Product Type: Pukka Tea
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Pukka Three Mint Tea
Pukka Three Mint Tea
Member Name: alexandjef
Pukka Three Mint Tea
Advantages: Taste great
Disadvantages: Slightly expensive
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.
Summary: A great, if not the best, mint tea.
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