I remember hating this tea the first time I tried it, so I’ve been avoiding the rest of my sample ever since. When I finally bit the bullet and made it again, I’ve discovered that it’s actually not bad. Now I’m wondering if it’s mellowed out over time, if the proportion of ingredients or my tastebuds have changed, or if I was actually getting it mixed up with a different tea – maybe Sleigh Ride? Either way, this was a pleasant surprise. Very heavy on the winter spices, but the tart and juicy fruits added to the spice mixture remind me quite a lot of mulled wine. The anise isn’t overpowering, which is what I was afraid of, and actually blends into the background nicely with notes of clove and cinnamon alongside tart – but not sour – apple and plum. It’s not the best tea in the world I’ll admit, but I was expecting to hate it so this not-bad cup is a pleasant surprise.