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45 second steep made this tea even better than the 1 min. steep that I reported before. Remember to let the boiling water sit for 5-8 min. first before pouring. I really think the rating/score on this tea is misleading and low as a result of improper brewing. Less is more!
This tea is quite tasty, though all of the flavors are very “light”. I think that’s a good thing, though, because, with a lot of the flavored green teas, the added flavors tend to overwhelm the green tea. Not so in this case.
I’d definitely try this again.
(I received this tea in a tea swap on Livejournal.)
Tension Tamer is a favorite for my mother and me, and in my opinion, it is one of the best herb teas available from Celestial Seasonings. While bagged teas are never quite as good as the full leaf alternative, they are more widely available.
I have experimented quite a bit with this tea. It is good as a hot tea, as well as iced. I have also brewed iced tea mixing this with the Republic of Tea’s Mint Fields Herb Tea. It makes an excellent summer tea: light and refreshing!
Though I don’t normally have Celestial Seasonings tea in my cupboard, every holiday season I pick up Candy Cane Lane and a few others. This year I added Nutcracker Sweet to my collection. My husband keeps commenting that the kitchen smells like butter, and I can’t disagree. It’s a good cup, though.
This tea has to be steeped “perfectly” for it to taste good and not bitter. First time I had this tea it was bitter but that’s because I used boiling/near boiling water. Here’s how to make the perfect cup:
I guessed on the water temperature scale (I don’t have a thermometer) but basically I boiled the water and then let it sit for several minutes (5-8) and then poured it over the tea bag in my mug. I timed the steep for exactly one minute.
The pear flavour isn’t overly fruity/sweet but you can definitely taste it.
The great thing about this tea is that it is the fastest steep of all my teas, it’s low on caffeine but a great ‘pick me up’ for the a.m., and using a lower water temp. meant that I didn’t have to wait for it to cool before drinking.
So don’t let the low Steepster rating talk you out of trying this tea. I purchased it on sale at the local health food store for $1.80 CDN – *TIP: watch for clearance sales on teas that only have a month or two before the expiry date. It’s a cheaper way to try new flavours.
You can smell this steeping if you are just standing beside it. I’m surprised the flavour is so light with so much lovely aroma. I think I may try 3 tea bags next time. I need to use it up anyway (best before date approaching!).
*Improves slightly with 3 teabags. I will try even more bags in a pot sometime and report again.
*6 tea bags in about 4 cups of water. Nice smell, but still not much taste. It’s odd. The only other suggestion I have is to try it as an iced tea.
Backlogging from last night and oh my.
So, I went away with my friends to a trip to my friend’s cabin in the woods a last month, and I brought some teabags with me. I had one left-over bag that I found yesterday of peppermint from that trip, and decided to steep it.
What a big mistake! What a foul, stale brew that tasted like twigs and had this bizarre, bitter taste. I threw out my cup and immediately steeped another cup (from a fresh bag), which tasted much, much better.
I doubt I’m going to have much time to pause today and tomorrow due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, so my tealog is going to be fairly vacant. But I really can’t wait to try the loose leaf tea that’s coming my way (and should be here super-soon).