I bought Pukka Love tea because the description said it includes organic rose. Unfortunately, rose, as well as other ingredients' flavors are not detectable. All you can taste is chamomile. But there are lots of chamomile teas you can buy much cheaper. Don't waste your money.Here's the ingredients listed on the box:Chamomile flowers (25%)limeflower, elderflower, marigold petal, licorose root, rose flower (5%)lavender flower (5%)I'm wondering what other 65% of not listed ingredients are?
Tried this tea today, it doesn't have a rose flavour, nor a taste of lavender or elderflowers,in fact, it just tastes the same as pukka's chamomile and vanilla tea, quite disappointing really as the packaging is very bright and cheerful, giving the false impression that its going to be a strong flowery brew, which alas, is just not the case.
I was given a packet of these Pukka teabags recently by a friend who thought they would be, well, to pardon the pun, my cup of tea. They are a specialist herbal tea made from caffeine free, pure organic herbs. This particular combination of herbs is labelled as the 'Love' variety (there are other teas in the range called 'Clarity' and 'Pleasure' etc) and the flavour is given as rose, chamomile and lavender.
Pukka is an environmentally aware company and the ingredients in all their products and this tea are organically grown and certified by the soil associastion. The box is marked with this exclusive achievement stamp. The company are also carbon neutral and produce their packaging material from "sustainably managed forests". They help manage small, independent farming communities in Sri Lanka where the herbs used in this tea is grown. They are also totally vegetarian. Basically, Pukka is a company that we all should support based on their business ethics.
The 'Love' tea is blended to "bring joy" and the benefits of the tea listed on the packaging seem to be mostly emotional. The qualities of each ingredient in the tea is explained:
Rose and Lavender: These are apparantly "symbols of love".
Elderflowers, Marigolds, Limeflowers and Chamomile: Pukka claim these ingredients "relax your emotional heart"
Licorice: This is a sweet tonic.
This wording gives me a strong impression that this drink is supposed to help clear the mind and steady the soul! It IS all a bit hippy dippy but the company's claims aren't unfounded. Chamomile comprises of 25% of the ingredients and this herb has been traditionally used to aid sleep and help wounds heal. Licorice is used in a number of medicinal treatments inlcuding for arthritis. Marigolds and elderflowers are also used as alternative remedies.
In one box you get 20 individually wrapped tea bags. The string of the bag is stapled to the paper wrapper and this acts as a tag when you put it into your cup. The string is long enough not to lose it in a large mug. The teabag is oblong and folded and stapled at the top. It is designed to float sideways on the top of the hot water.
You need to leave the teabag to steep in the hot water for at least five minutes. This may seem like a long time but the flavour that is produced is worth the wait. There is an unfortunate problem in that the water tends to cool down too much though and the taste isn't as nice when the water is cold. The longer you leave the teabag the stronger the taste is. You don't need to dunk the teabag to release the flavour into the water - it seeps out easily. There is a very strong aroma of lavender as you infuse the teabag. Underneath this initial fragrance is a more musky, earthy smell that is very appealing. The aroma alone seems to have an effect on me - it sort of makes me feel like I'm relaxing with nature.
The taste of the tea is very sweet - almost like it has been sweetened with a new type of sugar. I think this is the licorice root ingredient but it doesn't really taste as strong as licorice as it would taste in chewy sweets but has more of a mild hint of flavour. There is a definate flowery taste to the tea too. It is rather like taking a breath of fresh air when you are beside a rose bush! I think the overall flavour is definately something you either love or hate. I personally, really enjoy the taste and find the experience of drinking the tea to be invigorating and pleasing. I think that the effects of the herbs are probably mostly mind over matter, however I do usually feel relaxed and emotionally at ease after consuming this tea.
I like to take my time to drink this tea and the long infusion time encourages you to take your time and treat this drinking experience like some kind of ritual. It is almost like part of a meditation act and as such this is not a tea I can drink every day. I actually usually only have one or two cups a week - whenever I feel I need to chill a bit!
I think this is a beautiful tea, rich with a unique sweet and flowery taste and very different from other herbal teas I have tried. I am also very impressed by the company and their ethics. As I was given this tea as a gift I can thoroughly endorse it's brilliance as a present and say how much I appreciate it and would encourage people to give a box of tea to their friends and loved ones.
More information on where to find this Pukka tea and for details about the company visit the website:
Herbal tea is probably an acquired taste. I quite like it, although I go for either a minty one or red berry flavours usually and don't brave the nettle or dandelion. Even though I like it from time to time, I do understand why mentioning herbal tea makes some people pull a face. It is one of those things that you have to get used to, you have to educate your palate, and at first it can be just an odd smelling cup of hot water.
This tea is no exception. No, wait a minute, don't go yet! Actually this tea IS different. For a start, look at the packaging - how could you resist?! The company 'Pukka' sells herbs, and their range of herbal tea bags is made in Bristol. (If you concentrate really, really hard on not thinking about Jamie Oliver, 'Pukka' is a cute name. It is a hindi word, meaning authentic or genuine.) The boxes are so attractive. Those are gold people, in a very art nouveau style, on a pink box. even if you don't drink the tea, come on, that box is going to look fantastic on your kitchen shelf, and visitors are guaranteed to say "oooh, what's that!" when you produce it. Finally, and this is the deal clincher, this flavour is called 'Love'. They say money can't buy Love, and it is true that you don't often get the chance, but look, here is some in a box! 20 individual sachets for £2.09 (Pukka herbs website price).
According to the "Pukka pledge" - all the teas are:
* 100% organic
* Fairly traded
* Carbon neutral
* Purely vegetarian
Doesn't that make you feel warm and fuzzy? Pukka describe this particular tea as "a sweet floral infusion of rose, chamomile and lavender to lift your spirits". None of those, with the possible exception of chamomile, are ingredients that I am used to seeing in tea, but they do work. Apparently rose and lavender are symbols of love, and chamomile will relax your emotional heart... the tea also contains licorice. If you like herbal teas, you absolutely have to give this one a try, it is available in major supermarkets or online. And if you don't - perhaps this will be the one that changes your mind!
Herbal Tea / Warm your cockles with a blend of rose, chamomile and lavender.