I´ve already written it elsewhere, but I´m definitely not a great herbal tea fan, mainly for “historical” reasons (my mother preparing me a blend of dried herbs whenever I got home and complained about some ache or so). However, I nowadays do make my own herbal preparations, for instance I pick and dry rosehips (wonderful infusion, naturally sweet, when having a sour throat), and I pick elderflower to make a brilliant elderflower cordial I like to add to gin&tonic.
I also used to pick elderberries (to make another cordial, or even a fruity gin), but this is less fun work to do (removing green berries, hands are coloured for a few days), and the cordial is very viscous and dense which isn´t the most pleasant texture in drinks. Basically, I remember my mother buying an elderberry sirope to relieve cough. I therefore guess, when buying this Pukka infusion, I had its use in mind over Winter. I now realise I just forgot all about it, used the rosehip infusion whenever the occasion called for it…and so, only now, when finishing some other teas, I´ve rediscovered this infusion and tried it.
It´s true the list of ingredients is large, but for me the elderberry really stands out. In comparison to the elderberry sirope (way too sweet!), this infusion is actually quite balanced in taste. I particularly like its fruitiness being based on something else than the hibiscus used in most supermarket brands. Finally, I want to say that the lovely design by Pukka is an added pleasure.

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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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