Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

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Closer to a sipdown of this one than I had realized! Then I guess I’ll have to move on to sipping down another bagged tea…

This was really tart; I let it steep longer than I should have. Even still, it had a candy sweet cinnamon dusted plum aftertaste to it that was enjoyable.

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Nice and sweet, hint of mint. A bit more mild than I prefer, but still a good tea. I like to mix it with Bigelow’s or Twining’s Chamomile tea or Bigelow’s “Sweet Dreams” for when I’m going to bed.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Mint, Orange, Rose, Rosehips, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Sleepytime by Celestial Seasonings
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I’ve been drinking this all my life, and though now I find it too mild, it is a perfect choice for a palette that is new to tea. It’s gentle and soft, which is why I usually add honey to this rather than sugar due to its light taste.

I recommend this most for children and people new/just getting adjusted to tea.

Flavors: Mint, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Again, when it comes to Celestial Seasonings, the teas tend to be pretty mild, so I usually combine one teabag of this “Sinus Soother” with a teabag of Bigelow’s “Mint Medley” tea. On its own, Sinus Soother is nice. There’s a taste of mint and menthol. I think it tastes best when you drink it as hot as possible (I noticed the heat helps more with sinus congestion too). However, I was somewhat disappointed in its taste (too mild).

I highly recommend brewing it with 1 tsp or 1 teabag of Bigelow’s “Mint Medley” for a stronger taste and stronger affect on the sinus congestion and/or headaches- it helps me a lot!

Flavors: Licorice, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95

The teas from Celestial Seasonings is usually far too mild for me, but this mixture is incredible! It’s best herbal version of Chai that I’ve tasted so far- strong tones of ginger, cinnamon, and the perfect amount of spices.

This tea needs very little sugar because of its bouquet of flavors that blend together so well that it’s like drinking cinnamon caramel! It’s one of my favorite herbal teas!
(Other than this mix, I usually don’t recommend the brand “Celestial Seasonings” because it tastes very, very mild to me.)

I also noticed that “Bengal Spice” helps a lot with sinus congestion, allergies, and sore throat.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

Finally finished this off with one last iced cup of candy cane deliciousness. So long tasty tea. See you next holiday season :)

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I had this tea last night for vanilla week! Its something another guest bought looking for something without caffeine. It was never opened though so when I unsealed it I got a strong aroma of vanilla. Rooibus is something I tried to like but never really did, in this tea it plays a supporting role to the vanilla but I think I need it stronger. I had 1 bag in 10 oz of water. I’ll try it again with 2 bags before I rate it. It does remind me of a sugar cookie.

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83

Iced is truly the perfect way to enjoy this tea. Honestly. I am actually going to miss it once it is gone. Luckily, it is something that will be back around the holidays. I will be sure to stock up :)

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83

In order for me to get to work, I have to drive by a DAVIDs so usually I stop in on my way there or on my way home depending on what time I work. Since I was working the evening shift today, the plan was to leave early and stop by on my way there however my bed was so comfy that I decided to stay in it as long as I could. Plus, I bought a(nother) gravity steeper the other day so I figured I could easily make iced tea on my own. I was going to make Cotton Candy since that is the one I would have gotten in store but then I decided to try something new that I haven’t had iced and this came to mind (mostly because I could kill two birds with one stone by working on my older teas and having something new iced).

I am actually really liking this iced. The mint is fresh and crisp while the vanilla provides a creaminess that makes this a great dessert type tea. I think this is how I will finish this off because I am really, really enjoying it. Bumping the rating just bit as well :)

Suziqzer

I wouldn’t have thought to try this iced, I may have to do that!

Cheri

That does sound yummy. I have found that both vanilla and mint are outstanding iced tea flavors.

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Three nights in a row of not sleeping. Last night steeped this up. I wish it was peppermint instead of spearmint but regardless, I could feel it making me relaxed and drowsy. Then I closed my eyes and of course my brain refused to cooperate. Still a lot more sleep than I have been getting.

Cheri

:( Not sleeping is the worst. And the longer it goes on the harder it is to sleep. So frustrating! I hope sleep finds you soon.

Terri HarpLady

Bummer about the not sleeping, I hate when that happens.
I’m with you in preferring peppermint to spearmint.

boychik

I’m on vacation now till Sept and I can’t sleep. Too quite. I need city noise, couple helicopters, fire trucks, etc

K S

boychik that made me laugh. When I was first married, my wife couldn’t sleep because she grew up next to a train track. She needed the rumble. Nothing much around here but hooty owls and coyotes.

mrmopar

I know all about the train tracks. Now I just enjoy the quiet mountainside.

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I was inspired to buy this recently, although Celestial Seasonings can be kind of hit or miss for me. I really like ginger, lemongrass and lemon verbena. I knew I was taking a chance with rosehips, which I don’t really care for. This has a nice lemon-y and ginger-y element for sure, but is also really tart. It has citric acid in the ingredients list. Between that and the rosehips, the tartness is really overwhelming.

That’s too bad, because I really wanted to love this blend…. even with sweetener it’s a bit much for me. Perhaps I will bequeath this to the boyfriend if he is interested in taking it. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Hadn’t seen this one locally yet, but appreciate the pucker warning!

