Ach, I’m so far behind on logging my slurps! I’m not saying I bought too many advent calendars this year, because what even is that, but…
Anyway. Yawn is a brand new to me (and apparently to Steepster, so I guess I’ll be adding a bunch of new blends to the database) and now that Christmas has come and gone, I’m cheating by reading the back of their advent calendar box and just selecting whichever tea I feel like trying. Today we start with number 24, the last in the box.
Star anise is an interesting choice here. Black jellybean flavour wouldn’t be my first choice to add to a gingerbread blend, but it works pretty well. What I like most about it is that you get a nice and mild liquorice-y flavour without the usual coating of the tongue and throat that liquorice in tea tends to do. Maybe it’s just me, but liquorice teas always make me scramble for the tongue scraper when I’m done.
What’s a little less nice is that no matter how you shake it, anything liquorice-like doesn’t know how to be subtle; consequently, while the other spices give this blend a nice sort of roundness and depth, it’s still blatantly liquorice-y. Still, it’s quite nice.