234 Tasting Notes

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The last time I ordered at Kent & Sussex Tea Co., I decided to buy a few new (for me) teas to try out, and amongst them this Nepalese tea. I´m quite sure I´ll order more of it!
Very good quality loose leaf, black tea which has a definite green appearance. In nose dry and brewed a sweet touch is the first to come through, and then a minty freshness, all very subtle and what I often describe as “elegant”. I should take it in china cupa, really ;-)

Flavors: Mint, Sweet, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Pukka Days of Christmas#12

This is the last of the teas included in the Pukka advent calender. It was far better than what I had feared (not too fond of ginseng, and very fussy about green teas in general as well), refreshing in a way (quite strange for teas in an advent calender, I think), but I must repeat here as well that using matcha for a blend that includes only 2% of it is a huge abuse of the name!
Lemongrass especially and ginger dominate on a very enjoyable sencha green tea base, which gives it a refreshing citrusy touch. I can even imagine taking this blend more often, for it´s very easy to have. And this makes it a nice end of the tasting of the 24 teas in this calender.

Flavors: Citrusy, Freshly Cut Grass, Ginger, Green, Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
ashmanra

Ilse, I just have to say your life fascinates me with the places you have lived! It seems so exotic to this bumpkin!

Ilse Wouters

ashmanra, I “only” lived in 4 different countries in Europe, and now in Spain since already 2006, so nothing in comparison to real globetrotters ;-) The most important thing is to find a spot to call your own, and allowing you to be yourself…that´s at least what I think about it. A good thing I grew up in times w/o social networks, as it must be really hard to feel great and not feel impressed/jealous/pissed off ;-) when seeing what some “friends” might post on their wall LOL

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Pukka Days of Christmas#10

This is the only Pukka tea I have in my cupboard. As I noticed that I only wrote one tasting note about it, 2 years ago, I see if it needs correction ;-)
Well, elderberry clearly on the foreground, but I think I can appreciate the complexity of this blend more now. Indeed, no dominant hibiscus (great!) and the licorice, ginger, beetroot, aniseed or even peppermint of the list of ingredients make up a good whole without standing out, maybe only the peppermint in the finish. Nice for a fruity herbal infusion, which you can drink year round (it might make a great iced tea as well).

Flavors: Berries, Herbs, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Pukka Days of Christmas#4

English Breakfast isn´t exactly what Pukka is known for, but I guess it was a no brainer to have at least an EB in its portfolio. Also, for me, it´s quite strange to combine “elegant” with EB, as the standard EB blend is supposed to be quite strong to wake you up in the morning, while an elegant tea is intended to savour at a moment when your senses are in top shape. So be it…I tried this elegant EB tea this morning, and because I like my breakfast teas strong and full of character, this blend didn´t really impress me, but then again, it was quite OK for a teabag , and also the taste was clean and crisp without too much bitterness at 3minutes steeping. I wouldn´t steep it longer though.
Anyway, from tomorrow I´m back to my normal – loose leaf – breakfast tea, preferentially an African Assam.

Flavors: Bitter, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Blackcurrant Beauty by Pukka
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Pukka Days of Christmas#9

Although I´m not a berry tea fan, and I´m not particularly fond of blackcurrant either (it must be the only type of berry I don´t like fresh), but I really enjoyed this infusion! Maybe because the dry bitter bite of the blackcurrant is nicely balanced by the other ingredients? Maybe because the resulting infusion isn´t sweet and it rather tastes like a natural blackcurrant juice? As far as I am concerned, Pukka managed to make a great blend here.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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Pukka Days of Christmas#3

“A welcoming cup of spicy-sweet bliss”??? When I brewed this cuppa, it didn´t have a lot of clear “welcoming” indications, according to me : the yellow broth wasn´t inviting, not in colour not in aroma and even less in texture. Not too citrusy, and I cannot really tell where the honey (2% according to list of ingredients) has gone either.

Flavors: Broth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Revitalise by Pukka
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Pukka Days of Christmas#11

I really don´t have a clue why this blend is called “Revitalise”, but I do know it´s a perfect Xmas tea, although some ingredients (green tea9 might give another idea. A burst of warming cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, it says on the pouch…well yes, a quite standard Xmas tea but very well balanced. The typical spices are present, but they don´t give you a huge punch in the face here, it´s more discrete, more elegant in a way, which means I could even drink more than 1 cup of this tea ;-) Ginger comes through in finish, so that´s OK by me as well.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Orange Zest, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Mint Refresh by Pukka
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Pukka Days of Christmas#2

Fortunately the teabag smells of mint as the colour of the brew is not exactly the colour you associate with mint. The brew smells less of mint, which is also confirmed in mouth with the minty freshness being far from dominating. It seems the fennel and licorice make this a more balanced blend, which I can appreciate. Also in sweetness they make for a more natural mix, if I can say it this way, not the typical minty sweetness which sometimes even can make me have a headache! Finish is very long as well, nice.

Flavors: Fennel, Licorice, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Pukka Days of Christmas#17

I was cautious about having this one after my last experience with chamomile, but I need to admit I quite liked this one. The chamomile is discrete, with the vanilla and honey making it smoother and softer in taste and smell! Especially the honey comes through in the finish, quite ideal I would think. It makes it, as far as I am concerned of course, a lot more enjoyable to have as an infusion before going to bed.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
ashmanra

I just had the Celestial Seasonings version of this. I need to try the Pukka one! I am pretty sure I have seen it here in town.

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drank Three Ginger by Pukka
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Pukka Days of Christmas#6

Temperatures have gone down, and then a ginger tea can sooth…but I´m generally not a great fan of the ginger, as a little can dominate all the rest of flavours. Well, this blend ends up better than what I imagined, although the ginger cuts through like a knife. Brilliant when having a cold, otherwise quite harsh, in my opinion.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Introduced to tea by my sister-in-law in my country of birth = Belgium more than 30 years ago, I still love tea, mainly black, which I enjoy without sugar or milk. Having lived in UK, near good tea shops (e.g. Betty´s all over Yorkshire), I tend to buy most of my tea in bulk from tea shops (as such, most of these are not represented in my on-line cupboard). Nowadays, I live in Spain where tea gives me another sensatory bliss (as wine or beer or coffee can give me too).

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