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I intended to do a steep-off chez sherapop tonight between Pukka Love and Tazo Rest (three syllables each, plus a rose connection, too!). However, as I compared the two brews side-by-side, I realized that it was like comparing apples and oranges. They are really quite different, despite some overlapping ingredients.
Love is more about chamomile than anything else. It’s a nice blend with lots of other flowers as well, but 25% is chamomile, and it does dominate.
Could I really go an entire 24 hours without any tea-esque beverage sipped hot? It almost happened today, because though my top-floor space is fully equipped with an air conditioner (which I grudgingly acquired, though now I am grateful…), the living space downstairs feels like a sweat shop!
My solution: take a shower, and then sit in front of the air conditioning until I feel cold. Now I am sipping a bedtime glass of Pukka Love. This is a decent chamomile blend. I stand by my earlier rating, though I still do not taste much in the way of rose. The chamomile itself is very and tasty, and there is a thickness and slight sweetness to the brew—though nowhere near Tazo Rest, which is more like sugary roses somehow.
I consider Pukka Love to be a successful filterbag because I am pretty sure that this blend would taste about the same brewed from a sachet or perhaps even loose. The bright yellow hue of the liquor is the first clue that the chamomile is fresh.
Love is a genuine like for me.
Tonight’s bedtime brew was Pukka Love. Lots of vibrant yellow chamomile is in full evidence in this ever-so-slightly sweet blend. (That would be the licorice root…)
I now consider Pukka Love to be the much less sweet second cousin of Tazo Rest, although from the other side, it could be compared to Harney & Sons Yellow & Blue or other chamomile and lavender blends. In the case of Pukka Love, the lavender is rather low-key, but still discernible. A nice change of pace from straight-up chamomile soliflores—there is lots of chamomile here as well!
I was not at all impressed with the Pukka black teas I tried a while back, but this chamomile blend, Love, is rather tasty. I actually picked up a box at the grocery store because it seemed to be a rose petal tea. The company’s description on the front of the box is:
organic rose, chamomile & lavender flower tea
That ingredients “summary” suggested to me that rose would be the dominant flavor, which is not true at all. In fact, rose is one of the last ingredients listed in the full line-up, which also boasts limeflower, elderflower, marigold petal, and licorice root, all in higher concentration than the rose (5%).
Nonetheless, the chamomile (25%) is very nice, so I’d recommend this blend as a chamomile, not a rose infusion. It really tastes nothing like Tazo Rest or Numi White Rose, both of which showcase the rose above all.
The liquor brews up initially the beautiful bright yellow of fresh chamomile buds, and then it becomes more golden. The licorice makes the blend slightly sweet, and the lavender also is detectable, though this is very far from Yellow & Blue or any other chamomile-lavender blend I’ve tried.
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Flavors: Anise, Licorice
I ended up going for a walk to Whole Foods today and spending money on things I didn’t really need. Well, I did get food but I didn’t need more tea that’s for sure. ;-)
It’s strange that the Whole Foods near my work does not have any Pukka teas at all, but the one closer to my house has a smaller assortment of teas and a lot of the Pukkas. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. It’s definitely gingery and intense. I’m sure I must have had galangal before in Thai food but I couldn’t really tell you how the flavor is different than ginger. There’s licorice in here too, the tea doesn’t really need it but it provides a bit of sweetness. Also this has a bit of turmeric in it, not enough to really make the tea yellow however. This is definitely a warming and spicy tea! I wish Pukka had a variety pack so I could try some of the individual offerings without having to buy an entire box.
I don’t love it, but I think it will be good to have this one around for my achy body which still feels like that of a 90 yr. old arthritic woman. I am healing a bit more every day!
I think I’m the only one in my family who really enjoys the taste of licorice. I like it, fennel, anise … basically anything with that sweet bite. I’m also a sucker for a chai, so the combination of fennel with cardamom gives me basically exactly what I want for an easygoing pick-me-up.
This was a tea I bought specifically to help with some stomach upset. Licorice root is great for calming, and the combination of it and fennel can really help if you’re having digestive issues.
When I don’t feel like a jolt of caffeine just yet, this is what I have.
Flavors: Cream, Licorice, Wood
Picked this up at Winners today, sad that their tea section has gone down drastically. The name appealed to me, even though the other Pukka tea I’ve had wasn’t too great. Only after I bought it did I notice the “manuka honey flavor”, which seems counterproductive to me. Bah.
This is a very granular tea, and while I get the ginger, lemon and honey – it just tastes artificial and wrong. It’s far from horrible, it’s just far from what I wanted.
Flavors: Honey, Lemon Zest, Metallic
I enjoyed this – I typically don’t use teabags, but I travel with some regularity and am a pet sitter so I spend lots of nights away from home and need portable tea. This has a very light lemon scent, but is almost undetectable in the flavor. I prefer this to artificial flavors that overwhelm, but it could use a bit more. I got two steeps out of this.
A very, very mild chamomile. There’s an unmistakable hint of vanilla, which does not seem to go too well with chamomile – I can taste chamomile and vanilla separately instead of finding the flavours in harmony. As the tea cools a strange, somewhat fishy smell, appears… I don’t think I would like to finish the cup. Not impressed.
Flavors: Flowers, Vanilla