Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

60

Back, more or less, to the land of the living after four weeks of unplanned sick leave. As it is, there wouldn’t have been much for me to post - it’s been so torturously hot in our area the thought of a hot drink made me cringe. That and my beverages, out of necessity, were running toward IV fluid and Gatorade.

But now that I’m back at work with air conditioners running full blast, a nice morning cuppa is quite pleasant, such as good ol’ Celestial Seasonings, which I’ve reviewed at http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1007/tea-review-celestial-seasonings-authentic-green-tea/.

Happy Wednesday.

JacquelineM

Welcome back! Glad you are feeling better :)

Jillian

Welcome back – I hope you’re doing okay.

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60

A nice bagged alternative for the times when you just don’t want to fuss. The white tea erases a little of the green-veggie aftertaste you get in a lot of teabag greens. I’m thinking it will ice down well.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

White tea in Authentic Green Tea?

AmazonV

It’s a white green blend

Cofftea

I love both white and green teas, but I don’t like deceptive names. :(

gmathis

There’s a little banner on the box that says “white tea added for smoothness.”

Cofftea

Well that makes it kinda ok, I still wish names of certain teas would be a more accurate reflection of the tea itself.

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2

Can’t do it….don’t even want to talk about it…backlogging….eeeeeeeeeek

mpierce87

Ooh, I almost bought this the other day. So glad I didn’t!

-Jessica-

Oh my! lol

Rabs

::shudders::

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60

After a four-hour car trip with my mother, I put on a kettle of water. “Why are you making tea now?” she asked, at 11:00 at night.

Why not?

I went with this; it’s a good wind-down tea. It’s calming and spearminty. I don’t recall a whole lot more about it, since it was 11:00 at night and all, but it was a good selection for a late-night fix right before bed.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

A perfectly reasonable time for a cup, I think. Especially when coming home after that. No matter how tired I am coming home from something, I do still tend to sleep better if I’ve had a little quiet time before going to bed. What better way to do that than with a quick cup?

Angela

Exactly! At least I picked something without caffeine…

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70
drank Red Zinger by Celestial Seasonings
34 tasting notes

One of the first herbal teas I ever drank. Still one of the better ones too. Crisp, lively flavor.

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72

The flavor is mild, similar to most white teas that I’ve tasted. As it cools a bit though, the peach flavor comes through very nicely with no over-steeped sensation. It smells great, and I like the blend of flavors very much, as I can imagine peach, pineapple, and floral notes. It just takes a while to get there; for the first few minutes it tastes like hot water.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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20
drank Sleepytime by Celestial Seasonings
34 tasting notes

Boring and bland. Rather have a rooibos before bed.

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71

I cold-brewed this overnight on Saturday and the end result was surprisingly good. The resulted tea is, of course, bright pink due to the hibiscus but the tangerine stills manages to make its presence known on the end of the sip. It is delighfully floral which was a bit tart when the tea was hot, but luckily turned to just a light sweet taste when cold. My husband has been drinking the tea constantly, in fact, I only had one glass of it before he was able to finish off the gallon pitcher. Needless to say I will be making another gallon today. This one is receiving a slight ratings boost because it is MUCH better cold than hot.

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71

My husband prefers caffeine free, fruity teas so he picked this out at the store tonight. I decided to have a cup because it is a bit late and it probably wouldn’t be a good time for caffeine right now. Okay, I have high hopes for this because I’ve never had a tea from Celestial Seasonings that I didn’t like.The smell from the bag is extremely strong, you could smell it through the box from the time I took off the plastic wrapping. Wow, it smells just like you would expect from the name.

This tea brews up bright pink…hmmm..oh okay, it has hibiscus. I could go either way with that particular ingredient. Luckily, it tastes like a tangerine. It is actually pretty nice for an herbal. Very smooth and tasty, I would love to try this iced.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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65

When you’re lazy and cranky, bagged tea is an excellent choice. And this one isn’t too bad. I picked up a Celestial Seasonings herbal tea sampler at the grocery (good default bagged tea company) and I went with this one rather than their normal chamomile.

The bag (leaves, I guess?) smell sweet itself, almost like candy. It’s fun. I can sense it a little in the tea itself, and I do taste a hint of honey. Apparently there’s vanilla in there, too? Sure, I’ll take it. Hey, it’s soothing and goes down easy. I have no complaints.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Melissa

That sounds like a good tea for when I’m under the weather. Might be worth a try.

Angela

That was my inspiration. Nothing quite beats herbals when you’re feeling kinda crummy.

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74

Strong vanilla flavor, but not overpowering. Great nighttime tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C

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84

Risengrød!
That’s what it reminds me of! Risengrød is something you get at christmas. Uhm, don’t know the english word for it, but it’s rice boiled in milk (?) covered by a layer of a blend of cinnamon and sugar. And a spoonfull of butter in the middel.

