Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

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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50

Last night’s cup has spurned a kick to drink up some of the bagged tea so I can buy more loose. I’ll probably always keep some bagged teas on hand, but I’m drinking mostly loose tea now. The Sugar Plum Spice has a nice cinnamon and spicy flavor without being too sharp. The undertones and aftertaste are floral.

White ceramic Mepkin Abbey mug (I have two of these.). 1 bag.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

Very good! Two cups in a row tonight… refreshing, relaxing and tastes nice. Will buy again and would like to try their other rooibos blends. Publix is bogo free thru 12/15 so I’ll have to go back and take advantage of a great sale :)

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44

Nice and sweet, brews up dark, but not sure I got “toffee” out of it…might have had I added a little 1/2 and 1/2. Smelled good, though.

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34

I remember liking this tea a lot the first time I tried it but this batch is definitely a sub par experience. The promise of spearmint and chamomile mix was not delivered right with neither spearmint nor chamomile recognizable and the whole mix tasting like “some herb” tea.

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85

Split a pot of this with a friend tonight. Box is half gone, and I didn’t buy a backup. Tears.

Janefan

I have most of a box that I bought this Dec. Would you like me to send it to you? I am trying to “free my teas” this year and not hang on to tea I won’t drink. I didn’t care for it, so I just kept a few bags to try blending with something else since I do love the scent.

Bethany

Hah, I’m trying to “free my teas,” as well, but this is an exception since it’s limited edition. Would you be interested in a trade?

Janefan

Sure! I saw your list of Adagio sampler you’re looking to free: is the White Cucumber still available? I am curious to try it, or the Vanilla Oolong (2nd choice). Send me your address at AUSTENTATIOUS2003 GMAIL COM and I’ll get the SCSR out to you this week.

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85

This was all I could think about when I got up this morning. So sweet.

Angrboda

Hi, Sophistre pulled out on the date vanilla trade from 52teas, so if you’re still interested in swapping the other half is yours. Send me your address at [email protected] if you still want it. Feel free to have a look through my cupboard if there’s anything else I’ve got that you would like to try while we’re at it. I don’t have enough of some of them for trading, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. :)

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85

Yummm. They are not kidding about the sugar cookie thing; this smells very intensely of fresh, buttery sugar cookies. The taste is not nearly as strong, but it certainly does taste like sugar and butter. So glad I found these holiday teas!

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86

I’m finally back to my home tea stash! It’s been a few days, and I’ve noticed I’m back to being my mopey, boring old self (none of this Alaska adventuring for me anymore…) — and also back to a house that looks like a hurricane went through it. My family isn’t into spring cleaning — we do winter cleaning. It’s still autumn down here in the contiguous 48, but I’ve seen enough snow and ice up in Alaska to make it winter already.

This is a great go-to tea for cleaning days. It’s flavorful, and I now taste the chamomile (after having about 5 cups in a row). I have an odd desire to somehow use this tea to make bath products — it smells that good. I only have three more teabags left, though (even the tea stash is getting a winter cleaning), so I have to decide whether I want to make a mess with body products or just enjoy the tea as it’s supposed to be…

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86

I like the taste of this tea; it reminds me of peaches’n’cream instant oatmeal. Neither the tea or the oatmeal truly tastes like the peaches grown in my region of the world — but I like it nonetheless. The only other peach tea I’ve had that I would rate better than this would be Lipton’s discontinued Sunspree Peach.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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59

Except for chamomile the other 2 flavors are not very pronounced, but it is a nice chamomile blend nevertheless. I brewed the bag twice, second time around with some green tea added to the pot which made for a nice variation.

Angrboda

Green with chamomile. Hey, that sounds like a great idea. makes note of this

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69

I don’t drink this for the taste, really, as I’m not the hugest fan of camomile. This doesn’t mean I don’t like it – I like it in the way I like favorite cereals of my childhood. Even though I don’t seek it out regularly, sometimes it just makes me feel at home. I keep it at work for its calming effects – it doesn’t make me tired, just relaxed. Few things do this.

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82

This is a Classic tea, for me anyway, I grew up drinking this tea. Sleepytime Extra is even better. Nice Mellow Tea…

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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63

It’s okay. Nothing wrong with it. Not amazing though.

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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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