234 Tasting Notes
Pukka Days of Christmas#22
What a strange experience. When I opened the pouch of the teabag, it smelled like a type of stock cube which bars in Belgium offered to make an instant stock (instead of instant soup) to have on a cold winter´s day. The brandname is OXO, so this reminds me of oxo. Also the colour (very dark reddish brown, like the pouch) is unusual. This all might seem very unappetising, but it does help digestion, I think.
Flavors: Celery, Meat, Soy Sauce
Pukka Days of Christmas#7
I thought to give this one a go after a nice meal, and that was a brillant idea : it smells like the sugar coated fennel seeds they offer you after a meal in Indian restaurants! And it tastes quite that way as well, so I can only guess the function of helping with the digestion is clearly what Pukka intends with this infusion. As far as I can tell, it works.
Flavors: Anise, Fennel Seed, Sugar
Pukka Days of Christmas#5
I join other reviewers here as the name is very misleading, for a green tea with only 2% of matcha included. Furthermore, I was looking if there were other boiling (time, temperature) instructions because of it, and was quite surprised to see no specific indications concerning steeping temperature. I decided to use 70ºC water anyway.
Although the green tea is quite alright, I honestly don´t see the point of adding matcha here (apart from the marketing tool, clearly)…OK to try, but that´s all.
Pukka Days of Christmas#1
Catching up. Browsing a bit through Pukka´s webpage and on steepster, I think the blend I tried with the name “Feel new” corresponds to what was used to be called “Detox” (the change must have been carried out at the beginning of 2019).
The advent calender reads “for mornings after the night before” and that´s why I decided to have it when my stomach was a bit upset …I can see cardamom in the teabag, but the aniseed and fennel come through without further observation. The brew offers indeed those two in an enjoyable yet not too exciting “fusion” and I must admit my stomach felt good with it as well.
Flavors: Anise, Fennel
Pukka Days of Christmas#8
Tasting the teas of the advent calendar which were due before the calender arrived, one by one, in no particular order.
Smells like turmeric, yellow as the pouch of the teabag, tastes like a “decaffeinated” (to say it tastes less strong than the real thing) version of the taste of turmeric and makes a visually attractive cuppa…not my favourite, but OK for once.
I guess turmeric is considered now as one of the new superfoods, but in Spain it´s a very common colorant in food (which is good), often used instead of saffron in cheeper eateries when preparing paella (not so good)…so maybe, that´s why I´m not so keen on having a turmeric tea ;-)
Flavors: Citrus, Green
Pukka Days of Christmas#24
I only realized it was a blend intended to help to go to sleep, when I read other reviews here ;-) I had it now, as later on I will change tea for wine and champagne (even in these circumstances, we need to celebrate what we still can and have to cherish)…and so far, I´m not really worried about falling asleep before roasting lamb for our Xmas Eve dinner.
This blend has a rather long list of ingredients, some of them in rather large proportions (and others which tend to overwhelm on their own), but the whole is balanced. Very easy to drink, tasty and although it´s a gentle taste, the finish is long and quite strong (licorice?)… nice, and worthwhile to stock in the future.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Herbs, Licorice
This is the last of the Christmas teas from Bird&Blend I´m trying…on 24/12, of course. It´s kind of weird in nose…a medicinal aroma, I thought at first, then something eucalyptus like came to mind, maybe it´s just the peppermint, but it really defines the smell. In mouth the blend works, is far more balanced than what could have been expected from the aroma.
Spicy w/o clearly identifying as a Xmas tea…I like that! And it makes it far more interesting to drink at other times of the year as well.
Flavors: Eucalyptus, Medicinal, Rooibos, Spicy
Pukka Days of Christmas#23
I love licorice, but as far as I know there is the black one (“drop” in Dutch) and the wooden one (“zoethout” in Dutch), and while the black one is very easy to get hold of in sweets and such, the latter is mainly a memory from my childhood. My mother would buy me a stick of it, and I would suck it for a long time, until I would be fed up with it. I´m pretty sure that there are still unfinshed sticks like that in drawers of my room at my parents´place. And the Dutch word says it all : zoethout = sweet (zoet) wood (hout). When I smelled the tea I went down the memory lane immediately…and I loved it, until – once again – I was fed up with it, mainly because I realized it was very sweet indeed. For once a treat, not to have regularly though.
Flavors: Licorice, Sweet
Pukka Days of Christmas#13
As today´s tea from the advent calender is an “after dinner” tea, I picked one from the ones I missed at the beginning.
Wild apple and cinnamon…cinnamon clearly present in nose, apple not that much. Once brewed, the apple comes through, but far less than what I had hoped for. In taste, it´s not a bad blend, but it seems almost the “low taste” version, as if it was stronger before but had been left open for a while. I like fruit teas to have a clear and definite even strong character, and this isn´t the case here, I´m afraid.
Flavors: Apple Candy, Cinnamon, Herbs
Pukka Days of Christmas#21
Today´s blend is very herbal as well, but the presence of fennel makes it a treat to smell, and the presence of mint a treat to drink. I think it´s well put together, making it less sweet than a standard mint tea, and tastier than the average herbal tea. In finish the licorice comes through, which I can appreciate a lot.
Flavors: Fennel Seed, Herbs, Licorice, Mint