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I have to say I'm a little bit disgusted at how much weight I've managed to put on over my last semester at university, but I'm hardly surprised about it. I did the exact same thing first semester: I gained about ten pounds due to stress eating and focusing more on my classes and hand-ins than I did my weight. I fortunately got my act together over Christmas and managed to lose it all and then some before going back for semester two. It wasn't long, however, until the pressure was laid on strongly and I found myself stress-eating the way through my remaining class time and then exams. Following exams, I had the hideous wait for my degree classification, which didn't quell my eating much. Despite getting a 2:1 and being very happy with it, that still didn't do anything to ease my stress about not having a job and therefore no money for the summer at least, and so my eating maintained. While this situation has hardly resolved itself (I was supposed to hear back from two job interviews today and my phone has not yet rung, so I'm not hopeful about having got either position), I decided that enough was enough, and that if I couldn't get a job, I could least lose some weight and be a sexy unemployed person as opposed to a fat one. One of the main things I've learnt from the few times I've dieted successfully over the years is how much drinking tea helps me to keep off unhealthy food and is a good substitute for sweet snacks. While I often prefer fruity teas for this purpose as they're sweeter, I also do really like mint and other herbal teas, and so like to have ones like Pukka Three Mint tea in stock.
== Pukka Three Mint Tea ==
This is, rather obviously, a mint tea made my Pukka. Unlike a lot of mint teas, which tend to be peppermint, this one contains three different mints (peppermint, spearmint and field mint) in fairly equal quantities, which gives it more of a depth of flavour. According to the website, Pukka gets their organic field mint from Northern India, and states that all of their mint leaves are organically grown and ethically sourced. While I tend to buy tea based on their flavour and how interesting they sound, it's a lovely bonus to know that I'm buying something that's organic and well sourced as well as being a lovely drink. The website also says that this tea will aid digestion, which is something that I have heard about mint before, so I am inclined to believe it. The tea comes in bagged form and a box contains twenty of such teabags.
== What I Thought ==
This is a lovely mint tea, which definitely does taste different to other single mint teas I've had in the past. The inclusion of the three mints gives it a richer, less sweet taste that is very pleasant and very minty. There's nothing much else that I can say about this tea other than that it is very nice and does it's job of making a good snack alternative between meals as well as being more interesting than a typical mint tea or a fruit one. While it is not my favourite tea, it is one that I would definitely consider buying again.
== Conclusion ==
This is a lovely tea that I happily recommend. I've now tried three teas made by Pukka and have found them all to be very pleasant and so I would definitely be open to trying others made by this company. If their claims to be a 100% ethical and organic company are true then they are also one that I would like to support and so would look for these teas wherever they are available. This box of teas was also very reasonably priced at around £2 for a box of twenty (so around 10p per bag), although prices obviously vary. While this isn't the cheapest tea, it's certainly a lot cheaper than brands such as Tea Pigs, and it is worth the price in my view. I'd definitely recommend keeping an eye out for it if you fancy a more interesting cup of mint tea.
My caffeine addiction has not been a problem for the past 10 or so years. There was that period of about a year where I was drinking energy drinks like they were going out of fashion resulting in pretty consistent tooth, head and stomach ache - but since giving those up pretty much 100% and sticking to coffee I'm much healthier. My lifestyle has demanded a fairly high intake of caffeine, with lots of late nights, early mornings and long days - a cup off coffee to start the day (and many more to restart the day every hour or so) is essential.
However, I'm getting old - and its been really noticeable over the past year or so. Getting up is tougher, late nights are tougher and I just haven't got as much of the buzzy energy I used to have. Early nights are more of a necessity rather than a choice, come 11 pm and I could drift off mid earthquake. (some observant people might notice I'm writing this review in the middle of the night. The combination of a extra long lay followed by a post pub nap on have wreaked havoc with my sleeping patterns)
I wanted something that I could drink of an evening that would be refreshing but not keep me up, and after a peruse in the supermarket we picked up some mint tea. I wasn't a fan, it tasted far too watery and weak and was basically hot water with a slight mint aftertaste. A few months passed and we saw this Pukka Three Mint Tea in Sainsburys and as its made of three different types of mint figured it would be a bit stronger.
