Monday, 30 January 2012

The Natural Goodness of Pukka teas (review)

After discovering a new herbal tea from Pukka (see my review here), I decided to explore their range further.

Refresh tea is a unique blend of uplifting herbs: organic peppermint, fennel and rose. Peppermint is a great refresher but could be a bit strong. This blend is deliciously sweet thanks to the fennel seed and coriander seed. Rose adds an aromatic note to the blend but it does not taste perfumey like some rose petal blends do (and believe me, I tried many). As it is a caffeine free tea, you can drink it any time of the day. The colour is beautifully golden. I have tried this tea both hot and cold, and it works either way.

Three Mint tea is not just your usual mint tea, it is a combination of three different varieties of mint - organic peppermint, spearmint and fieldmint tea. There are many varieties of mint, and many gardeners probably grow the most popular variety which is Mentha spicata or a spearmint. Spearmint is milder in taste and aroma than peppermint. Mint's cooling and stimulating effect makes it very effective in relieving digestive problems.
For the purposes of comparison I prepared two cups of mint tea, using a Pukka Three mint sachet and a standard mint tea from Waitrose. The standard tea was darker in colour and had a stronger taste, more reminiscent of the chewing gum or even the toothpaste. When you compare two teas, you can taste the difference. Three Mint is much more delicate, gentle and soothing - definitely a winner.

Love tea is another unique combination of fragrant herbs: organic rose, chamomile and lavender flower as the main notes with the added goodness of limeflower, elderflower, marigold petal and licorice root. The herbal infusion is nicely balanced, none of the herbs is overpowering. The taste is delicate and sweet. The motto on the box is "to warm your heart". And while I would not go that far and claim that it made me feel cherished, it is a very pleasant herbal drink, and would probably convert the most stubborn herbal tea haters.

Disclosure: All teas were bought by me.


  1. Looks delicious

  2. PUkka teas are lovely. I'm quite addicted to the new Twinnings Rose tea but it's not caffiene free as far as I'm aware. Also, Sympathy teas. Don't know if you've every tried them but they come as loose leaf teas in varying single herb and mixed herb packets. The one with hops and lavender in it is my favourite night-time tipple, curled up in bed with a good book.

  3. I buy Twinings rose petal tea, though they changed the recipe a couple of years ago. It used to be Rose Puchong, I think, it was excellent. I haven't heard of Sympathy teas, thank you for suggesting to try them!