Celestial Seasonings

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Tuesday Dec. 21, 2010
1st steep of the day
Needed a Rolling Start 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 Roaring.
Keep on Steepin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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54

Finally out of this one. I had to mix it with other teas in order to use up the remaining bags (luckily I had gotten it in a sampler and only had 3 bags). Blah in a teabag…

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54

I love peach and like chamomile, but somehow this tea just didn’t work for me. This is basically a chamomile tea with a hint of peach flavor. It would have been nice if the tea had some tartness, but I couldn’t detect any. Drinkable, but nothing special.

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91

Nice and fruity, just the right amount of tartness. It seemed like I did have to add more sweetener to it than usual (but I do like things sweet). I didn’t really taste the other flavors in it, just raspberry. I can’t wait to try this one mixed with black tea.

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50

I need to quit buying cinnamon flavored herbal teas – apparently I don’t like any of them. This tea was okay, but definitely overwhelming. The cinnamon/sweet taste was strong, but at least you could taste other spicy pumpkin pie type flavors. I prepared with almond milk and no additional sweetener, as it is plenty sweet on its own. Not a tea I would drink again by choice. Giving this one away.

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100

Wednesday Dec. 15, 2010
1st steep of the Day.
Went the Green Grapefruit Way (Celestial Seasoning anyway)
This is some old stock that I had. But Good as NEW
Great dry Leaf Smell, that Gets Better when Wet.
a 6 min. steep with 200’ water
brings the green Grapefruit to the Top.
What a Great way to start the day.
Keep on steepin

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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92

I loved Sleepytime original, but ran out. My husband was kind enough to pick this one up for me, insisting I needed the ‘Extra’ boost.

It’s a good tea, a tad bit medicinal if your not a fan of mint. But the smell is calming, and makes me really want to sleep by just smelling it.

I think it tastes phenomenal with a little squit of honey to sweeten it, only if you require it though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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81

This is an interesting tasting tea. It kind of reminds me of coffee, even though it tastes nothing like coffee (it also kind of reminds me of Irish Breakfast tea). I forgot I was making the tea and accidentally steeped it for about 15 minutes. I would call the flavor robust, but yet not too strong. Has a pleasant, lingering aftertaste and a nice roasted flavor. I’m not sure if it really energized me, this was my third black tea of the day. Prepared with almond milk and splenda.

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87

Another mug of this, but with some delightful lychee honey for a change! The fruitiness from the honey adds a nice layer of flavor to the mint and really makes the vanilla pop.

Janefan

I will have to try this with (non lychee) honey. Hmm I have some vanilla honey but maybe that would be overkill?

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87

I love, love, love this tea for both the taste and convenience! It is a great lazy drink to just leave in the bag, add sugar/milk, and let it sit around while you sip it through the night. Plus, this green tea does not become bitter no matter how long or hot you steep it. Yum, yum, yum!

aisling of tea

I managed to find five boxes of this at my local bulk store…you know I stocked up!

KeenTeaThyme

Agreed – this is a fave (along with my love affair for sugar plum spice). :)

aisling of tea

Oooo, me too, KeenTeaThyme!

Rabs

Totally agree with you! I need to find some around here and stock up for the rest of the year :)

mpierce87

Between this one and Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, I’m a decaf happy camper. I think I will have to buy a couple more boxes if I see it again this season though.

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87

Oh, Steepster… yes, it is that time of the year again! Time for the holiday line from Celestial Seasonings! I can’t express how surprised I was to find these in store so early, last year they didn’t show up until after Thanksgiving. Anyway, I picked up my two favorite varieties: this one and the Sugar Cookie.

But, we’re talking about Candy Cane Lane right now! I have seriously missed having this tea around, I love having a minty tea in the evenings and this is different that plain peppermint or spearmint. I also love that it is a decaf green because the green base gives it a bit of heft that many other Celestial Seasonings herbals just don’t have. This tea smells and tastes smooth, minty (but not overly so) and has just a hint of vanilla. Mmmm!

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87

I was debating on which tea to drink while watching a scary movie and then I read about Rabs craving she had for this tea…which led to my own Candy Cane Lane craving. Thanks Rabs for helping me make a decision tonight. As always this tea is smooth, minty, and slightly sweet with the addition of vanilla which prevents this tea from being a mint overload. I steeped up a pot in my new, beautiful blue Chatsford 4 cup teapot courtesy of threewhales and added a tiny splash of Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract, honey and a splash of cream. This is so good.

gmathis

The additives sound great!

Rabs

I’m so glad that I could help :D Ah, the Steepster viral craving…so good!

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87

I took athe idea from wombatgirl and made a white russian with this tea. I may have to pick up another box just for white russians. It was absolutely delicious!

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87

Yummm…..I like this more each time I have it.

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87

For the first half of this box I didn’t really see what all the hype was about this tea. I experienced a whole mess of tea fails, but I had this tea the other night and all the stars must have been aligned beause wow!! I totally get it now. A little bit of honey makes all the difference in this tea. I am thoroughly enjoying this mug which is also helping greatly with my sore throat.

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87

Very yummy tea! Tastes and smells very warm and comforting, just like fresh baked cookies. Definitely an evening tea, I think this would make me a little too relaxed at work. I do wish the flavor was a little stronger though – it seems a little weak, regardless of steep time.

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100

This tea is even better prepared with a little bit of real vanilla extract and stevia.

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100

So yummy! I’m not a big mint person, but this tea is perfect. It has a nice mild flavor, rather than an in-your-face kind of mint. I re-steeped, and the second cup was just as good as the first. Tastes great with a little bit of chocolate flavored stevia. I went and bought three more boxes of this today.

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82

Finishing up this box – I don’t think I have another unless it is hiding behind some things in the cupboard so I’ll be decupboarding this one for now. I like this one, but it isn’t my favorite of the CS holiday line – that honor is reserved for the Candy Cane Lane. Anyways, this tea really does smell like fresh baked sugar cookies. The taste isn’t completely spot on, but it is close enough with honey and milk to easily pass as a dessert tea. I’ll definitely buy another box this holiday season!

Bonnie

One thing I liked at the factory was the MINT ROOM! WOW! They have a fun store full of tea pots etc!

mpierce87

That sounds like a really fun experience!

gmathis

CS tour is on my bucket list!

Scott B

This is a nice herbal option. It’s good to dip an almond crescent or even a graham cracker in. CCL is the best, that’s for sure!

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82

Holiday lineup from Celestial Seasonings has arrived in my neck of the woods! I’ve having this as a tea latte with honey and it is deliciously reminiscent of true sugar cookies straight from the oven. So good and so comforting before bed with a great book (Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke is amazing! I’m currently on Inkspell.)

Uniquity

I read Inkheart, but I don’t think I ever got to the other two. I’m glad you’ve got good tea and a good book! I see such rave reviews for the Holiday Celestial Seasonings, it’s amazing!

SimplyJenW

Good tea and that is a great series….I think I liked the second book the best.

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82

I decided to make this in the same manner as the Candy Cane Lane tea last night. I am officially out of both those teas after tonight. I will need to be locating a couple other decaf teas for the evenings, but for tonight I am set.

Rabs

I have really got to track down a box of this to try (and another one of the Candy Cane) before they go away!

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82

This may be my favorite from the CS holiday lineup. I think that the taste is very close to what they were going for and I like that this tea seems to be very forgiving. I love to pop it in a big mug with water and go about my evening while keeping the bag in the entire time. For a caffeine free, mess free option I’m pretty pleased with this tea.

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