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drank Revitalise by Pukka
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #64 overall / Tea #31 for February

Sunday 2/21 Had 4 teabags from old Sipsby box. Drank two cups with 2 teabags in each. A warm herbal brew to have during my 7 am to 3 pm shift. I left teabags in both times for hours so it became a kind of muddy mix nothing distinctive.

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drank Three Mint Tea by Pukka
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #61 overall / Tea #28 for February

Thursday 2/18 — So Instacart got me again like they did late 2019 with promotion coupons (this time it’s three $20 off $35+ orders), I placed an order with Target that will come 2/19 morn and about to make one with Fresh Thyme (a grocery store) for 2/19 morn… in both orders I’m ordering small unnecessary items but mostly boxes of tea (which is a unusual since I 99% drink loose leaf tea). I need a little more to fulfill my Fresh Thyme order so it’s between Pukka’s Three Ginger or Three Mint tea.

So easy enough, I’ll just drink them both tonight as hot plain cuppas. I had 2 teabags handy of Three Mint. I enjoyed this one for what it is as well, a simple mint tea. Funny thing is after having both cuppas tonight I took both teas out of my cart in order to try some different kombucha flavors of bottled tea instead.

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drank Three Ginger by Pukka
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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #60 overall / Tea #27 for February

Thursday 2/18 — So Instacart got me again like they did late 2019 with promotion coupons (this time it’s three $20 off $35+ orders), I placed an order with Target that will come 2/19 morn and about to make one with Fresh Thyme (a grocery store) for 2/19 morn… in both orders I’m ordering small unnecessary items but mostly boxes of tea (which is a unusual since I 99% drink loose leaf tea). I need a little more to fulfill my Fresh Thyme order so it’s between Pukka’s Three Ginger or Three Mint tea.

So easy enough, I’ll just drink them both tonight as hot plain cuppas. I had 3 teabags best by 2018 from an old sipsby box of Three Ginger so I thought I’d make that first in my DT tumbler. It did the trick (I love ginger), but not sure I’d buy it again since I have so many other teas in my collection.

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Flavors: Ginger

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drank Night Time by Pukka
1990 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 25 of 2021 (no. 645 total).

Someone at work gave me a box of these teabags because I was talking about my difficulties sleeping. I see that I didn’t add them to my cupboard, but nevertheless this is a sipdown.

As night time teas go, this rather pleasant. It doesn’t have a lot of flavor, but that’s part of why it’s pleasant. Who wants to be thinking about flavors, good or bad, if you’re trying to go to sleep?

I notice the licorice, but it isn’t strong, which is fortunate because I don’t love strongly licorice tisanes. None of the flavors I would have though would make me dislike this — valerian, tulsi, even chamomile if not well done — are individually discernible, or even discernible at all, really, which is also good. I have no idea what oat flower tastes or smells like, but I am guessing the milder grainy flavor comes from that, and I don’t notice the lavender continually, but it comes through some of the time.

Did it help me sleep? Probably didn’t make much of a dent as my sleep problems are pretty well established by now, but I can’t discount it having a small effect. I have also been trying to cut down caffeine, exercise regularly, not eat too late, meditate, etc. so with all of those causes, who can say what is causing any effects — I am finding it easier to fall asleep, but I still wake up multiple times during the night.

I probably wouldn’t drink this just for fun. It’s better than a purely medicinal drink, but something about the psychology of the name would make me view it as a sleep aid.

At some point, I might get more. Really depends on the state of the cupboard and the fact that I have so many other non-caffeinated options at the moment that I need to pare back.

Flavors: Grain, Lavender, Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Happy National Pizza Day! One of my local favorites is a chicken garlic that has lots of veggies and basil on top, so I decided to brew some tulsi (holy basil) as my nightly tisane. This was one of the boxes of tea that Todd brought me back from his once-ago trip to Ireland. Thanks, Todd!

