Celestial Seasonings

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Man, I’m surprised to see the low score because this has always been a great one to me with a very solid taste. I’ve also always liked the little paper bag that you have to unfold to get to the tea bags inside. If you aren’t looking to break the bank on solid tea, this one is a great choice!

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I have always enjoyed this tea because way back when i was a little kid, my parents would always give me some and tell me it would help me fall asleep when I was getting tired. Did it really help? Who knows? But the placebo effect at least, always did the trick. Love this one because the taste is great but it also makes me think of home :)

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What a delicious tasting tea for anytime of the day but i prefer right before bed or during my favourite movies or tv shows,

Definitly a sweeter yet almost nutty taste with a very warm and comforting tone. Seems to be perfect for when guests come over for tea!!!

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Mom likes to randomly buy me teas when she’s out shopping. This time she went to Target and brought me back two tins of Harney’s coconut green, a box of Numi’s chocolate pu-erh, and this. I know the first two are good, but the last was something I was apprehensive about. I’m not really a big fan of Celestial Seasonings or herbal teas, but hey, there’s no hibiscus in it. I figured it couldn’t be all bad then.

For the most part it smells better than it tastes. The dry mix has a nice toasty, orangey smell. Too bad at a five-minute steep it’s weak and watery, in no way living up to its scent. However, if you steep this for ten minutes and add a spoonful of sugar, you’ll have a pretty tasty tea. It’ll actually bear a resemblance to sugar cookies. Even unsweetened it isn’t bad. Just make sure you steep it for ten minutes or double up on the bags if you don’t want to wait that long.

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I’m so tempted to get more of this, even if the espresso did make me more anxious than usual, because it was so good with a bit of sweetened creamer. Spicy, creamy, and a little bit sweet this is just fantastic … even for someone who’s not a big fan of chai.

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I was feeling adventurous the last time I ordered from Celestial Seasonings so I ordered a box of this. I don’t like coffee (though I love the smell), or chicory; but I do like roasted barley, carob, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise so I figured it was worth a shot. This is a very strong tea. It’s in the same flavor category as coffee, dark chocolate, and strong black tea but it is definitely it’s own distinct flavor. I could taste the carob, barley and chicory, while the cinnamon and nutmeg are only an accent on the flavor. I didn’t taste the anise at all, so it’s probably just a tiny amount to take the edge off the bitterness. After a bit of experimentation, I decided that I’m not a huge fan of this plain, but it makes a very nice latte, and it’s especially nice with a teaspoon of cocoa powder added to the mix. When I pick up more brewing cocoa, I’ll have to try blending that. I have seen several varieties of “herbal coffee” that have made me curious. Since I like this one, I’ll have to give some other varieties a try.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Bittersweet, Roasted Barley, Spices


I’ve always liked this one but hadn’t considered the cocoa touch! (Now that you mention it, I’ve got some straight-up chicory in my pantry … hmmm…!)

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I am desperate this morning, which means I’ve gone to the office Keurig machine, and brewed up this out of one of those little pot things.
Eh. How the mighty have fallen.
But I really just want something hot and tea like at the moment, and this is both of those things.
Its not particularly good, but I must give credit where its due. Its drinkable without causing flinching, spasms, or even much notice. It just sort of slides down, leaving a vaugly tea-ish flavor in its wake.
At lunchtime I will hunt down better brews.

Evol Ving Ness

Eh. How the mighty have fallen.



I’m about to embark on a couple of out-of-town conference trips where the daytime tea selection will be equivalent. I dislike sharing a Keurig machine because the water always tastes like somebody else’s coffee spit :)

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This is a fine, lemony tea. I’m not familiar with the taste of ginseng, so while I might be tasting it, I’m not aware of it. It’s got a nice, clean taste.

Flavors: Honey, Lemon

7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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I have been having some stress and anxiety issues lately. I was at the grocery store just looking at teas, and found this. The flavors sounded great, except for the licorice, but I thought I would give it a try. I think its tastes absolutely amazing. After the first cup, I felt very calm and focused, and slept very well. The next day, I was pretty calm, relaxed, and focused all day. I did feel the effects wearing off near the end of the day, but I was nowhere back to how I used to feel. I will be drinking a cup every night. I highly recommend it!

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Very fruity. Great herbal tea. One of my favorites. Perfect for summer, but I’d drink it anytime. I’ve only had it hot, but I’d imagine it’s good iced as well. Very aromatic, but I like the smell.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity

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This tastes like the Sleepytime Peach, minus the peach.

It’s mostly chamomile. I’ve had several cups now, and I honestly can’t taste the honey. I felt like this should be sweeter.

That said, it’s pretty good, and I like to sip it as part of an evening ritual to get to sleep. I have a lot of trouble sleeping sometimes, so this is, hopefully, a Pavlovian training method. Drink this, body falls asleep. It’s soothing.


