Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

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The spammer seems to have caused Steepster to lose my Candy Cane Lane note I posted early today. Let’s see if Sugar Cookie posts. I have maybe 4-6 bags left. Note to self buy extra this winter.

gmathis

We start seeing it on shelves around early October.

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93
drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
1293 tasting notes

Go ahead CS haters, go ahead and hate. I used to be one of you. You’ll come around one day. Mid 80’s yesterday with oppressive humidity. A little peppermint chill with some vanilla and cinnamon thrown in, really made this a welcome cup to finish the day.

ashmanra

I wonder if I could replicate that feeling by mixing some of my homemade vanilla extract with peppermint tea and a bit of cinnamon? I will post if I give it a go.

K S

I suspect keeping the cinnamon in check will be the toughest part. It will be interesting to see if it is possible to improve on this one – it is awfully good.

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84

I was hesitant to purchase this tea because of the warnings on the back of the box… “For adults only,” “Do not drink before operating machinery,” and so on. I was expecting a brew with an overpowering aroma and a bitter taste. Instead, what I got was something very tolerable, and pleasant. The color of the tea was a little darker than that of the regular Sleepytime tea; sort of a yellowish-amber color that deepens into a slight red. The aroma is indeed very fragrant – smelling strongly of mint and chamomile. It is the kind of fragrance that fills all of your senses with cooling and rejuvenation… very comforting and soothing. When you sip the tea you get a sort of tingle on your lips and in your mouth, probably from the spearmint or lemongrass. I find this to be very delightful. I have grown quite accustomed to the taste of this tea and I like it so much that it is now a significant part of every evening in my house. This is a very unique, lovely, tasty tea (even without honey or sugar!) that I will continue to purchase.

Flavors: Hops, Lemongrass, Orange Blossom, Spearmint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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71

Mmm. it’s a sipdown! I might get some more of this next Christmas but I still have plenty of tea left! This is a very yummy combination of mint, vanilla and decaf green tea. I haven’t met too many decaf green teas I like, but in this case there’s so much mint that you can’t taste the green tea anyway.

I’ve had a busy day! I’m applying for non-profit jobs but I haven’t heard a peep from any of the ones I responded to. I’m not sure what the problem is, but I might need to go back to grad school. Thinking about having to take the GRE is stressful! Math just isn’t my strong point, I think I’d have to take GRE prep course and maybe a basic math class just to be able to pass….

Marzipan

The GRE is so much easier now that it’s on a computer vs. when it was a paper test (I took it both ways).

TeaBrat

Good to know!

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100

I love tea but I’m usually having to ignore the unpleasant taste of not of them. This tea by far is the best tea I’ve ever had, I love it! I don’t see myself buying a different one.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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93
drank Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings
1293 tasting notes

My second tea this evening trying to stay hydrated. New box in fact – well newly opened from last winter. As I tore into it I thought, O good Christmas in July… and then I realized it is August O.O Where’d the year go? Very minty. Had a very small handful of M&M’s with it. Interesting combo.

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90

Haven’t had much in the way of tea the last couple days. Allergies. I had to go to the walk in clinic today. Shot in the butt and a sack full of drugs later and my wife heated up water so I could have this one. It made me feel a little better.

Cwyn

Just read an article about puerh and allergies.

K S

Please share

Cwyn

I can’t seem to find the article I was reading, I kind of got to it by bouncing around links in tea blogs, but here is a list of components in puerh, quercetin. http://belighttea.com/chemical-constituents-of-pu-erh-tea/

Another article in the flip side, I found enlightening is about side effects from drinking too much overly green tea. Raw puerh needs to be aged, or ripe can balance out the effects of too much green. A high roasted oolong or other black tea does the same thing. I’m not making statements, just sharing results from a lot of reading.
http://themandarinstea.blogspot.com/2013/02/asyou-may-know-i-started-this-blog-as.html

K S

Thanks. My experience with puerh has been completely positive in regards to any side affects.

Cwyn

It is quercetin that is the antihistamine compound. I read elsewhere something in papaya will strengthen quercetin’s effect.

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70

Sipdown (132/139)!

I cheated. Oops.

I actually have/had two more teabags of this one, but they were really, really mangled and I’m pretty sick of this one so I decided it was better to just toss them out. I felt bad at first, but now not so much. Tonight this is really sweet but otherwise the “same ol’ same ’ol”. I guess that’s a nice enough way to part with this blend.

Anyway, it’ll be bedtime soon but I wanted to do one last round of teas and get a couple sipdown in, and satisfy some cravings I was having! I ended up pulling way more stuff from my closet/cupboard than I can possibly have tonight, so looks like I have a nearly overwhelming line up of choices to go through this weekend. Welp.

While drinking my evening/bed time teas I decided to update websites and stuff! So, now I have a new theme on Tumblr that links up to my Homestuck rewrites (does anyone here on Steepster read Homestuck? That’d be awesome!) and my new tea blog with an updated little blurb about myself since I retook the Homestuck title test (you can tell how I’ve changed in nearly a year because I went from being a Page of Hope to a Knight of Doom), and updated my Steepster profile picture and linked my Tumblr into my description! Hooray!

It’s weird because they were all really simple changes, but it feels like a really nice clean start. I didn’t realize I was stressed before and I’m still not sure what I was really stressed about, but after I finished updating everything I felt a huge release of tension. I guess I was holding on to past aspects of myself that are no longer accurate?

Lesson of the day: Sometimes change is really good.

Cheri

What is Homestuck? (obviously, I don’t read it, since I have no clue what it is.)

It’s good to hear you’ve released that stress you didn’t realize you had until it was gone. That makes for a better night’s sleep and a better tomorrow!

CHAroma

This note is cathartic. I’ve been holding onto stress like that and I can’t let it go. Maybe I should just give in and do all the stuff that I’ve been putting off for years…

Roswell Strange

Homestuck is a web comic! It’s very, very long. In fact, it’s the longest web comic ever written and the third longest piece of literature in the English language (and it is not complete yet).http://fictionalellie.tumblr.com/post/69658278317/so-homestuck-is-1-142-913-words-the-longest-book And here’s a link to the comic: http://www.mspaintadventures.com/

Cheri

Interesting. I will have to spend some time with that and check it out.

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82

After reading a few reviews that said this had a caramel flavor, I decided I had to try it. I don’t usually drink teabags since they always taste very thin and flat to me but the lovely caramel sweetness is persuading my sweet tooth to like this one. And I do. It’s doing wonders for my sore throat right now. I had my honey all set on the table while I steeped this tea but promptly put it back after I had a little sip. It’s very sweet and perfect to drink without adding anything, except maybe milk which I will try next time.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Spicy, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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50

This tea… It’s not for me. It’s very, very sweet. It’s minty. It’s lemony. It’s got a warmth from the cinnamon in it, but it’s cooling due to the mint. I don’t know. It’s not horribly offensive, I just don’t love it.

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I’ve finally found a way to live with this. (That doesn’t sound very flattering, does it? Sorry, C.S.) One bag True Blueberry to two bags of good ol’ Red Rose in a mason jar in the fridge overnight. Goodbye, hibiscus tartness; hi, there, blueberry.

Besides, my need for tea quality diminishes exponentially with each thermometer degree over 90. It’s 101. Cold. That’s all I ask for. Just cold.

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70

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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66

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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67
drank Sleepytime by Celestial Seasonings
32 tasting notes

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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53

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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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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