Celestial Seasonings

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79

I have this tea in k-cups. I don’t drink it often, unless I’ve had “one of those days”. It really helps me relax right when I get home from work. Perfect end to a not so perfect day.

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67

This tea works in a pinch when I’m out of my other night time teas.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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50

This tea is pretty bland unless you add 4-5 sugar cubes to it. Unless of course you like it on the bland side. After the sugar is added it isn’t bad and perfect for those warm summer afternoons.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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61

This cup is really lacking the fruit flavour I remember getting last time. There is still the Kool-Aid sort of taste that hits you right away in the sip, but there aren’t any berries following suit – Perhaps I under steeped it?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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61

So in paying attention I’ve established that my review of this tea yesterday was actualy a review of Black Cherry Berry. Sad to say, if that was supposed to be Black Cherry, it was not a good rendition.

Though, in actually drinking the wild berry tea, I like it! Seems redundant considering the other berry teas they make, but maybe they wanted to corner the market.

Edit – Rating is going down down down as it gets more bitter despite not continuing to steep. Stick with Blueberry – Check!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: boiling
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: cinnamon, hibiscus
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, plum, cinnamon, generally sweet and spicy
Flavor: sweet, cinnamon
Body: Full
Aftertaste: cinnamon, hint of ginger
Liquor: barely translucent dark red-purple

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Very festive, pretty yummy, the plum is weak and the cinnamon dominates. It has a sweetness to it, not sure what from, but I am glad I taste before sweetening.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/01/celestial-seasonings-teabag-herbal.html

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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43

I love tangerines and Mandarin oranges, but I definitely do not like this tea. It’s your typical Zinger by Celestial Seasonings, packed with hibiscus and dark. There’s something about the tangerine flavor that reminds me of pool water… I’ll just leave it there.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

Finished up the last of my bags of this. I am having a good time clearing out some teabags at work, though then I will need to get something in here to replace it. I have a mad desire to buy one of David’s Tea’s perfect tea mugs (http://www.davidstea.com/accessories/the-perfect-tea-mug) but recognize it as unnecesary. I just think it would make tea at work so much easier, since I’m always brewing for one. Maybe the beau will clue in and get me one as a semi-surprise someday : )

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I hear ya on the mug. The fact those mugs come with a lid thrills me.

Uniquity

I’m hoping the beau decided to check Steepster today and read this…I’ve been hoping for weeks that it would come to him on his own, but I figuer a big prod might help. : )

aisling of tea

We….have four >.> We love them. I’ve got a friend who swears by his at work. I think they are well worth the money! (Hint hint, beau!) I just couldn’t resist the pink spring one!!!

Gong__Fu_Fighter

Nothing prods better than mysterious packages showing up on the door step…;)

QuiltGuppy

They have a pink one? I didn’t see it on the website. :( I think we need some DavidsTeas here in the US. At least in Michigan.

Uniquity

I’m sure they’ll make their way down eventually. The rate of expansion for them is pretty surprising, to me at least. However, if tea really does become just the trend that major news media like to say it is, then they’ll all get shut down at some point too : (

aisling of tea

It’s one of these, QuiltGuppy http://www.davidstea.com/what-s-new/2011-spring-collection-perfect-mugs We actually have all three of those, they’re so pretty!

Debus

Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more, say no more, a nudge is as good as a wink to a blind man.

QuiltGuppy

Thank you, ladykittyKat! I ordered two… The white with lime and the pink. And some tea… Sigh… Another package to smuggle into the house! ;)

Uniquity

I’m so glad I’ve encouraged everybody to buy more things! I want one for home and one for work, but I can’t deide on colours, therefore it’s not up to me. : )

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75

I totally wanted this tea today – out of nowhere! My work brought in cupcakes and I felt unwell after eating one (way too much icing, etc) so I figured no more sweet teas today. Then what do I do? I pick out the raspberry zinger! I gave it a brief steep time, only 2 or 3 minutes and that was short enough to not allow the hibiscus to develop. Right now, this is an exceedingly pleasant cup. And it even looks sort of Valentines-y! (I never knew I was this into themes…)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75

Hip to the hop to the hibi-top. Hibiscus! And kool-Aid. : )

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Dare ya to add Tabsasco. ;)

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75

Dry teabag smells like Raspberry Kool-Aid…sweet sweet sweet. While steeping, the tea is a very pink shade and smells much the same, though the sugar smell is toned down a bit, it still smells like raspberry juice. Maybe a sugar added concentrate instead of Kool-Aid.

First sip tastes much like it smells. Definitely raspberry, but not like I am eating a raspberry. It tastes artificially sweetened – Like raspberry Sorbet! It tastes almost exactly like Chapman’s raspberry sorbet. I still like it, but it is a bit strange in a tea. The longer you steep it the more the tartness will come out, though the sweet doesn’t go away so it’s interesting.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Another tea that needs no work, I seem to like that. This smells like it is the juice of blueberries in your mug! The taste is not that far off, it taste like blueberries juiced but a little watered down. Quite enjoyed it!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Uniquity

I love that tea…don’t get attached to that box of it, since it’s mine.

