i love cooking with ras el hanout as it has such a deliciously, complex flavour. There can be as many as 30 different ingredients in some blends and it’s often customized to the blender. The jar in my cupboard is more earthy in flavour for instance, with more emphasis on turmeric and cumin. This one places more emphasis on the licorice flavours of the anise though there are other nuances that I can discern as well. I’ve said before that I’m not a huge fan of black licorice, but there’s something that I find very appealing about this blend – maybe it’s because the anise, while distinct, isn’t all-encompassing. It’s a neat new take on the traditional chai and I’m glad I ordered an extra pouch from the 52Teas sale.