Tuesday Tea - June Selection Club - Simple Loose Leaf

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June Selections:

Sleeping Dragon Green
Yunnan Breakfast Black
Sweet Orange White
Pu'erh Tahiti
Insomniac's Dream Herbal

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Sleeping Dragon Green

Review:

This month the green tea offered for the Selection Club was Sleeping Dragon from Adagio. While I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of the decision to add Adagio teas to their lineup, I do tend to prefer their unflavored teas to many of their other offerings. This particular tea didn't wow me, I find it to be a pretty middle of the road green tea. It's nothing exceptional, but certainly not something I would turn down if it were offered to me. The flavor is vegetal with a hint of smoke and a slight astringency. It left me with somewhat of a dry mouth, which is something I tend to avoid with my summer tea selections. I find that if I cold steep this tea overnight, rather than brewing it using traditional methods, it cuts down on the amount of astringency making for a much more appealing iced tea. If you aren't a fan of astringency in your green teas, this may not be for you.

My Rating: 70/100

Would I order this again? No. This isn't quite what I'm looking for in a summertime tea.

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Insomniac's Dream Herbal

Review:

This month my box from the Selection Club arrived just as I was packing up to leave for a two week long trip. It sat alone and unloved until I could return to enjoy it, or so I thought. When I got home from my trip the first thing I wanted to do is make a cup of herbal tea and relax. I was going to make a cup of Insomniac's Dream Herbal, kick up my feet, and relax, while at the same time ignoring the pile of luggage that needed unpacked; however, things did not work out how I had planned. I was positive that I had left my tea sitting on the kitchen table, knowing I was going to review it the week I got back. After a bit of searching I still couldn't find it, which left me wondering if we'd had a tea thief sneak in while I was away. Eventually I found my missing tea hidden away under my hope chest in the living room. Our cat decided she liked the catnip in this blend and made it her new favorite toy while I was away.

Catnip isn't an ingredient I often see included in herbal teas, but it is an excellent sleep aid and can even help with migraines or other headaches. When combined with lemon balm and chamomile, both known for their abilities to act as a natural sleep aid and stress reducer, you've got the potential for the perfect bedtime tea. The flavor is relatively mild, with subtle lemon undertones from the lemon grass. The combination of catnip and peppermint have a cooling effect, which is perfect for a summertime blend. While I didn't drop right off to sleep last night after enjoying a cup of this tea, it was a nice relaxing way to end my day.

If you're currently taking any sort of sedatives, the herbs in the tea may interact with them since several of them have sedative properties of their own. You may want to run the herbal ingredients in this tea by your doctor to make sure none of them will have a negative effect when combined with your medications.

My Rating: 75/100

Would I order this again? Possibly. I did enjoy this, but I prefer bedtime blends with Valerian Root. I suffer from terrible insomnia and it seems to work much better for me as a sleep-aide.

Disclosure:

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Simple Loose Leaf has provided me with a free subscription to their service. As always, all opinions are my own.