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When I was pregnant I needed to cut back on drinking so much tea and coffee, and I started to drink some different varieties of herbal teas. My previous experience was a cup someone offered me of a fruity herbal tea at University. I'd found that quite bitter, so it was a revelation to me that I do actually enjoy some of the varieties of herbal teas on the market after all.
Pukka is a brand I only got round to trying this year. I had previously drunk the Dr Stuart brand of detox tea. When I embarked on my after Christmas detox, I picked up a few boxes of teas in my local small branch of tesco. They don't carry the hugest selection of brands like you get in a big store, so I remembered enjoying the other brand and picked this up.
Firstly, I find herbal tea brands to be a bit more expensive than the normal tea brands. Here, it cost me £2.30 for a box of 20 teabags, or about 11.5p per tea bag. I usually buy tea bags in bulk at less than a penny each, so it wouldn't be cheap to switch to this brand for all of the hot drinks I have per day, but I do enjoy an occasional cup of this so I do feel the higher price is worth it for the health benefit, the enjoyment, and the high quality of organic ingredients used.
The taste to this one is a bit of an acquired one. The ingredients are fennel seed and aniseed, cardomon seed, and liquorice root. As well as being organic, these ingredients ae said to be ethically sourced, and it carries logos from the soil association, the USDA and has a Kosher label. As well as this, the cardboard outer packaging carries the FSC logo to show the card is from a sustainable source.
Within the outer box, each tea bag is individually wrapped in a blue and cream sachet which has little perforations on either side to make it easy to get into. Each tea bag has a string and tag attached to make it easier for you to brew this and then remove the tea bag. Instructions are to infuse for at least 5 minutes. I usually only leave it for a couple of minutes within a large mug, and find this is ample for me to get a good tasting drink. These sachets are ideal for slipping in a handbag if you want to take your own tea bag to a hotel or work.
The tea is a bit yellow in appearance. The taste is quite strongly of the sweet aniseed and fennel, and I get the liquorice and cardamon as an after taste on my tongue. The tea is described as being to cleanse and to revive. A cup of this leaves my mouth feeling cool and fresh as I can taste the tea for a while after drinking, and it reminds me a bit of taking a cough medicine as there is a bit of a glow following it down my oseophagus and sitting in my stomach for a while after drinking in a comforting and warming way. I like to drink this either mid-afternoon or early evening as I do think it perks me up a little bit in spite of being naturally caffeine free. I wouldn't want to have it before bed. It's a good drink for me when I want to lose some weight, as I am terrible for eating lots of snacks when I get bored. I find that if I drink this, it has a similar affect to if I had brushed my teeth, and the food doesn't taste that appealing to me afterwards.
I always feel a bit less groggy throughout the day when drinking herbal teas and reducing my caffeine from tea and coffee.
This is a very high quality product. I personally love having a cup of this - I couldn't drink it all day, but one goes down very nicely leaving me feeling fresher and ready to get on again. If you are a fan of aniseed and liquorice, then you might enjoy this, but if you hate those flavours then I would not recommend it at all. After trying this particular product, I would buy it again, and could be tempted by other speciality teas from the brand.
My only negative is that the tea bags tend to leave a fair amount of 'leaves' for want of a better word in the bottom of my cup, meaning I can't consume the last bit of liquid in my cup. Not a deal breaker, but I am really not keen on this in tea as I hate when you get a mouthful of the bits.
I bought these teabags on a whim when I was looking for a different kind of tea and a change from the normal. I drink approx 6 cups of tea a day but fancied something different that also had health benefits.
Packaging: I was automatically pulled in by the pukka packaging as it is light and clean.
Price: I think you are about £3 for 20 teabags which I thought was quite expensive, but after my brilliant experience with them they are definitely worth it!
Taste: This tea does have a strong scent and taste of aniseed which isn't everyones cup of tea (excuse the pun! ). It also has a strong liquorice lace to it. However, for being someone who doesn't like either of these tastes, I actually found the tea really refreshing and enjoy a cup every other day.
