Tea of the Week for February 17, 2020: Golden Slumbers Herbal Tisane!
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Golden Slumbers Herbal Tisane!
Tea Description: A blend named after my favorite song from the Beatles and designed to enhance your calm, this herbal tisane starts with a base of rooibos, chamomile & lavender. To this blend, I added Marshmallow root, lemon balm, lemon myrtle & dried lemon pieces.
It's really quite a beautiful blend. A smooth lemon-y taste that isn't tart, sour or bitter. A hint of creaminess. The lavender comes through nicely without tasting too floral. As someone who is not the biggest fan of chamomile - I happily give this one two sleepy thumbs up!
Yep, it's organic, vegan, gluten-free & allergen-free, too!
organic ingredients: rooibos, chamomile, lavender, marshmallow root, lemon balm, lemon myrtle, dried lemon pieces & natural flavors
As I've mentioned more than once, I'm not one who will usually just brew a cuppa chamomile. It is just not *usually* my thing - however - when it's part of a thoughtfully crafted blend (like this one), my attitude toward chamomile changes drastically and I become an enthusiastic sipper!
This blend really works very harmoniously - the lemon is a smooth and sweet-tart note but not overly tart or sour. Rather than getting a really strong or aggressive LEMON note, I get a softer, sweeter fruity taste that leans a bit toward the lemon with a subtle hint of tart. I think this is probably because of the chamomile, which tastes a bit like honey & apple to me. I don't get a distinct apple flavor here - but I definitely can taste the chamomile doing it's thing here. I'm sure that the marshmallow root also does it's part in mellowing out the lemon a bit - as does the lavender.
I'm really enjoying this, and as I type this, I feel myself relaxing. The combination of Lavender & chamomile have that effect on me. This one is a winner!
to brew: I highly recommend giving this blend a really good shake before you measure it - because the ingredients will shift & with any herbal tisane, you want to get a fair representation of all the ingredients in every measurement. use 4g of tisane to 12 ounces of very hot water (195°F) & allow to steep for at least 8 minutes (longer is just fine - there is no hibiscus in this - which can get really syrupy if you leave it to steep too long & there are no tannins to get bitter here). strain & allow to cool for 5 minutes or so.