Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

84

So I made this chai a little too concentrated and I had some extra coconut milk that I needed to finish. So, one plus one being two, I made a latte. Well, not a proper latte, but tea mixed with milk anyhow. So, to keep things short, it was amazing.

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100

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Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Caramel, Vanilla

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27

The lemon and ginseng flavors are muted, almost to the point of being bland. I steeped the bag for the recommended time, but perhaps I should add a minute or two more. Overall, I’m slightly disappointed.

Flavors: Lemon

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88

Really good for a bagged chai. The honey notes are excellent and you don’t need much sugar to bring the honey flavor out. I add just a splash of milk.

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100

this is the tea of teas to dispel the myth that bagged tea is inferior. must be the flavoring.
(well now i shouldn’t say that because Harney & Sons blackcurrant tea in bagged form is quite outstanding & tastes very much like Paris! i even give a nod to Tazo’s Awake English Breakfast which up until recently i’d only enjoyed in sachet form. bagged it’s almost slightly better!?)

have a cup of this at least once everyday, and i usually crave it first thing in the morning….
even on an empty stomach this tea can’t deter me. with milk & sugar to taste, it’s like liquid butter-caramel pudding!
make of that what you will, but it’s certainly Christmas everyday with a flavor like this!

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60

Like all good middle-class Americans, I’ve consumed my share of Celestial Seasonings Zinger teas, including this one, Raspberry Zinger. For years, I was perfectly satisfied with this company’s many variations on the hibiscus-rosehip theme. Until I encountered Tazo and realized that the Zingers really lacked zing by comparison. I especially found that Tazo Passion occupied a different stratum as far as intensity and quality of flavor were concerned. From then on, I pretty much stopped buying Celestial Seasonings tea, though I do occasionally find some in my house.

Case in point: this four-bag sample pack of Raspberry Zinger, of unknown age and provenance. The dried tea smelled exactly like my memory of this blend, so I brewed it up fully intending to drink it iced. Upon discovering that it was indeed a bit lacking in the flavor department (though I brewed it double strength to pour over ice), I threw a fair amount of True Lime into the mix. Then the iced beverage was more like a strong citrus punch with a bit of raspberry in the background. Pretty thirst quenching, but I won’t be buying it again. If I find any more Celestial Seasoning Zinger bags lying around, I’ll probably deploy the same strategy with them as well. The reason why I brewed this hot rather than cold was because I accidentally boiled too much water while preparing today’s coffee, so I figured Why not?

For those who do not know: True Lime is the miraculously freeze-dried form of lime juice. It is a million times better than the juice in those green plastic limes or in any bottled form. I highly recommend it to those who like to use citrus to flavor iced teas or in cooking. The company also makes True Lemon, True Orange, and True Grapefruit, all of which do truly represent the taste of the respective juice.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Tabby

Hey, I’m not middle-aged but I used to love this tea. Back in the late 90’s I would drink this and watch South Park all the time…

Amaryllis

Ah, red zinger brings me back. It was the only tea I drank as a kid and I rembrer having an odd love hate for it even then. Good times

mj

Around Christmas, Celestial Seasonings puts out a tea called Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. That one is totally worth buying.

Cheri

Where do you get this true lime stuff? It sounds great!

Cheri

I found their website. They don’t carry it at my grocery store I usually shop at, but Kroger has it. I’ll have to grab some when I take my MIL shopping next.

Tamarindel

Wow, True Lime sounds amazing!

sherapop

Cheri & Tamarindel: the citrus powders they sell are truly awesome because they capture the true taste of the juice, unlike Realemon, which seems fake to me. I do recommend! No more forgotten, rotten lemons and limes in the back of my fridge!

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72

I oversteeped this and though I expected it to be bitter, it turned out just being more minty. Then, just to try something new, I added some coconut almond milk. Unfortunately, the milk brought out an artificial sweetness that is too overpowering. I should have left well enough alone but now at least I know for sure.

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Another tea to enjoy in the tub.
One of the things I love about this tea is the fact that it does not contain rooibos.
You see, back in the 70’s, long before rooibos came on the scene here in the US, herbal teas were a lot better than they are now. They were made from real things, like roasted chicory root…which I will always love. Now everything is rooibos this & tulsi that, both fads that I hope will pass soon, along with all the artificial bs flavoring.
Yes, celestial seasonings sold out to some big commercial giant, but at least they had the decency to preserve some of their original formulas, like this one, which is still my favorite non-caffeine chai.

Stephanie

Chicory is awesome. Rooibos is the devil! ;)

MzPriss

Rooibos is yark-some

Terri HarpLady

You guys are awesome!

