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Taste test Sleepy tea

These days, everyone is in pursuit of a good night's sleep. Herbal teas are thought to help, but we wondered if any of them tasted any good? After testing five, our testers said that they felt pleasantly drowsy, but weren't able to identify the individual teas responsible for this effect. Many of the teas contain chamomile, which is thought to promote good sleep, and plain chamomile tea is widely available.

Clipper Sleep Easy Infusion, 40g, 20 sachets, €1.99, 8/10

Clipper's sleep easy infusion is organic, and contains cinnamon, chamomile, rooibos, lemon balm, valerian root and natural orange flavouring. Lovely orangey aroma and a pronounced taste of cinnamon.

Intelligent Tea, Chillax, 70g, €7.95 8/10

The only loose tea that we tested, this one from Wild Irish Foods contains chamomile, vervain, lemon balm, oat and hops. Our testers liked the ritual of making the tea in a pot, but it could be a faff if you want a single cup. Heavenly aroma.

Pukka Night Time, 20g, 20 sachets, €3.55, 7/10

Containing oat flower, lavender and limeflower, this widely available tea has a pleasant, soothing flavour that's verging on bland. Not too assertive.

Celestial Seasonings, Sleepytime Infusion, 29g, 20 sachets, €3.80, 7/10

With a sleepy little bear on the packaging, this contains chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds. The chamomile is to the fore, mint and lemongrass bring a nice sharpness.

Dr Stuart's Valerian Plus, 26g, 15 sachets, €4.40, 5/10

"Your ticket to bedfordshire" says the packet, and this botanical tea, sold in health food shops, contains limeflowers, valerian root, hops, passion flowers and fennel. The shop where we purchased most of our teas advised that this was the most sleep-inducing tea stocked but the aroma isn't instantly appealing.

Irish Independent