Celestial Seasonings

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Cinnamon is one of my favourite flavors, so I love this tea. The apple comes through more as background sweetness than as actual apple flavor, which to my tastebuds balances the cinnamon nicely. I usually let this steep for at least five minutes, or it’s too bland for me. I’ve not noticed any bitterness, as noted below.

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65

Y’know, for bagged herbal, it’s really not that bad. Because it’s so rich, I can’t drink too much at a time, but it’s not too bad. The in-laws bought me an entire case for some reason, and I’m slowly but surely working my way through it. Since I have yet to just give up and throw it all out, clearly they got something right.

Since it’s cheap and easy, it’s my go-to blend if I want to drink a tea/herbal in the shower. No, really. Drinking tea in the shower is THE BEST.

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74

I haven’t been a big fan of Celestial Seasonings because I have often thought that it seems to be more of a lower class, less-than-tea tea. However, after tasting this tea, I was very pleasantly surprised. It is a Rooibos, Black Tea combo with other flavors. Sweet, with a hint of spice. Excellent with a small spoonful of honey.

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

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50

I really like this tea! I probably couldn’t drink it everyday like some of my teas however, it’s good for when you want to take a break from your default tea just to have something different. :)

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74

I’m not big on chamomile at all. but I tried this thinking that it would help me on my journey to become closer to liking Chamomile. The sweetness of H.V. Chamomile did add more flavor and did appeal to my taste buds and help with that grassy taste at the end of the first chamomile i had tasted in the past of tasting regular chamomile. yes i did buy the herbal tea sampler also. Over all I think this is good for night tea for relaxing.
side notes
yes this is a bag tea but i think i don’t mind it this way actually. I didn’t use any sugar or milk when tasting this but usually don’t add any so i don’t even think about saying this part but reading others tasting blogs. I will add this to make it more complete

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

Backlogging:
I finally joined the masses and purchased a Keurig recently – a mini one, since we don’t drink much coffee – and it’s teal. Eee! I love it. Anyway, I purchased the Sleepytime K-cups, and after learning the hard way that one should rinse out the machine after brewing a coffee and/or cocoa, this was decent. It tastes the same as the bagged version, which I just love. It’s a great way to end a stressful, busy day. This will be a permanent cupboard Kcup, IMO.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Ellyn

Welcome to KCUP world. I have found that the herbal tea k cups are pretty good but the black tea / green tea or anything with actual tea leaves comes out as tea colored water….if you have better luck I would love to know your secret!

momo

I have so many coffee cups and I never drink them. It’s sad. It’s become my hot water dispenser for oolong/white/green teas haha.

BlueKittyMeow

Hmm, you’ve inspired me. We have a Keurig too that I love for coffee, but I’ve been kind of afraid to brew the tea kcups in it. Off to experiment!

Ze_Teamaker

I also welcome you tot Kcup World. I love ours! I love using it for apple cider, coffee and instant hot water. It’s like a multi purpose zojirushi.

Ellyn

how do you all keep your water from tasting like the flavor of the last kcup?

BlueKittyMeow

I ran mine empty twice until the water was clear and didn’t smell like coffee.
Conclusion of my trying one today: actually surprisingly good. I expected it to be thin and watery, but it was dark with good flavor. It’s not something that would make a great cup of oolong tea, but for herbal blends it was great.

KeenTeaThyme

@Ellyn – BlueKittyMeow’s advice is exactly what I do as well – run one or two “cycles” of plain water through the system to clear it out. Works wonders. My husband wants me to do that between the coffee and cocoa too.
@BlueKittyMeow – agreed, herbal or your basic tea that you don’t mind bagged is good. I actually shuddered at the thought of brewing oolong there! The horrors!
@Ze_Teamaker – Apple cider?! Me want! Me want! :) I am on the hunt for a box as I type this…

BlueKittyMeow

@Ze-Teamaker – What kind of apple cider do you like? I’ve only tried one kind so far.

BlueKittyMeow

ETA – oops, sorry, KeenTeaThyme, I didn’t mean to derail your tasting note!

Ze_Teamaker

The apple cider is from Green Mountain Naturals. It is really good! It doesn’t have a lot of fake stuff in it. I love brewing it with a stick of cinnamon.
@BlueKittyMeow: Um, i don’t know. I have really only had it from the K-Cup. There isn’t a lot of apples in Florida.

momo

The apple cider is also good for steeping teas in! If you have something like a cinnamon spice herbal or something like that, it’s so good. Rishi’s Cinnamon Plum suggests it on the tin so now I’m hooked.

BlueKittyMeow

@Te_Teamaker – Ah – I did mean just the k-cup brand :) I do live in apple cider country here, I should probably take more advantage of that. The k-cup brand we use is Grove Square, they have Caramel apple. So good.
@momo – that is such an incredible idea. I’ve never used anything but water (except milk for chai). More experimenting to do…

Ze_Teamaker

CARAMEL APPLE!!! ME GUSTA!

Suziqzer

I got a sample of this with my Keurig and was very surprised at how it turned out. I expected a watery mix, and it actually came out very well.

That being said, I already had a stash of this in the cabinet due to the childhood memories it brings so no reason to spend the extra $$$ on the k-cups. Now if I run out of the bags and I find a good sale, I might splurge for convenience.

