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Celestial Seasonings

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88

We took my son to the zoo last week during his Spring Break.. we only visited… didn’t stay, and they didn’t try to keep us either :) On the way home we stopped for dinner and there was a Whole Foods grocery nearby. I somehow managed to get my Hubby and son to take me there … Yeah! I was hoping to find some loose leaf blends, but didn’t find too much I was interested in. It certainly didn’t help that my belly was full.

When we got to the tea section we all took a look around to see if there was anything that peaked our interest. My son found this and exclaimed, “Look Mom, Sleepytime w/Vanilla!” I asked him if he’d like to try it and he immediately said yes.

We got this out this week and he is really enjoying it. He has stepped aside from his normal Sweat Dreams-Bigelow and will occasionally ask for Winter Nog-Della Terra, but since we purchased this it has become his new favorite.

The other night when I was done steeping a cup for him I decided to attempt a resteep of his for myself. It was weak but enjoyable so I went for another cup… fresh tea bag.

I really like this version of Sleepytime. It is the same blend I remember but it has a great vanilla creaminess that adds so much richness and smoothingness (like my new word?) that I feel like I grew up and found the big kid version of the tea I drank as a kid, not that it tastes of liquor, but that it’s like my old version matured and grew up. I can see why so many here have posted good reviews of it.. & I hope I can find it locally so I can keep it stocked for my son-and the occasion cup for myself :)

Marzipan

Walmart carries it near me.

carol who

That’s how I felt, too. I had kind of burned out on Sleepytime years ago (actually in the 80’s) and hadn’t had it since. The vanilla is a really good addition. I drink it all the time now. :)I can find it in most grocery stores around me which makes it even better.

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83

This tea has quite an interesting taste. When I first started drinking it, I started to associate it just with mint, then with a gingery-mint taste. Now I can taste it in full. It’s best when it’s hot. It takes some getting used to, but once you’re used to it, it’s a nice cup to have at the end of the day.

As far as the eleuthero taming my tension, making me smarter and a better athlete, I’m not sure if it applies. It does make the tea though and give it its unique taste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

This is quite an awesome bagged tea. I love a vanilla rooibos for nighttime comfort, and sometimes day comfort. This is my (current) jam. It’s warm and rich with that slightly earthy rooibos awesomeness. As far as bagged rooibos goes, this is delicious beyond reason.

If I add creamer, this is still great and super-rich. Until I find a better quality option with this great flavor, it’s on the top of my vanilla rooibos list.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

This one isn’t bad. Maybe a little artificial tasting, but with a short steep it’s pretty good, especially with dinner and a movie like last night and tonight. It’s citrusy and floral, and the tea base tastes more like white tea than green. In this case that’s not a bad thing. Someday I might actually restock it.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown!

I’m not a fan of Celestial Seasonings’ fruit zingers. Holy hibiscus, Batman.

But it’s a really hot day and I had three of these left from a sample pack that my friend gave me, and so I’m making up a nice pot of this and chilling it for later.

It brews a beautiful deep red and smells strongly of fruit punch. So I’m anticipating that this is gonna be perfect for a day like today.

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92

It smells like a sugar cookie and it tastes just like a liquid sugar cookie, hand to God. All you need to add is a little bit of sweetener and you are on your way to buttery bliss. I’m not a celestial seasonings fan in general and almost never drink herbal teas, but this one is superb!

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Vanilla

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30

I honestly don’t understand why so many people like this tea. It has this awfully sweet, almost syrup-y taste, and – much like Celestial Seasonings’ other fruit-flavoured teas – it doesn’t suit those without a sweet tooth.

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95

This is my favorite herbal chai tea. I wish it were a more esoteric, non-commercial, loose-leaf tea, but it’s not. I think maybe the carob in it is what grabs me. I love chai teas, but if I’m not careful, I can overdo on the caffeine. I don’t like rooibos, which many of the herbal chais are based on. The spice blend in this is well-rounded, not too much of any one flavor.

Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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68

I am attempting to finish off my box of Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tonight. I was unable to finish everything I needed to do for my move this morning at 7am, so now I really need to relax and unwind so that I can cope with the consequences. Que sera, sera.

I am going to stop working for today and go watch an episode of the BBC series Hustle. Anyone who is interested in the wheelings and dealings of con artists would enjoy this show. The grifters are portrayed as totally likeable people—it’s just that they live off other people’s gullibility and greed. In reality, when we encounter such people in the real world, we tend to regard them as low lifes, so the show offers an interesting, almost amoral perspective on the creatures who prey on people naive enough to trust their fellow human beings. Kind of nihilistic, actually.

