Celestial Seasonings

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Water temp- just boiling
Steep time- 6 minutes

A delicious tea- I think I may try to stock up on a few boxes to last me throughout the year.

As a side note, I was nauseous for the last few days. I read that ginger helps ease the tummy. I drank this tea and it seemed to help!

Upon opening the package, the first smells I noticed were cinnamon and ginger- reminded me of a Christmas spice aisle at the Grocers. I also noticed another spice smell, but I can’t identify it at the moment.

The tea steeps to a nice dark golden brown.

It doesn’t exactly taste like a gingerbread cookie, but you can definitely taste the ginger, cinnamon, and other woody-type flavours.

The cinnamon flavour coats your tongue- it leaves a pleasant tingle.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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The tea bags smell like a freshly opened pack of spearmint gum. I absolutely love spearmint, so YUM!
To me, spearmint is also the main flavour that I detect (please note, I have yet to develop my “tea palette” , so I may add to this in the future)
This tea is very calming and comforting, like a warm, soft blanket. I really do look forward to drinking it before bed every night.
It leaves a pleasant and light aftertaste in the mouth.
Also delicious when cream is added to it!

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I bought a box of this last week when I finished up my Twinings Peppermint bags. I remembered that it received satisfactory and downright glowing reviews here on Steepster a few years ago, and decided to try it out.

Now that I have – a few times now – I find that I don’t particularly care for it. Its odor reminds me of potpurri and tasting it reinforces the image in my mind (not that I know what potpurri tastes like…). Adding at least two teaspoons of sugar helps me get it down but I’m trying to consume less sugar, so that’s not really that helpful.

I have 18 bags left and I think it might end up being pushed to the back of the cupboard (there will be a post going up in the swap category soon if you’re interested in taking some/all of this off my hands).

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Backlog. I just got back from a trip to New Mexico. I love the desert, but it really does not love me back. By the last day I was dried out, feeling sick, and fighting a migraine. Now I am back home and feeling a ton better in the (relative) humidity of Indiana.

I can’t believe there’s hibiscus in this! That sneaky little flower. I honestly didn’t taste it this time. This is a pretty good approximation of spiced apple cider, and after a long day of travel and a colder-than-expected forecast it was more than welcome. Sweet like a candy apple but somehow not overwhelming, strongly cinnamon-y, and I actually managed to resteep it once. Not bad for a cheap bag.

Nicole

We did a road trip through NM the first week in December. I like the temperatures but I felt like a lizard the whole time. Slathered lotion on my hands and face all day long.

bluebelle

Lizard is a good description! It seems like every day I would have to get some new thing I hadn’t thought to bring (eye drops, thicker lotion, etc.). At least Santa Fe was pretty in the snow.

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Hmm. I don’t know what to think of this. It’s sweeter than plain chamomile, and I can taste the honey and vanilla a bit, but it has an odd aftertaste. I think I prefer plain chamomile to this.

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

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I’ve been wanting to try this one for forever… I finally found it at Shaw’s of all places (along with a fully stocked display of Caramel Apple Dream!)

I’m in love! This tastes EXACTLY like a sugar cookie. I’m on my second cup already. It’s a creamy tea, and it’s sweet and bready and buttery and perfect.

I wish they made this and the Caramel Apple year round, but I suppose if they did, they wouldn’t be as special.

jeweledthumb

+1 on the Caramel Apple Dream being made available year round.

Anlina

I have been looking and looking and haven’t seen this one in a single seasonal display, and that makes me sad cause it sounds delicious.

teaqueen

Shaw’s has both! I know that Amazon has them, too.

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I tend not to like Celestial Seasoning’s apple flavoring, so I was hesitant to try this. But, it had enough positive reviews here that I decided it was worth a shot. THe final verdict…I still don’t like Celestial Seasoning’s apple flavoring. It doesn’t taste too bad at first, but as the tea cools it gets sweeter and more artificial tasting to the point where I find the tea undrinkable. I am very much not a fan.

