Spicy Anise Black Tea Blend from English Tea Shop

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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  English Tea Shop

Tea Description:

Spicy Anise: Black tea, ginger pieces, cloves and star anise with ginger, mint and anise flavours. 

Taster’s Review:

The ingredient list of this Spicy Anise Black Tea Blend from English Tea Shop shows a variety of spices that are reminiscent of a chai blend, however, the flavor is more like a warm, slightly spicy and minty tea rather than a chai.  The anise is not as prevalent as I would like it to be, especially when considering the name of the tea.  The name suggests to me that I’m going to have a strong anise-y tasting tea, but, the anise is not as dominant as the mint is in this blend.

The other spices – ginger and clove – are very subtle and offer a warm background note.  The black tea base almost seems lost in the presence of the other flavors here.  Oh, I can still taste the black tea, but it is a little too mellow in my opinion.  I think a bold black tea base as well as a stronger presence of anise would make this a tea worthy of a name called “Spicy Anise.”

This is a bit disappointing, really.  I was hoping for more from this blend.

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