Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea
A Very Boring Tea That May Indeed
Put You To Sleep
Summary : A very, very light tasting (ok, weak) tea
that has a taste I can't quite identify and which seems to work quite
well in putting you to sleep.
Review : Well, it's 2am. Unable to sleep, yet feeling
a bit chilled (thus I need some tea), I started picking through my ever-increasing
tea selection at home and found a overlooked bag of Bigelow Sweet Dreams
Herb Tea. "Sweet Dreams", I like that idea. It's been a while since I've
truly had sweet dreams. So, deciding the nothing that is ventured is
nothing ever gained, I decided to give this intriguing named tea a try.
The tea right out of the bag has a rather nice aroma about it. You can
smell a bit of spearmint, a little peppermint and a few other things
that were pleasing but which my untrained nose was unable to identify.
Bigelow says that this tea is a relaxing blend of chamomile and hibiscus
flowers. The tea contains a number of intriguing ingredients : chamomile,
hibiscus, peppermint leaves, rose blossoms, spearmint leaves, spice,
orange blossoms. With this rather delightful ingredient mix, I had rather
high hopes for this tea - despite not having found a Bigelow tea yet
that I really like.
But too bad, so sad, it was not to be. OK. The tea is light - just as
advertised. So light, in fact, I found that the tea had hardly any taste
at all. Well, that might be a bit harsh. But, I was sort of expecting
a light, minty, tea after looking over the ingredients. Or perhaps a
flowery taste, due to the hibiscus and chamomile. Unfortunately, whatever
I tasted with this tea - it most definitely wasn't mint or flowers. Truth
be told, I'm not exactly sure what I tasted.
Now, this doesn't mean that the tea is bad. It just has a very, very
weak taste to it. So weak, in fact, that there is virtually no after-taste.
This might be a good thing for a bed time tea - which this tea is advertised
as - but I personally prefer my teas a bit stronger in the taste buds.
After all, one of the enjoyable things about tea is the delightful after-taste
that can linger ever so long - long after the tea is gone.
The other interesting thing about this tea is that I found myself, yes!,
getting sleepy within about 5 minutes of drinking the tea. I'm not sure
if I'm getting sleepy now due to the ingredients in the tea or because
the flavor of the tea was so boring that I'm falling asleep. But in any
event, the "sweet dreams" label on this Bigelow Tea doesn't seem like
So will you like this tea? Good questions. If you prefer a lighter tasting
tea the odds seem good that you will. And if you like Tofu (the most
tasteless of foods I've ever tried), you most definitely will like this
tea as this tea has a flavor to match. And if you are longing for some
sleep, the tea is most certainly worth a try as it seemed to work on
me. On the other hand, if you are looking for something with more kick
to it and wish to stay awake, you are likely to be rather disappointed.
Recommendation : Having problems going to sleep? If
so, definitely worth a try. If you like strong teas, you'll dislike this
tea. If you like foods with little taste (such as Tofu), then this tea
may be right up your alley.
Tea Information and Brewing Instructions
- Tea Reviewed : Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea
- Manufacturer : Bigelow
- Available from :
Bigelow Teas at Amazon.Com
- Type of Tea : Herbal
- Leaf Type : Bagged
- Date of Review : December 16th, 2005
- Tea Rating :
- Brewing Instructions : Pour one cup boiling
water over tea bag. Let steep 3-5 minutes (4.5 minutes for this
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