Sleeping Beauty

Tea type
Herbal Tea
Ingredients
Chamomile, Fennel Seed, Natural Flavours, Organic Schizandra Berry, Organic Spearmint, Rose, Valerian Root
Flavors
Floral, Licorice, Medicinal, Fennel, Mint, Rose, Vegetal, Citrus, Herbaceous, Pepper, Pine
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Caffeine Free
Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 g 13 oz / 373 ml

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  • “Sweet 16th day of Sara’s Old Tea! This one smells like chamomile. It tastes… medicinal. Oh nice, there’s some licorice. It’s not bad, but… the taste is kind of overwhelming, and it lingers on my...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Herbal tea from the tea box! Unfortunately, this is too savory for me. It’s just a really strange combo of herbs. I bought a few things from the American Tea Room going out of business sale, and I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Happy National Day of Unplugging! Lately I’ve been unwinding in the evening with sakura lattes, made using Lupicia’s Cerisier tea and a bit of frothed vanilla almond milk. It’s a decaf black tea so...” Read full tasting note
    80
  • “Bought a box of this without tasting a sample because I was intrigued that it contained valerian root and schizandra. A little fancier than your usual “sleepytime” blend of chamomile and lavender....” Read full tasting note
    78

From American Tea Room

Sweet dreams are made from this wonderful organic blend of valerian root, mint, chamomile blossoms, forest berries, rose petals and a rich sprinkling of fennel. As bold and powerful as a folk remedy, but infinitely more delicious, the combination of valerian root and chamomile are perfect for relaxation and restful sleep. The blending of fennel and mint takes on a cooling property that soothes the body and altogether makes for an intoxicating brew. Beware though, you may have the most restful sleep you’ve had in a while.

Caffeine Level: None
Origin: Blend
Ingredients: Organic schizandra berries, Organic fennel seed, Organic spearmint, Organic valerian root, Organic chamomile flowers, Organic roses, Natural rose extract
Mood Profile: Calming
Flavor Profile: Mint, Spicy
Certification: USDA Organic

Tea Preparation Guide: 1.2 tsp/5g, 200 F, 5 mins

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5 Tasting Notes

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Sweet 16th day of Sara’s Old Tea!

This one smells like chamomile. It tastes… medicinal. Oh nice, there’s some licorice. It’s not bad, but… the taste is kind of overwhelming, and it lingers on my tongue. I wonder if it’ll knock me out, with all the chamomile and valerian root. I’m sure it tastes better than a poisoned apple! Actually the taste is growing on me, bumped up the rating a little.

Flavors: Floral, Licorice, Medicinal

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mastress Alita

It’s mostly fennel, which does indeed taste like licorice, and does a pretty good job of covering up any valerian root taste (that stuff tastes nasty). But valerian root is the one thing that works really well on me for sleep, so a sleep tea that tastes like licorice was ideal for me. Sadly the company (and this blend) are long gone now.

Todd

I’m sad they’re gone.
Oh, now it’s kicking in. That took a while!

Mastress Alita

Huh, I must be very sensitive to valerian root, it usually hits me before I’ve finished my cup.

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978 tasting notes

Herbal tea from the tea box! Unfortunately, this is too savory for me. It’s just a really strange combo of herbs. I bought a few things from the American Tea Room going out of business sale, and I didn’t like any of them. Something about their blends just doesn’t work for me! The main flavors are fennel, sour, and mint.

Mastress Alita

I love the taste of fennel, so I was happy to find a sleepy blend that didn’t taste of chamomile, which I can’t stand, heh. The valerian root in it knocks me flat on my butt.

AJRimmer

For sure, the tea had a beautiful array of ingredients! I’m cool with chamomile though, so I guess I have tons of other sleepy options to choose from!

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Happy National Day of Unplugging!

Lately I’ve been unwinding in the evening with sakura lattes, made using Lupicia’s Cerisier tea and a bit of frothed vanilla almond milk. It’s a decaf black tea so I can still drink it in the evenings, and making it as a latte curbs some of the “brassiness” of the decaf leaf.

But, something about this prompt brought back the memory of this tea, which I reviewed three years ago (here: https://steepster.com/mastressalita/posts/375194 ). Seemed a good opportunity to refresh my memory of it. It has been my “sleepy tea” of choice since I grabbed it on a whim during American Tea Room’s OOB sale, and I’m still not sure what I will replace it with once I sip it down.

For me, valerian root is the magic sleepy herb that “works” to relax me. And that herb can smell/taste horrible if not blended right. This tea has such a strong fennel presense that it is hard to smell anything else on the nose but the spicy/peppery/slightly licoricey fennel. A bit of a floral rose note also appears on the nose.

The flavor is very strongly fennel; there are more subtle notes of an herbaceous citrusy/pine flavor, floral rose, and a light mintiness that comes out toward the end of the sip as the spice fades a bit from the tongue. I really like fennel, so this is a really easy-sipper for me, and I usually find after two cups my eyelids are quite heavy!

All that said, I had this rated very high back in the day, and I wouldn’t rate it that highly anymore. While I enjoy the flavor and especially enjoy the functionality, I wouldn’t say there is anything particularly special about it compared to similar herbal blends. For that reason I’ve lowered the rating to be more in line with where I’m gauging teas today.

Flavors: Citrus, Fennel, Floral, Herbaceous, Licorice, Mint, Pepper, Pine, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Bought a box of this without tasting a sample because I was intrigued that it contained valerian root and schizandra. A little fancier than your usual “sleepytime” blend of chamomile and lavender. I have an infant and I don’t sleep, so I’m willing to pay a premium for anything with more potent sleep herbs.

Cooling sensation from the mint and fennel, fragrance from the rose (but less so from the chamomile, which I’m totally fine with). I don’t exactly get what this schizandra adds, but altogether this is a well-balanced and tasty blend, without any tartness or spiciness that would be upsetting before beddy-time.

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