So, more Tension Tamer is in order.

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25

Eek. This tea is rubbish. It’s far too sweet – even if you don’t sweeten it – and it doesn’t taste good at all. I’m a fan of Celestial Seasonings teas, but this is one I will not be buying again. Perhaps it would suit the taste of a young child or sweet-toothed adult, but blimey, it tastes like being slapped in the face with a giant apple-infused sugar cube.

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74

I am working fast and furiously to clear off and empty out furniture to be moved tomorrow. I am also drinking fast and furiously to a sip-down of Celestial Seasoning Chamomile. The way this night is going, I should be able to do it! I’m not even close to finishing what needs to be done by 7am, the time of the arrival of the guys moving my furniture.

I now heartily regret having succumbed to the pressure of my landlord to try to get out by Monday, rather than my previously scheduled Wednesday. Oh well, when he shows up at my door on Monday morning to find me still here, bleary eyed from sleep deprivation, I’ll just have to say “I told you so.” Seriously, I have worked non-stop on this Sisyphean project, and I could not possibly have done any more any faster. I should have followed my former landlord’s advice and squatted until the end of the summer.

Now for a chamomile tisane—or two.

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59

I was pretty sure I’d reviewed this before… but it wouldn’t be the first time my memory’s been faulty, if I didn’t.

Anyway, I can really smell both the acai and the mango, plus some berry and a little citrus, but the flavor is just not quite right. I think the tap water here is off-tasting (I’m visiting a friend in a rather rural part of Texas…). It’s adding a very musty taste right as I’m swallowing, which makes this whole experience a bit unpleasant… Anyway, that aside, it’s a nice tea. Nothing terribly special, and if I wasn’t out of my house, I probably would have chosen something else.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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79

I have a box of this thanks to Angrboda, who at one point last year, had begged anyone with access to it, to send her some. I bought up what was in stock at a store down the street (five boxes), and sent her four, plus a handful of samples. While looking for Tension Tamer tonight, I found this (surprise!) and decided to crack it open and try it.

Wowzie wowza, no sweetener needed, this is one strong, sweet, vanilla/herbal tea. I grew up on plain Sleepytime, and loved it… this is quite different, yet still good. I taste more chamomile than in the regular blend, some sort of maybe berry leaf (I want to say blackberry, that’s what it’s reminding me of) and then kaPOW vanilla. It’s too sweet now because I added a touch of liquid stevia, however the smell is divine…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Angrboda

I find I definitely prefer this over the regular Sleepytime. I’m glad you could help me so I could try it. I’ve since found a shop where I can buy it locally, though, so I’m not longer afraid of running out. I’ve also, through the large CS selection in that same shop, got to try their honey vanilla chamomile which I think is quite similar to this one, only without mint. Both Husband and I are enjoying that one too. :)

Suziqzer

I haven’t this one yet, but like you, grew up on the regular Sleepytime. Haven’t tried the vanilla version yet, but sounds like I need to look for it. ;).

We tried the kids version… . Non of the three of us will drink it hot. Gonna have to try it cold steeped and see if it works that way.

Marzipan

I saw a Sleepytime Peach somewhere also.

Angrboda

I’ve seen that one too in Aforementioned Shop. I’ve been considering trying it out of a weird sense of completionism, but I’m sceptical about the peach. That’s an unpredictable flavour in teas/herbals for me.

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UGh, I’m sure I need to try this one again because I kind of made it and didn’t sit to enjoy it like I do my other teas. I got not much flavor profile and mostly other sensory profile during this first impression, but I do have a whole box of this stuff so I can try it again.

This was such a miserable week for me, and I made this yesterday when I came home. I was frustrated, grumpy and sad. Mostly I needed something to calm me down, and since I had finished off the last of the Tazo Calm (and I haven’t seen a sale recently), which is my usual standby, I tried this one because I wasn’t in the mood for straight camomile and dealing with flower heads in my tea cup.

I don’t like it as much as Tazo Calm. It sleeps much more herbally, and reminds me of the Badger Sleep Balm if you’ve ever tried that. It’s also got a lot less inherent sweet than the Tazo version. BUT it is much lighter on the wallet and it did force me to calm down. I do mean force, it’s quite strong I think. I only had two small tea cups before I really didn’t want it anymore, and that wasn’t because it tasted bad. It does taste not too appealing cold.

