Celestial Seasonings

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90

This is one of the first fruity teas that I can remember trying, and it has remained a favorite over time. It tastes so bright and cheerful- perfect for a pick-me-up on a rainy day!

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New to the aisle at our grocery store; couldn’t resist. I’m glad I didn’t. The vanilla—which is pretty strong—offsets the traditional Sleepy-time minty-lemon mix. Result: relaxing with a cup that tastes like wedding butter mints.

Nichole

You are right! This one does taste like wedding butter mints! Didn’t think of that before.

Maddy Barone

That sounds good. Maybe I’ll pick up a box. Sometimes a conveniently bagged tea is just what I want in the evening. Does anyone find that Sleepytime actually helps them to sleep? I’m on Prednisone right now and it makes me a bit jittery and sleep is hard to capture.

Nichole

I used to drink a lot but never found they made me sleepy. They more or less just put me at ease.

Maddy Barone

Yep, that’s what I thought. I think I’ll still pick up a box though. I like a decaf herbal in the evening.

Nichole

Even with all the loose leaf tea I have, my fiance prefers this and the regular Sleepytime tea.

K S

Note to self – Must find.

gmathis

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that tulsi is the only thing that has any noticeable medicinal effect on me, but the goodies in this one certainly can’t hurt :) I know some people swear by Sleepytime for their evening RX.

Maddy Barone

Regular Sleepytime isn’t a hit with me, but this one sounds a little better. The price is right, so well worth trying. :)

Fjellrev

You make me want to try this, too. :)

ashmanra

Hubby said Kava by Yogi made him relax and he felt well rested when he woke the next morning, not groggy.

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73

Tea 5/5 from the sampler pack I got. I cold brewed this tea: 2L of water with 4 tea bags. I steeped for at least 15 hours.

At about 3 hours in to the cold brew I tasted some tea and it was a bit weak, so I let it go overnight. After brewing overnight it is much better. It’s a bit tart with maybe a hint of raspberry flavoring. I was kind of surprised the raspberry flavour isn’t really prominent. I prefer Stash’s raspberry hibiscus to this tea since they nailed that flavour. Overall this tea is okay but when I get my next sampler pack in the mail I will use 2 bags of this tea with 2 of Stash’s raspberry hibiscus to bump up the raspberry flavour.

Flavors: Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 66 OZ / 1951 ML
Kirkoneill1988

not sure if i tried this one either :(

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80

Tea 4/5 in the sample pack I got off of amazon. I cold brewed this tea: 4 tea bags in 2L of cold water in the fridge overnight. Steeped for about 10 hours.

The taste is mildly tart with a mixed berry flavour. It’s quite good! If I had to change anything maybe a bit shorter steeping time to cut the tartness down a tad. Otherwise a great tea. I still like the Blueberry and Black cherry teas the best since I can point to the taste of those fruits in the iced tea. This one there is a “berry” flavour, but I just wish I could point out exactly what it is :P.

Flavors: Berry, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 66 OZ / 1951 ML
Kirkoneill1988

i don’t remember trying this tea :/

Kristal

It’s pretty good- Blueberry and Black Cherry are my favourite though

Kirkoneill1988

maybe i will try it someday

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65

Not as smooth as the box claims, but for a green tea it’s average. I think raspberries and blueberries do extremely well with green teas – so I really wanted to try this raspberry one. Has a lovely aroma. Raspberry could be stronger, though. I will finish the box but it won’t be a re-order.

Nichole

My dad really likes this one.

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65

I bought a sampler pack of Celestial Seasonings Zinger Teas off of amazon (5 teas, 4 teabags of each). So far I have had 2 of them (Blueberry and Black Cherry) and they blew me away. I was very excited to try this tea because the smell of the teabags smelled like a mix of peach and orange cream-sickle. Yum.

Just like for the other 2 teas, I put the four teabags in a 2 L pitcher of cold water to cold brew. For the 2 previous teas they were tasty and perfect at 2 hours of brewing. For this one though, it tasted very weak with just a scent of peach and not much else. After 5-6 hours of cold brewing I tasted again and not much had changed. I think because this has floral ingredients as the main ingredients instead of hibiscus there just isn’t enough “oompf” for the 4 teabags to make a decent pitcher of iced tea. I think If I had 6-8 teabags for a pitcher it would be very good, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. Overall I am a little disappointed by this tea. I did keep the teabags in the pitcher and threw in 2 teabags of another kind to make a tasty iced tea. I just wish I had more teabags of this tea so I could try again and not rate this one so low because It does have potential.

If i can find a pack of 20 tea bags of this tea somewhere in the future I will repurchase to give it another try. However, as for now, I will use up the many teas I have for iced tea.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 66 OZ / 1951 ML
Kirkoneill1988

ive tried their peach IIRC. and its ok stuff

Kristal

Even if I can’t get a 20 tea bag pack, I will still get another sampler pack again and try steeping the 4 tea bags in 1 or 1.5 L instead of 2L.

