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Made a day trip to Old Fashioned Foods (like this combo of vegan/health foods store) the other day; I was looking for jackfruit and Elderflower soda and while I did find both of those things I actually ended up getting a much bigger haul overall; coconut curry bowls, mango crisps, and a box of tea.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever had Pukka tea before – it’s bagged tea so it really hasn’t ever been on my radar; however the packaging is SO CUTE and as I was shopping the store I just found my eyes flicking back to the tea shelf looking at the boxes over and over. I decided I needed to get at least one box; and after skimming the flavour options I chose this one for a couple reasons. Firstly, one of the only kinds of bagged tea that I do actually REALLY like to have on hand is lemon tea because when I feel really sick I don’t like making loose leaf and instead rely very heavily on bagged lemon tea. Also, I thought the combination of lemon and mandarin, verses regular orange, was really interesting and I wanted to see if they could actually get the flavour of mandarin orange clearly across.
My first impression is kind of… ‘meh’ .
I mean, the lemon comes through pretty clearly and nicely so I know I definitely wont have trouble finishing this one off as a ‘sick’ tea for those times I just can’t bring myself to do it up as loose tea. The mandarin didn’t really become noticeable until after a good ten minutes of steeping (I had left the teabag in the mug) – but once it was noticeable it was distinctly mandarin and not just typical orange. Another thing I observed was that there’s lots of licorice root sweetness in this one; and that’s a good thing if you’re sick and want something soothing for your throat, but otherwise? Definitely not my favourite flavour…
So, decent tea overall; but ultimately I wanted it as a sick tea option and I think that’s what I’m getting so I’m happy with the buy.
It appears that I forgot to review this tea I don’t remember it that well.
The flavor was very light but pleasant. The main flavor note was sweet licorice. It wasn’t a fruity tea like the name would imply. I would have rated it higher but considering the name it’s not what you’d expect it to taste like. As well as the fact that I would picture most people purchasing this tea for when they are sick. Someone with a cold would not be able to taste this at all. Throat Care tea is cheaper to buy, tastes very similar and doesn’t give you a false impression of what it will taste like.
Flavors: Licorice, Sweet
Sipped on a cup of this while watching the Chasing Coral documentary on Netflix that was very interesting although it had me tearing up.
I have a hard time tolerating lemon in herbal tea blends. This blend has lemon essential oil in it which might be why I tolerate it better. (I usually avoid lemongrass and lemon balm.)
This time this tea tasted quite different. The lemon was strong and the licorice root, fennel, and other ingredients weren’t detectable except for the sweetness. Brewed up this smells just like Lemon Loaf from a coffee shop. The taste is similar as well but without the icing. The other herbs pair well with the lemon adding sweetness. Compared to the last cup I had of this the lemon and the licorice have switched places. I am curious how this would compare to that Twinnings lemon dessert tea that I’ve seen people talking about on here so much.
Flavors: Lemon, Sweet
Method: 8 oz boiling water steeped for at least 30 minutes.(I recommend 15+)
I was unsure about this tea as I abhor lemongrass. I really enjoyed it though. I believe it is because of the licorice root and the fact that the lemon grass isn’t overpowering.
Flavors: Sweetness from the licorice, fresh lemon towards the end of the sip.
Green tea and Matcha are nowhere to be found. Tastes like a herbal tea, is very similar to Traditional Medicinal’s Throat Coat tea taste wise.
Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Licorice, Sweet
I have tried may Pukka’s, and haven’t really found any that I feel Ineed to purchase again. This may come the closest to repurchasing—although I think "licorice " in the description is misleading. I couldn’t tell there was any licorice. Maybe it adds a little sweetness? When my mother in law would visit, she really loved this tea, and drank it black. It just seems like a basic good tea.
Preparation: I used boiling water and steeped the tea as recommended for 15 minutes.
Another tea from the Pukka sampler that I bought through Amazon last year.
This one might be my favorite from the sampler so far. I would definitely purchase it as a bedtime tea.
Flavor-wise: The peppermint,licorice root, fennel, and rose are combined perfectly. You can taste the peppermint it is subtle but the main flavor. The licorice root is not overpowering at all but brings some sweetness which pairs well with the other ingredients. I think the fennel may be contributing to the sweetness a tad bit as well. The rose doesn’t contribute any floral notes to the tea. It’s very soothing to drink and requires no additives. This tea is very sweet.
Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint, Sweet
This came in my Pukka sampler
I didn’t add anything to this cup of tea. I actually think any additives would overpower the flavor. Flavor wise I can taste the Licorice root but it’s very light, but I can also taste the Chamomile which is surprising since licorice root is usually always overpowering. I think I’m also tasting the oat straw quite a bit. The valerian root is there but very subtle. The only ingredient I can’t seem to taste is the lavender which is disappointing. It’s not a bad tea but I definitely prefer CS Sleepytime or Chamomile flavorwise over this tea. This tea is also about six dollars more than the CS teas because it’s organic.
