This simple sleep aid, Twinings Sleep Tea, promises to deliver a smooth and gentle drift off to sleep, all you’ve got to do is ‘enjoy this sleep blend as a delicious part of your bedtime routine.’
I’ve tried numerous sleep teas in the past, several of which have been reviewed at Immortal Wordsmith (check the sleep aid tag) and I know that they can be really hit and miss. Like many teas, this one focuses ingredients around chamomile and passionflower, two ingredients that have been scientifically proven to aid sleep in some way.
But does it taste good? And does it actually work? Find out in my Twinings Sleep Tea review below.
Twinings Sleep Tea at a Glance
- Blend: Chamomile and passionflower with apple, vanilla and spices
- Flavour: Mild and mellow chamomile with apple sweetness
The aroma of this tea is fantastic and incredibly sweet, like an apple turnover. But when you take a sip, it’s smooth and mellow with a gentle chamomile caress. It’s perfect for settling down in the evening.
Full Review – Purple Superblends Sleep
- Type: Tagged paper filter teabag
- Ingredients: Passionflower, apple pieces, chamomile, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, natural flavourings (apple, vanilla, and ‘other’)
- Health Benefits: Soothe you to sleep and reduce anxiety
- Flavour Notes: Apple core, chamomile, subtle spices
- Aroma: Christmas spiced apple juice, cider, cloves, cinnamon, classic chamomile, apple turnover
- Milk or Lemon: Neither
- Where to Buy: Twinings or Amazon
This tea is unusual! Usually, you expect a mellow and smooth aroma from the start, but actually, the aroma from this dried tea is intense. It reminds me of Christmas spiced apple juice, or mulled cider, with notes of cloves and cinnamon with strong apple sweetness.
Twinings Sleep Tea brews into a dark burnt chamomile yellow colour, with a sweeter aroma. It’s incredibly sweet! The apple loses any hint of tartness and the chamomile finally makes an appearance with rich, buttery hay notes. Together, it reminds me of an apple turnover.
Surprise! The flavour is completely different. Rather than tasting like strong apple juice, it has a softer and mellow flavour. It’s like tasting the tougher part of the apple core and the chamomile creates a blanket that wraps around it – think of eating apples in a flower-filled meadow under the warm spring sun.
I really enjoyed how mellow this tea was in the end. It’s sweet but not at all overpowering, which is exactly what you want before you go to bed. The spices develop towards the end of the cup, lingering in the aftertaste.
How to Brew Twinings Sleep Teabags
Twinings Sleep Tea instructions are simple – pop the teabag in a mug and pour over freshly boiled water. Let it brew for 3 minutes, then stir and squeeze the teabag gently to ease out any water soaked into it.
Now, usually you’d want to avoid squeezing teabags. Although I’ve not seen a specific study or science-based evidence, it’s commonly known in the tea community that squeezing teabags at the end (also known as mashing) releases too many tannins and makes the tea bitter.
However, as this is an herbal tea, you don’t need to worry about that. Likewise, you don’t need to time it specifically for 3 minutes. You can wing it, or brew for much longer if you want a stronger brew.
Of course, for reviewing purposes I timed my cup to 3 minutes exactly. The flavour was mild, which is perfect for a sleep tea in my opinion.
Why Twinings Tea?
Twinings make decent teabags, although they’re not exactly amazing. I’d say they’re a step above supermarket own brand, but not as good as more loose leaf focused brands, e.g., Whittard of Chelsea or BRUU.
The ingredients in this tea are good, although there’s also a lot of flavouring in this tea. The main ingredients are apple, chamomile, and passionflower. Apple doesn’t have many links to improved sleep, however chamomile is traditionally used to reduce anxiety and induce sleep – it has sedative properties.
Passionflower is also a great ingredient for a sleep tea. It is linked to improved sleep quality (although subjective) in some placebo-controlled investigations.
Overall, the quality is good and the ingredients are proven to help you sleep.
This is a decent sleep tea with a great sweet flavour and ingredients that are designed to improve sleep quality as well as induce sleep. Twinings is also pretty affordable and is in-line with Pukka, although you can brew this one in 3 minutes rather than 15!
If you’re in the UK, you can buy this tea directly from Twinings. For international buyers, you might find a better shipping option from Amazon (see the link above).
If you want a sweet and fruity tea but with more of a caffeine hit, then you can find plenty of teas that I’ve reviewed at Immortal Wordsmith. Today, I’m recommending you check out Pure Leaf Black Tea with Berries. It’s one of the few fruit-flavoured teas that actually tastes quite nice with a splash of milk!