Celestial Seasonings

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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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85

Still a fan, though after having tasted the rest of the sample pack, I understand that all their berry teas really taste the same. This is the top pick, nonetheless and I will enjoy it until it’s gone!

(Saving the bag for a re-steep :D )

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

After a dismal experienve with the Celestial Seasonings Apple Cinnamon only an hour ago I was nervous to try this tea – Thankfully it’s delicious! Far sweeter than I expected, it honestly tastes like sweet ripe blueberries. The colour is even authentically blueberry…not that it should matter.

Smells, looks and tastes good. So happy!

Update – By the end of the cup the tartness had come out a bit – I truly enjoyed that as well. Sometimes an inconsistent cup gives the variety of flavours you need.

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

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5
Uniquity

Second try didn’t make it taste better. The beau gets to give it a shot, and then we pawn it off on others. Or the trash.

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5

I’m only on my first few sips of my first cup…But I don’t feel like continuing. To be fair to the tea(which I so want to love), I am developing a bit of a cold which throws off all taste, but after a 5 minute steep this tea tastes like cinnamon and chemicals. Ordinarily, I leave the teabag in for the duration of a cup of tea, but this one might do best with a much shorter steep time, despite package directions of 4 to 6 minutes steeping. This cup, sadly, will do it’s best work down the drain as I just won’t make myself drink it.

And, as everyone has said, if strong tea smells (particularly of cinnamon) bother you, then don’t go here.

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

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60

Finishing up the last 3 bags from the sample I had. I put them into the triniTea and realized that its idea of 3 cups’ worth of tea VS mine is a bit different. Must remember to use slightly less water. This came out a little weaker than last night, but it’s still nice to have on this chilly, wet day.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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60

This isn’t bad for what it is, I guess. It tastes strongly of apple cider, the powdered kind. Or maybe apple cinnamon Poptarts. But with a hint of tangy cranberry. It’s not tart at all, which is what I expected. I’m sure I’ll drink the other few cups’ worth I have, but this is kinda lame. Especially after trying Cranberry Harvest by Harney and Sons.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93

Received this one as a gift from my mother (although I may have prompted her, a little). Very pleasant way to end my day. Peppermint is the strongest taste I notice, but there is also a certain creaminess that I think is vanilla, and the warmth of cinammon near the end. The green tea adds a nice grassy/woodsy flavor and complements the spices nicely.

I do wish that there were a caffeinated version, though, if only because decaff teas creep me out a little bit.

I will definitely rebuy this.

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

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60

Warm and toasty – pretty smelly but its good. Cheap tea from Wal-Mart :D

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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64

A nice combination of flavors.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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23

The tea bag smells worryingly like fake butter flavor. The tea itself smells a bit like gingerbread, but mostly it just smells fake. I definitely won’t buy this again…

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