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I love the Pukka teas and get through about 8 mugs a day - 2xDetox in the morning, 2xRefresh at lunchtime and 2xHarmonise and 2xLove in the afternoon. They are not only delicious, but a great way of keeping hydrated and warm in a cold, dry and airconditioned office!
~~About the Refresh tea~~
The tea is described as being "organic peppermint, fennel and rose", however I would say that the main flavour in this tea is the peppermint. This makes it the ideal drink for lunchtime as it cleanses the palate after lunch, provides a lovely sweet peppermint flavour to stop further snacking and also peppermint is known for its ability to aid digestion.
As with all of the Pukka teas, the tea bags are individually wrapped in paper, with 20 bags in each cardboard box (all packaging is recyclable). The box is a green-turquoise colour which is very nice, but one colleague commented that she thought that it was a box of tampons....!
The flavour is really quite comparable to the flavour that you get in Teapigs, but at a much lower cost which is always great.
~~Ingredients combine to give a fantastic flavour~~
The ingredients listed on the packet are: Peppermint leaf (50%), licorice root, fennel seed (10%), hibiscus flower, rose flower (5%) and coriander seed.
The packaging also states that all of the ingredients are organically grown and ethically sourced - principles.
The flavours combine perfectly and really seem to hit the taste buds at the side of the tongue (this is really distinctive...I do not normally notice which taste buds are being affected!).
The packet says that the bags should be immersed in newly boiled water (that has been allowed to cool slightly) for 5 mins. I find that following this makes a perfect strength. I get through so much of the tea that I usually use each tea bag twice. Whilst the flavour isn't quite as good the second time round, it is still delicious and avoids racing through a box too quickly.
~~Where to buy~~
My local health food shop has a great selection of Pukka teabags at c£2.00 for a box of 20, but you can also get them in most supermarkets.
This review will appear on Ciao under username Loueeza and on Dooyoo under my username LouisaB.
I received a free bag of this this morning with a G Baldwin & Co's catalogue. I just brewed it up and drank it, then hit the internet to begin this review.
Since then, I've been researching and found that Pukka Herbs specialize in herbal supplements and teas. They're an ethical company that support fairtrade and they work under sustainable projects. They say they're entirely vegetarian and everything is organically grown.
Their teas in this range are all branded with a specific purpose in mind, containing suitable ingredients to achieve their desired effect. Others in the range include; relax, revitalize and detox. Refresh contains peppermint leaf, licorice root, fennel seed, hibiscus flower, rose flower and coriander seed, which are cooling, balancing ingredients which also help with digestion. I'm not quite sure what the core purpose of this blend is, although it says 'refresh' - it's quite a vague statement, and what it says on the website isn't very specific either.
The flavours in this tea are mostly familiar to me as I drink quite a lot of herbal teas, and I have to say this blend is especially nice. Peppermint and fennel are the stand-out flavours and they all work together really nicely; it's very satisfying to drink. Herbal teas are almost always an aquired taste, though, so I'm speaking on the basis of being someone who's already acquired that taste.
I wasn't expecting that much from this tea to be honest, but I'm pleasantly surprised. Not only is it a really nice drink, it's also calmed me down and that is honestly quite a feat for me. I'm not sure it's supposed to be calming, there is a "relax" blend after all, but I'm pleased non the less.
It costs £2.09 for 20 bags on pukkaherbs.com, which is more than I'd like to be paying. Hopefully I can find it cheaper elsewhere!
I've recently reviewed another Pukka tea - '"Love". This one, "Refresh", is my other favourite from the range. Neither of these were on Dooyoo until I requested them, and I really think they deserve to be known about, and tasted, by a wider audience!
Pukka teas look like no other, this one features joyously acrobatic people on a floral minty green background. I know I probably should get out more, but I love how these look on a shelf! They also have very evocative names, describing how they'll make you feel, rather than the taste or the ingredients. This one is more conventionally titled, and so might appeal to the less whimsical amongst you!
Most people are familiar with the refreshing qualities of mint, in this tea peppermint leaf along with roses and hibiscus flower are said to produce a cooling effect. Mint is also traditionally used as a digestive aid, it features alongside fennel and coriander seeds in this tea, both of these are also good for digestion. (Making this tea ideal after a heavy meal, to refresh the palate and sooth your stomach.) Finally Licorice is included for flavour and balance.
Pukka teas are:
* 100% organic
* Fairly traded
* Carbon neutral
* Purely vegetarian
I originally made my purchase due to the lovely packaging and the fact that they are made in Bristol (local to me), but have since become a fan due to the flavour of the teas and the principles behind Pukka, who believe in 'living the fullest, most rewarding life possible; staying true to yourself, connecting with nature and taking responsibility for your health and well being.' As I mentioned in my review for "Love" tea, herbal teas are an acquired taste, and maybe you'll either love them or hate them, but if you do fancy a lighter option than Typhoo or Kenco - you couldn't choose better tasting or more ethically sourced teas than these.
Pukka sell a wide range of supplements and herbs, and their other teas include Clarity, Cleanse, Detox, Harmonise, Protect, Relax, Revitalise and Pleasure. (All available, with loads more information, on their website: www.pukkaherbs.com ) That last one contains cocoa, which I have never seen in a tea! This looks like my next purchase!
Herbal Tea / Cool off with peppermint, licorice and rose and feel refreshed after a nice long cup of tea.