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80

I really did like this tea

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22

i had this at a confrence. it was awful. it might have been the water used, but Im skeptical to try it again.

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71

De-cupboarding! With my volume of tea, it’s probably for the best to get a few items finished off. I’ve left the bag in this cup far longer than intended but it hasn’t hurt it any. This is a perfectly pleasant peach tea but I had the good fortune to try Sawadee’s peack apricot black last week adn think that I have finally found my favourite peach tea – loose leaf!

EDIT: Had a bit of a funky taste, realized after looking at the ingredients that it’s that soapy flowery chamomile taste I hate. It’s trying to overtake the peach – Scratch what I said earlier about not being hurt by an oversteep. Chamomile is blech!

KeenTeaThyme

Once again, we agree – although you were much generous in rating than I would be! My mom loves this one, but it’s just too BLECH for me. Agreed on the chamomile – it’s overkill!

Uniquity

I quite liked it until today. Well, I thought it was okay until today : )
I hate chamomile though. I’d prefer it didn’t exist.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Celestial Seasonings blends seem to me to smell and sound much better than they taste. I used to wonder if I’d steeped the box by mistake. I used to get really mad with them, because the box art and copy are so enticing, yet 9 times out of 10, the tea or tisane really disappoints me. I can think of two exceptions: the pear white tea, with a kimono-ed cat painting as box art, and Emperer’s Choice, a ginseng blend, now discontinued.

Michelle Butler Hallett

And they’re waaayyyyy too liberal with hibiscus.

Uniquity

Agreed re: hibiscus AND artwork. I do enjoy their true blueberry, however. Though it’s not truly blueberry :)

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71

I had an unusual desire for this tea this morning. It continues to remind me of peach juice from Timmies and I think it would be perfect for a tea party with my little cousin. Something to consider!

There is a hint of that Kool-Aid aspect to this tea, but I think that is hibiscus more than anything. I don’t mind it the way that many do, but I really would appreciate it if Celestial Seasonings could back off the hibiscus already. It’s starting to scream desperation.

All that said, I really need to bring some loose leaf to work. I had brought it home over the weekend, and now I am living on bags and spearmint, but I try not to drink mint tea when I’ve got heartburn (a terrible stress reaction that I hate!) I think I wish I had some Love Tea #7 right now..

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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71

Bumping my rating up as I am really enjoying a cup of this right now. Not sure what I found fault with initially, other than the strange peach juice flavour.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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71

First smell – Peaches! Almost smells like the peach juice I drank at Timmies as a kid, while waiting for my Dad to finish his tea.

First taste – Definitely still peachy, though there are other flavours that aren’t as sweet and fruity. A little more flowery than expected, though after looking at the ingredient list, that makes sense. Fun note – Paprika is the last listed ingredient. It does make a pretty teabag : )

All in all, it’s tasty enough and would satisfy a craving were I suddenly nuts for something peachy, but not a re-buy. Of the three Celestial Seasonings I’ve had so far, Blueberry is the clear winner.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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50

I am not a fan of this tea, but my son likes it. Definitely more of a kids warm drink and less of a “tea” as far as I am concerned. Not something that I would ever be interested in drinking.

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85

Enjoying a cup of this while at switchboard. Caught it before it got tart, so it’s just sweet blueberries all around. Quite enjoyable, really. Especially when in the mood for blueberry flavour without caffeine.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Didn’t know what I wanted, so went with what I love. My work selection is pathetic. I think what I really want is some of the aged herb and garlic gouda in my fridge, but that isn’t tea and it isn’t here, so oh well.

Yummy blueberry flavour, pretty blueberry colour, great smell, all is good. The only Celestial Seasonings tea I truly enjoy.

EDIT: This cup got really tart. What the?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Probably hibiscus making the tisane so tart. Celestial Seasons load their tisanes with hibiscus. I wonder they don’t cram it in the chamomile teabags somehow.

Uniquity

I know…They must buy their hibiscus in bulk, because it’s usually all I can taste (Though I have had good luck with this blueberry, traditionally.)

atuinsails

Thanks for the tasting note. I bought some tonight, and really enjoyed it.

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85

This continues to be one of my favourite bags to steep, if only because it is just so beautiful! The purple/red seeps out bit by bit and you can see the swirls of colour mix about. I like to pour the water then sit the bag on top, that way all the colour swirls out but tends to sit on the bottom. Then I get to stir it and marry the flavours with the water! Might as well be a fun experience, if nothing else…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Yum yum yum!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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85

Second verse, same as the first!

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