I really like honey vanilla chamomile by celestial seasonings :)


I have trouble sleeping too. My Pavlovian training seems to be “Lie in bed, read, check phone 10 times, lie in bed, fall asleep whenevs.”

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This is quite drinkeable iced with sugar. But remember, it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that zing. And there is little zing here. Still it’s good. I did notice a bit of that cherry cough syrup smell that someone else noticed. And the back of my throat may be feeling it.

Two bags and 200 mL for 3 min then iced.

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Juicy berries! Yummy Yummy!

I hot brewed this one with two tea bags for 5 minutes with 450 mL of water added plenty of sugar then iced it down with a tray of ice.

It’s so easy to make!

Refreshment Rating 10/10

Flavors: Hibiscus, Raspberry

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Forget about whether it smells like peach for a sec. Because regardless of what the name is, this smells good! In fact, I recommend holding this cup next to your coworkers just to get them to say: “Hey, that smells yummy”.

Warm, it reminds me of warm peaches.
Cold, it’s good too.

You might want to be careful with the sweetner though. Maybe add a bit of water, if you put in too much. I was getting a really sweet vanilla on the tongue.

So far I’m.really impressed with their tea. I would make iced tea from this!

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Drunk warm, this is full of black cherry. Berry goodness bursting out. Iced, it is refreshingly mild. So depending on which taste you are looking for, choose your temperature!

Brewed up double strength, then iced.

I like a slice of apple berry pie, but I never get one. So I might
Pull this one out when there is apple pie.

This is no where near as overpowering as Cherry Koolaid. I have a bunch of KA single serves and really you can add them to anything. I did Cherry Matcha for example. The colour is really red and there is that black cherry finish to it (warm).

I picked this one up in a multipack. The care they took with the packaging was just amazing, and would definitely encourage me to buy from them again. A box, and five
Seperately sealed packages of flavoured tea!

Flavors: Cherry, Hibiscus

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I have read the reviews of this tea by K S for years now. Last year I finally went looking for it and it was all sold out. That happens with the better Christmas teas in this area. White Christmas by Stash is another one that you had better load into your basket as soon as you see it or else you won’t be having any.

Imagine my surprise when I was in the grocery store tonight and saw one box. ONE BOX. No label or tag on the shelf for it. Just the one. I looked around to see if they were putting out Christmas tea outlandishly early. (The heat index here is still over 100F most days.) I saw a pumpkin tea but no more Christmas tea. There was a box with peppermint sticks on the front but it didn’t say it was a Christmas blend. Since I had wanted to try it I had my daughter check the expiration date to make sure it wasn’t last year’s tea that turned up in a back room, but it looked brand new and had a nice long time until it expires.

I was going to have one cup tonight to try it, but as I took the sachet out of the box and the aroma hit me, I knew hubby had to try it. He is aptly nicknamed “The Cookie Monster” in our house. This smelled like really good sugar cookies, specifically the Queen Cake recipe from Colonial Williamsburg that we make at Christmas. So I made a whole pot, and we ended up making a very passable resteep.

Reviews said that it tastes best slightly cooled, so I waited to call him in until I had poured it. I used three sachets in a Stump teapot, boiling water, and five minutes steep time before pouring but we did not remove the bags.

I thought it was great! This is a wonderful, wind-down in the evening cup. I tried it plain first and then based on reviews added a little sugar and milk. I liked it best plain. The milk covered up the light orange notes. Hubby add sugar and more milk than I did, and he loved it best that way. He said milk always smooths black tea for him and he felt it did for this, too. I didn’t taste anything that needed to be smoothed and milk just made it “heavy” to me so my next cups we all plain.

As hubby said, this would be delicious with something to dip in it…a Rich Tea Biscuit, biscotti, graham crackers. I am definitely going to be aggressive about finding more of this during the limited time it is available. I could really use something caffeine free that feels like comfort food for evenings, especially this winter.

Thank you, K S, for singing the praises of this tea for all these years.


I’ll definitely hum along! One of my fave-fave-favorites.

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I used a 16oz mug, filled it to the brim with boiling water then added two tea bags held them down at the bottom of the cup with a spoon, steeped for 9 minutes, then added several different types of cinnamon, a little ginger, and a little unsweetened vanilla cashew milk. This cup of tea was a very very nice treat and left me wanting another one when I finished it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Ginger, Molasses, Spices, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Boiling 8 min or more 15 OZ / 443 ML

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I was so excited to get this tea. Who doesn’t want to tame their tension? However, it tastes terrible. How do I explain this? If you took a weak chamomile tea, and spit your slightly chewed wad of Big Red Gum into it, it would probably taste like this tea. In addition to the disappointing taste, my tension is still alive and well. There is no sedative effect, no soothing sensation. Just disappointing gum water. CS peppermint is quite relaxing; I think I’ll stick with that.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Mint, Paper

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I have never much liked any of the zingers … until yesterday. A very thoughtful work friend brought me a tumbler of this stuff steeped strong, iced, sweetened with half honey, half organic sugar. It tasted like the best celestial kool-ade ever. Between the sweetness and the additional ingredients that I do like: chamomile, blackberry, chicory, there was no make-your-eyes-water tartness at all. Best summer afternoon surprise in a long time!

