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Celestial Seasonings

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63

This tea is good for what it is – cheap, bagged black tea with added caffeine (mate, I believe). It created to provide energy and not necessarily to be delicious; however, it is drinkable (unlike the India Spice Chai I’ve tried from CS, which is supposed to be tasty—bleargh). I prefer this to coffee when I have to stay awake for an all-nighter. However, this isn’t the kind of tea you make just to relax and enjoy. This tea requires sugar and is good with or without milk. I wouldn’t mistake this for chai, but the flavor profile is similar. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued by Celestial Seasonings.

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10

The worst chai I have ever tasted. Prior to trying this tea, I was under the impression that chai was pretty hard to mess up. Let me preface this by saying that I am not a “chai snob”; I grew up on homemade masala chai tea and enjoy the loose-leaf varieties, but I’ve also been impressed with the not-so-expensive bagged offerings from Tazo and Stash Teas. So, I was under the impression that maybe chai was just this miracle brew that was just impossible to screw up. Yeah, I was wrong. I’ve tried this chai with and without milk, with and without sugar, light steep time to long steep time, different temperatures of water. Every single time it comes out tasting like bitter cardboard marinated in cinnamon. I don’t know how else to describe it. Avoid at all costs and try Tazo or Stash if you’re looking for bagged chai.

Cofftea

This is sad! But I’m liking this because I appreciate the heads up. Loose (IMO) is better, but sometimes I’m just lazy. Have you tried Bigelow’s Vanilla chai? That was my 1st experience w/ chai. In a completely uncontroled steeping environment too- hot water of an unknown temp at an airport and I didn’t time the steeping.

S

I haven’t tried the Bigelow vanilla chai yet…how did you like it? Have you tried it after the airport experience? For me, chai IS lazy tea, and most of my chai is bagged. :) I want chai when I want to be comforted and warm, and bagged chai is perfect for those times!

Cofftea

It was good! I haven’t tried it since then because I try to avoid bagged tea due to a personal preference. My favorite chais are the tea I’m craving + chai spice mix. I’m very picky about all my flavored teas. I like to be able to taste the tea and not just the flavor. That allows me to not only have any flavor chai I want, but to control the spice level.

S

Do you have any recommendations for loose leaf chai? I am also not a fan of bagged teas (chai being the exception, because it works so well in a rush). I’ve heard disappointing things about loose leaf chai, so I haven’t worked up the will to order some yet. (Not to mention, Celestial Seasonings ruined my faith in chai reviews…there are so many good reviews on Amazon for it! Maybe I just received a bad batch…)

Cofftea

I say drink what you like, so pair chai spice mix w/ any tea you like. I like Adagio’s chocolate chip and rum teas. Their green chai and thai chais are pretty amazing too. I also like to make chai w/ green caramel and caramel creme oolong. I’m thinking I’m gonna have to make a premium sencha chai sometime too;)

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90

I love this tea, i found it in a grocery store recently at first think nothing of it, but then remembering how much i drank it when i was younger. i am not sure if i like ti beacuse of the taste, or the nostalgia.

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Big mug, two tea bags, notes incorporated into document. Read, set, editing time!!

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100

Having a cup while looking out the window at snow and getting ready to post my snow pictures to Flickr. :)

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71

Snowing heavily here, and wanted something Christmas-y. Spicy, thanks to the cinnamon. If it didn’t say Plum on the package, I couldn’t have told you there was plum in it. Tasty, but only one steep per bag.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Christa Clark

I’ve seen that one in the stores and was curious!

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
186 tasting notes

I was busy making Decaf Ceylon by Adagio for both the mom and the boyfriend (who both lurves it, by the way!) to really concentrate on my own cup. So in went the bag of peppermint… and it just sat there. And sat there.

Today this pretty much tastes like nothing. Which is okay, because I shared the gift of loose leaf with others. YAY.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Jillian

Good to see that you’ve moved on to corrupting others. ;)

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51

used this to get a lemon flavor in my twinnings english breakfast. it did the job

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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63

I like this one solely because of the name and the picture on the box. Hilarious!

