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Pukka tea tasting notes

July 2016

I bought a Pukka teas taster pack a few weeks ago, and kept notes so I could remember which ones I wanted to buy more of. These are my personal tastes and opinions, your results may differ!

star anise & cinnamon - “A velvety swirl of organic star anise, cinnamon & ginger” - Good but not sure I’d want to drink a whole box full, perhaps one for winter.

lively english breakfast - “A perky blend of organic whole leaf tea, ginseng & licorice” - Had this with milk. Quite good but a bit “fruity” for tea with milk. Not one I’ll be buying a box of.

three tulsi - “A sacred organic blend flowering with vibrant clarity” - A bit like Jasmine tea, not bad but a bit flowery for me.

lemon, ginger & manuka honey - “A welcoming cup of spicy-sweet organic bliss” - Very good, a classic. Though the manuka honey is only a flavouring, it doesn’t actually contain any. Not so good if left to go cold.

cool mint green - “An organic spearmint splash into green’s goodness” - Pretty much what it says on the tin - green tea with a hint of mint. A good combo - takes the edge of the green tea bitterness. Might buy this one.

rooibos & honeybush - “A copper red charm of organic earthy delight” - Not much to say really, tastes of rooibos - quite nice but not that keen personally.

lemongrass & ginger - “An uplifting organic lemony zing with a flying finish” - Not bad, hard to describe really - not quite as interesting as it sounds. Not interesting enough to consider buying any more. The lemony-ness is very subtle.

licorice & cinnamon - “A luxuriously sweet organic treasure gilded with golden spice” - You can’t really go wrong with this one - very nice, sweet and warming. Would buy again.

lemon & mandarin with lemon verbena - “An organic citrus sensation to cheer your senses” - Not quite as exciting or fruity as it sounds but a good fruity tea, similar to lemon and ginger I guess.

detox - “A lemony spring of organic aniseed, fennel & cardamom” - Nice and refreshing, light, lemony. Doubt it actually detoxes anything though!

elderberry & echinacea with elderflower - “A rich organic embrace tingling with fruity warmth” - Fruity, nice. Hard to distinguish all the flavours but would buy again.

wild apple & cinnamon with ginger - “A sunlit orchard of organic warmth & sweet spice” - Not bad and quite warming though not sure about the apple.

blackcurrant beauty - “Deliciously deep purple organic fruits to help you glow inside and out” - Blackcurranty, not much more to say.

womankind - “A delicate dance of organic cranberry, rose & sweet vanilla” - I had this in a pink mug to match the packaging. Not bad, lots of ingredients but none of them really stood out. Fairly generic “fruity” tea.

clean green - “A fresh burst of pure organic green tea with a luscious lemony lift” - Basically green tea with a hint of lemon. Pretty good though, takes the bitter edge off. I’d buy this if I wanted a green tea.

vanilla chai - “A caffeine-free organic lift flushed with cinnamon warmth” - Nicer than other chai teas I’ve had - I couldn’t really taste the vanilla but it seemed to work.

relax - “A deeply soothing fusion of organic chamomile, fennel & marshmallow root” - I had this on a stressful day to put it to the test - not sure if it worked or not. It was nice but not memorable - I probably wouldn’t buy this again.

sweet vanilla green - “A seductively sweet organic melody of soothing vanilla and whole leaf green tea” - Good but not that sweet and not much vanilla flavour. Better than plain green tea though.

gorgeous earl grey - “An inspiring infusion of organic whole leaf, bergamot & lavendar” - I’m not a massive earl grey fan but this one seemed pretty good - nice and smooth though I was left with a bitter taste when I’d finished the cup.

three ginger - “A warming swirl of organic ginger, galangal & golden turmeric” - It’s a good ginger tea, but it’s just ginger tea - couldn’t taste the other ingredients.

three licorice - “A sweet song of nourishing organic licorice from Kazakhstan, Pakistan & Egypt” - Very good and strong flavour but I think I still prefer the “peppermint & licorice” tea by Pukka.

cleanse - “A radiant blend of organic nettle, fennel & peppermint” - Hard to decribe, tasted mostly of peppermint but not as strong as a pure peppermint. Nice, but a bit boring.

supreme matcha green - “A vital wellspring of organic whole leaf green tea & the finest matcha” - Much like any other green tea I’ve had - a bit bitter but feels like it’s doing you good. The matcha is only 2% so probably more of a marketing gimmick than anything else.

three fennel - “Soothing organic sweet & wild fennel seeds with fennel leaf” - This smells pretty good and tastes ok too - a bit bland but I like it, I just don’t know why.

chamomile, vanilla & manuka honey - “A soothing dip in an organic pool of calm” - I was so calmed when I drank this that I’ve totally forgotten what it tasted like. It contains manuka honey flavouring, not actual manuka honey which is a bit of a swizz.

three cinnamon - “A sweet embrace of organic Indian, Indonesian & Vietnamese cinnamon” - Very cinnamony for obvious reasons - nice flavour, warming and has the best disclaimer - “Do not drink more than 4 cups a day”

night time - “organic oat flower, lavender & limeflower tea for peaceful sleep” - I had this during the afternoon and didn’t fall asleep (fortunately). It was pretty good, drinkable, hard to describe the flavour though - not as exotic a taste as the description might suggest.

revitalise - “A burst of warming organic cinnamon, cardamom & ginger” - Nice, smooth but not particularly memorable.

after dinner - “A delicious digestif of organic sweet fennel, roasted chicory & caradmom” - I had this mid-afternoon but I think it would go well after a big dinner, especially steak or similar.

serene jasmine green - “A sensual haven of organic green jasmine tea, chamomile & lavender” - Doesn’t taste as fancy or complicated as it sounds but good if you like that kind of flavour - I prefer the sweeter flavours personally.

original chai - “A royal flush of organic cinnamon, cardamom & ginger” - My favourite of the chai teas so far, or perhaps it’s just growing on me. I’d consider buying more of this one.