This tea looks like a chamomile from the bright yellow colour, but the smell gives away the variety of ingredients. This tea doesn’t have a strong smell, rather a faint liquorice scent with a hint of spice. As the tea cools, the smell becomes more complex – I can make out the aniseed, fennel and a hint of chamomile.
Right away I’m a little disappointed as some of the tiny, tiny bits of herb and whatnot have made it into my cup (I’m using a La Cafetiere Teafusion and the filter is normally really really good, so I’m blaming the tea rather than the pot).
On the first sip, there’s a warmth to the taste but none of the individual flavours are really jumping out at me. After letting the tea cool a little, I can just about make out the chamomile but it’s very faint (almost wasted) under the pervasiveness of the fennel and aniseed. I can’t make out the green rooibos at all.
That said, this does suit its purpose – it’s definitely calming. But overall it isn’t my thing – the taste just doesn’t stand out at all, probably because there are too many ingredients in not quite right proportions.