Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

78

I was putting together X-mas cards and tea-trading stuff to mail to people yesterday and one of the teas I sent was this one. I had the box beside me on the kitchen table and it kept tempting me with its wonderful sweet, nutty odor. But as it was late I knew I couldn’t have a black tea (or I’d be awake unil 5 am).

So this morning the first thing I did was open the tea cupboard and pounce on this tea. :D

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87

had another cup a couple nights ago. i didn’t realize that this “tea” is really just peppermint leaves. and it tastes so good! just left the teabag in the cup because of celestial seasonings no bag thing and my i-don’t-want-to-wash-a-spoon thing =P

have to say that this is a very calming tea, almost feels like chamomile. am thinking about getting a box/stealing another bag from my friend =D

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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100

I love this tea. love it, love it, love it!! It tastes like it should have about 400 calories. It’s sweet, but not overpowering. The cinnamon and vanilla work very well together in this black tea. If a giant gooey cinnamon roll were a drink, this would be it. It’s so yummy!

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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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100

sipping while making Christmas Cards and Envelops and watching Will & Grace Re-runs…

rabbysmom

Sounds fun!

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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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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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58

I certainly don’t drink this for the taste, so I don’t have much to say about that (other than it’s good enough for the purpose it serves)! I do wish the extra caffeine would do more for me in general but it’s still better than a regular cup of tea. If only I could wake up today…!

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78

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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100
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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