After how much I liked the Pukka Love tea my sister gave me, I was delighted to see the grocery store near my house began carrying other options. The first one that jumped out at me was the Night Time Berry variety. The package promised berries with and chamomile and echinacea, so I had pretty clear expectations when I decided to give it a try. The ingredients list boasted rose hips, elderberry, blueberry, and blackcurrant as the berries, which sounded appealing, as I tend to like all of those as fruity flavors. I took it right home and brewed up a cup.
As far as flavors go, though, I expected a lot more berry and a lot less herb. The main taste players are the echinacea, licorice root, and a bit of the ginger, which lends a little unexpected heat. The berries are barely detectable beneath those notes, a faint hint of sweetness, and the aftertaste is primarily ginger with the tiniest bit of a floral note from hibiscus and lavender. The rose hips are all but undetectable,
It’s sweet enough without any additions, which was one thing I liked about the Love variety, but the main focus in this brew is clearly the healthy (and relaxing) herbs. I suppose that makes sense for a bedtime tea, but ginger isn’t high on my list of favorite tea flavors, and the lack of noteworthy berry taste left it a little unsatisfactory for me.
It’s fine as far as herbal teas go and I wouldn’t turn my nose up at having a cup, but I’m more likely to reach for the Love flavor… or stick to my favorite vanilla chamomile.