Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Chocolatea Co’s – Sleepy Tisane. So far I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve tried from Chocolatea Co in fact they have probably been some of the best cacao tisanes I’ve tried so far on my tea journey so each time I get to try a new one I always know I’m in for a treat. I’ve been looking forward to trying this one particularly as I have been having a bit of trouble sleeping recently and having broken nights of sleep due to pain so I’ve been looking for something that might help me relax and have much more of a restful nights sleep.
Here’s what Chocolatea Co themselves have to say about this blend over on their website: “Smooth, dark chocolate with sweet, apple-y notes of chamomile and lemon balm. The husk, dust and nibs of the finest organic cacao beans are combined with a sedative blend of herbs and flowers.”
“Sugar-free and 99.5% caffeine free, Sleepy Tea can satisfy your sweet craving and help you drift off into a gentle slumber.”
Ingredients: Organic cacao husk, dust & nibs, chamomile flowers, lemon balm
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend three ways: On its own (hot), with just honey added (hot) and then with both honey and milk added. I definitely expect the cup with both honey and milk added to be my favourite as sometimes cacao blends can be a little too dark chocolate tasting for me. But surprisingly my favourite cup of them all was the cup with just honey added, that’s not say that it isn’t nice on its own because it absolutely is its just that the cacao notes are a little to much dark chocolate for me and I need just a pinch of added sweetness just to make it taste a little bit sweeter and stop that ever so slight bitterness that comes with dark chocolate.
The lemon balm and chamomile were able to come through slightly in the cup without honey but once the cacao was sweetened a little bit I could taste them more. They add a nice apple-y note to this which I wasn’t expecting at all but was pleasantly surprised by and blend well with the cacao and together there is almost a hint of apple pie to the flavour profile of this blend. What I love the most about the blend from this company is that the base is cacao husks, dust and nibs which results in a much more well rounded flavour rather than just tasting like I watered down hot chocolate like some cacao blends do. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and even without the addition of honey and milk these blends just feel so indulgent.
The reason I suggest not adding milk into this blend is because it drowns out the chamomile and the lemon balm and that nice sweet apple note that I love in this blend. If you’re wanting to have a cacao blend with milk I highly recommend giving their original cacao or cacao with ginger blends a go as they are both delicious with milk. But this one is definitely not one to have milk with if you are wanting to get the most out of it. In terms of helping me relax and sleep this blend has been a really big help, I’ve had this two nights before bed now and both nights I’ve been able to get to sleep much easier and the day I had this in the day time I was definitely a little less anxious. So it’s been quite a big help and I love that it’s so different from other sleepy tisanes that are all mostly far too herbal for me.
It’s definitely a blend I would purchase again in the future especially if it’s going to help me sleep a little better and calm down my anxiety a little bit. I’m so thankful I was given the chance to try this as I’ve been looking for a blend that will help me with these problems for a long time now. Even if it will only help me a little bit, it’s better than nothing and the fact that it’s also delicious and a nice sweet treat. I would highly recommend this to everyone honestly especially at the moment with all the extra stress we are all under I can see this being a big help for a lot of people.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Chocolatea Co and purchase some of this blend to try yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tisane featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*