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

Um, is there anything you’d want to trade this for? I can’t find it anymore and would love some more.

rosebudmelissa

I just put half of it in the Herbal Traveling Tea box I put together. If you’re interested in that, I could throw in the rest and send if off to you first. You’re in Maryland like me, so that wouldn’t be an issue. If not, I can pull it out to trade. You look like you have quite a few things I’d be interested in trying.

jeweledthumb

Either way works for me. =)

rosebudmelissa

It would probably be easier for me if you join the box. One less thing to mail out. The discussion is here if you want to subscribe to it: http://steepster.com/discuss/9917-herbal-ttb-sign-ups-open

jeweledthumb

You have an additional comment. =)

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I haven’t had this tea since I was a kid, so I decided it was time to revisit it. I remember it being a little more tart than I prefer, so I added sweetener to it. That definitely seems to have moderated the citrusy sourness of the Hibiscus. It tastes very fruity and rather like artificial blueberry and grape. The grape flavor is rather surprising and I’m still trying to decide if I like it or not. I’ll probably make up my mind before I finish this box.

Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Fruity, Grapes

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

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Okay, I’m really not a fan of this one. My first complaint is that the first ingredient is Rooibos. I really don’t understand what that is supposed to add to the blend. My second complaint is that this tastes more like artificial cherry than cranberry. I really don’t like artificial cherry much, and combined with the Rooibos, this reminds me of cough syrup. I can taste the vanilla, but it doesn’t make up for the other unpleasantness.

Flavors: Cherry, Medicinal, Rooibos, Vanilla

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

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I just got my order of celestial seasonings teas in the mail. They’ve put out several new teas in recent months, and I also ordered a few I’ve never tried before. I’m pretty pleased with this one. It doesn’t seem as tart as some of the hibiscus teas I’ve had, and I really liked the mango flavor. It’s a nice change of pace for a hibiscus tea. I don’t know what acai tastes like, so I don’t know if that flavor shows up, but I quite liked this one.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango

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

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Another one from my cupboard. I purchased this at Target because I remembered liking it a couple of years ago, and it was the only holiday tea they had that I was at all interested in. The bag smells quite good, it’s an interesting choice to put orange in a sugar cookie tea, but I approve since I like orange. Otherwise, it smells very sweet and sugar cookie-ish.

Uh… The steeped tea smells like scrambled eggs to me. Yes, I can also smell the sweet cookie notes, but the egg part is extremely distracting. The taste is actually much better, and it doesn’t really taste like scrambled eggs. However, I’m unsure why it tastes like coconut? Seems odd for a sugar cookie. I can taste a little bit of orange, and it’s a nice accent to the cookie flavor. It did come out a bit weak, so next time I think I would use two tea bags per cup.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cookie, Orange, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
The Cookie Lady

This totally reminded me of the time I tried a new recipe for roll-out sugar cookies that came out smelling AND tasting just like eggs. I skipped putting the crystal sugar on in the rest of the batches and we instead ate them with bacon the next morning :) Waste not, want not! (But, seriously, they were terrible lol)

Fjellrev

You’ve managed to do two things: make me lose interest in this tea since it seems quite popular amongst American Steepsterites and make me want scrambled eggs for breakfast. :)

OMGsrsly

Cookie Lady, that’s HILARIOUS!

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Another one that I grabbed because I need it to replace my junk food snacking. (Also, I needed to buy two boxes of CS teas to validate the coupon.)

It doesn’t taste like a punishment, so that’s a plus. It’s just a plain tea, that’s all. It depends pretty heavily on the white tea to pick up the slack as far as flavor is concerned, but last time I checked, that wasn’t a crime.

I may as well face it— dieting requires sacrifices. If this can help me to feel better about myself in the long term, then it will all be worth it.

