It’s a good thing that I didn’t write a review on this tea right away yesterday. The first mug/impression wasn’t the best.
The dry leaf smells amazing. So many spices going on here. Ginger, then pepper, then cloves and cinnamon in unison, and a sweetness dancing around these other notes.
Yesterday’s Nordic mug got 6g of leaf and it was so weak. Watered down spices and sweet licorice root. It just wasn’t balanced. Seeing that I bought 16g, I thought I’d polish off the rest today just to get it out of the way. Putting 10g of leaf into the mug ended up being the best thing because I noticed that it’s better balanced now. The spices intensified while the licorice stayed the same. It could very well be that there simply wasn’t as much licorice ratio-wise in the remaining 10g but it seems that more leaf = stronger spices in general which = balancing out the sweet licorice, which can only reach a certain level of sweetness. I don’t know. Maybe I’m nuts.
But with fat-free creamer, taste-wise, the spices are layered in the same way as they smell. That is, the ginger is the strongest, followed by pepper, etc. This tea got terrible reviews but I don’t seem to mind it this way. Would I buy more? Probably not. But it’s not bad at all. Perhaps it depends on how sensitive you are to licorice root. It is sweet, yes, but I’ve tasted licorice root-laced teas which were by far cloyingly sweeter and imbalanced.