Detoxing?: YES! I have suffered from IBS for years and have felt constantly bloated since I can remember. However, after just one cup of detox tea, my system seemed to snap into action and I am delighted that I have found a natural and organic cure for my IBS. I appreciate it may not be the same for everyone but I would recommend this tea as a natural remedy for digestion problems!
All in all, I am very impressed and now looking to purchase more products from the Pukka range!
It's that time of year when the nights are closing in, and all you want to do is to sit in front of the TV with a plate of stodgy comfort food.
In an effort to avoid falling into this trap, and piling on the pounds, I bought some detox tea from pukka. Pukka teas are a blend of herbs, designed to taste great, and to get to work on your system. This particular tea is designed to help your digestive system, and it's slightly diuretic too, hence the detox element.
First impressions were that the packaging is a bit of a genius job. I'm not too keen on the new agey style packaging of other herbal teas (Yogi tea being a prime offender). The entire Pukka range of teas are great to look at- the boxes are well-designed and beautifully illustrated in bright but tasteful colours. This is not a product you'll have to hide away from public view in your teacaddy.
The tea, which comes in bags, contains aniseed, fennel, cardamom, coriander and celery as well as liquorice. As you might guess from that combination, it's heavy on salty, liquoricey flavours. For me, the balance of flavours really worked, but it certainly won't be to everyone's taste. However, I did find the combination a bit acidic after I'd consumed it, almost to the point of discomfort.
Detox wise, I'm not sure it had much effect. I didn't feel particularly energized or cleansed after a week of drinking it regularly. But then perhaps it's just too much to expect a tea to get rid of all of the toxins in your system!
My only other gripe is that the tea is also pretty expensive at two quid for 20 teabags.
I'm addicted to tea, herbal tea especially. I'm always on the lookout for that one herbal tea that tastes as good as it smells. In my eternal search, that is how I came across Pukka Detox tea - with aniseed, fennel and liquorice. It won a great taste gold award in 2008 (well that is what the sticker said) so I had high hopes for it. I bought it for around £2 at Holland and Barrett.
About the company:
Pukka Herbs Ltd are a herbal company based in Bristol whose principles are guided by Ayurveda, the ancient Indian philosophy which means 'the science of living wisely'.
A lovely white and china blue patterned cardboard box, with an orange and cream label. The box is made from sustainably managed forests. Inside, there are 20 sachets individually packaged in blue and white paper with an orange and cream label attached by a string. The net weight is 40g. The packaging is signed by Pukka's Ayurvedic practitioner and herbalist.
Drinking the tea:
Just pour freshly boiled water into a cup with a teabag and leave to infuse for at least 5 minutes. Drink without milk and sugar/sweeteners. I tend to leave the bag in there while I'm drinking the tea for a stronger flavour. The tea is a golden yellow colour. The taste is not sweet like some liquorice teas I have tried. You can taste the fennel, liquorice and aniseed, although I know other teas that are much stronger tasting. The aftertaste is dominated by fennel, with a hint of aniseed.
This is marketed as a 'detox' tea. The aniseed and fennel are meant to help relax digestion and flush the urinary system. The licorice root is meant to calm and tonify (whatever that means?). It also has cardamom seeds to help clear excess mucus and coriander and celery seeds to help wash toxins from the body. The product is organically certified.
I tend to not care about what it is meant to do - although I do note that all those ingredients are well-known herbal remedies mainly centred on helping digestion. I just care about how it tastes, and if it happens to give me better digestion, even if through a placebo effect, then great!
Overall: A nice, refreshing, light-tasting tea. You can taste the fennel, liquorice and aniseed but it is not strong, which is why it loses a couple of stars for me. Whether it detoxes or not is best left to the individual. I don't believe it, but that's just me! It is best enjoyed whenever you want.
Pukka / Blend of aniseed, fennel & licorice / 20 bags.