227 Tasting Notes

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I´m honestly only guessing the origin of this tea, as I bought it in a small independent tea shop in Belgium, and I´ve been told that a lot of these tea shops get their tea at the big French houses.
It´s one of those teas (again ;-) ) I tend to buy on an impulse, and then store somewhere to forget where…until I move to another place or decide to clean out my tea cabinet! Fortunately, the tea was stored in an airtight pouch, and so, it actually is still very fragrant. It´s not the best earl grey I´ve drunk, but it´s enjoyable, not too strong and quite elegant (discretely floral).

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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78

I was very curious about this infusion, so I decided to buy a pouch. Of course, preparing this tisane is a treat for the nose, as especially the dry buds smell wonderfully. The steeping takes longer with this tisane (5 to 10 minutes is recommended by Kent&Sussex Tea Co.), and the colour changes throughout the steeping process : surprisingly, it starts darker blue and ends up clearer near colourless. The typical lavender aroma´s change as well and I even find myself noticing a sort of antiseptic smell, which I´m not so fond of. Maybe 10 minutes of steeping is too long, as in mouth a definite wood taste comes through. Will try to steep only 5 minutes next time, to compare.

Flavors: Lavender, Wood

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

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85

This is one of those teas I buy on an impulse, and then store away, to discover quite a while later, grr.
A shame and often a waste of money, but here, I have the impression that the loose tea has maintained its quality better than in other cases. Without any temperature indication on the pouch, I brew a heaped teaspoon of tea at 80ºC, and after 2 minutes it turns out really nicely.
A lot of taste for a white tea (also quite rich in colour), with even a smoky hint, but also a sweet touch to it, very well balanced. In short, a white tea I can really enjoy on its own.

Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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95

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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80

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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75

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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80

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
227 tasting notes

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
227 tasting notes

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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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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