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Well….this was weird. My co-worker and I got a box of this at Mother’s Market today and tried it when we got back to work. After the first sip, she looked up and said, “I think I just drank somebody’s grandma….” Now, that was clearly concerning. Turns out that the perfumey/floral aspect of this tea sort of smells like the quintessential grandmother’s house….like floral-scented sachets mixed with mustiness from the stuff that’s been sitting untouched all over the house. I don’t know. That makes it sound like a terrible tea and yet…there is something super comforting about it. I’m not sure which of the three main flowers gave me this whole impression. I know now that licorice root isn’t my favorite…that weird sweetness that just coats the back of your throat. Not a huge fan of that part. But, overall, I wouldn’t mind drinking a small cup of this on rainy days.
Flavors: Floral, Perfume, Sweet
I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying this tisane! I’ve always had it in my mind that I’m a decided non-fan of fennel and licorice in teas, but I’m realizing that maybe what I really don’t like is when those ingredients are used to add sweetness in blends where they really don’t belong. Anyway, this is quite strong on the fennel, and rather sweet. I could’ve done with more cardamom—I love cardamom—but I’ll take what I can get. I’ve been trying to expand my decaf collection lately, and this is something I can see keeping around.
I had this tea last time I was backpacking. A perfect way to both start and end the day. I should really note that I’m a ginger lover. I love strong, hot ginger flavors. This fit the bill very nicely. Invigorating and relaxing at the same time.
Flavors: Ginger, Spicy
My son (8yr) was having problems falling a sleep as he felt restless and unfocused (and then worried about not being able to fall a sleep). I picked this up for him, thinking it would at least give him some placebo effect.
I don’t know if the tea really works, or if it is just because he thinks it works, but now he claims that this tea does wonders and requests to have his night-time tea every evening.
I picked this up in England, and I think I only had one cup of it while I was there. I wasn’t quite ready to head off to bed yet, I wanted to organize my studio for a couple of minutes, but didn’t want anything with caffeine. I found this in the cupboard and decided to give it another try.
Initially, I don’t like it that much – it’s overly sweet, and I didn’t add anything to the tea. I think it’s from the licorice root, but I’m not sure. After a few sips, I get used to it somewhat though, and it doesn’t seem as bad. I don’t really taste the lavender though.
I’m still not sure if I like it. It could maybe do with some mint, but that might not be good in a sleep promoting tea. Maybe it’s the chamomile that I am not liking – I’ve never been much of a fan.
I am sleepy though, so I’m going to head off to my bed.
Good night, Steepster!
I am normally not a huge fan of chamomile, but I really want a good night’s sleep tonight, so this tea, which I got a bit of from Jude seemed like it would do the job.
I can taste the chamomile, and perhaps the fennel, but not much else. It’s kind of medicinal tasting, which is what I want right now.
I had fairly low expectations for Pukka Revitalise, as the first ingredient is cinnamon bark. I like cinnamon, mind you, but as a condiment or spice, not as the featured note.
It turns out that the cinnamon does not really dominate, despite its hefty proportion (26%). While detectable, the cinnamon rests on a solid base of licorice root and ginger. The liquor is golden and has the viscosity characteristic of some licorice blends. Overall, the flavor is fairly pleasing but also common to a number of other functional tisanes. Revitalise actually contains some green tea (though one would never know from the taste) and is said to be based on ancient Ayurvedic principles.
(Blazing New Rating #22)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice
My first observation about Pukka Detox is that it tastes better than Yogi Detox. Of course, they contain completely different ingredients. But that is in part why I am surprised. The number one and number two ingredients are anise seed and fennel seed, so I was predicting that I would not like this blend. Nonetheless, I was willing to give it a try!
What I find is that Pukka Detox does not smack overwhelmingly of fennel seed, which sometimes seems quite harsh to me. It’s fine in sausage (though I no longer eat mammals…), but as a major component in an infusion I usually find it to be too much. One recent example was Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Egyptian Chamomile, which has a huge fennel component nearly wiping out the chamomile.
Here the fennel blends in with the licorice and the cardamom somehow. Not sure how celery seed is contributing in a positive way, but I am happy to report that I do not taste it at all.
A solid functional tisane. I’ll probably reach for this more as a digestive than as a detox, but it’s nice to know that it does that, too!
(Blazing New Rating #6)
Flavors: Anise, Fennel, Licorice
I was feeling a bit queasy—more of a headache than a stomach ailment—so this seemed like a great time to try another one of the Pukka functional blends: Three Ginger.
With 51% ginger root, it’s no surprise that this infusion is to my liking! There is a nice ginger bite, and the aftertaste is slightly sweet from the licorice root. Other interesting ingredients are galangal (familiar to me from Thai cuisine, and related to ginger) and turmeric.
All in all, a tasty and soothing golden brew!
Now: does anyone know why this is called “Three Ginger”? Perhaps they are counting galangal as a form of ginger, so with the ginger root and the ginger extract that would make three? Still wouldn’t explain why there is no plural, though!
(Blazing New Rating #5)
For my birthday this year, I got a lot of tea (and that made me happy). Since this was on sale, it was part of my tea haul. I somehow didn’t see the green tea in the ingredient list, so I thought it was herbal… and honestly, I didn’t notice the green tea in there, so I’m still thinking it’s herbal. Honestly, it’s like an unbalanced spice chai without the black tea. Since I’m more or less used to Yogi Tea’s chai blends, the spearmint and licorice weren’t surprising and I actually enjoyed the mild sweetness that developed toward the end of the cup. I’ll probably use this as a medicinal tea or for after work, but I probably won’t be buying another box.
Flavors: Peppercorn, Spearmint, Spices, Sweet
After two more glasses of Pukka Night Time, I’ve decided to increase my rating a notch or two. It tastes pretty good for a tisane, I have to admit! I also like the freshness of the chamomile, as evidenced by the vibrant yellow liquor.
One of the main taste contributors is the oatstraw flower—I think! Not sure, because I have no idea whether I have ever encountered it anywhere else before. This blend does strike me as unique, and I am happy that it is certified organic.
I never have very high expectations for self-identified functional herbal blends, especially when they list valerian among their ingredients, which is imediately obvious from a sniff of the dried tea bag. It really smells awful in the dried form, so the higher the concentration of valerian, the stinkier the bag.
Fortunately, the brew produced from valerian blends tends to taste much better than the scent of the dried tea bag. In the case of Pukka NIght Time, the odd dominant ingredient is oatstraw flower. Perhaps it was the power of suggestion, but I felt that this was a substantial foodish beverage because of the scent and fullness of the oakstraw flower ( I presume ). The licorice adds a touch of sweetness and the lavender is detectable with being too heavy—a delicate balance I’ve found.
Well, I drank two glasses of Night Time, and I am swiftly spiraling into incoherence.