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100

This will always be my backup tea. Whenever I run out of the loose leaf or if I had a bad cup and need to get a better taste I come back to this. This was the first tea I ever truly liked

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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86

Man this tea is so yummy, I can’t believe I didn’t have any for such a long time. There’s almost a buttery sort of texture to it, very much the sort you’d get from fresh-out-of-the-oven sugar cookies, but not a milligram of fat in sight – boo yeah!

BTW was it you Ricky who was oogling this tea awhile back? I owe you for sending me some of your A&D Series 4.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Jillian don’t be silly, it was definitely not me and you don’t have to send me any tea. I was just trying to empty my cupboard.

Stephanie

I love this tea! It’s my favorite from CS. There’s nothing else like it!

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86

I had to actually buy this from a place in the States because this particual CS tea never showed up in my local stores. They were selling all the other holidays teas but not this one, oddly enough.

The smell…oh my god, the smell! The teabags smell like cookie batter that just had a bunch of fresh citrus zest grated into it – it made me want to eat the teabag instead of steep it! Then, when the water was added, it got even better, turning into the smell of just-baked sugar cookies, fresh out of the oven.

The flavour starts off tasting lightly citrusy and I got worried that that was going to be all there was to it, but then the sweet, sugar cookie goodness kicked in. I can literally taste the buttery, crumbly texture that you get when you take a bite of a cookie. This could easily become an addiction!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LENA

Mmmm…I still haven’t seen this one in my local stores. Maybe it is out of season now. :(

Bethany

@Lena, it disappeared from my shelves within the week after Christmas, so I think it’s definitely gone for the season. Should reappear in late November or so.. :(

Ricky

Umm…. now I want some!

Jillian

@Ricky: Hey, I just sent you a bunch of stuff, you greedy-guts! ;-P

@LENA: I can spare a few bags if you want to trade – just PM me.

Ricky

Hahah, I must of missed it when I raided your cupboard =P. I told you, you had way too much tea. I should have just told you to send me everything =P

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17

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Additives: none
Water: 8 ounces 180 degree filtered boiled water
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Smell: grassy, vegetal
Flavor: grassy, bitter
Body: Light (MilitiaJim) Medium (AmazonV)
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: light greenish brown

I didn’t have high hopes, and I was right, but it was free. No full leaf here.

Post-Steep Additives: Honey, which took the bite out of the bitter but it was still there, reminded me of a more bitter Arizona tea green tea with honey.

Resteep: didn’t work out, too weak

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Most tea bags don’t resteep very well I’ve found.

AmazonV

Oh yes I agree, but I keep holding out hope…maybe one will? plus i’m a little OCD and once i make a process i stick to it (currently: take picture, steep tea, take picture, drink, maybe add stuff, resteep, blog)

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59

This smells sort of berry like. I steeped this a very short time. The water turned pink. This tastes kind of tart berry like. This is just ok and i do not taste mango which is disapointing.

TeaEqualsBliss

Too tarty for me…lol…

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69

As inexpensive bagged green teas go, I really like this one. I’ve compared it to the Bigelow, but have the opposite reaction to the other reviewer. For me, this wins. However, it doesn’t seem to be available in larger containers, so if you shop at Sam’s, the Bigelow is much, much cheaper.

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83

This is a great everyday inexpensive green tea. It withstands abusive preparation—I make it in the microwave at work and it comes out just fine. You can really taste the honey and lemon flavors. It’s pretty pedestrian, but also quite satisfying.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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65

Discontinued tea found in the back of my mom’s tea cupboard this morning, last bag in the box. It’s actually pretty good. The apricot and ginger flavors are distinct, but not overpowering.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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41

Very nice, light green tea. Has an earthier flavor than other green teas that I have tried, including Bigelow Green Tea. I think its a nice change on occasion.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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81

One of my favorite herbals!

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65

I’m not that fond of raspberries, but I really like this. Very nice.

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58

A friend of mine had this at work and offered me some. There are hints of orange and lemon under the green tea flavor, however it does lack versus the stronger citrus aroma. Still, it’s a pretty good go-to tea given its price and availability.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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100

This is my first rooibos, and I must say I’m addicted. The rooibos is earthy and mellow, while the vanilla adds richness and a hint of sweet. It’s just the perfect tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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12

Too fruity, not very potent. Ew.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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32

Meh. I was so hoping for more flavor with this tea and it came out lame even with sugar. When did I become such a loose tea snob? This tisane is completely unremarkable. The ginger does little for me.

Dear Celestial Seasonings —

Please start making tisanes that taste like something besides watered down flavors.

Thanks!

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78
I was a little skeptical of the box by the name, but when I picked it up and read the ingredients I was more interested, so I took it home.

I’m liking this a lot more than I expected to. It’s minty, sweet, and greenish. I’m not a huge fan of the smell, but the taste is pretty good. I don’t expect I’ll drink a lot of it, but it seems like a nice evening or hectic afternoon tea.

sorry, eta: spelling fix. =_=

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bethany

I, too, was surprised by how good this tea was – now I wish it was available year-round..

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80

I’ll come clean, I bought this one when I was 17 for the label.
Hey if a unicorn and merlin like this tea, why wouldn’t I?
Sure its faulty reasoning but it was true. Lovely and light
this one (like Tension Tamer) punctuated a different era in my life.
Actually, I could go for some at the moment. Tea, anyone?

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85

Ahh, the scent of Zen!

At the Zendo where I sit on Tuesdays, this tea is always served after the zazen session, in small cups, while we sit in a circle for the informal part. To make it REALLY good, they steep it for well over an hour while we do our zazen, and THEN serve it to us. Unfortunately for me, I’m very sensitive to tannic acid, and it drives me bonkers. However, I also do really enjoy the flavour of it, so I can tolerate it quite well.

When Venerable Eshu (our abbot!) was explaining the steeping process, he mentioned that “And if you steep it for 12 hours, it makes your tongue go numb!” He seemed to think of this as a positive trait, but I"m not sure I’ve been meditating long enough to appreciate that.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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75

Sleepytime has been a staple in my tea cupboard for a long time.. years, in fact. It’s got that familiar simple, soothing and minty taste. I love having this before bed when I can’t seem to settle down. I wouldn’t say that it’s anything spectacular, but it does have good memories tied to it and is something that I’ll always keep around.

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75

Another old school one for me. (and yes it was the box art that conned me into this one).
But it is a good tea, and as I recall quite lemoney to me.
And despite this being something that tastes of highschool nostalgia to me, I am
actually pining for a cup at the moment….b/c if I thought that time frame of my life
was tension-filled. Well, lets just say it needs mega taming now.

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90

Peach-tacular!
But I admit its not just straight peach. Its almost peach perfume with a sweet undercurrent that I couldn’t quite place (but the notes list chamomile and blackerry leaf). But this doesn’t take away from the sweet flavors. Only that perhaps this is slightly like an artistic representation of a peach, not one smooshed into a teabag.

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8

Oh god what?

I won’t be buying this again. It reeks. The kitchen and living room now smell like cheap and nasty pot-pourri, and the taste doesn’t much make up for it. Too much cinnamon, too little apple; it tastes strangely flat and then I just get a burn from the spice.

Maybe if I dump some chamomile in there I can make it drinkable? ::vanishes off to put the mental in experimental::

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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