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100

I enjoy drinking tea at the end of the day, so I aim for caffeine-free teas or herbal tisanes. This and the Sleepytime Extra are my favorite selections, especially if I’m not sure what tea mood I’m in. I love the light, comforting flavors and it truly does help me wind down.

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95

Backlogging – enjoyed this after dinner/binge eating feast on Turkey Day. I love the simplicity of it – it’s green tea with minty flavors. I just let the bag steep for the length of the cup (which ended up being longer than usual as I kept “topping off” the mug). My mom has a box, but I’m going to have to load up with my own for the rest of the season! Yums!

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95

This tea is great during the holidays – but still awesome any time of year. I love the minty flavor and sensation; the dose of vanilla is a nice touch as vanilla and mint is one of my fave combos. Thanks to Meghann M for parting with a few. :)

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95

I love this tea year round – it’s spicy and minty, aromatic and flavorful. I tend to stock up around the holidays so I can enjoy the tea throughout the year. These make great gift ideas too; I got my mom hooked last year.

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53

I had a couple of rooibos teas that had turned me off, so I bought this to give it another chance without spending much.

I was surprised by the strong vanilla smell for a supermarket tea. The box does list vanilla bean in the ingredients (another reason I bought it).

I don’t care for it much on it’s own but it’s lovely mixed with other teas. I like to mix it with Adagio’s White Tropics. It’s also great with peppermint tea and some sugar. The vanilla really balances out the mint.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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20

Blech. Too much hibiscus. This tea is bright red and way too tart, but not in a lemon-y way. No thanks!

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72

Ooh, just found another use for this herbal candy cup. Ever take a long drive, especially in Summer, when it’s hot?

Recently I read some advice for staying alert on long drives. Drinking plenty of fluids, though not too much caffeine, and keep slightly sour flavors going, while you suck on ice cubes. It’s supposed to keep you alert, and grounded in your body. Plus help you stop more often.

So in prep for a long drive, I threw some bags of Lemon Zinger in the bottom of a big cup of ice. Added just a bit of water, and yum. Long-Drive Liquid.

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72

In the herbal tissane category, I have to have this tea. I grew up drinking this flavor-enhanced blend of herbs, fruit, and flowers.

Plop two bags in a water bottle. Cold brew is fine, and extracts much of the flavor. It’s never bitter. If you travel and doubt that you will enjoy the flavor of the water where you are going, filtered or otherwise, use this gentle lift to create satisfactory thirst-quenching with no calories.

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77

I love sour cherries but don’t much care for the sweet, and so was worried that this tea would be too sweet. But the intense cherry flavor strikes a nice balance, and it’s wonderful iced.

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50

After finishing a box, I won’t be buying this tea again. It was enjoyable, but it was VERY flavorful, to the point of not really tasting like tea.

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71

This is a wonderful rooibos for cold winter days, or any other day, if you feel like it! Awesome spice and fruit flavour, with that peppery kick in the end which I love. Great with a bit of milk, in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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69

Backlogging 7/4:

Afternoon pick me up!!!!

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69

Backlogging Wednesday 6/30:

I forgot about this tea. I used to really like it. Today I had it with a splash of milk. It was pretty good although I barely got the chocolate flavor and don’t think I got any caramel flavor. It was mostly a cinnamon tea with a chocolate aftertaste. Not a bad thing just doesn’t really live up to its name.

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88

This box cracks me up – “plus just a little ‘extra’”

Anyway, this tea is quite delicious, and I do notice a prominent calming/mind-altering effect.

I am considering growing valerian (the “extra” ingredient). Apparently one can harvest the root and brew it. Has anybody tried this?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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19

This was not enchanting to me. They need to rename this tea because with a name that starts out with chocolate and caramel, I expect to taste that. To tell the truth I didn’t even think that it tasted like tea – just spices. Looks like I should have read the other reviews before I purchased this one.

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63

I’m reviewing this one for Mike the founder of ’It’s All About the Leaf’ tea blog (http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/).

I grew up drinking Celestial Seasonings teas and it was (and still is) a staple in my mom’s cupboard; but for some reason I never got around to trying this particular one even though ‘Sleepytime’ is one of the standard CS blends. For once CS seems to have made a herbal tea without hibiscus being involved (thankfully). Out of the box it smells quite herbal with a strong odor of mint. More in-depth sniffing revealed a sweet vanilla-y odor lurking in the background.

There’s not really a whole lot of vanilla that I can taste in the tea itself and I think that’s partially due to the fact that the mint and chamomile are such strong, aromatic herbs that they drown out any subtleties in this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Alannah

One of the reasons I ended up buying this was because there wasn’t any hibiscus in the blend for once! CS seems to put it in everything (which is one reason why most of their teas don’t appeal to me)! I’m sad to hear the vanilla doesn’t come out much though (I haven’t had a chance to try this yet).

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I got this one for my husband because he seems to like these hibiscus based Zinger teas. I have a mug of it and it was okay. Very tart though with just a hint of berries. I’m making a pitcher of cold-brewed. I hope that cold-brewing it brings out the sweetness of the hibiscus like it did with the Tangerine Zinger.

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