With star anise as a major ingredient, I was really excited to try Ceylon Star from David’s Teas when it first came out… but when I went to check it out in-store, the dry scent just didn’t appeal to me. Then, a while ago I received a sample of the tea, which gave me a great chance to give it a taste – commitment-free.
Keep reading for my mini review!
Starting out with Ceylon black tea, the additional ingredients are star anise, cocoa, white chocolate, coconut, and then natural and artificial flavouring. Dry, the tea REALLY smells like a mate tea. There’s an intense smokey-bitter scent to it.
I’d hoped that the star anise would have a licorice flavour, but when I steeped up the tea, the bitter scent mellowed out nicely. The taste on the other hand, was nothing special. On Steepster they have a really gorgeous photo of this tea, with a whole star anise topping off the mix, and reviewers say that they could taste the coconut, chocolate, and licorice flavour delivered by the anise. I couldn’t taste any of those flavours in the tea – it was pleasant, but really nothing more than a lot of other nice black teas.
With so many good reviews on Steepster, I would actually consider getting a small amount again, to see if maybe the sample I had was just a bad sample…
A few more reviews
I looked around for a few other reviews, and found that most people liked this tea a lot more than I did. Little Me in the Big D posted about it along with Brazillionaire (which I also recieved a sample of too, and hopefully can try and review soon as well).
Browsing bookshelves also did a quick, positive review of Ceylon Star, at the same time offering a review of The Name of the Wind. What a great blog concept!
So, what about your review? If you’ve tried this tea, let us know what you thought in the comments below!