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Pukka Tea Tasting withThe Spark team


Week Three

This week we tasted Three Berry and Green Spiced Chai

Tasting panel: James and Mark from Igeek (our web developers who had just dropped in for a meeting!), Will, Darryl, Beccy, Ann and Kristina

Green Spiced Chai

Organic green tea with star anise and cinnamon: to warm and enrich


Cinnamon was definitely the predominant flavour here, followed by the distinctive taste of star anise, plus a slight ‘grassy’ quality. It certainly wasn’t disliked, though we agreed that a good lengthy brewing period was needed. A cinnamon-hater in the room was surprised as they enjoyed the gentle, sweet warming sensation as they sipped. Indeed, the chamomile-style notes detected by Darryl The Nose soften the spicy kick, but without compromising the richness of the brew.


Three Berry

Organic elderberry, blueberry & blackberry tea: to nourish and restore


There was an amount of trepidation around this tasting from Mark and James – self-confessed Builders’ Tea addicts. Comments included: ‘I prefer real tea’, ‘…can tolerate it’, and ‘I was looking forward to a nice cuppa; oh well’. However, the pro-hippy-tea guzzlers on the panel likened the aroma to ‘hot Ribena’ and appreciated its smell and sweetness. ‘Blackcurrant Lemsip’ was another interesting observation, made by Will. Two surprising, but welcome, comparisons for a tea not containing even a whiff of blackcurrants. Today’s lesson: you can’t win them all!



Kristina. 15 April 2010


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