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Apparently another oldie (BB 2016.01.10.)
And what is the tea-like in this tea? Almost nothing! Yep, brews dark copper colour. It’s even clear. But rest? It is like black tea with fruit syrup added (my grandma used to do it). Yep, it is black tea – they claim Nam Lanh wild tea; then 14 % of 1.8 gram BAG (not sachet) is licorice root. Yep sweet!
And then there is (should be) ginseng (not in taste), and black maca root (what is it?).
But yeah, it is sweet black tea. Sweet, almost syrupy. Only thing is is is not so viscous. I can finish it, because – yep, it is just sweet without any other bad notes.
Another oldie Pukka tea. BB 2016.01.14
Earl grey with lavender sounds nice, but I am bit afraid flavours will be gone already.
Tea itself should be from Dunsandle, India. Never heard about it but still I have to learn a lot.
I rather went short on steeping time again. Well, some bergamot and lavender is there for sure.
This short time was just right. Tea itself is not noticable too much, maybe because it is still too hot – but berrgamot and lavender is there, and at least it is not overwhelming. I think, if I steeped for longer – it would bring more tea flavours which are bit lacking now. Oily feeling – not what I would enjoy. I would rather enjoy real stuff in.
Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender
They claim they used Nam Lanh tea which was hand-picked by local tribal people. Who knows if it is true or false? Anyway, it is organic and fairtrade tea. And best before: 2016.01.11
It wasn’t much aromatic while dry and in tea bag. I shook the tea bag and still nothing present. Added boiling water to my favourite glass cup, added the tea bag, waited 4 minutes… took bag out.
Brews clear, bit darker copper colour with not much of aroma. It was like classic black tea from tea bag. But on sip it was different and, although old, full of taste. It was bold black tea, very rich in taste, I noticed tobbaco, woody taste, malt and drying (no particular order). It was indeed very drying tea, maybe too much it wasn’t super enjoyable.
But that it was so full in taste kinda surprised me, since it have to be around 5 years since it was picked. Foil wrapping made the great job probably. Too bad it seems it was discontinued.
Flavors: Drying, Malt, Tobacco, Wood
I over ate yesterday. I tend to do that, especially around the holidays, so I picked up a box of this on Thursday. I had first put the 3 gingers in my cart, but decided on this one instead. Too bad I didn’t check the tea notes first. The 3 ginger one has better ratings. However, I didn’t hate this one. It won’t be one I reach for just for the pleasure of its taste, but it’s drinkable. I kinda got the sweet burn of the ginger, and at the end of the sip was a sour note from (I presume) the lemon. The Pukka teas were almost twice the price of the Bigelow teas, but it did seem to help my tummy, so it was worth it.
Somewhere I get this tea. Where? Who knows, but BB date is only month away. And in foil bag.
Brewed, after some time in water, it smells mostly after chamomile, licorice and herbs. In taste it is weak, something like cinnamon tea. Apple is not much there, maybe I just expected way more fresher taste of apple. Overall, tea is quite mouthfilling, not much of watery, good for evenings, maybe too herbal for me.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Herbs, Licorice
You know the rule with valerian. Don’t do it. Do not smell the dry bag.
Pukka managed to gloss over the foul-footed valerian with a thick, sweet varnish of licorice. It’s tolerable for me, that licorice. Medium intensity. Some oatstraw creaminess floats around. Chamomile is there I guess, demure as it usually is. Lavender wafts in mid-mouth and lingers lightly with licorice into the finish. It’s certainly not a lavender-forward blend. Can’t speak for the tulsi and limeflower.
It puts me to sleep but it’s not soothing for me. It’s something I have to gulp down.
Picked this for breakfast at an Airbnb because the box was so cute. I didn’t read the ingredients, so I automatically added sugar, but I don’t usually add any to teas containing licorice, so this ended up way too sweet. My fault, but I could tell that it’s a decent tea. To me, it seemed sweet and a bit fruity. I don’t think I’d need a whole box, but I wouldn’t mind trying it again. I won’t rate since it was a real sugar overload.
