Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

80

This is a nice tea to unwind with at the end of the day. Good with honey as most teas are.

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52

The scent is right, but the rest is all wrong. For once, celestial seasoning’s obsession with propping up fruit teas with tons of hibiscus tartness would make sense. But no! There is no tart cranberry or hibiscus flavor in sight. This is a dull plasticy flavor that tastes very synthetic. I don’t know how else to describe it. Wait, I do! It has the same aftertaste as old jolly rancher candies. What is that weird flavor?

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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82

This is probably my favorite white tea from a tea bag. The peach flavour is pleasant, but doesn’t completely overwhelm the tea.

I regularly make a very pleasant ‘iced tea’ by just tossing a bag of this into a water bottle – if you let it ‘cold steep’ for 30m or so, it’s quite yummy.

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94

Mmm! Cracked open my second (and final) stockpiled box.

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94

The last bags of my first box – only one box to go until I’m out of this until next Christmas. I was sad to find that apparently I did miss out on one of the holiday teas, Nutcracker Sweet. I could’ve sworn I bought it, but it’s not in my cupboard. Maybe it will reappear in a strange place.

Janefan

send me a PM if you still want the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. I don’t want anything in return, just want to clear out mu cupboard and send it to a good home!

Jillian

Well it it turns out that you don’t have any Nutcracker Sweet PM me and I’ll mail you a few bags. :)

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94

1 bag left in my first box, and a full second box. Still think that will not be nearly enough to last me until next Christmas. My grocery store, which had a full display a few weeks ago, is down to a few Sugar Plum Spices and Nutcracker Sweets, aka the teas no one likes in the holiday collection. And they weren’t even on deep discount yet! Blergh.

Alannah

Let me know if, in a few months, you need more of this. SInce the CS factory is in Colorado, I am sometimes able to find this tea partway into the year. They never discount them much around here either! I do like Nutcracker Sweet, but it’s gone down in quality over the years.

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94

Yeah, I’m being boring today. I wasn’t really in the mood for tea, but I wanted something hot, and remembered how delicious this was yesterday. Guess what? Still tasty.

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94

Mmm, so minty and creamy. Glad I bought two more boxes of this stuff. Do these Christmas teas go on clearance soon?

Alannah

All the seasonal holiday teas from CS normally go on clearance in my area fairly soon (I’m in Colorado)!

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94

Needed this after a long day..

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94

Yeah, it was a good tea day.

TeaEqualsBliss

Can I put 5 ‘likes’ for this one!? Good Tea Days are always…well…GOOD. LOL

LENA

Excellent! :)

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94

So after reading about this for the last few days on Steepster, I had to stop by the only grocery store anywhere near my neighborhood that was carrying CS’ holiday teas. Unfortunately this is the only one they had (I REALLY wanted Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride), but I’m glad I grabbed the last box – this stuff is delicious. Of course, it’s not extraordinarily refined, but it is sweet and smooth and perfect for mellowing out. Perfect blend of peppermint and vanilla.

I actually really like some CS teas. Tension Tamer and the new Sleepytime Vanilla are tasty and get the job done. And their Sweet Apple Chamomile was one of the first teas I ever fell in love with.

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69

Smooth but a bit “undifferentiated” in taste. I like it anyways. And it really calms you down.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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100

lots and lots of this over the past few days

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100

backlogging from yesterday.

I am totally bummed out that this is nearly impossible to come by in my town. I’ve looked all over and the other Celestial Seasoning Holiday Teas are here, but I’m not really a fan of any of the others. I’ve resorted to purchasing a few of these from the website (with high shipping, and a guarantee to just squeak in here before christmas). It’s totally worth it, though. :)

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100

I had a cup of this while learning to play Power Grid. So it’s still the holidays around here!

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100

I will be drinking massive quantities of this today as I attempt to clear out my inboxes for the holidays! I’ll be back on Steepster once I’ve completed this big todo!

Marie

I’m not a fan of the Celestial Seasonings bagged teas. However, as far as trying to find herbal flavors, they make so many different types (unfortunately they all taste the same to me – some have more cinnamon, others have less). But I admire your dedication to the herbal arena. :)

laurenpressley

I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m a fan of Celestial Seasonings bagged tea, either…. though I am a fan of Candy Cane Lane. :) It’s a once a year journey back into the holiday Celestial Seasoning’s offerings.

As for herbals… I’m counting the days until I can get back to all real tea (as in from the tea plant)…. this low caffeine thing is killing me!!! :)

Marie

I’m so right there with you! I went herbal for a while and wondered where all the flavor went to. All promise, and no lift. I’m cheering you on though! :)

laurenpressley

:) No kidding. I’m letting myself have a little every day, and otherwise I’m living vicariously through folks here, and keeping a very thorough wishlist for later!!

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100

I have no idea how I’ll get through all these holiday teas I got this year before the holidays are over! It’s a good thing they’re all so tasty. I’m having a cup of this now, while brewing a pitcher of Rishi’s iced mint rooibos. I’ve been reading so much about mint rooibos here lately, was waiting to blend the rooibos and mint I have at my office, and I totally forgot that I had a way of trying some in the house!

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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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