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This tea was delicious. Usually decaf teas suck, especially decaf greens. I got it because:

1.) I had a coupon for Celestial Seasonings teas
2.) Nothing else that my grocery store had from CS (that I haven’t already tried) looked remotely appealing
3.) I’m trying desperately to stop hoovering the contents of my fridge when I get home from work, and green tea is a know appetite suppressant
4.) I can drink it any time, and as much of it as I want, without overcaffeinating myself

I didn’t have high hopes. But it was surprisingly fragrant and mellow. Lemony, buttery, lightly sweet. Not too heavy on the jasmine, but hey, for a bagged decaf, it’s not too shabby.

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Today is such a yuck day, yuck, yuck, yuck! I went shopping for noms this morning after not getting much sleep (it has been one of those weeks) and progressively felt ickier as the day went on. Not wanting to abandon the blog without a post today, I decided to have a little bit of easy fun.

So I was included in Influenster’s #FrostyVoxBox, a box of really cool products to try out and review (you guys have probably seen me feature past boxes if you have been reading a while) usually I do all of it in one big review, but since one of the things included with it was tea, well, I had to do it separately. Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea Decaffeinated, a holiday tea straight out of my memories. This is a blend of peppermint, decaffeinated green tea, orange peel, natural vanilla and mint flavors with other natural flavors, cinnamon, milk thistle, blackberry leaves, roasted carob, roasted chicory, and vanilla bean, and since it is a tea bag, it is the exact level of easy I am in the mood for on this most blah of days. So I know when I was younger I would drink a lot if Celestial Seasonings teas, but I cannot remember if I ever drank this one, fun adventure time, maybe! The aroma of the tea is minty and vanill-y (Minty Vanilli, the holiday themed Milli Vanilli comeback was also lip-synced) a little sweet, and a little papery from the bag. One of the tragedies of teabags is they can smell and taste like the bag, but you do at times make sacrifices for being lazy.

One thing I will give the packaging credit for, it does not say to use boiling water, in fact it says using cooler water with green tea will result in a smoother, more delicate flavor. Yay! Certain other bagged tea companies say boil everything, and people wonder why some people think green tea is bitter gross death. The aroma of the tea is minty and mellow, with vanilla and a roasted undertone along with a tiny hint of sugar cookies. The mint is the primary aroma, but it is not a kick in the face of mint.

The taste is not bad, it is minty and sweet with a hint of vanilla and honey and a slight bit of a roasted taste at the end. The green tea base is really generic, I am not sure how to describe it other than ‘generic bagged green tea I have been drinking since I was a kid’ taste. It is a really mild tea, the mint is cooling, but other than that there is nothing really powerful about it, I do not want to say it tastes watered down, but it does certainly lack oomph. Since this is a decaf tea, I can see this being a tea I could drink before bed or when I feel icky…the tastes are mellow, the mint cools my guts and clears my nose, and the warmth just feels good. In fact I am going to take the rest of this cup and go lay in bed while playing some Minecraft.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/12/influentster-celestial-seasonings-candy.html

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An old favourite of mine. What could be better than peppermint and vanilla mingling together in green tea? For me, nothing! I’ve enjoyed many mugs of this in the past. Served it to many friends who went crazy over it. As far as grocery store bought teas go, this one is the leader of the pack. So hard to find though. Not one grocery store in my town sells it anymore. Not sure if it’s been discontinued or just in limited distribution but if I stumble upon it somewhere I’ll be sure to pick up a couple of boxes. Love sipping away at this one during Christmas time. Makes me feel festive!

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla

TeaBrat

I like it too :)

teapartyfortwo

Since discovering loose leaf tea, I know there are other teas out there that will likely beat this one but this tea was the first flavoured tea that I ever really loved so I will always like it for that reason…..memories!