I do know that I don’t like the packaging. I just prefer tea bags that are individually wrapped I think. Honestly I thought the tea bags stuffed in another bag and sealed with resealable glue… was a Trader Joe’s thing because I had never seen another company do it. I think it kind of takes out the portability of the teabag, which is why I still buy tea bags from time to time. This seems like it won’t keep the tea fresh for very long at all, and I don’t think I’m going to go through this THAT quickly. I suppose that’s one way of keeping the costs down though from company perspective.

carol who

I combined the Sleepytime with a vanilla I had around. I actually have no idea what brand the vanilla is. One of those thing you throw in a nice tea tin and stupidly write vanilla and swear to your self you’ll remember what it was. Duh! But it helps make it much more interesting. My vanilla is a loose leaf and the Sleepytime is a bag. I throw both of them in the brewing basket together and it works out fine for me.

Flyawaybirdie

Haha, when I started reading your comment I thought you meant vanilla extract, and then I had to go back and read it again. I don’t think I have any straight JUST vanilla flavored teas, the closest I have is probably an earl grey cream. I did pick up Sleepytime Vanilla when I picked up the Sleepytime though and I’ll try that another day.

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68

I brewed up two cups of Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tonight, in the hopes of allaying my ever-mounting degree of moving anxiety. I’ve been trying to tackle segregated tasks but sometimes I take too small a slice. Like organizing tea. I can spend an amazing amount of time deciding which teas should be grouped with which teas, believe it or not. When in reality I should be clearing out more furniture so that it is ready to be taken away! I also took a bath and watched Episode 1 of Season 3 of Hustle (a BBC production).

After taking a bath, drinking this infusion, and learning some more about the wheelings and dealings of con artists, I do feel a bit better. The brew tonight seemed like a good licorice blend once again. That’s a good thing in my book, since I happen to love licorice root. Onward I shall continue, but now it’s time for some shut eye. I also donned Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile eau de parfum, the beautiful aroma of which should help to cradle me to sleep.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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100

I love this tea! It reminds me of Colonial Williamsburg when I smell it. It is probably one of my favorite evening teas.

Flavors: Flowers, Lemon Zest

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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74

Tonight’s bedtime brew is good old—literally and figuratively—Celestial Seasonings Chamomile. It seems somehow fitting to attempt to finish off a box of ancient (circa Y2K) tea as I prepare to leave the place I called home for ten, count ’em 10! years.

I remain amazed that this tea has retained its potency and flavor. Perversely, this may confirm the rumors about Celestial Seasonings and pesticides, etc.

Carpe Diem.

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86

this is unseasonably yummy. without brown sugar or honey, this is minty and fresh, but with a sweetener, suddenly i notice the cinnamon & the vanilla, and i really do get a candy cane out of this! the aroma is lush and comforting and i must say, the flavor is as well. this has become one of my most sought-after teas before bed & i have come to develop a fondness for mint!

i should probably note this is the same thing as Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea (my sole box of which is all but finished) but thankfully, i live nearby to a Fairway Market that carries many of Celestial Seasonings’ teas, including their holiday ones!

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68

Tonight’s bedtime infusion is Celestial Seasons Tension Tamer. I’ve been drinking these functional blends regularly during the last leg of my moving marathon. Like the Good Earth Good Night blend which I was drinking last night, Tension Tamer offers a somewhat eccentric combination of flavors. I nearly always find the licorice dominant, and tonight is no exception.

I do hope that this brew will induce sleep soon, as the book movers are coming tomorrow to take away about thirty (or is it forty?) boxes of books. I made very severe cuts, asking myself whether a potential book for donation could or could not be accessed via my Nook. Turns out that almost everything can these days. I am keeping all of my beautifully bound books, the Folio editions and the Pléiades, along with anything written in a language other than English. I am donating nearly everything else. Another relevant factor which went into my drastic reduction in book tonnage is that I’ll be living within a short walking distance to an excellent library with access to any text I could ever possibly wish to read. I’ll just pretend that the library is my personal collection from now on!

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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10

To put it as best as I can, this is like drinking liquid Red Hots candy. You’ll never taste the apple in this because the cinnamon overpowers it by a huge magnitude. Even steeping it for less than the recommended time yields a too-strong-to-be-enjoyable cinnamon taste. Unless you need to clear your sinuses or get rid of serious garlic breath, I would avoid this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! (I know I’m posting this from the Sampler Pack entry, but for some wacky reason, my computer won’t let me get onto the regular, full box entry for CS’s Peppermint. Same tea, different quantity.) I’m drinking the last two bags in the box.

I’m not really sorry to see this one go. It was fine for a plain peppermint tea, and it never mistreated me, but I didn’t love it. The best part about it was that there was a free Celestial Seasonings collectible tin inside the box, which now houses my fair trade peacock feather earrings.

So long, and thanks for all the peppermint, but I’m onto smoother and higher quality peppermint pastures.

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