Many people may not realize that licorice is not candy. True licorice root is not black, not red, and isn’t consumed at the movie theater. For our purposes here, let’s just toss out the notion that licorice is candy at all, because it’s really not.
The licorice plant is a herbaceous perennial legume. Native to southern Europe and parts of Asia, though its flavor profile mimics anise, star anise, and fennel, they are not botanically related. Licorice plant flowers are long and beautiful, boasting a purple to pale whitish blue tone.
Though excessive consumption of licorice can cause complications for some people, as an herbal remedy for periodic treatment of various issues, its use is ancient and widespread.
Make sure the water is hot enough to extract the full flavor and benefits; a good boil is recommended. However, Buddha Teas Licorice Root Tea need not steep a super long time; you’ll get great flavor after only a few minutes. The color should resemble light amber. (No, it’s not black!) To help offset the intensity of this tea, try pairing (sample ideas below).
Licorice Root Tea has its own, quite unique flavor. The tongue will distinguish a sweet sensation that lingers long after you sip. However, sweet may not be the most accurate way to describe this delightful, grounding tea. Somewhat tangy, decidedly rich, or thick feeling, there is no mistaking the distinctive taste of Buddha Teas Licorice Root Tea. For added benefits, as well as additional flavor experiences, try pairing with Sencha Green Tea, Sarsaparilla Root Tea, or Chamomile Flower Tea.
Because the chemical makeup of Licorice Root Tea includes glycyrrhizinic acid, which can decrease blood potassium, those concerned about high blood pressure, body fluid issues, or other health concerns should limit their intake. When in doubt, please check with your health care practitioner prior to enjoying this tea.