We, my girlfriend and I, are big fans of Pukkas Night Time Tea. If I have to get a really early night and I need some help, their Night Time Tea does the trick, plus it taste great. Its tastes like a premium product, with all the ingredients listed being present in the taste, and I hoped the Three Mint Tea would be just as good. I wasn't disappointed.
Lets gets some of the boring bits out of the way first. Its £2.19 for a box of 20, from Sainsburys and they come separated in quite a nice little green box. I like the design Pukka use on their packaging - its quite fresh and snazzy, and has the feel of a trendy up market product - an image only slightly reflected in the price, with most other brands of the same grade being a similar price but not as cool packaging. To make is simple - pour boiling water over the tea bag into a mug, let brew for 5 minutes and drink. I wouldn't suggest sugar, but if thats something you insist on then go ahead and don't put any milk near it. You can add a slice of lemon if you want it a little sweeter, but I think its best just as it is.
Right, the taste. As far as a minty tea goes, this couldn't be further from the regular mint tea I previously tried (I can't remember what brand it was, possibly own brand) being much fuller of flavor and not watery at all. (apart from all the water involved obviously) This tea is made from Spearmint, Peppermint and Fieldmint. I know the taste of peppermint and spearmint from gum and toothpaste and many, many Mojitos but have never tasted (knowingly) fieldmint before. The combination of mints its a bit much at first and it just tastes refreshingly like mint, but as it cools and you take bigger gulps the complexity breaks down a bit. To me, spearmint always tastes quite a bit duller mint wise than peppermint so the sharper peppermint is prominent but a there is a nice cooling mint taste in the background that tastes quite distinctive that I assume is the fieldmint and it gives it an nice soothing aftertaste. Overall, this tastes fresh and full, but its not overpowering - like a toothpasty mint, more a clean refreshing full taste that come across as quite natural - almost as if its made from fresh mint. I love the taste and smell of fresh mint - its just such a lovely, powerful scent that wakes up the senses and is almost exciting, and this tea has a hint of that freshness about it.
The flavor isn't the only great thing about this tea, it has a few other wonderful properties. Firstly, its 100% Organic. To be honest, for a herbal tea at this price point I wouldn't expect anything else than it being 100% Organic - and it reassuringly is.
Secondly its totally caffeine free. I was looking for a hot drink I could drink late, or relax with without giving me a caffeine buzz but also perk me up, and this does the trick. I can have a cup of this late at night and it will help me finish that next chapter of a book without keeping me up.
Finally, its great for digestion. I suffer pretty badly from indigestion - mainly because I usually eat slouched and too fast and after I eat I'm fairly uncomfortable for the next few hours. I use indigestion tablets, but have found this tea works just as well - stopping me feeling bloated and sluggish pretty quickly. I'd say after a cup of this I generally have a more relaxed stomach too and not as tight and stressed as it normally does - due to my usually poor diet.
All in all, this is a great drink. I would say mint tea generally is a slightly acquired taste - if you've never had it and usually stick to builders tea or coffee, be prepared for a unique taste that will take a few cups to get used too. This is a much fuller and I must say better taste than regular mint tea and its been promoted into second place as my favorite hot drink - shunting Earl Grey into third. Sorry Earl Grey.
As somewhat of a peppermint tea addict, this is my all-time favourite. Found in Manchester Metropolitan Uni's organic/health food shop, the product is also available from Holland and Barrett, larger Sainsburys and Tescos.
Peppermint tea is well known for its goodness, being caffeine free and a great aid to digestion, but until my discovery I never saw it as a treat! Pukka's distinctive of peppermint, spearmint and fieldmint add a new sweetness and fuller flavour to the norm, and make a cup of herbal tea truly delicious.
Better yet, you can feel good whilst drinking it! Pukka have a strong environmental policy, and therefore pledge that their products are all 100% organic, fairtrade, sustainable and carbon neutral in production! At around £2 for 20 bags these are a little more expensive than your average peppermint tea, but the taste difference is phenomenal, and you can rest assured that your product is responsibly sourced.
Pukka produce a wide range of natural health supplements for relaxation and wellbeing, and I would also recommend their Chai teas and Detox teabags, for a complete package of restful life thanks to tea - this product is the bomb.
Refreshing blend of peppermint, spearmint & fieldmint.