This week: another Pukka tea; morning time.
“organic rooibos, honeybush & red ginseng tea”
Source: I think I picked up this box in Tesco – for some reason it doesn’t seem to be on the pukka website. Not sure where the ingredients were grown – the rooibos (which makes up 70%) is Fairtrade certified, therefore was grown somewhere that grows Fairtrade rooibos … see:
Ethics: Fairtrade! (the rooibos – 70% of ingredients). All organically grown. They used to have the Pukka Pledge on their website (e.g. when I wrote this post, which gives details) which detailed other commitments such as being purely vegetarian and carbon neutral – I assume they are still just as ethical, but they’ve had a general website redo and I can’t find pages about ethics anymore.
Brewing instructions: You’re supposed to leave it to infuse for at least 5 minutes. Having tasted it at various points whilst brewing, I would really encourage this … the taste seems to change quite a lot in the first 5 minutes, becoming decidedly more palatable!
It looks quite pretty, too.
Nose: er … weird. Slightly … musty … in a “herbal” sort of way. I am not a fan of the smell.
Taste: pretty terrible in the first couple of minutes – really do brew it for 5 minutes. I think it makes the licorice and honeybush (which sweeten the tea) develop properly. From some brief googling, I think it is plausible to conjecture: red ginseng actually tastes pretty foul (but has health benefits), so the other things are added to make it taste okay …
So: after the proper brewing time … it starts to mostly taste of rooibos, with a sweet aftertaste. It has a bit of a hint of aniseed or fennel – I couldn’t work out what that could be until I reread the ingredients and realised there was licorice in it! A pretty palatable tea, really, if not one to set the world on fire. Decent tea, with a bit of a fennel taste and a note of sweetness following afterwards.
Food match: I had mine with a welshcake. You can see the very small part of the welshcake that’s left in the background of this photo:
(No really, I need your help – ideas? Do I buy more tea? Do I switch to doing something else on Sundays? Do I try and find out more about the history of tea? Grow my own tea? Help!)
Although of course as always all comments welcome, whether they help with this particular question or not – I’m all ears! Leave me a comment below …