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80

Someone bought this for me because I was drinking the regular sleepytime every night to help me sleep and looking for something a little different. While the vanilla flavor definitely smooths out the herbal flavor of the sleepytime, which slightly disappoints me, I love this tea anyway. I drink it on particularly bad night because the added vanilla definitely helps me get to sleep.

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85

I have trouble sleeping and this is something I keep in my cabinet. I love it. It is a somewhat unique blend of herbs that all combine well. It’s different but tasty and relaxing and comforting.

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85

This is my idea of a nice cup of chai: a well-rounded group of warm flavors, all interestingly competing for notice, but none sticking out to the detriment of the entire blend. The tasters at CS did a terrific job blending all these flavor notes together. There’s the warmth of the cinnamon and cardamon piqued with a bit of star anise. There’s a subtle bit of licorice taste, though that’s probably from the star anise. The black pepper fills out the background quietly. I blend a bag or two of my other chai blends with it, so this one can mellow it all out together.
Do I recommend this tea? Absolutely!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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88

Another winner from Celestial Seasonings!

I cold brewed this one- filled my 2L pitcher with cool water, stuck the 4 teabags that came in my sampler pack inside, and let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours. After the two hours it was just perfect. Only the faintest taste of tartness (anyone who complains about the tart hibiscus taste needs to start cold brewing (an amazing discovery I just made!)) and the natural black cherry flavour is on point. It tastes like a black cherry yogurt my parents always bought when I lived with them. Delicious, and refreshing. Just like the blueberry tea from them, I absolutely recommend this, even to people who hate hibiscus. Try cold brewing- it’s awesome :)

P.S. – bonus points for this tea being cheap (about $1 per pitcher to make instead of $3-5 with loose leaf), because it’s not loose leaf there is no filter to clean, and no artificial flavourings!

Flavors: Cherry

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 68 OZ / 2000 ML
Kirkoneill1988

love the regular black cherry tea

Kristal

Is that a black tea?

Kirkoneill1988

im not sure, fruit i think

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96

Red Zinger. I have been faithfully drinking Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger since the early 1970’s. I’d be quite upset if they ever stop making it and I’ve noticed that it is becoming more and more difficult to find. Most of the grocery stores used to carry it but now I can find it in only a handful of places.
For the past seven or eight years the only way I have made Red Zinger is as an iced tea. I usually had a pitcher of it in the refrigerator so my grandchildren would have something cold and nutritious to drink. It never hurt that it was also inexpensive.
My method for making this iced tea is simple. I boil a 2 quart pot of water on the stove. After it reaches a boil I pull the pot off the burner and let it cool slightly, less than a minute. Then I place 6 Red Zinger tea bags into the water and place the lid on the pan. I leave it like that until the tea reaches room temperature, then pour it into a pitcher and leave it in the refrigerator until it is cold. That’s all there is to it!
We drink it either with or without ice. Sometimes I’ll add lemon and a sweetener, but usually not.
In any event, this is what I am drinking at the moment. I love the hibiscus and the fruitiness of this tea; for me it is better than any of the similar teas on the market and I’ve probably tried them all.
There are also good memories attached to this tea. I drank it with my son when he was a small child, and now he is in his mid-forties and he still enjoys it. What could be better than that?

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Hibiscus

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85

I was talking to someone here on steepster about celestial seasonings made as iced teas. I just purchased a TON of tea, including some off amazon, so I decided to pick up a sample pack of celestial seasonings zinger teas (4 teabags each, 5 kinds of tea. the perfect amount for iced teas).

I just recently tried my first cold brew iced tea yesterday, so I decided to try this one cold brewed as well: Filled up my new 2L iced tea pitcher with cold water, placed the 4 tea bags in the water, then set it in the fridge.

All I can say is wow, I’m am VERY pleasantly surprised. I think I have tried a celestial seasonings tea before at my Mother In Laws place, but I didn’t have a good first impression because I think the box said “best before [5 years previous]”. I remember the tea tasting very cheap and, I think, stale.

After 1 hour of cold brewing, I took a sample of this tea. It was weak, but WOW you can definitely taste blueberry. I was shocked at how accurate the flavour was. I decided to let it brew for 1.5 hours more (2.5 hours total) and it was just perfect. SLIGHTLY tart and tangy from the hibiscus, with blueberry flavour afterwards. The slight tartness/tangyness doesn’t bother me at all because that IS the taste of wild blueberries. Awesome, and refreshing.

I must say, this is better than some loose leaf blends I have tried, yet this is approximately 1/4 of the price per pitcher (I have done the math: most DAVIDs tea iced teas cost about $3-4 per pitcher, this is $1-1.5). Plus, no cleaning filters since this is bagged tea! Lastly, did I mention that this tea apparently has no artificial flavoring? That’s better than what I can say for DAVIDs….

