Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

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Made some in my travel mug, which I took (empty) with me to the student center, and had refilled with very hot water. The second steep, unfortunately, yielded too bland a tea. I even let the bag just sit in the water. Took it out once in a while to test, but that shouldn’t affect it too much. So note to self: additional steeps are too watered down.
Drinking lots of tea because I have a voice jury in 2.5 hours. Joy.

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Sometimes, when I make this tea, I can’t get the Nutcracker music out of my head!

LENA

now I can’t get it out of my head!

laurenpressley

sorry about that! :)

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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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I need a cup of something to jump start my work for the evening. Let’s hope this does the trick!!

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100

Love this stuff! I’m having a cup to celebrate my husband’s lunchtime purchase of a box of green tea from Celestial Seasonings for his office. If it goes well, he’s going to branch out and try some of the things in my green tea collection!

takgoti

Exciting! Was mission: Green Tea successful? [If you answered this in subsequent logs, just ignore me. Hee.]

laurenpressley

:) We’re working on it… He works at home on Mondays, so for now he’s moved up to Mighty Leaf Sencha/Sencha Deep Roast one day a week. Next up: Den’s Genmaicha Extra Green!

takgoti

Hee, nice! I do love hearing about tea conversions.

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mindala

This sounds dreamy. I might have to pick some up before the holidays are over.

TeaEqualsBliss

And the price is NICE too! :P It’s my fave CS Tea – might even be on my top 10 bagged teas too!

laurenpressley

I agree! It’s in my top 10 bagged teas as well!

mindala

Hmm, I can’t seem to find this anywhere. I’ve been to 3 stores so far. Perhaps its already been gobbled up by local tea fans.

TeaEqualsBliss

Bummer. Last year my local herb store had it and Wegman’s Chain Grocery Stores. What kind of stores/chains do you have by you???

mindala

I’m in San Antonio. I tried Whole Foods, Central Market, and HEB. Will try Sun Harvest next. I haven’t seen any of their holiday teas this year though… maybe they’re in a special display section.

TeaEqualsBliss

That could be. Good luck!

mindala

Hooray! I found it after asking a store clerk. It was, in fact, on a display shelf.

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This cup isn’t going to be the greatest. It’s in one of the greatest mugs I have… it’s very large… but the teabag sank to the bottom and I don’t have a utensil to dip it out with. At least the office smells nice. :)

Update: later I was told that the meeting room I took this to smelled great, and that was from a non-tea-drinker. :)

takgoti

Nice! Way to spread the tea love.

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70

It’s been over year since I drank this tea and clearly my memory has faded a bit in the meantime as I took a sip and WHOA! -What a kick from the cinnamon and the sweetness! It’s less of a ‘bleh’ reaction than a oookaaay-maybe-I-won’t-steep-this-quite-as-long-next-time reaction. I do wonder what’s causing the sweetness, I’ll have to peruse the ingredient list on the box. is curious now

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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62

So I’m getting a lot of marshmallow out of this tea today. V. strange, but still awesome and holiday-y. I’m so at odds as to whether or not I like that its decaf. I like to being able to drink it before bed, but I need a kick to study.
I’m wondering if adding actual green tea to this will distort the flavor more than I’m okay with.
On a side note:
SNOW! I FINALLY GOT SOME. I AM PUMPED. for the 1/2 cm thats in very small patches…but its snow!

takgoti

Yeeeeah! Snow!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Snow! I’m not going to get any here in SC so enjoy yours, teafiend.

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91

Bought a Celestial Seasonings fruit tea sampler box recently and now they are all but gone. My favorite of them all is Dark Cherry, would definitely buy a whole box of those if I ever come across it. The smell and the taste are indeed of dark cherry!
I loved most teas in the box as they are caffeine free and make the best end of day “desert” before bed.

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Way better than Tazo’s vanilla rooibos.

Also, this tea marks the 6th straight rooibos blend I’ve bought. Now I know how heroin addicts feel…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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67
drank Chamomile by Celestial Seasonings
45 tasting notes

I am not big on Chamomile but I am ending my day with this cup today since I have been staying up till 5am for the past 2 weeks and just can’t seem to get myself to bed any earlier, hoping this helps. Somehow I never really want to have Chamomile so only drink it in hopes of a quiet night or as a mix with other herbs when I am experimenting. But when I do have it the taste is unique and pleasant.

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95

Oh wow. I love this tea. Definitely minty with a full body behind it. The mint isn’t very sharp. I can hardly taste the green tea, but it’s got a nice complex flavor that almost has a bit of a smooth mouthfeel to it. Yum.

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87

my first experience with rooibos outside of starbucks/CBTL. gotta say pretty yummy. i drank some plain – yummy – decided to add some vanilla creamer – also yummy and reminded me of a mix of a chai tea latte and vanilla rooibos tea latte from CBTL, my two favorites. perfect combination of sweet and spicy.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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66

Updating a bit because the more cups I had over the last couple of weeks, the more it grew on me. Not bad!

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Madison Bartholemew

Green Tea tea with milk and sugar? What kind of tea do you use that doesn’t get overpowered? Now I’m curious and I want to try this irreligious concoction!

Cofftea

@Madison- I totally agree… I can’t even see myself adding milk (I never add sweetener) to a green based chai.

Ricky

Well here’s the thing, whenever I get tea from a street vendor or a corner store, I add milk and sugar. It’s my breakfast tea. Seeing as they use Lipton, black tea with milk and sugar is really weak and tasteless to me. If I think about it, the milk does overwhelm the green tea. The green tea they use is celestial. With the milk added the tea looks like I’m brown murky 2% milk. Now I can’t say why, but I just enjoy green tea with milk and sugar more than black. Now loose tea is a different story, I haven’t tried loose tea with milk and sugar yet, but I’ll have to experiment.

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78

I love the new site updates – fantastic job, guys!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87

mm, this was really yummy. had it last night and made me feel like christmas. =] since it’s herbal and i didn’t brew it that long, the flavor was light but the mintyness was strong. i had it along with a few gingersnaps, great pairing.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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67

It’s chamomile. What else can you say? This classic tea is awesome at calming your stomach after a huge meal.

Little known fact: if you’re a tea bee like me and have more access to tea than simple necessities like burn cream, you can steep a cup of chamomile, put it in the freezer and use the drink to treat burn wounds.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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53

This one is nice enough. I steep it forever. I think my continual beef with it is that it can’t deliver the warm, soft gingerbread cookie texture and flavor and I keep having to remind myself it is tea. It’s a very mellow and gentle ginger-y flavor, and the spice gives it a kick. I don’t drink it with sugar or honey, simply boiled and cooled for a short time. It does come off sweet in a few sips without being sugary all on its own.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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76

Every time I see this tea in my cabinet, I have to remind myself that it doesn’t taste like it smells (or sounds) and that I won’t mind drinking it. I still don’t get excited over this blend, but it’s a decent tea (and mild, as someone else also noted). I just can’t get over the association my brain has with the smell because it’s convinced it’s an herbal blend with that strong rose/strawberry scent.

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78

A lot of my favorite things are in this tea. Green tea, plus a little white, means a milder tea flavor. Honey and lemon are typical remedies for vocalists, and the ginseng adds a nice spiciness that isn’t overpowering. I should drink this on a regular basis during seasons I typically have more allergy problems, or if I’m about to come down with something.

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