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Yep, this is a weird one. At first I loved the roasted, warm flavor… but eventually I grew tired of it. It’s a nice change of pace from the teas I usually drink, but I think my exploration into chicory tea is over.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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From the EU TTB – Round 3

Sweet is the key word here. It’s a little odd, because it doesn’t smell sweet while brewing. It smells of pumpkin, with a touch of spice. That’s probably why I wasn’t expecting the instant hit of sweetness I got when I took my first sip. It only took me a moment to realise that this has stevia in it.

Subsequent sips, once I was expecting the sweetness, were actually okay. The pumpkin flavour is pretty accurate, with that distinctive smooth, almost savoury “squash” flavour. The spicing is relatively mild, but well blended, and helps to connect the sweet overtone of the stevia to the savoury pumpkin. I went back to the kitchen and added a bit of milk, and that helped things along still further. NOW it’s pumpkin pie filling!

I wasn’t at all sure about this one at first, but I warmed to it as I drank it. It’s a very pleasant autumnal tea, but you’ve got to be down with sweet. Fortunately, that’s okay with me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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When I saw that CS had a new holiday tea out I had to grab it. I love cranberry and vanilla, so into the cart it went. It turns out this isn’t a cranberry vanilla tea, but rather a hibiscus vanilla tea with a good pinch of cinnamon thrown in. Since I’m not a big hibiscus fan I was sad when I realized the fruity cranberry tartness wasn’t gonna happen. I did find that when I drank this while hot all of the flavors blended, and it was actually a pretty tasty cup. As soon as it starts to cool however, the hibiscus flavor overwhelms the cup.

Oh well, I guess you can’t win them all. I’m sure I’ll drink a few more cups of this, but there’s no way I’ll finish the box. If anyone out there would like to try it let me know and I’ll send some your way.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I actually saw this in the grocery store but put it down as soon as I realized hibiscus was in it. :-/

Veronica

Yeah, I should have looked at the ingredients as well as the pretty words and picture on the box. :) One day I’ll learn!

Ashley Cook Williams

Its ok, not my fave of the CS holiday teas.

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I took my steeper home for a bit so at work I was drinking the tea they have stocked in the cupboard. Usually I drink the green if I have to resort to the teabags at work, but I thought I’d try the earl grey…

Makes me seriously appreciate the Harney & Sons.

It was just flat and dissonant and generally unappealing. More or less drinkable when it was hot, but after cooling was even worse, and I finished the cup only because it was in my hands already.

I always kind of want to like Celestial Seasonings more because hey, state pride for local tea company, but I generally do not like their teas much.

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

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drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
22 tasting notes

With the colder weather coming, I’ve been in the mood for a mint tea. After trying Stash’s peppermint and feeling somewhat disappointed with the mildness of it, I decided to give this one a try. I’m a fan of Celestial Seasonings, so what could it hurt to try, right?

Upon opening the box, I was hit with the most wonderfully crisp, minty scent. I could barely wait to drink it! The taste of the tea was just as minty and cooling as it smelled. It was comforting and perfect for winter. As I sipped it, and even now, I can’t think of a bad thing to say about this tea. It’s really great, despite being a bagged grocery store tea.

If you’re looking for a strong, refreshing peppermint tea, definitely give this one a try! You won’t be disappointed.

Flavors: Peppermint

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

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I bought this at Walmart on clearance recently, thinking maybe my grandson (7) or my daughter would like it. Both did, but my grandson LOVES it! He drinks it hot, with a spoonful of honey, and has adopted it as “his” tea.

To me, the taste is okay, but I’m not a spearmint fan, and there’s a little of that taste and smell to the tea.

Flavors: Grapes, Spearmint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This tea was the comfort tea for me, my daughter, and even my grandson, until it was discontinued. We sweetened it with honey, as a hot tea, and it was very soothing and relaxing. Especially good when we had colds, or it was blizzarding outside, but also good on summer evenings.

I contacted Celestial Seasonings about producing it again, and received a note that they were more focused on health teas. Too bad – I’d love to see this back on the market, even on a seasonal basis. We’d stock up!

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Ost

Health teas…what do they mean by that? 0_o

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