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97

[First Try] Less minty than I expected, which was nice because it didn’t feel too stimulating. Not at all sweet, either, which again sort of worked in favor of the lulling me to sleep aim. I don’t believe that the herbs in this blend are going to actually have any noticeable effect on sleep or calmness, but the experience of a cooling cup of warm tea plus the mellow flavor certainly had me relaxed and ready for bed.

Flavors: Hops, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling

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60

This has been my bedtime cup the last couple of nights. Of the Celestial Seasonings I’ve tried so far, this is probably my least favourite. That makes me sad, because it’s actually one of the ones I wanted to like most.

I tried this first plain with no additions, and it was okay, but largely almondy with an odd herbal tang. I tried my second cup with the addition of crystal sugar and milk, but found the milk made it very watery and washed out in flavour. I tried my third cup with just sugar, and found it the most palatable of the three versions. The herbal note disappears with sugar, and a little more “cookie” flavour comes out to play with the almond. Somehow, though, it’s still not quite what I hoped. Still, can’t win them all! I have three bags left to play with, even so!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
rosebudmelissa

I’m not a big fan of this either. It tasted like artificial butter flavor to me, and smelled like pina colada or something. I found it really odd.

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100

Love this tea before bed and even during the day if I am feeling a bit anxious/jittery.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Having a mug of this in my Serenity Prayer mug. Because after the absolutely horrid day I had at work, I need it. And it’s much healthier than a beer.

I absolutely love this tea! The vanilla just gives the regular Sleepytime blend a more satisfying and soothing finish.

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95

I love this tea so much. It is definitely my go-to tea for the evening and I love the convenience of the tea bag . I loooovee chamomile teas and this one is super delicious. It is not boring at all and the honey and vanilla add great flavor.

Flavors: Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #11

Final cup made with crystal sugar and a splash of milk. Liquid gingerbread man!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #7

This one really comes into its own wirh a piece of crystal sugar and a dash of milk! I drank my first few cups without any additions, and while they were nice, there was an odd vegetal note, a kind of very herbal tang, that just wasn’t quite right. With additions, it disappears almost completely. The little bit of extra sweetness brings out the vanilla a touch more, and highlights the fresh coolness of the mint. Liquid candy cane! I shall miss this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Tension Tamer by Celestial Seasonings
1107 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this almost nightly the past two weeks, just haven’t been logging anything, sadly. I like it… it soothes me, I find it appealing and comforting in a very herbal/creamy/sweet way, and it definitely helps me pass out sooner than if i didn’t drink it. Upping the rating, because I obviously enjoy this more than a 70 rating.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Terri HarpLady

I used to drink so much of this one when my kids were young.

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I made this again today with 1/2 tsp. chai spices, 1/2 tsp. Adagio Hazelnut Honeybush tea, and a pinch of Xylitol. I think the honeybush does add something, so I might include it when I make this in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I decided to try this tea with milk, since several people seem to enjoy it that way. It was good, but I felt like I needed to use quite a lot of milk to balance the powerful cinnamon flavor. Once I found the right balance, I did enjoy it. I used 4 oz of water, and probably 5 or 6 ounces of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Finally got my hands on some of this! I’ve been meaning to try it for a long time now. Regular Sleepytime bores me these days. I think I’ve just drunk too much of it. This variation is immediately identifiable because the dry bags smell very strongly of spearmint and just a hint of vanilla, whereas regular Sleepytime bags just smell like chamomile.

Steeped, the tea smells wonderfully of sweet vanilla, chamomile, lemongrass, and spearmint. Sipped, I taste primarily the chamomile, but the vanilla is definitely there, albeit subtly. I’ve had two cups of this tonight. I am enjoying it thoroughly. I think I’ll only buy Vanilla Sleepytime and Sleepytime Extra from now on! No more boring old regular stuff.

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66

This is a decent sampler. Some of the teas are better than others. I’m not a fan of the Honey Vanilla Chamomile, but the Sleepytime is really great, and the peppermint is nice and strong. If you like herbal teas, than sure, give this a go.

Flavors: Herbs, Honey, Lemon, Peppermint, Vanilla

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84

This tea really has helped me while I try to cut back on caffeine. It’s creamy, spicy magic.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Terri HarpLady

I love this tea!
Welcome to Steepster!

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90

I tried this a couple months ago, and haven’t been able to get a hold of it since. It seems to be quite popular, and for good reason. It has a strong and well-balanced lemon-ginger flavor, and is pleasantly sweet. The lemon does taste somewhat artificial, like lemon candy, but I found the taste quite pleasant.

Flavors: Candy, Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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25

This tea tastes fine on the first sip, a somewhat artificial apple flavor, with a strong kick of cinnamon, but even if you take out the teabag it quickly gets more and more sweet until it is so sweet that it is utterly undrinkable. I do not recommend it.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Cinnamon, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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