Celestial Seasonings

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86

This stuff is really good and quite addicting. Very powerful taste. If you drink too much it starts to taste a bit like Hot Tamales candy after a while!

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1

Yuck! First brew and probably over steeped, but the overwhelming flavor I got was artificial banana. It reminded me of the flavoring of liquid medicines when I was a child. I will probably try it again, sigh, as I cannot give up on it so easily. Maybe if steeped for less time the flavor will mimic something enjoyable.

Cofftea

I can’t stand ANYTHING banana. I wouldn’t even try it if I knew it was in there.

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36

Meh. I really wanted to like this, but just can’t. The green tea by itself would be nice, and the berry flavor is nice, and would be nice by itself, but together they just don’t do it for me. If you like the flavored teas with more delicate flavors, you may like this, but it’s not really for me.

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99

Yummy! This tea was my favourite for almost a year until they took it off all the shelves to redesign the package. I had to go find another brand to get my almond fix. But I’d gladly get this again if I saw it. It does well as an iced tea :)

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39

To me, this is sickeningly sweet.

browns6

I want to buy it, but its only available online…and really expensive…Will you send me the rest of your box???

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78

Finished the box of teabags this morning. So long Nutcracker Sweet, until next Christmas. :)

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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78

I forgot to log this tea this morning. My box is getting quite low (nuuuuuuuu!) so I’m rationing it. :D

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78

A good, solid morning tea, despite the festive flavouring – and oh so very good with milk. :)

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Rena Sherwood

I use half and half and my Mom likes it straight. Versatile stuff. I’m glad I grabbed three or four boxes around New Years.

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78

Mmm I love the sweet, nutty gooness. This tea is redolent with notes of almonds and honey with a light sprinkling of spices. It makes me think of the holidays all over again. ;)

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Bethany

Hmm, I still have an unopened box of this in my cupboard. This description makes me want to pull it out and try it, finally.

Jillian

It’s really good with milk, I find. All CS holiday teas are good IMO, which makes up for the hibiscus overdose in their regular stock. ;)

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78

Had some with milk for breakfast – it makes a good, easy, early-morning tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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78

I’m waiting for several tea orders and a bunch of X-mas cards that are supposedly in the mail, but the Canada Post truck has been and gone today without delivering anything to my door. sigh

So I’m consoling myself with this tea, which has suitably festive air about it.

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Mitch Donaberger

I was curious to try it. It’s too snowy out to really hoof it out to the real tea-sellers in Pittsburgh, so I’ve been trying out the teas in plain sight at my grocery store. I’ve been plowing through Celestial Seasonings and have been pleasantly surprised at how good their offerings can be.

Nice to know this one’s good. I might try it out.

Jillian

I like CS’s X-mas teas more than I like their regular teas, to be honest. I’d also recommend their Candy Cane Lane.

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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

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78

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

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78

I’m really starting to love this tea. :)

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78

Now I remember what the scent of this tea reminds me off – Vanilla Almond Honeycrisp cereal! XD

I’m drinking it with some skim milk this time and it takes the sharper edge off of the black tea and lets the other flavours unfold nicely. It’s still vanilla with a hint of spice, but I’m also getting a bit of nut-flavour too, although I’m not sure which nut – almond or hazelnut maybe?

I also really appreciate the fact that the flavours aren’t so strong it feels like they’re trying to clock you in the face when you take a sip.

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78

Oh dear lord, I can’t believe how hard it was to find CS’s holiday teas this year! I’ve been checking around for the past couple weeks and NONE of the major grocery stores had any. Finally I stumbled across them in a small natural-foods store, yesterday. Go figure.

I’ve actually never tried this particular one before so I was curious and intrigued by the description. In the box and while it was brewing the tea wafted fragrant and mouth-watering odors of vanilla with a hint of spices across the kitchen. Actually, I think it would make a lovely room-spray or perfumed candle.

I drank it without milk or any other additives this time, just so that I’d be able to experience the flavours unimpeded. First of all, for a tea that has an Assam base the black tea is surprisingly mild and easy-drinking, which is unusual since I’ve always had to add at least some milk to Assams to make it palatable. I’m still getting a hint of that characteristic malted flavour though and mixed with the vanilla it’s almost like caramel.

