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Damn, valerian is disgusting.

Nothing like drinking stinky feet for a good night’s rest. Fortunately, there’s some good stuff going on in this blend to, um, temper the valerian. The other ingredients provide a well-balanced mix of herbaceous and floral qualities but it’s not enough to completely distract from the fact that I’m chugging the sweat squeezed from a pair of four days worn crusty gym socks. There’s also some herbal spiciness and a cooling spreading through my chest — from what, I’m not sure. This tea wins points for the blend sans valerian.

Here’s to me being blessed with a club-over-the-head sleep after a later than desired oolong session.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 14 OZ / 414 ML
mrmopar

I remember puerh like this a time or two when I first started.

Olive

I feel for you, valerian is terrible.

derk

Maybe an enterprising scammer pressed some valerian cakes and sold them to you as an unwitting westerner, mrmopar :P If I keep drinking valerian, maybe I’ll develop an affinity and soon an obsession for it? Build a vumidor? Open a valerian den where people drink only the finest goosh and can pass out safely?

mrmopar

LOL!!! I have learned much since those early days young patewan…..And yes you can elaborate your plans for it too. ,P

derk

Olive: Valerian works great for me as a sleep aid. Because of the taste, I drink it sparingly. Do you know of any blends containing valerian that taste decent?

mrmopar: The va qi hits me like a rock.

mrmopar

Too funny!!!!

Olive

Unfortunately I can’t recommend anything, I tend to actively avoid anything even remotely associated to valerian. Sorry :/ I’ll be sure to check your reviews regularly though, in case you find a blend that I might dare to try haha

Mastress Alita

I have a sleep blend with valerian in it that is really heavy in fennel, and all I smell and taste is the fennel, not the valerian. But valerian is the one thing that will knock me out. I also have valerian in capsules that I’ll take sometime, since that works way better for me than melatonin.

derk

What’s that blend of yours Mastress Alita? I’m in the market for more valerian tea. Melatonin didn’t work for me in the distant past; a few hours after taking it and passing out, I was WIDE AWAKE. HELLO. Bunk.

Mastress Alita

Ya, that’s why I switched to valerian capsules from melatonin. The blend is from American Tea Room and called Sleeping Beauty, but they went out of business some time ago. They were one of those places that only sold ridiculous sized bags though, so I still have an inordinate amount, though. I felt like I saw some other valerian/fennel combo somewhere else not long ago, but since I’m on hiatus I didn’t think much of it since I’m not actively buying tea right now and my memory sucks ass from all my migraine meds… if I run into it again I’ll make sure to note it. I have plenty of the Sleeping Beauty I could share though, at least for now. Once it’s gone I’ll have to find a replacement too, heh.

Mastress Alita

Hey, I found it, it was one of those good ol’ Rishi herbal blends: Valerian Dream. That will probably be the one I try as a replacement when I run out of my Sleeping Beauty blend.

derk

Tyty! Going to give it a try.

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mrmopar

I remember puerh like this a time or two when I first started.

Olive

I feel for you, valerian is terrible.

derk

Maybe an enterprising scammer pressed some valerian cakes and sold them to you as an unwitting westerner, mrmopar :P If I keep drinking valerian, maybe I’ll develop an affinity and soon an obsession for it? Build a vumidor? Open a valerian den where people drink only the finest goosh and can pass out safely?

mrmopar

LOL!!! I have learned much since those early days young patewan…..And yes you can elaborate your plans for it too. ,P

derk

Olive: Valerian works great for me as a sleep aid. Because of the taste, I drink it sparingly. Do you know of any blends containing valerian that taste decent?

mrmopar: The va qi hits me like a rock.

mrmopar

Too funny!!!!

Olive

Unfortunately I can’t recommend anything, I tend to actively avoid anything even remotely associated to valerian. Sorry :/ I’ll be sure to check your reviews regularly though, in case you find a blend that I might dare to try haha

Mastress Alita

I have a sleep blend with valerian in it that is really heavy in fennel, and all I smell and taste is the fennel, not the valerian. But valerian is the one thing that will knock me out. I also have valerian in capsules that I’ll take sometime, since that works way better for me than melatonin.

derk

What’s that blend of yours Mastress Alita? I’m in the market for more valerian tea. Melatonin didn’t work for me in the distant past; a few hours after taking it and passing out, I was WIDE AWAKE. HELLO. Bunk.

Mastress Alita

Ya, that’s why I switched to valerian capsules from melatonin. The blend is from American Tea Room and called Sleeping Beauty, but they went out of business some time ago. They were one of those places that only sold ridiculous sized bags though, so I still have an inordinate amount, though. I felt like I saw some other valerian/fennel combo somewhere else not long ago, but since I’m on hiatus I didn’t think much of it since I’m not actively buying tea right now and my memory sucks ass from all my migraine meds… if I run into it again I’ll make sure to note it. I have plenty of the Sleeping Beauty I could share though, at least for now. Once it’s gone I’ll have to find a replacement too, heh.

Mastress Alita

Hey, I found it, it was one of those good ol’ Rishi herbal blends: Valerian Dream. That will probably be the one I try as a replacement when I run out of my Sleeping Beauty blend.

derk

Tyty! Going to give it a try.

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Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng puer, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently.

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes. I might have attention issues. One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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