Celestial Seasonings

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75

This is one of those fruity herbal teas that I sometimes think about as juice alternatives. If you are approaching this expecting a strong watermelon flavor you will be disappointed. One of the other reviewers refereed to it as being more of a Jolly Rancher style flavor, which I think is accurate to describe this tea as a calorie free liquid alternative to hard candy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77

While this is an acceptable mint tea I would not call it great. The mint is good, but the other herbs are too strong relative to the strength of the mint.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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66

I agree with other reviewers who note that this tastes more like cherry than cranberry, but that being said I think it’s actually quite a lovely sweet tea for a chilly evening. I’m usually not a big fan of hot, fruity teas – but this one has enough vanilla and a touch of spice to keep it from being to tangy or sharp, as I often find fruity teas are when served hot.

It’s chock full of Stevia so if you’re not into that, you won’t much like it here. For me personally, I think of Stevia as a lesser evil compared to sugar, and I’m glad that tea companies use it instead of sugar. That being said, you can taste it in this blend.

If you don’t mind stevia, it’s a very soothing cherry vanilla tea that gets tangier as it cools. I’m sure fans of fruity teas & vanilla would very much enjoy this one. For me, it makes a nice change of pace on the occasional evening.

Flavors: Cherry, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla

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70

It has a very nice, very strong peach aroma. The first time I tried it the taste was weak, but on a second try, I found I quite liked this tea. Brewing a second cup is decent but certainly not as good. Will probably buy this again once I finish this box.

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70

Somehow creamy sugar cookie-ish tea.

Flavors: Cookie, Milk, Sugar

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80

Really does taste like syrupy honey on the tongue.

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67

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Preparation
Boiling

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86

Chamomile tea has been growing on me, slowly but surely. I needed a cheap night time herbal tea so I bought a box of this. Checked the ingredients and no soy or artificial flavoring so into the cart it went. First cup was delicious, light chamomile with just a hint of peach, not to artificial tasting either. I steep mine two teabags to about 18 to 20 oz of water in one of those cast iron tea pots and add just a hint of sugar. It’s 3 am and I think I might go brew a pot now, it’s calling and relaxing, but doesn’t necessarily put me to sleep, sleep is more restful though when I do drink it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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95

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

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86

I really like the flavor of this tea. I really wish I could find it organic somewhere. Great vanilla scent, flavor blend well to tone down the chamomile.

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50

This one is definitely the weakest of the Celestial Seasonings Holiday teas I’ve tried so far. I still have to review Candy Cane Lane, but suffice to say, this one didn’t make the cut for me. It has a very heavy molasses taste that really overpowers any of the other spices and flavours in the mix. It has a lovely aroma brewed up, but the taste just doesn’t measure up. If you’re looking for a cookie in a cup, stick with the sugar cookie sleigh ride!

Flavors: Molasses

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 355 ML

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90

I had this one last night as a warm-me-up-before-bed tea, and I decided not to sweeten it, just to see what it tastes like plain. I was actually not disappointed! The butteriness came through quite nicely, with overtones of vanilla and almond. More like a shortbread than a sugar cookie, but that’s probably just because I didn’t sweeten it. I like this tea because it’s rather different than any of the other herbals on my shelf… speaking of which, my one-year-old is getting into them.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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47

It took me a minute to place this, but it smells and tastes exactly like canned cherry pie filling. Normally I wouldn’t think this would be a bad thing because I love cherry pie, but this does not feel right to me. It’s actually a little hard to drink. Not to mention that this is a very cloudy tea which always turns me off.

Some “kind” soul left a box of this in the break room today with a note that said “please take one” so this one is not a loss for me. At least I don’t have a box of my own to drink. Thank goodness. This will not be making it onto my wishlist today.

Flavors: Cherry

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

I got 3 tea bags of this from a wonderful friend in the mail, and I’m trying it tonight. I’m not usually a chamomile fan, but this tea isn’t bad. I like the honey and orangey tastes to it – along with the hint of vanilla.

Flavors: Honey, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Hmm, this tea had been on my radar for awhile but I never bought it. I always saw it at the grocery store but always had too much tea to justify buying it. Haha, I still have way too much tea but what the heck, I just bought it anyway. #neverenoughtea
Ok, I’ll stop rambling now. I thought this one was a little weird. It was more citrus than I was expecting and leaves a really odd aftertaste.
I will have to steep again before making my final decision.

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75

The Sleepytime varieties that I’ve tried taste almost the same to me. The only difference is the smell. This smells wonderful, very peachy. I taste a bit of peach if I’m paying attention. Otherwise, just another chamomile blend herbal tea.

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65

I’ve been dissapointed by most of the teas I’ve tried recently. This one tastes very weak to me. I’ll probably be passing this one along to my mom.

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79

Sipdown 59/375! Okay so now my cupboard’s up-to-date!

This was imo another great caffeine-free tea from Celestial Seasonings. It was sweet (I accidentally added sugar once. Big nope.) and thick and soothing and I wish I could remember more about it to give a more detailed note. If CS were available in the UK I would definitely stock up on a few of their herbal blends.

Thank you so much to the incredible Marzipan for sending this to me. You’re a star!

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79

Apparently this tea never made it to my cupboard! I got a whole box of it from M a while ago (very generously, thank you so much!!), and for some reason just never added it to my cupboard or spreadsheet, or wrote up any notes on it. It’s like a ghost tea! I drank Santa’s Secret earlier today and got to thinking about other candy cane/minty vanilla teas, and remembered that this one had been really good. For a green, and a bagged green too, I was super impressed with the smoothness of the base. It was a decaf too, so I drank it at all times through the day and the box didn’t last me very long at all. Maybe that’s why it never made it into my cupboard. I’ve only tried a few Celestial Seasonings teas, but those I have have either been really delicious or completely horrible. I’m glad this was one of the delicious ones!

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