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Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea Review

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 false advertising. 

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 Tea
  • 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 review).

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