Flavors: Cardboard, Herbs, Licorice, Oats, Tulsi
I’ve said this in other posts but This tea came from the Pukka tea Sampler on Amazon, I was really bummed that most of the ones I wanted to try that were in the photo did not come but others came instead.
I was very nervous about this tea as I abhor lemon teas but figured I’d give this one a try since it has ginger in it. I was pleasantly surprised.
Flavor: The ginger is coming through slightly stronger than the lemon but does not overpower it, the manuka honey gives it the perfect amount of sweetness. so this tea needs no additives. All of the flavors are coming through nicely for me, this tea is far from exciting but I might consider buying it for the health benefits if it was on sale. Pukka teas tend to run about nine dollars a box. For someone who wants a strong flavor this may not be the tea for you. Overall it reminds me of Lemon ginger infused water.
Flavors: Ginger, Honey, Lemon
This tea came from the Pukka tea Sampler on Amazon, I was really bummed that most of the ones I wanted to try that were in the photo did not come but others came instead…. This tea required a teaspoon of honey and a dash of soymilk for me. The honeybush is coming through more than the rooibos flavor. The sweetness of the honeybush was brought out by the honey I added ironically. This tea is not one I’d purchase as it is quite plain. I’m don’t believe I ’m getting any of the licorice flavor which was surprising since licorice root tends to be overpowering.
Flavors: Honey, Rooibos, Sweet
I purchased this tea today. I’m usually a “Twinning” tea person but always will try something new. This tea is good. It’s not the best Ginger tea I’ve had but the fact that it has turmeric makes up for the lack of heat from the Ginger. This tea is an excellent purchase if you’re new to consuming Ginger. I’m a seasoned vet so the tea is mild in my opinion.
So, I’ve been away a fair while – been travelling a fair bit this year both domestically and internationally. Going forward I am going to make an effort to post more often. I recently went on a trip to Washington State in the Seattle area to visit some family and friends. It was an amazing visit but I caught a nasty bug on a plane. Acute sinusitis. While at the hospital for that I somehow contracted salmonella as well which totally destroyed my intestines ( which I’m told will take several months to heal) and gave me GERD. I can’t lie down lest things come up and I get heartburn, and I can only eat very few things right now. While shopping for us, my husband ( who knows I am a licorice and fennel fan) picked this up for me. All of the ingredients are great for digestion, plus are among my favorite flavors : Roasted Chicory, Anise Seed, Sweet Fennel Seed, Licorice Root, Cardamom Pod, Orange Peel, Ginger Root. I have other teas with these ingredients and love them. But this particular combination is absolutely divine and really helps after meals for digestion and to relieve wind. If you have digestive problems or just enjoy these flavors, I recommend you give this a try. It’s earthy chicory and sweet black licorice flavor are a great combination on the tongue. The citrus and spice is hinted but just adds roundness as opposed to coming up front. One of my new favorites and I will keep this in stock from now on. Steeped in boiling water for 5-10 mins.
This is DELICIOUS!! I am a huge licorice fan and I’m always on the hunt for real licorice flavor!! This tea has organic licorice roots from three different places (Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Egypt), with no additives. It is deep and sweet. The box was too pretty to throw away so I cut it up and reused it for gift tags. The taste is similar to one of my favorite treats, Panda black licorice. Steeped with boiling water for 10 mins. Drank plain.
Very strong aroma, both refreshing and warming, blends perfectly both ingredients.
Distinct liquorice sweetness is the first impression. Peppermint is usually quite assertive, but here it lurks in the background, not having the chance to dominate.
Good warming brew, but only for avid liquorice fans.
Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint, Sweet
Dang steepster. Seriously, this site needs a UX overhal. As I was trying to say, took a mug of this along with the final steeps of my two greens from earlier this morning. What I like about this ginger is that it is more on the spicy side compared to the tisane I usually drink. There is less of that licorice sweetness throughout the entire cup, but it must settle at the bottom or something, because I got a mouthful right as I was finishing this up.
Flavors: Ginger, Licorice, Spicy, Sweet
Ending the day with this because I accidentally opened it earlier. Licorice doesn’t come through much, so it is definitely pure ginger up front with a hint of turmeric. Fairly clean and straightforward flavor profile. I do start the taste the licorice a bit at the end.
Not bad overall.
I couldn’t drink this. There is a flavor in this and also in Pukka Licorice and Cinnamon that I strongly dislike. The common ingredients in both teas are roasted hickory root, sweet fennel seed, and cardamom pods. I haven’t yet determined which is the culprit as I am unfamiliar with all three ingredients.
Very strong, spicy aroma. There’s really a lot of ginger here. The licorice is fortunately far in the background.
Very spicy taste, I didn’t expect that from the bag tea. The slight note of licorice nicely compliments the overall ginger experience.
Good one, extremely warming.
Flavors: Ginger, Licorice, Spicy
I’m not a fan of licorice, so it makes sense that I don’t love the taste of this tea. I also don’t find it very “soothing” to drink — I don’t get that warm feeling from it that some teas give. I probably wouldn’t buy it again, especially because drinking it before bed was giving me nightmares (due to the Valerian root ingredient, which is known for stimulating dreaming).