I absolutely recommend this tea, and I would totally repurchase.

EDIT: I have this fruit wine (Blueberry Shiraz) I made at the local brewery (it’s actually VERY sweet and closer to a cooler than wine by far) and mixed half tea, half fruit wine together to bring the sweetness down and to bring out more of the blueberry flavour. It’s awesome. Plus, the wine is about 12% and it brings down the alcohol level as well, which is good because it’s frickin hot in my apartment and I get dehydrated too easily.

Flavors: Blueberry, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 66 OZ / 1951 ML

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70

This is not a loose leaf tea, it’s a Tea concentrate used for lattes. I got the bottled version of this and it greatly satisfied me. I tasted both the black tea and the espresso, with the spices liberally dominating the body. It’s almost like a spicy, pumpkin pie that you decide to have with coffee on the morning after thanks giving. I’m not usually a chai fan, but I like this one more because of the coffee. This is good hot or cold. As for the concentrate, you blend a small amount, whether be a few taplespoons or a quarter of a cup, with your milk of choice.
I’d recommend this more for a substitute to Starbucks bottles if you get any tired of those. Otherwise, it’s a coffee drinkers tea, and a latte coffee drinker at that. Also not something you’d go off for in a thorough taste evaluation.

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80

I am not a huge fan of chamomile, but I really like sleepy time teas from Celestial. Mom found this on discount at Big Lots, and got some for her and my brother. I’m drinking some it it was flavored just right. Grape, spearmint, blackberry, and herbaceous leafs are the taste, and the smell. The blackberry is blended as a background, and it certainly moves the grape along. It does not need any sweetener whatsoever.

Some people might be offended by the ingredients that include things like lecithen, especially with the inconsistent health risks of soy. But again, it tastes good, and it’s helping me sleep. It’s also satisfying my tea cravings, which are BAD and I’m resisting the urge to get some oolong or black tea right now…

Flavors: Blackberry, Grapes, Spearmint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

Very mild-tasting, gentle unassuming mint tea, is the general impression for this one. The taste of the chamomile is so subtly blended in, it’s more a whisper than an announcement.
I too am a member of the insomniac club, so welcome this as a nice go-to-bed cup. On the bland side, but one doesn’t want excitement before trying to sleep. I made a pot of it so that tonight’s will be at room temp, rather than hot. Nighty-night!

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 50 OZ / 1478 ML

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70

Not the best Early Grey I’ve had and far from the worst. It’s above average, IMO. I like it better than Bigelow’s.

They are discontinuing it, though. Their website confirmed it.

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75

This is an odd tea. I liked this tea, but something about it is throwing my taste buds off. It’s a tad bit more fruity than I expected, but it is not overly sweet. I think I would have this tea again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity

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

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70

On the high end of decent for me. The peppermint definitely is able to stand out more once a sweetener is added. Not amazing, but not bad for a run-of-the-mill store tea. If I’m going with mint, I prefer a Moroccan Mint.

Flavors: Peppermint

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

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I’m kind of surprised I’ve haven’t tried this one yet, but I guess I tried the Mandarin Orange Spice first and liked it, and though this would be relatively similar so I didn’t bother trying this one. I’m glad I tried it this time. The tangerine and hibiscus made this quite different from the mandarin orange. I really, really like it. I can’t wait to try it iced!

Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Orange, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I just put in another order for some of Celestial Seasoning’s Zinger teas. I really like them for iced tea, with just a bit of sweetener. I saw that they had added this one to the lineup, so I decided to give it a try. I really liked it! It’s exactly what I want from a Watermelon-Lime-Hibiscus tea. It has a strong Watermelon flavor that reminds me of Jolly Ranchers combined with a Hibiscus-Lime tartness.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Lime, Melon, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kristal

I’ve been doing a lot of iced teas lately- perhaps it’s time for me to try a more inexpensive brand. Or different brands like this in general ;)

rosebudmelissa

If you like Hibiscus iced teas, definitely check out Celestial Seasonings; Zinger teas. They have several really nice ones with distinctive flavors. I like their True Blueberry (which tastes like grape to me), their Mandarin Orange Spice (Which is a non-hibiscus orange tea), and their Lemon Ginger as well for icing.

Kristal

Thanks for the tips! I’ll look around. I don’t really care for hibiscus but I’ve been mixing hibiscus teas with other lighter herbal teas which tends to cut the tartness well enough.

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61

Ok, and personally helps me. I don’t think that it will help everyone though.

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64

Lemon, mint and the green tea are the most dominant. Really gets me sleepy, but I prefer the original and tension tamer.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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71

Sleepy time also really helps me. My favorite thing about it is the blackberry leaves.

Flavors: Blackberry, Herbaceous, Medicinal, Spearmint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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