When I first opened this, I was terrified! I thought something had gone wildly wrong between the time I bought this and the time I opened it, years later.
What a relief to see the picture on this page and read other notes that talk about the pellets!
I am doing the compulsory short steeps in the gaiwan starting at 15 seconds.
I know of ginseng only as an herbal supplement that is supposed to do various things for you and I certainly couldn’t tell you what it tastes like. But this tea has the following attributes:
Dry smell: wood
Steeped smell: wood and rocks
Flavor: wood and rocks
I taste no licorice, by the way. Though the fresh aftertaste is reminiscent of the effect in the mouth after chewing anise seeds.
The color is a light amber.
I’m glad I tried it. It’s tasty enough — a little toasty in with the wood and rocks. I might even keep some around just for the entertainment value of spooking myself every now and then with the pellets. (Why are they pellets, anyway?)
But the flavor doesn’t bowl me over.
Flavors: Toasty, Wet Rocks, Wood