This is a blend of the three different varieties of tulsi (my preference!) I am pretty sure I’ve only ever had tulsi in blends, not straight, and it is interesting taking in the aroma as is… the pepperiness I’ve always gotten in the flavor really comes out on the nose, as well as a sharp citrusy scent, and something that smells like a cross between sandlewood and cinnamon, with an herbaceous/woody undertone. The flavor is mostly what I’m used to with tulsi — a little minty, though lacking any sort of cooling menthol, a little citrusy, and a little peppery, though I’m also tasting a slight roasty note here… tastes a little like chicory, though leaning a bit more dry/herbaceous.

Pleasant and relaxing… I will probably also have a cup of Aesthete’s “La Vie en Rose,” which is a tulsi blend with a strong fennel presence, as I just finished a bowl of Minestrone soup with some very fennel-forward sausage! (Mmm, sausage!)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Coffee, Herbaceous, Mint, Pepper, Roasted, Spices, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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I have received this UK produced tea from a postcrossing member located in Ontario, Canada. And well, I am located back in Europe. Okay, a big carbon footprint behind this tea.

Anyway, I am always happy to get a tea that I haven’t tried yet. And this one seems summery for me. The suggested brewing time is up to 15 minutes, so I did around 6 maybe? It wasn’t changing colour too much, so I kind of forgot about it.

It’s okay and quite sweet. Licorice sweet. But it’s mellowed by elderberries, which are kind of tart. And it’s somehow decently herbal. In last sips roships took the place.

Ah well. Quite common a bit of fruity tea. Not even sure if I should consider it as fruit or herbal tea. Probably the latter.

Flavors: Herbs, Licorice, Rosehips, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Three Mint Tea by Pukka
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 24 OZ / 709 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#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
226 tasting notes

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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drank After Dinner by Pukka
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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

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

Interesting! I have heard of Oxo, mostly just seeing it on British television. Turmeric teas are very savory/soupy to me, too.

Ilse Wouters

to me too, and I´m not sure whether I like that texture ;-)

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drank Three Fennel by Pukka
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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

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

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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.

Flavors: Green

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Detox by Pukka
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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

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

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This was one of two boxes of Pukka tea that Todd brought me back from a past trip to Ireland. I’ve been running around like a crazy person getting errands done today (including a horrible wait in the kind of nightmare DMV line that is typically the punchline to some joke…) and just need to destress, and this with a slice of the carrot cake I totally didn’t impulse buy at the grocery store today sounded nice.

I’m getting a roasted cocoa and cinnamon aroma from the cup. Even on the sip, I am not really getting a strong licorice flavor like I was expecting (I actually love black licorice, and love herbs/spices like licorice root, anise, and fennel!) The cocoa and chicory are actually quite a strong presense; it is a surprisingly nice cocoa note for having the thin body of a tea rather than the thickness/richness of a hot cocoa with milk. The chicory and cinnamon just add a lovely depth to the flavor. The cinnamon is sweet, but not that “Red Hots Candy” sort of taste, as the sweetness is more of the sticky sweetness of licorice root, and a sticky sweet cinnamon flavor lingers a bit after the sip. All the flavors go together really well! I am loving this! It feels indulgent but comforting at the same time. Definitely on par with my other favorite bagged herbal tea, Tazo’s Glazed Lemon Loaf.

Thanks Todd!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Licorice, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Three Mint Tea by Pukka
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One of the few Pukka teas that is exactly what it says on the label. I’m trying to clear down some old tea before we head into 2021 and this is the last teabag from this box.

Texture is surprisingly thick. Looking back at my review from last year, I describe as almost syrupy. It’s not unpleasant though, just unusual.

The three types of mint gives it a little more depth than a single mint tea. The peppermint brings the menthol coolness, the spearmint adds some sweetness, and the field mint adds some body.

A great tea for when you’ve eaten too many mince pies…

Pictures from a looooong time ago https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/pukka-three-mint-tea-review/

Flavors: Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Turmeric Gold by Pukka
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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

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

I have some turmeric teas as well, I plan to use it as colorant and spices as well. I know it won’t be like a saffron though :D

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drank Night Time by Pukka
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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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