Celestial Seasonings

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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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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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