This smells exactly of risengrød – The cinnamon/sugar/butter combo.

The liquid is dark orange with a lot of dust in it. Fist sip taste exactly as expected, like risengrød without the rice. But this combo is very spicey!

Hmm.. 7 stars out of 10. But I rather drink it next winter.

Suzi

I’ve never heard of risengrød but it sounds like rice pudding, maybe?

AmazonV

rice pudding?

potatowedges

risengrød sounds amazing…

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62

It has a very, very strong aroma and flavor. However, a small bit of milk in the cup makes it taste close to cherry ice cream. The strength may take some getting used to, but it’s not bad.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

I’m always passing this one up for various loose leaf teas, but this tea really has great flavor when steeped strong with soymilk and sugar added.

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85

I was hoping to pick up something new at the grocery store, but nothing was inspiring me. Well, the things that looked good seemed overpriced. So, I went back to an old friend, and I’m glad I did! I used 2 bags in about 8 oz of water, a small spoonful of sugar and a splash of milk. Delicious! I would love to replicate this from scratch with decaf black tea, rooibos, and spices. I just need to get my hands on some chicory..

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85

This is one of my favorites, right up there with Chocolate Caramel Enchantment chai. The coconut flavor was great, and the spices are just right. I brew this a little stronger than usual – 2 bags in about 10 oz of water, then add a bit of milk and sugar. I wish I could find it in a caffeinated version to drink in the morning. I’m thinking this would make a great iced tea too, but I haven’t tried it yet.

Not that it affects the taste, but I really like the reddish/orangy color it has when milk is added.

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82

I really like this tea, especially in the fall/winter. The chocolate, caramel, and spice flavors come out nicely with a bit of milk and sugar or honey. I brew this with 2 bags in a large mug, leaving room for a bit of milk (probably 10 oz water), and maybe brew a little longer than 5 minutes. I haven’t ever noticed it to get bitter.

I prefer this to Celestial Seasonings’ regular chai – this one just has more flavor, and the spices seem to come through better. The black tea flavor probably does get lost, but I don’t care because the end result is delicious. :)

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76

Never fails when I have sore throat or an upset stomach. Also, it’s extremely soothing before heading to bed at night.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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64

I think I had this a while ago (last year sometime), but I do remember liking it and thinking it was a good tea if you want something around Christmastime that is cheap.

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72

This is a good tea (I like licorice), and I remember drinking it a lot growing up, especially when I was sick.

By the way, you want to find out something interesting, look at my last note on “Ashikubo Sencha” by ATR. ;-)

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87

I bought some Adagio’s Berry Blast for a large tea party this past weekend. Although I liked the flavor, I was afraid that others would find it too tart. I decided to blend it with Celestial Seasoning’s True Blue Berry & Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange to soften the blow! It turned out so amazing! But I also love this tea all by itself, it’s my favorite right-off-the-grocery-store-shelf- fruit tea! M-m-m-m, Blueberry.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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92

This is my current fave at work. I love the aftertaste!

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50

Pretty good. I would steep it a little more concentrated than usual, and not for too long – it seems to get a little weird with oversteeping. The tangerine flavor is nice, but I think I’m a little tired of the “zinger” flavor, whatever it is, because I’m kind of dragging to get to the end of the box.

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46

Yesterday, after the Harney & Sons’ Peaches & Ginger black tea, I knew exactly which tea I wanted next (Numi’s Chocolate Puerh) but it was also time to cook dinner. Since I wanted to enjoy that cup and not mindlessly drink through it while cooking, I looked for something quick and easy to drink instead. I chose this one because none of my other bagged black teas were calling to me and I need to use it up. Plus I thought it sounded just fine with a touch of milk and honey.

So this tea, I’ve had an odd time with. At first, it was way way too strong. Then tastelessly weak. So I switched to two bags in a larger mug. Which was fine the first time or two. Then too strong that way. I can only assume it’s been me doing different steep times/water temperatures and not keeping track as well as I usually do of what worked. But I don’t know. I kind of think the tea is changing on me.

This time, I went one bag, standard size mug. I steeped it longer, knowing I was going to be adding milk to it and wanting it to come out on the stronger side. But after adding the honey, I sipped it and realized the milk would weaken it too much for my tastes so did not add it.

The cup was fine. Spiced with honey. But not all that enjoyable. Just something warm to sip on while I cooked. I’ll be glad once the box is done.

I’m actually bumping my rating down on this one to a 46 (drinkable range 40-50) because of the irregularity between mugs and because, while I don’t dislike it, it doesn’t really do much for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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