Pukka ‘Cleanse’

Each day is abundant with moments. And occasionally, particular moments have resonance.  They grab hold of you and refuse to let go. They define periods of time, a few weeks, a few years, even eras and eventually form treasured memories.

In nineteen ninety something, running along a grassy bank in the woodland behind my father’s house, breathing in the Sunday summer breeze, I was stung by a nettle. As a child this seemed catastrophic: the instant appearance of the foreign bump upon my leg, the teasing pain and the teary-eyed fumble for a dock leaf, the haunting knowledge of how easily this anguish could have been avoided. I don’t doubt that many a child’s fondest memories are blighted by the tingling, quasi electrifying presence of the nettle. And yet today the tea world has harvested the tenderness of the Cruella DeVille of the plant world… Into tea.

Not quite yet feeling brave (or mature) enough to face a cup of pure nettle tea, I opted for an interesting compromise: Pukka ‘Cleanse’. And I must say, it’s certainly a memorable one…

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At around £2 a box, Pukka pack in staggering amounts of plants and extracts into each little sachet,  amounts that would shame even the most expensive, most pretentious and most superfluous beauty products. Organic nettle, fennel seed, peppermint, aloe vera juice, dandelion and licorice roots form the unique blend, but the army of cooks have certainly not spoiled this broth. I must admit, the impressive array is not wholly evident when sipping away at a cup of ‘Cleanse’. There are hints of licorice, hints of dandelion. The scrumptious fennel masks many of the other flavours and rules the taste bud roost, but the peppermint is the all-important underdog. It adds a cleanliness, a freshness, a vibrancy to the core of the tea, an escape route from the darkest depths of being branded a ‘forgettable’ tea.

Ever the cynic, I’m wary of prescribing a few cups of tea to clear those few skin blemishes because only you can truly account for the authenticity of Pukka’s skin purifying claims. But one thing is for sure: the use of the word ‘cleanse’ is certainly justified in one sense. If the tea fails to cleanse the skin, it certainly succeeds in cleansing the taste buds. A cup of this flavoursome tea will leave you feeling fresher than the summer breeze that oozed around you as you were stung by that nettle…


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