Right after being taken out of the protective “envelope”, the bag smells like a lot of freshly ground cinnamon.
Brews a murky, brownish liquid.
Smells mainly with cinnamon, but with ginger spiciness in the background and a tiny bit of licorice. Black tea is not evident.
The taste notes are equally divided into cinnamon and spicy ginger. Cardamom hides in the background, black tea is almost nonexistent and licorice is fortunately very subdued, not like in many other Pukka teas.
I had only one bag of this tea, so I preferred to steep it straight. It would probably taste better when done in a proper chai way, with milk, but even in this form it was still enjoyable.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice, Spices
Smells wonderful, like a freshly grounded cinnamon.
But the taste is very disappointing, watery, bland, without some “kick” or character. Just a bit of cinnamon that tastes just like your local store, ordinary kind, plus o bit of licorice sweetness.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Sweet
Brews moderately dark and slightly hazy.
Smells nice. Slight roastiness, a bit of cocoa, not too much of licorice and cinnamon, a bit of sweet fennel in the background.
And generally the in taste plus distinct licorice “sweetness”.
Nice tea, rich and complex, not entirely dominated by the two main ingredients.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Fennel, Licorice, Roasted
Well, what can I say… It’s licorice cubed.
Solid pseudo sweetness, sensation of thickness, overhelming taste, every single note comes from licorice.
And although I wouldn’t want to drink the whole package og this tea, one bag is great. But beware, know what you’re getting into!
Flavors: Licorice, Sweat
Given that this is chai, I should probably brew it with milk, but I have only one bag, so I prefer to test it in the clean version.
The aroma is wonderful, warm, with a lot of cinnamon and vanilla plus subtle cardamom.
Unfortunately the taste doesn’t have much in common, but is has way too much in common with Pukka’s ubiquitous licorice and ginger combination. Every drop of chai character is completely obscured by this pair.
Pukka! Adding licorice and ginger everywhere you can in copious amounts isn’t really a way. More creativity, for cup’s sake!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice, Vanilla
The brew is surprisingly dark.
And it has a strong aroma, very much like European basil, but with even more clove-like notes.
Very herbal, basil taste, rich and complex, with long aftertaste and spicy notes.
I’m pleasantly surprised that the tea made just from one plant (although from three variations of it) can be this interesting. And fortunately Pukka didn’t spoil it with their usually overused licorice and ginger.
Flavors: Clove, Herbs, Spicy, Tulsi
Obviously, it smells like fennel, with sweet, almost licorice-ish notes.
And, what shouldn’t be surprising, it also tastes like fennel. It is slightly sweet, slightly thick, with very faint bitter aftertaste and slight spiciness.
Not bad, although a bit one dimensional in my opinion. Three kinds of fennel are too mixed up with each other here to fully appreciate their uniqueness.
Flavors: Fennel, Spicy, Sweet
Chamomile and other flowers in aroma, but it’s not very strong or overly pleasant.
Flowers, licorice and vanilla in taste, slight sweetness.
Not bad, but too much dominated by licorice that kills a lot of other flavours. Can’t recommend.
Flavors: Flowers, Licorice
Aroma dominated by chamomile, but I can also sense traces of lavender and rose flowers in the background. Not enough, though.
Taste is more balanced. Chamomile still dominates, making me think of pure chamomile tea I sometimes drink when I have stomach problems, so my first impressions are not exactly positive… Fortunately lavender lurks in the back, but rose flowers are barely detectable.
In short, it is not much more than pure chamomile tea and doesn’t have much in common with love.
It’s obvious that lemongrass dominates in both aroma and taste, giving this tea a very fresh, citrusy character. Finger and licorice lurk in the background, only enriching the taste.
Good tea, not overdone with licorice and ginger. May be the best Pukka I’ve had.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemongrass, Licorice