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I used to have Ginseng Tea(or I might actually still have a bit left, but not much), that was just tea and ginseng. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find that anymore. So I thought I’d buy this, because it’s tea with ginseng, and it’s also organic, so I thought, hey, upside is I get an upgrade … except that upgrade isn’t available in stores. Organic supermarkets have mostly thrown out Pukka, probably because it was bought up by Unilever. In theory it’s supposed to be available at Rossmann, but in practice they don’t have this one. Apparently the only place to buy this is on Amazon Marketplace. I tried to find an organic Ginseng Tea, but no luck. Non-organic ones are available, but not from anywhere that I would have felt confident buying from. So I bought this, even though it seemed ridiculous to buy a bagged tea on Amazon Marketplace.
And now that I’ve had it? Meh. It doesn’t taste bad, but the Ginseng Tea was way better. Suppose it’s my own fault for being an idiot and forgetting to check the ingredient list.
But I think I’ll end up buying ginseng so I can blend my own Ginseng Tea.
The ingredients list on this one is so smart! Oat flower, licorice root, chamomile, lavender, lime (linden) flower, Valerian root, green Rama tulsi. One of the nicest-tasting and most effective bedtime blends I’ve ever tried (and I have tried many!). It’s slightly sweet without being cloying and has a nice, bready mouthfeel. Doesn’t taste like candied soggy hay, which many chamomile- and- licorice- based herbal blends run the risk of, IMHO. I didn’t get much of the lavender or Valerian, which is OK with me, as those can be overpowering too if not balanced correctly.
I was already pretty tired when I drank this, but I was out like a light within 15 minutes of finishing this cup. Pretty good for a bagged grocery store tea!
Flavors: Apple, Floral, Oats, Sweet, Tulsi
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