The vanilla is the most prominent flavour, it swirls delicately around the tip of the tongue with each sip. There’s also a slight hint of spices in there – maybe cinnamon or cloves? All in all it seems like it’s a pretty retiring sort of tea with no strong flavours that really stand out. And I don’t really mind it that way – sometimes it’s nicer NOT to be hit in the face with the taste of your own tea. ;D

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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64

This is my new favorite vanilla tea-very smooth and sweet. Would work to replace a treat- too bad I ate my brownie before I took my first sip. Probably oversteeped but still yummy.

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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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79

When you open the box, put your nose right in there and breathe in deep. You’ll have that sugar cookie smell with you for about ten minutes after you’ve walked into another room while letting the tea steep. I put brown sugar in my cup, which turned out to make it too sweet. Hits the tongue nicely and doesn’t leave a peculiar aftertaste, like some other kinds of sweet tea.

Don’t be put off by the “Sleigh Ride” part of the tea’s name. There’s no actual taste of a sleigh involved.

I’m really tempted to eat actual sugar cookies with this. Anyone do that yet and lived to tell the tale?

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rabbysmom

Laughing at the sleigh comment! Like this tea too- it’s fun to drink :)

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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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66

I was excited to try this since I love the original so much. It’s not as good as I was expecting. I thought the vanilla would be a little stronger (it’s not), and it seems to “mute” (if that makes sense) what was so good about the original. Will finish up but will stick with the classic!

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17

If you want cinnamon dust in a bag – this is your tea! For devoted fans of tea fannings and dust, you will not be disappointed! Let the exotic colors of the box mesmerize you into thinking you’re not in isle 7 of a mainstreet USA grocery store. Let the exotic pictures on the box transport you to a time when colored water with little-to-no taste was appreciated in more than just an oversized coffee mug with a happy face on it. Your imagination runs wild with the possibilities that someday this tea may join the legendary shelves of teas that carry a name recognized by legacy and grandeur. For now though, you’ll just have to settle for cinnamon-colored water. Dare to dream though! :)

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Angrboda

This review. I ♥ it like whoa.

teaplz

This is amazing.

Rena Sherwood

Great yet razor-sharp review of a tea I really like and yes, I’m a fan of dust. I’ll take the box off of your hands if you don’t want it.

Marie

Don’t get me wrong. The stuff’s in my cupboard too, it just shouldn’t advertise itself as quality tea is all I’m sayin’. :)

rabbysmom

Hilarious! Sadly, my life is aisle 7 of mainstream USA, LOL :) Thanks for the funny review!

Marie

Mine too! Although these last couple of years I’ve really amped up my online ordering of tea just get access to a greater variety and higher quality of tea. I get frustrated when companies advertise flavorful tea and they know they’re selling the crumbs of the good stuff. I don’t think it’s fair. If there is a tiger on the box, I expect a tiger flavor to jump out of the cup and gimmie a nice tiger roar. :)

Serdie

Haha, I’ve just recently stopped my ordering of tea online. I got one bad, bad batch of a Sencha, one that I’ve ordered for years. It caused me to lay in bed wide awake, eyes wide open with an above average pulse ALL NIGHT! I tried another cup around a week later and got met with the same results, zero hours of sleep. Perhaps they stock “Sencha” right next to “Speed” and had a little mix-up.

It’s fannings and dust for me, from here on out! I still reach for the ol’ Tiger in the morning. Nothing wakes you up quite like lighting your tongue on fire.

Marie

Serdie, I totally understand. You know that tends to be why tea wholesalers tend towards selling blended teas. The tea harvest changes from year to year just like wine and is compeletely influenced by the environment. A blend can help mask the subtle changes from year to year. I support you in your decision, yet encourage you to keep an open mind for an occasional high quality loose leaf cuppa. :)

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32

bleh. not my favorite. too many different flavors that don’t mix well, in my opinion.

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100

I’ve noticed this box is pretty bland so I decided to use two bags at once. Unfortunately, I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay oversteeped it!! It’s definitely not bland, but almost undrinkable. It’s as dark as coffee and makes my mouth feel dry. It’s pretty bitter, too, but it still smells good. I think I’m going to start saving the bags and boil them to make it smell like I’ve been baking ; )

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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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