TeaBrat

Yes, I think it must be new

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Spices, Spicy, Sweet

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84

So I made this chai a little too concentrated and I had some extra coconut milk that I needed to finish. So, one plus one being two, I made a latte. Well, not a proper latte, but tea mixed with milk anyhow. So, to keep things short, it was amazing.

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Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Vanilla

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27

The lemon and ginseng flavors are muted, almost to the point of being bland. I steeped the bag for the recommended time, but perhaps I should add a minute or two more. Overall, I’m slightly disappointed.

Flavors: Lemon

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88

Really good for a bagged chai. The honey notes are excellent and you don’t need much sugar to bring the honey flavor out. I add just a splash of milk.

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100

this is the tea of teas to dispel the myth that bagged tea is inferior. must be the flavoring.
(well now i shouldn’t say that because Harney & Sons blackcurrant tea in bagged form is quite outstanding & tastes very much like Paris! i even give a nod to Tazo’s Awake English Breakfast which up until recently i’d only enjoyed in sachet form. bagged it’s almost slightly better!?)

have a cup of this at least once everyday, and i usually crave it first thing in the morning….
even on an empty stomach this tea can’t deter me. with milk & sugar to taste, it’s like liquid butter-caramel pudding!
make of that what you will, but it’s certainly Christmas everyday with a flavor like this!

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Like all good middle-class Americans, I’ve consumed my share of Celestial Seasonings Zinger teas, including this one, Raspberry Zinger. For years, I was perfectly satisfied with this company’s many variations on the hibiscus-rosehip theme. Until I encountered Tazo and realized that the Zingers really lacked zing by comparison. I especially found that Tazo Passion occupied a different stratum as far as intensity and quality of flavor were concerned. From then on, I pretty much stopped buying Celestial Seasonings tea, though I do occasionally find some in my house.

Case in point: this four-bag sample pack of Raspberry Zinger, of unknown age and provenance. The dried tea smelled exactly like my memory of this blend, so I brewed it up fully intending to drink it iced. Upon discovering that it was indeed a bit lacking in the flavor department (though I brewed it double strength to pour over ice), I threw a fair amount of True Lime into the mix. Then the iced beverage was more like a strong citrus punch with a bit of raspberry in the background. Pretty thirst quenching, but I won’t be buying it again. If I find any more Celestial Seasoning Zinger bags lying around, I’ll probably deploy the same strategy with them as well. The reason why I brewed this hot rather than cold was because I accidentally boiled too much water while preparing today’s coffee, so I figured Why not?

For those who do not know: True Lime is the miraculously freeze-dried form of lime juice. It is a million times better than the juice in those green plastic limes or in any bottled form. I highly recommend it to those who like to use citrus to flavor iced teas or in cooking. The company also makes True Lemon, True Orange, and True Grapefruit, all of which do truly represent the taste of the respective juice.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Tabby

Hey, I’m not middle-aged but I used to love this tea. Back in the late 90’s I would drink this and watch South Park all the time…

Amaryllis

Ah, red zinger brings me back. It was the only tea I drank as a kid and I rembrer having an odd love hate for it even then. Good times

mj

Around Christmas, Celestial Seasonings puts out a tea called Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. That one is totally worth buying.

Cheri

Where do you get this true lime stuff? It sounds great!

Cheri

I found their website. They don’t carry it at my grocery store I usually shop at, but Kroger has it. I’ll have to grab some when I take my MIL shopping next.

Tamarindel

Wow, True Lime sounds amazing!

sherapop

Cheri & Tamarindel: the citrus powders they sell are truly awesome because they capture the true taste of the juice, unlike Realemon, which seems fake to me. I do recommend! No more forgotten, rotten lemons and limes in the back of my fridge!

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I oversteeped this and though I expected it to be bitter, it turned out just being more minty. Then, just to try something new, I added some coconut almond milk. Unfortunately, the milk brought out an artificial sweetness that is too overpowering. I should have left well enough alone but now at least I know for sure.

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Another tea to enjoy in the tub.
One of the things I love about this tea is the fact that it does not contain rooibos.
You see, back in the 70’s, long before rooibos came on the scene here in the US, herbal teas were a lot better than they are now. They were made from real things, like roasted chicory root…which I will always love. Now everything is rooibos this & tulsi that, both fads that I hope will pass soon, along with all the artificial bs flavoring.
Yes, celestial seasonings sold out to some big commercial giant, but at least they had the decency to preserve some of their original formulas, like this one, which is still my favorite non-caffeine chai.

Stephanie

Chicory is awesome. Rooibos is the devil! ;)

MzPriss

Rooibos is yark-some

Terri HarpLady

You guys are awesome!

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[First Try] Less minty than I expected, which was nice because it didn’t feel too stimulating. Not at all sweet, either, which again sort of worked in favor of the lulling me to sleep aim. I don’t believe that the herbs in this blend are going to actually have any noticeable effect on sleep or calmness, but the experience of a cooling cup of warm tea plus the mellow flavor certainly had me relaxed and ready for bed.

Flavors: Hops, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling

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