Celestial Seasonings

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97

This is one of my favorite bagged black teas – it has a nice nutty/cinnamon flavor. When I first got it I was worried the vanilla might taste fake, but it has a nice ‘real vanilla’ undertone. I usually sweeten it with a small amount of honey, but it’s also good without. I buy a few boxes of this around the holidays every year!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

This + early V-day chocolates = om nom nom :D

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

This is pretty much my favorite herbal tea! I just cracked open a new box, which means I’m going to have to make a trip to Albertson’s soon for a new backup box – it’s the only place in town that carries it, oddly.

This tea smells pretty much like any other Zinger before steeping, but after – it smells like a hot cup of hibiscus-y tangerine-y goodness. This is a tea that I usually hover over, inhaling the yummy scent while I wait. It’s naturally sweet-tart and flavorful (just like a ripe tangerine!) without adding any sweetener, but as usual I added a little honey to bring the tangerine flavor even closer to the front.

Ahhh this tea makes any evening a happy place for me :D

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

This is one of my all time favorite herbal teas/tisanes, and it is my favorite out of everything I’ve ever tried from Celestial Seasonings, hands down. I really enjoy hibiscus based teas, and this one blows most of them out of the water for me. I used to enjoy the other Zinger flavors, but now I really don’t drink them – this is so much better! I usually add a little honey to round out the flavor, but it is quite good unsweetened.

It has a smooth tangerine/hibiscus taste, and smells fantastic – almost reminiscent of blood oranges in scent and color. If you like hibiscus/the other Zinger teas, try it!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92

It is unfortunate that this tea is only available during the holidays, because it is really good. Very pastry like, with great vanilla and almond flavor and a hint of cinnamon. It kind of reminds me of a snickerdoodle cookie. The black tea flavor in it is fairly strong as well. Prepared with stevia and (sometimes) almond milk.

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74

The Earl Grey that’s occasionally available in my dorm. Decent?

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

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48

Well, this is the first time I have drank this tea knowing what it is going in. I tried my best to keep an open mind, but I still don’t like it. It has that Kool-Aid flavour that I find typical of Celestial Seasonings’ berry teas, and it might just be my least favourite of the sample pack. So far my only success with CS is in the True Blueberry, and I think i like the Peach one. Only one bag left of this, and I won’t miss it.

If I think long enough and know that it’s supposed to be black cherry, I can taste it, but it’s hidden under the Kool-Aid. I also think it’s only because I know that black cherry is theoretically the flavour.

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

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48

Backlog, from yesterday: (Mis-posted as Wildberry…makes me laugh now that I know the truth).

The smell of the teabag while dry reminds me of licorice candies my grandfather likes. Luckily, licorice is not on the list of ingredients. Nonetheless, this is an off-putting smell for me. While steeping, the liquor is the sort of berry juice purple I’ve come to expect from Celestial Seasonings.

Finally, the smell comes in as promised – berries! And a lot of them. The steeped smell is similar to childhood fruit punch, though the taste is not nearly as strong or sickly sweet. What I am left with if I can ignore the (still strong) sugar smell is really a nice berry flavoured tea. I can’t pick out specific notes and it is a bit of a ‘busy’ tea, but quite tasty. I think I’ll stick with True Blueberry in future, but this is the beauty of the sample packs – I find out what I like for cheap! : )

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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. : )

Daddyselephant

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 : (

Daddyselephant

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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