This is another from Bluebird’s recent Dreamtime collection. I was slightly wary since it’s pretty heavy on the chamomile, but I figured the cinnamon might be an interesting twist. Besides, anything that’s going to help me sleep at this point is welcome – and there’s valerian root in here!
I drank this without additions, and sadly it tastes pretty much like a plain chamomile tea. There’s the tiniest hint of cinnamon, but it certainly can’t compete with the thick sweetness of the chamomile. There’s also a light earthiness from the valerian root, but it’s very much in the background – which is probably a good thing since it’s a relatively musty flavour. It certainly has an impact on the scent of the dry leaf, and I was hoping it wouldn’t be that strong once brewed – fortunately, I got my way on that count!
I am a little disappointed that the cinnamon isn’t stronger, since I think that could bring this blend to life. As it stands, the taste is little different plain chamomile, and there are many other blends that could stand in if you’re going for flavour alone. In terms of effect, though, it’s reasonably effective. I did have a pretty good night’s sleep, although it still took me some time to drop off. It didn’t make me feel as relaxed or sleepy as Lazy Boy, but there could be any number of reasons for that. On the whole, I’m pretty happy with this one – except that a more unique flavour would have been appreciated!