk, in the ebb and flow of my allergies, today is definitely a tidal bore, and it is a little frustrating. At least I got the new teapot all cleaned up (operation teapot rescue was a success) and managed to get in some good gaming, Terraria summoner playthrough is hard work!

Today’s tea is an herbal one from M&K’s Tea Company, their Honey-Roasted Licorice Root, it is exactly what it says on the tin, licorice root roasted in honey. Ok look, usually I am not one to talk about the medicinal quality of plants, too many nit-wits out their take random bloggers at face value and do not do research on their own and get sick. I take teaching herbalism the same way I take teaching edible mushrooms while on a naturalist hike, no just no. But licorice root is awesome, at least it has been for me, taking Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice did more for my stomach ulcer than the crazy medicine I was taking at the time did, and drinking licorice tea is one of the few things that actually soothes my sore throat. It is an exceptionally useful root that conveniently is quite tasty (though oh man it can ruin some blends when used wrong) so I actually enjoy consuming it. Back in January when Ben had a nasty cold, I gave him some of the Honey-Roasted Licorice tea and was told it was quite helpful, but he drank the last of mine and I plum forgot to get more…until I saw they were having a sale and I was having chronic sore throat…and well, my package arrived today so why not talk about this tea? Anyway, smell! It smells really good! Very rich sweet honey and an earthy-rooty-woody blend that is licorice, and a delicate roasted spice finish. If you hate licorice then you will probably be able to tolerate this tea, it smells more like burdock root than licorice, but there is that distinct licorice aroma, just faint.

However, when you steep it, the licorice really comes out, sweet honey roasted licorice, it smells exactly like that. Roasted licorice root and sweet honey dance out of the wet root bits, with a touch of earthiness as well. The liquid is surprisingly complex, notes of creaminess, honey, gentle toasted notes, roots, and a touch of spice drift out of my cup, it is very sweet, though also very mellow. It is an intriguing thing.

The taste starts out subtly sweet at the front, gentle honey and caramelized sugar, and then boom! Licorice slams into the midtaste and coats the throat with its intense sweetness and rooty goodness. It is not the usual licorice though, the honey roasting, for lack of a better way of putting it, reigns it in, it gives it a more subtle nuance, I can taste the earthy root elements, the woody notes, the resinous sweet sap notes…it is not just the super sweet intense licorice you usually get in a licorice tea. The mouthfeel is honey thick and slippery, and the sweet aftertaste lingers for quite a while. And for the first time in almost a month, I don’t have a sore throat! Also, as a side note, I find chewing on the spent roots to be very enjoyable, and unlike most herbal brews I got a couple steeps from the roots.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/08/m-tea-company-honey-roasted-licorice.html

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Licorice, Roasted, Spicy, Wood

Liquid Proust

Not going to lie… reading this I thought you were going out pant-less.
This is my fault because all I read was:
“If I were a responsible adult, I would put on pants (well, pants with pockets, more leggings need pockets, but then they would just be pants and not leggings?) and walk to Aldi’s for some groceries. Turns out I am not responsible”

and then looked at the TV because Seven of Nine said something important


Well I COULD go out pants-less, I am rather fond of skirts and dresses after all ;)

Liquid Proust

When I was a teenager I mowed the grass in just my boxers because I disliked the idea of creating more laundry… once I turned 19 I was told that I was not allowed to do that anymore which made me ask how it’s different than being at a beach but I pretended that it was a joke. Though you know what I meant, I will play along, I should try the skirt thing out; I hear they are quite nice in the spring/summer.


Yeah I never got that either, I can lounge in a bikini, but heaven forbid I go around in my undies!

Skirts are fantastic in the warmer months, just get a wrap style skirt and call it a sarong, Ben became quite fond of them after spending time in Singapore.

Me, I prefer the ‘hippie’ skirts, the long floaty ones that allow maximum leg room and are super long!

Liquid Proust

I know what you mean :)

I love the feelings of basically a super thin bed sheet wrapping around me; which is why I wear fishermen pants and shawls from time to time.


It is just soooo much more comfortable, especially when it is hot!

carol who

I know what ya mean about leggings and no pockets. Since I lost weight… 40 lbs. thank you Weight Watchers!! … I seem to wear leggings all the time. The teeny tiny little pocket that some of them have aren’t big enough for a phone or a key fob. I stopped wearing skirts since I have gotten thin since I seem to always be showing off my new skinny legs but I sure wore skirts a lot. But again… no pockets. Sorry for the ramble. :)

Liquid Proust

Imagine a tea group that only allowed people to wear skirts when they meet up… just a thought, but I think it could make for sweet pictures

Liquid Proust



I like how I was expecting tea talk and I come here to find everyone talking about leggings and mowing lawns. Good job, guys;)

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