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80
drank Three Ginger by Pukka
1175 tasting notes

I left this to steep at least an hour, in the hopes it would make me feel better. Oh gosh, this is a great ginger tea. It’s very spicy, with several layers to the heat and flavors. Mind you, you’d have to love turmeric to love this as well – it’s almost more a turmeric tea than a ginger one at this point. Regardless, I love it – I think my new favorite ginger tea.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

Ohh, feel better!

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drank Love by Pukka
139 tasting notes

Overboard TTB

This is a mild, floral tea that I would probably enjoy if not for the Licorice. I’m beginning to get the idea that Licorice in any amount just ruins a blend for me. I’ll have to start checking for it and making a point to avoid it in the future.

Flavors: Flowers, Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Three tulsi by Pukka
587 tasting notes

I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of tulsi – I’m drinking this because I have only 1 bag, so it qualifies as a sipdown.

As tulsi teas go, it’s not bad – the flavour is smoother than others I’ve tried. And I really do appreciate having caffeine-free options in my cupboard. But, easy sipdowns are easy sipdowns!

Thanks to Jude for sending me this in a swap.

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10
drank Relax by Pukka
48 tasting notes

As the color, dull
So the taste uninspiring
Why do I lic’rice?

Why do I keep brewing the random teas I’ve been given without first looking at their ingredients? xP Well, here I am with another licorice tea. At least no one can say that I never try them. Here goes…
The dry bag smells yummy, a bit of spice (ginger?) and sweet (marshmellow root? Not too licorice-y…).The liquor is a vaguely cloudy dull goldenrod.
With my first sip….I am hit with a storm of flavors…and a sickly sweet remains in my mouth. Nope, can’t stand it. The initial flavor is interesting, but not worth the licorice-sweet aftertaste.

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70
drank Three Cinnamon by Pukka
49 tasting notes

A straight-forward, comforting, smooth cinnamon tea made from three different types of cinnamon bark. This tastes like a high quality tea with high quality ingredients. The cinnamon flavour is pure tasting and thankfully the licorice flavour does not overpower the cinnamon (not a licorice fan in tea.) This cinnamon tea is really well done and if you like cinnamon I would recommend trying it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice

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70
drank Love by Pukka
156 tasting notes

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

TeaBrat

yeah rose anything is kind of grandma-like…

albertocanfly

hahaha..did she look up in horror when she said that she drank someone’s grandma?:P thehe

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83
drank After Dinner by Pukka
208 tasting notes

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.

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drank Three Ginger by Pukka
11 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Night Time by Pukka
290 tasting notes

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!

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drank Relax by Pukka
587 tasting notes

Sample Sipdown!

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.

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85

Perfect before going to bed.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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65
drank Revitalise by Pukka
1404 tasting notes

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65
drank Revitalise by Pukka
1404 tasting notes

cinnamon river
rushing through dusty meadows
spicy orange sunset

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65
drank Revitalise by Pukka
1404 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Detox by Pukka
1404 tasting notes

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70
drank Detox by Pukka
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70
drank Detox by Pukka
1404 tasting notes

glistening blackness
frozen flame with steaming ice
white opacity

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70
drank Detox by Pukka
1404 tasting notes

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70
drank Detox by Pukka
1404 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

I do not like fennel in sausages. I’m just not used to this spice in meat

sherapop

It’s an acquired taste, for sure, boychik! I rather like it, but I agree that it can seem out of place. How do you feel about nutmeg on spinach? I love it, but a friend of mine recently revealed that he thinks that it sounds like an unappealing combination.

Cwyn

I love candied fennel at Indian restaurants, it really does help with digestion and that overly full feeling after an 8 course meal.

boychik

never tried nutmeg on spinach. I love fennel but not with meat. i love it in herbal tea. i think its cultural. we dont add any spices to meat other than salt, pepper, paprika. nutmeg is for cookies for me;)

boychik

but i forgot, we use a lot of dill in salads and potatoes, soups. i think dill and fennel are related

pyarkaaloo

nutmeg in creamed spinach is delicious (that’s the only way i’ve ever had it tho). nutmeg with spinach seems strange in theory but works so well!

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75
drank Three Ginger by Pukka
1404 tasting notes

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75
drank Three Ginger by Pukka
1404 tasting notes

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)

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Revitalise by Pukka
84 tasting notes

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Three Mint Tea by Pukka
2 tasting notes

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