Leaf Type: Herbal
Where to Buy: Two Leaves and a Bud
If the sandman has passed you by, try this relaxing blend of chamomile, peppermint, hops and valerian. Lemon balm and rose hips make this herbal tea a soothing and healthy part of your bedtime ritual. Sip, sip, saw logs!
Finish: Slightly Sweet Caffeine: NONE Light Moderate Top note: Honey Middle Note: Smooth
As I reviewed the ingredients for this tea (Lemongrass, peppermint, chamomile, orange peel, lemon balm, fennel, ginger, rose hips, anise, valerian, and hops), a couple of things stood out to me.
First of all, this blend contains hops, and this is the first time that I’ve noticed hops being part of a tea blend – other than my own Meadow Nocturne blend (which is no longer available). Hops is an herb that can be used to help one relax, and it is also useful in aiding digestion. There are probably other teas out there that use hops, I just am not familiar with them.
The second thing I noticed is that this is not only a blend that is useful in encouraging a good night’s rest, but can also be quite useful in helping soothe an upset stomach. Not only are hops useful in this area, but peppermint and ginger are also good for digestive issues. This would make an excellent bedtime tea for someone who might have acid reflux!
Finally, I noticed that the blend contains fennel and anise – two of my favorite herbs. I love the licorice-y taste of these herbs, and I like how the licorice flavor comes out in this blend. It isn’t a strong, dominate presence, but, it is just enough to give this tea a deliciously different taste from the other “bedtime” herbal teas.
And this IS a deliciously different bedtime herbal blend. There is no one flavor or herb that seems to stand out above the others. All seem to work in delightful synergy to create a very smooth, lightly sweet tasting cup that offers a sense of tranquility for not only the mind but also the body.
I can taste gentle notes of peppermint, ginger, citrus, and licorice. All of these flavors are tied together with a sweet, honey essence. It is not an overly sweet flavor – it is itself rather calm and gentle, but because of the honey note, it doesn’t need sweetener – a nice bonus! This is truly an EXCELLENT bedtime blend.
Be sure to stop by the all-new website for Two Leaves and a Bud. Just like this blend – it’s positively lovely!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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