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drank Sweet Dream by Good Tea Good Day
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Getting back to these single-serve traditional Hong Kong herbal medicine tisanes, because yay easy sipdowns!

This one is a mix of osmanthus, chamomile, jasmine, and lavender flowers. I’m not always a big fan of lavender, but I do enjoy the other three ingredients so I was excited to steep this up as my bedtime brew this evening.

The front of the sip is mostly lavender and chamomile, and has a more savory feel. But the osmanthus starts to appear midway through, and by the end my mouth is coated by its nectarous, honey-sweet flavor. I’m not sure I can pick out jasmine specifically, perhaps it’s melding into the osmanthus a bit.

For me, there’s a touch too much lavender, and it doesn’t really fit in with the other soft and sweet floral notes here. It comes off a bit soapy. But I do really love the osmanthus, it’s almost juicy in flavor. I know I have another blend from this company that’s pear and osmanthus, so now I’m excited to try that one!

(Please note that my rating is only in regard to the taste of this tisane, I can’t comment on any potential health benefits.)

Flavors: Chamomile, Floral, Herbs, Honey, Honeysuckle, Lavender, Nectar, Osmanthus, Perfume, Soap, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

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I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

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