Maddy Barone

I’ve never liked the zingers either. It’s the hibiscus, I think. Maybe I need to try it with the sugar and honey.


I’m a confirmed hibiscus hater, but every so often, you find a blend where the other ingredients whup it into submission.

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I do love lemon, and I love it in my black tea. Just rating this as itself, I like it a lot. It’s got an intensity I enjoy. There’s a nice depth to the flavor. I note others have whined about the hibiscus, but I don’t know what they’re talking about. This is a nice lemony tea. When I don’t have any fresh lemon to add to my cup of black tea, I simply use a bag or two of this thrown into the pot—problem solved. It’s also excellent in a blend of mixed teas. This is better than Bigelow’s “I Love Lemon” tea, which is nowhere near as lemony as this is. It’s even good unsweetened.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I finally caved and purchased a box of this tea. For months I’ve been searching for it in stores (I live in Canada), even contacting celestial seasonings with no luck. Normally you can buy Celestial Seasonings Tea in stores for like $4/box. With shipping I spent like $13 for a box of 20 tea bags, and it hurt to do so. But, the day I bought it I got a new job so I knew I could afford it, lol.

I’ve tried brewing this hot and then chilling it, but this tea is best cold brewed (5 tea bags per 2L pitchers, approx 12h). The tea does have the taste of orange but I’d say the tart hibiscus is more prominent. My husband drank 3/4 of the pitcher already and says he loves this tea. I like it too, but I want to try cold brewing Twinnings’ Mandarin orange rooibos blend (which does not have hibiscus) before I decide if this one is worth purchasing 6 boxes at a time to cut costs (found a seller on amazon.ca: selling 6 boxes for $14).

Flavors: Orange, Tart

Iced 8 min or more 68 OZ / 2000 ML

You are mightily determined! I really wish we got those holiday CS flavours, like the sugar cookie one. But not sure if I’d pay that much!

Super Starling!

Oh my goodness, it’s only $2.69 USD at my local Wegman’s (I just looked it up). That really, really sucks. Do you live in a remote area, or is it not as widely available in Canada in general?


I get some of my teas from an online store called 4AllVitamins they have a decent selection of CS and Republic of Tea stuff that you can’t find in Canadian store. Plus their shipping is usually fairly reasonable.



Have you tried Celestial Seasoning’s Mandarin Orange spice? It doesn’t have Hibiscus, and pretty much tastes like sweet orange. The spices aren’t very noticeable at all, but it’s quite tasty.


@Fjellrev, I’ve had my eye on this tea for many months, so that’s how I justified spending as much as I did (plus the new job), lol

@Super Starling! I’m not in really that remote of an area. I’m in a town of about 110k people. I think it’s just not that available here in Canada.

@Jillian, thanks for the tip! I will look at it :)

@rosebudmelissa, thanks for the recommendation! I think I’ve seen that one in the store closest to my apartment so I may try it out!


That’s awesome, thanks Jillian!

Hey, sometimes you have to treat yourself when you’re working hard, Kristal. :D


I think so, Fjellrev! :)


So I’ve tried cold brewing twinnings HONEYBUSH mandarin orange blend (not rooibos, my bad) and it’s quite lovely! Gunna try hot brewing it then cooling it down for a little extra “oomph”, but otherwise I love it and that’ll be a staple iced tea for the rest of the summer :) (plus I love it hot too!).

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I sleep terribly, so I own a few decaf teas. This is the one I drink on nights that I’m pretty sure are on their way to going poorly.
Tonight is such a night; I was overstimulated with hiking, friends, an inadvisable amount of alcohol, a scary video game, and the possibility of a crazy 4th of July tomorrow.
Unbeknownst to me, this fallback tea has been slowly creeping its way up to one of my favorites. It’s so peachy, warm, and comforting. It’s like a sweet bedtime story before bed. I’m 31; I don’t really remember bedtime stories. But my parents are un-crappy, so I imagine they read them to me. And I imagine they felt good.
This is a lovely, snoozy, calming tea. Goodnight, loved ones.

Flavors: Peach, Sweet

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My all time favorite tea. The flavor is just perfect. As someone who doesn’t use sugar or milk in my teas, I can’t ask for a better blend of seasonings. It’s refreshing, lemon-y, and has cat nip in it…Apparently cat nip has the opposite effect on humans as it does on cats – who knew? If you hate licorice, do not drink this as it does have a slight licorice flavor. Also subtle peppermint.

This tea also is incredibly relaxing…so much so, that I cannot have it at work unless I don’t mind dozing off!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Licorice, Peppermint, Smooth, Tart

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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