Celestial Seasonings

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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

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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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34

Ouch, I just poured half of this down my shirt by accident. But this doesn’t impact my review in any way. Though steeping this for a while, I find this tea a bit weak. I do taste some delicious ginger, but I’ve had much much better versions of ginger tea, chai, etc. I suppose I’m being too hard on a cup of Celestial Seasonings, but I’m just not a huge fan. Am dragging the little rating slider to right under the ambivalent face.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I have Adagio’s gingerbread sitting on my counter. I shall have it latte style when I get home from Vegan Dinner night w/ friends (It’s Medittereanean them night!". It will not be vegan though. Dairy is one thing I could NEVER give up… Honestly, I don’t think I could even do it if medicially necessary lol.

Lisbet

I am vegan twice a week and during “fast” periods with my husband, who is an Orthodox Christian (fasting entails being vegan). During the two annual fasts that last a couple to a few weeks I start to fantasize about cheese.

Cofftea

Goat pepper jack is my favorite! Drunken goat cheese is also very good.

Lisbet

Hehheh no goat cheese for me, but I love love pepperjack. And smoked gouda. And…well, most cheeses. I tried a cheese that was dark brown and tasted like caramel the other day though. Ew.

Cofftea

Actually… I lied. Harney & Son’s Lapsang Souchong cheese is my fave. But I’ve (sadly) only had it once.

Lisbet

Oh that sounds delicious! I’d love to try it.

Cofftea

Ironic since I don’t like lapsang Souchong lol.

Lisbet

Me neither, but it sounds amazing as a cheese!

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35

I want to like hibiscus. I want to like it a whole lot. I love steeping it in a clear glass when the water separates into layers of deep pink and clear and it doesn’t mix up until you stir it. I like the idea of tangy. I just don’t love it in my drink. This worked for me, though, because of the cold. I just don’t know if it’d be a go to move for me.

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68

Another tea from a family member’s stash: This was quite a surprise! I don’t particularly love chamomile or vanilla, but this combination sounded interesting. It was sweet (as you might expect), and I liked it more than I like chamomile tea or blacks flavored with vanilla. It makes me want to try their sleepytime tea with vanilla. Good tea!

gmathis

I’ve had it straight before, but I wonder if it’d take a little milk. I’m thinking that would give it a very children’s-tea-party taste.

laurenpressley

Oooh! I now that you mention that, I wonder about it, too!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Their vanilla sleepytime is my favorite sleepytime blend, CS or non-CS. I’m neutral on sleepytime blends usually, but that one I like.

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85

Thoroughly, truly, and utterly enjoyed this tea several times this weekend. I really need to stock up! I am upping my rating a little (from 82) since I find myself craving this. NE

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85

Huh…I might actually have to bump up my rating on this one (maybe) cuz I actually craved this tonight. A full-out tea craving that I wasn’t anticipating.

I messed up the first steep because in my mind I thought “oh it’s an herbal” and steeped it accordingly. It was a bit more bitter, but still very drinkable (and I figured out my mistake). So, I gave a second steep a go which is rare for me ‘n bagged teas. Well, who knew? It’s freakin’ fantastic! I would no longer be able to identify it as “candy cane” but it’s more like a green tea with a minty twist (“with a tweest!”). It’s even cooled to room temp and I like it even more. NE

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85

This was part of a gift basket full of decaf/chai bagged teas that my good-intentioned sister-in-law put together for my Xmas gift. Bless her heart for trying (even though she has a local tea shop within 5 minutes of her house ::sigh::).

Anywho, this was the one tea that I was like “hey — this has got potential!” And it does. It’s not knocking my socks off, but it’s a rather pleasant pepperminty tea. In a future note I’ll go into detail of flavor/aroma, but I’m absolutely exhausted after watching Monday Night Football (Geaux Saints!) and need to get some sleep. Overall, thumbs-up on this tea from little ole me, and I’d consider getting more. NE

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92

Holy crap, is this tasty! I brewed 3 tea bags for 16oz for two people. I added sugar, honey, vanilla paste, and cream. It tasted wonderful naked though, but the additions added increase the sugar cookie taste. I love the aftertaste. This has great flavors, just perfect! I love the background flavor of orange. I love that barley is in it. I am watching my gluten, but it lends such a nice maltyiness to the tea.

Mmm, I could see this being tasty iced, too.

I hope they aren’t sold out at the stores, I will need to pick up some for the rest of winter!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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100

So amazing. I need all of the boxes of this. It tastes just like fresh gingerbread cookies and doesn’t need much in the way of sweetening. I put a tiny bit of honey in. So, so good, and not caffeinated, so I can drink it as late as I please.

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87

As I imbibed this buttery tea bursting with flavorful sugar and memories of warm crisp delights, the mysteries and enigmas of the universe were elucidated for me. There was only light; pure, soft light, as silken as the belly of a fur seal and as healing as the perfumed fountains of Mesopotamian princes of old.

I weep as I drink, I weep for the lamb-like boy I once was, brimming with curiosity and armed with a brave stomach capable of consuming dozens of sugar cookie bites without end.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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100

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5 min, 0 sec

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100

Delicious. Tastes like hot apple cider. Very fragrant, but in a good way.

Winston H. A. Remmington III

My charming friend, I greatly admire the careful and succinct manner in which you publish your reviews on life’s finest mixture of drinkable liquidity!

Sock Monk

Why thank you Remmington, but I am nowhere near as verbose as you.

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97

Tuesday Mar. 29, 2011
2nd Steep Of the Day
Steeped up some Morning Thunder in the Afternoon
Maté and Bold black tea are both rich in antioxidants,
Making this delicious and Awakening for some Afternoon Reading.
Reading about the James River in Virginia.
Turning the Pages and Steepin The Leaves.
Keep on Steepin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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97

Thursday Jan. 20, 2011
1st steep of the day
Needed a JUMP Start This Morning so went with the Thunder.
Good Morning Cup as the name indicates.
Bold Black Tea with a Outdoor’ise Flavor.
5 min. steep with Rolling Boiling Water.
Gets the Morning Rolling.
Keep on Steepin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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