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77

Spicy hot, just like I love it.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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20

Overwhelming cinnamon flavor (gum-esque) and the fruit flavor is not very distinctly plum-like. Adding sweetener to this was also a bad idea. If I’m going to have cinnamon tea, I’d rather have Stash’s apple cinnamon or Miro Tea’s cin gin mate. Giving this to Beth since she liked it.

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I don’t personally care for the fruity teas served warm, but this one does make a nice change to normal iced tea in the summer. Mix it half and half with regular tea bags for just a hint of the fruit and sweeten it for a Southern twist.

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I made a cup of this last night with two bags instead of one and I really liked it a lot. Maybe I’ve been using too much water in the past. However, I was really, really tired, so I fell asleep before finishing the cup. Boo!

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I started the day with this, but barely drank any of it! It was a hectic morning, and by the time I got back to this mug, it was cold. I really didn’t like it cold. I didn’t sweeten it, so that could have been the culprit, though.

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94

Needed this after a long day..

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67

well i went to the store to get their holiday teas and they didnt have any at all :( so i got a box of the 5 different flavors and this is the first im trying.

the color is much darker than i expected which is making me wuss out a bit lol

it reminds me of a candy cane, its good, im glad i tried it! now i want to try this loose leaf to see if its better (prob is lol)
i dont normally drink herbal teas but everyones reviews of minty teas has got me in a mint mood! i think this would be delicious if i added hot chocolate to it :) i wont because im already relaxed on the couch :p

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78

I liked this tea. You could really taste the raspberry flavors in the tea and it made an excellent thing to come home to after wandering around outside doing errands on a particularly cold day. If you want an inexpensive tea that tastes pretty good, I would definitely suggest checking out Raspberry Zinger.

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70

I shared a pot of this with my mother, brother, and boyfriend as we decorated my mother’s X-mas tree this evening. This time the tea was steeped in a four-cup pot with only two teabags, so it was more dilute than normal, but still quite festive-tasting. The plum flavour was a lot stronger, though not as sweet as before, and the cinnamon, while warming, was a lot less in-your-face.

Preparation
Boiling

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56

An enjoyable tea, but for the most part not particularly rememberable.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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50

I’m having another cup of Sugar Plum Spice for a late evening herbal tonight. I brewed it for a min longer, which didn’t make the taste a lot stronger. I saved the bag for a second brew but will probably not have anymore tea tonight.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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17

I’ve been trying to dilute one cup of this down with milk all day. The natural cherry flavor is really strong and it’s difficult to taste much else except a very flat blackberry leaf note. I would have personally been happier without the cherry flavor — it’s a bit like medicine. Sugar does make it better, though.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 45 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I’m not a fan of this one either!

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I didn’t just drink this, but wanted to log it as I was thinking about my first hot tea experiences. My parents had a box of this in the cupboard (as well as another box of Celestial Seasonings that I can’t recall other than it was yellow) most of my growing up years. They weren’t big tea drinkers—other than iced sweet tea—so when I did want hot tea, I always returned to this box. If I recall, though, I didn’t particularly love it as much as I loved having a hot beverage. Good thing they picked up some good black loose leaf tea for me when visiting Oxford, opening up a door into the larger tea world. :)

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100

I really do love this cup of tea. So much that I just changed my rating to 100 for it. With Sufjan’s Stevens holiday music in the background, it’s just that kind of day!

TeaEqualsBliss

Just last night I took it from a 99 to a 100!!!! :P LOVE IT!

Bethany

Aw man, I have an order from Mighty Leaf sitting on my doorstep waiting for me, but you’re making me want some of this when I get home.. love this stuff. And you have excellent taste in music!

rabbysmom

Will have a cup tonight as well! I love that this tea tastes good and it’s cheap :) Does anyone sweeten this tea? I usually drink it straight and it tastes great.

laurenpressley

Haha, great minds, TeaEqualsBliss! :)

Thanks, Bethany, it sounds like you must have excellent taste in music, too. :) I hope you had time for both some Candy Cane Lane and Mighty Leaf!

Rabbymom, I don’t sweeten it, it seems sweet enough as it. I wonder what others’ preferences are!

rabbysmom

Just finished a cup and it was perfect! I have a back up box already since I’m close to being done with this one.

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