In my retrospective last week, I was surprised to see that I haven’t reviewed this yet (I have some sort of nagging suspicion that I must have reviewed this tea already. Maybe I dreamed I blogged about it).
This is a Pukka tea that I’ve liked for a long time. It seems to be suitable for any occasion, somehow (well, unless you want a caffeine hit, in which case it’s a bit useless although still refreshing). And I kind of like the fact that it comes in individually wrapped sachets (as I think all Pukka teas do) because it makes it really easy to take a few teabags to work and things like that – or to send them to people.
Anyhow. It’s late at night and I need to go to bed: on with the review!
Source: Pukka teas are available in larger supermarkets (or they were last time I checked), lots of health food shops, or online at pukkaherbs.com.
Cost: A box of 20 individually-wrapped teabags typically costs about £2 – Love is currently on their website for £2.09. So far as I know they don’t sell tea in other quantities.
Ethics: From the website, the pukka pledge:
- 100% organic
- Fairly traded
- Carbon neutral
- Purely vegetarian
Pretty decent list really! (Note that ‘Fairly traded’ isn’t the same as Fairtrade; which isn’t to necessarily say that the welfare standard is different, just that for whatever reason it isn’t connected with Fairtrade certification)
Brewing instructions: “infuse for at least 5 minutes”. Boiling water, of course. Can’t really get this one wrong. I tend to take the teabag out after about 5-10 minutes (e.g. I might brew for 5 or 6 minutes, not paying too much attention to the time, start drinking it, and then take the teabag out when I’m halfway down.)
Appearance: A yellowish colour … looks appropriately “herbal”, I think. Look:
Nose: (I think I need to buy a book about perfumes or something to better learn how to describe smells. Nevertheless, here’s an attempt:)
Organic. Light, but complex. Scent of something that comes from flowers – but not floral per se (I think it’s the chamomile). Slightly sweet. Not grassy or green, but still light and organic.
Taste: This tea has a really balanced taste, with a lingering sweetness. It’s sweet, but not sugary or honeyed or rose-scented – just somehow … sweet (actually, it probably is the rose, but it doesn’t taste of rose – maybe it’s the licorice too?). It’s refreshing, flavourful, light (but not insipid) and again – really well balanced. I’m afraid I can’t describe what it tastes of, you’ll just have to try it for yourself.
(The ingredients list: rose, lavender, elderflower, marigold, limeflower, chamomile, licorice)
Food match: this tea goes surprisingly well with sweet treats. I would’ve thought that drinking sweet-but-not-sugary herbal tea whilst eating an M&S bakery piece of sugar-topped chocolate chip shortbread would be a really bad combination … but it really worked. Something about the freshness of the tea went nicely with the sugariness of the shortbread.
Nom nom nom.