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5 Relaxing Teas to Drink in the Evening

5 Relaxing Teas to Drink in the Evening

Many people look tea's caffeine content to jump start their mornings, but others prefer to make tea a part of relaxing evenings. After all, is there anything more serene than curling up with a steaming mug of tea? Unfortunately, the same natural caffeine that makes tea energizing in the morning can also keep you up at night.

For some, the balancing effects of L-theanine are enough to make any tea relaxing, despite the caffeine. But for those who are sensitive to the stimulant, here are our top five teas with little or no caffeine - sure to be utterly relaxing in the evening.

Chamomile is often recommended as a natural sleep aid

1. Chamomile

These small yellow flowers are classified as herbal tea, since they don’t come from the traditional tea plant, and therefore have absolutely no caffeine. In fact, Chamomile is commonly touted and studied as a sleep aid, thanks to a unique antioxidant called apigenin that inhibits receptors in the brain to naturally decrease anxiety and initiate sleep. Our fresh, whole flowers make a mild infusion with a sweet honey-like aroma that is sure to please your palate as well!

our caffeine free blend of chai spices is now available in tea bags

2. Caffeine-Free Chai

Another non-caffeinated herbal tea, this blend includes all the spices that typically add flavor to traditional Masala Chai, without the bitter black tea base. If you love the bold flavor of a strong cup of tea, but want to cut down on caffeine intake, this mix of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and orange peel might just hit the spot. We also love to experiment with steeping these spices in other beverages like apple cider or milk!

White tea leaves tied around a flower make a beautiful and mild brew.

3. Inner Blossom Jasmine

Though this beautiful blossoming tea uses caffeinated white tea buds to encase the flower inside, the method of steeping effectively reduces the caffeine in your cup. Because the blossoming flower requires plenty of space to expand in the water, the white tea infusion is less concentrated, and therefore contains less caffeine. Natural scenting with jasmine flowers gives this tea a captivating aroma, while the delicate white tea flavor comes through in a finish worth savoring.

Well aged pu-erh teas are good for digestion and contain less caffeine than fresh leaves

4. Emperor Pu-erh, 2008

With rich flavor and a dark color, most people would classify this as a ‘strong’ tea. But the totally natural aging and fermentation process that gave this tea it’s dark color also broke down much of the caffeine contained in the leaf. Though the breakdown of caffeine is not well documented, we have learned through experience that teas lose caffeine during long-term storage. As an added bonus, pu-erh teas like this are well known for aiding digestion, especially after a heavy or greasy dinner.

Aged oolongs strike a unique balance between traditional tea and low caffeine levels.

5. Aged Tung Ting, ca. 1980

Another richly flavored aged option, this Taiwanese oolong went through several rounds of roasting during storage in Taiwan. This repeated roasting process helped to remove moisture in the humid storage climate, as well as add layer after layer of bold, toasty flavor. As with any Camellia sinensis tea, these loosely rolled leaves can be brewed many times in short infusions, drawing out more flavor as the leaf expands each time.

Check out our favorite tips for brewing multiple infusions >>

Do you drink tea to get moving in the morning, relax in the evening, or both? Have you tried any of the teas on this list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Amy Covey
  • Tea BenefitsTea Varieties

Comments on this post (2)

  • Apr 13, 2020

    Great information, Thanks for sharing this informative blog with us. keep sharing such blogs.

    — Tea With Herbs

  • Nov 19, 2018

    Thanks for the well done survey of some options. For me the Wild Leaf Menghai 2003 is a rewarding, well aged pu erh just right for the evening. Confession, I have sometimes mixed in a pinch of the Aged Tung Ting to brew the Menghai pot, for variety and a little smoothing. Crazy huh, near blasphemy but works for me.

    — walter h

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