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drank Relax by Pukka
52 tasting notes

Really rough day today on the emotional stress. In an attempt to calm down and sooth the frayed nerves, I lugged myself up off the computer chair and went to the tea cabinate. And I stared at it. And stared at it. And stared at it.

See, I try to limit the caffeine in my system as much as possible, except lately I’ve been buying more camelia sinensis tea; and in a not-so-great headspace, caffeine isn’t exactly a so-great choice of consumption.

So I dug out my bags and my tins and my boxes, and I reached all the way to the back and pulled out… this. Relax, from Pukka, which I’m not sure I have had or seen in a good couple of months. And on a whim, since it’s what’s there, it’s in my hand, I need something tasty, I figure, “Why not?”

And Steepster, let me tell you, I can’t imagine why I haven’t been drinking this tea every day for the past eight months.

It is deliciously sweet from the licorice, with the marshmellow root being the strongest flavour. In the bag it actually smells predominantely of fennel and ginger, a bit spicey, but once brewed it is wonderfully mellow and sweet. You might get a bit of a nip at the back of your throat, but it’s nowhere near a masala chai. After my first cup I marched right back to the kitchen to make myself two more.

The liquor is yellow, definitely from thet chamomile, fennel, and marshmellow root. Its in cup scent is mostly the sweet herbs and chamomile, though you can get a little bit of the cardomom and ginger.

I really, really recommend this tea. I can’t confirm any of the health benefits Pukka promises, but I do know that I’m feeling a little better after having something really tasty and rediscovering a much-loved tea. I can see Relax quick becoming one of my indulgent teas, since it’s just so sweet and soothing without any sweeteners. And, little tidbit, it goes incredibly well with a nice glass of wine! Pick some up if ever you have the opportunity.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
aisling of tea

This sounds lovely….are you in the GTA? If so, where did you find this?

Buy the Stars

I am in the GTA! The store I usually get it from is called Better Bulk, an organic bulk store on the Danforth by Woodbine street. It’s also carried by The Big Carrot in The Carrot Common (Danforth and Chester), and I know Loblaws (and Dominion, I think?) are starting to carry Pukka teas in their health/organics sections.

aisling of tea

Oooooh, I need to check this out!

Christopher B.

Wonderful review! I just bought some of this myself and enjoyed it also, though I’ve only had one cup so far and it was pretty weak (I’ll steep it longer next time). I also enjoy Pukka’s “Detox” tea, it has a very strong and somewhat odd flavor, but I really like it.

MoonShyne

Great tea review! I agree wholeheartedly! I picked this up a week after I tried the Pukka “Cleanse” last month. I loved the “Cleanse” so decided to try “Relax”. Boy am I ever glad I did. I’m being serious when I say it worked better to calm my nerves and put me to sleep then the sedative I take occasionally from the doctor. One cup of this and not long after I was snoozing like a baby! I was shocked at how effective a herbal tea could be to relax someone. I won’t be without this gem.

MoonShyne

BuyTheStars my family lives right near Main and Danforth! I was born at Toronto East General, wow small world huh? :)

Btw, I bought this at Zehrs in Keswick so I’m thinking it should be available downtown if it’s here ;) I wish there was a DavidsTea up here though!

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aisling of tea

This sounds lovely….are you in the GTA? If so, where did you find this?

Buy the Stars

I am in the GTA! The store I usually get it from is called Better Bulk, an organic bulk store on the Danforth by Woodbine street. It’s also carried by The Big Carrot in The Carrot Common (Danforth and Chester), and I know Loblaws (and Dominion, I think?) are starting to carry Pukka teas in their health/organics sections.

aisling of tea

Oooooh, I need to check this out!

Christopher B.

Wonderful review! I just bought some of this myself and enjoyed it also, though I’ve only had one cup so far and it was pretty weak (I’ll steep it longer next time). I also enjoy Pukka’s “Detox” tea, it has a very strong and somewhat odd flavor, but I really like it.

MoonShyne

Great tea review! I agree wholeheartedly! I picked this up a week after I tried the Pukka “Cleanse” last month. I loved the “Cleanse” so decided to try “Relax”. Boy am I ever glad I did. I’m being serious when I say it worked better to calm my nerves and put me to sleep then the sedative I take occasionally from the doctor. One cup of this and not long after I was snoozing like a baby! I was shocked at how effective a herbal tea could be to relax someone. I won’t be without this gem.

MoonShyne

BuyTheStars my family lives right near Main and Danforth! I was born at Toronto East General, wow small world huh? :)

Btw, I bought this at Zehrs in Keswick so I’m thinking it should be available downtown if it’s here ;) I wish there was a DavidsTea up here though!

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Canadian tea addict! Also a fandom nerd and perpetual student. My favourites are greens (genmaicha and a good jasmine), pu’erh (any kind—I love pu’erh), lapsang souchong, yerba mate, and guayusa. I almost seem to be one of the lone Pukka fans of Steepster, but I’m all right with that.

It’s been about two years since I’ve done anything on Steepster, but we’ll see if I find myself moved to post anything here on out. Till then, whenever that may be!

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