Continuing on with my tea tasting from the range of Pukka Teas.
Lemongrass & Ginger, Lemon & Mandarin, Elderberry & Echinacea
Lemongrass & Ginger
A pleasant, refreshing balance of lemon and ginger in this tea containing lemongrass (48%), ginger root (28%), liquorice root, lemon verbena leaf, lemongrass essential oil flavour (4%).
I love this type of tea in general, and it was most enjoyable – a nice lemon tang followed by the ginger. A good balance of ingredients.
Lemon & Mandarin
I was expecting quite a fruity taste to this tea but it was surprisingly very mild and gentle. This is good for people who need a more subdued fruit flavour, but I thought it lacked any oomph to it. There was the initial taste of lemon and mandarin, but overall the sweetness from the liquorice and sweet fennel seed were the dominant features of this tea. There was just a hint of lemon and mandarin but nothing leapt out. I do like balance to a tea which I thought this one lacked. It needed more fruitiness to give it a more refreshing taste.
Ingredients: licorice root, sweet fennel seed, orange peel, reshape, hibiscus flower, lemon balm leaf, lemongrass, lemon verbena leaf (8%), lemon myrtle leaf, lemon whole (4%), mandarin essential oil flavour (4%).
Looking at the list of ingredients it was surprising that I felt the way I did about the tea. However, the tea would be ideal for many people who need a gentler type of infusion.
Elderberry & Echinacea
I loved this. I could taste a moderate amount of elderflower and elderberry, two of my favourite ingredients for blending with tea or other ingredients.
It contained: licorice root, ginger root, echinacea root and leaf (10%), beetroot, aniseed, elderflower (8%), peppermint leaf, orange peel, elderberry (6%), rosehip, acerola juice flavour, orange essential oil flavour, natural blackcurrant flavour.
This was another favourite from the range. Very refreshing and full of juicy fruit flavours which balanced beautifully with the main ingredients.
Night Time, After Dinner, Relax
A good night time infusion to help you wind down containing chamomile, lavender, lime flower, liquorice, tulsi, oat straw flowering tops, valerian.
This was very calming and soothing. I thought it tasted very much of oats and overall it was a bit on the bland side. When I brewed the tea longer than five minutes though I thought the overall flavour improved a lot, especially when it was brewed in a teapot. It had a nice, clear taste and a good meld of flavours came through. I think this tea would do its job and help prepare one for a good night’s sleep.
This tea really hit the spot. It contained roasted chicory root (24%), aniseed, sweet fennel seed (20%), liquorice root, cardamom pod (8%), orange peel, ginger root.
The combination of these ingredients really worked well together. Usually one would associate an after dinner tea with having some kind of mint in it (which this one did not). However, it felt like this was an after dinner blend and the blend of ingredients was tasty and effective. I think it was the aniseed that livened up the taste.
This was another favourite.
I’m afraid this one was a bit bland for my taste buds. It tasted quite oaty with not a lot else going on. I’m sure this would have the desired effect of making one relax though.
Ingredients: organic chamomile flower (18%), sweet fennel seed (12%), marshmallow root (10%), oat flowering tops, liquorice root, bitter fennel seed (12%).
I think I need to try this again, maybe in a teapot and see what results I get. I do like to give a tea several chances before making my mind up. The list of ingredients doesn’t inspire me though.