Celestial Seasonings

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75

This tastes soothingly like mint and chamomile really good.

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69

This tea has vanilla,milk thisle,orange peel and roasted barley. It smells kind of like orange and vanilla. I steeped for a couple or so minutes. You mainly taste the vanilla,the orange,and perhaps the milke thisle. The only thing that would of made this better would be more vanilla please.

takgoti

Such a fun name. Sounds potentially delicious.

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67

It tastes like koolaid at first, but if it steeps too long the cayenne really comes out.

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34

About ten years ago, this was my favourite herbal tea. Then, a lot of time passed which seperated me from Red Zinger. Finally, a couple of years ago, I eagerly got hold of a box. Boy, was I disappointed. What did I ever see in it? Either my taste buds have changed or this tea has changed since 1999. It does taste slightly better with honey or brown sugar than with white sugar.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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19

You have got to be kidding me. The box has more taste. (Yes — I tried. I was desperate.) However, my Mom really enjoys it, so that’s why it has as high a rating as it does. I’m not into white tea, but people who are (like my Mom) may find this refreshing. Personally, I can’t find the point.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Jillian

Have you tried Revolutions Pear White tea? It’s a million times better than this crap.

Suzi

This post had me cracking up!

In my experience, CS teas always taste of either nothing or hibiscus. :-/ Maybe my tongue just isn’t nuanced enough to discover the subtle flavors…but if that’s the case them flavors are reeeeeeeeeeeally subtle.

Cofftea

Adagio’s white pear is pretty amazing.

Rena Sherwood

Thanks for the recommendations, Jillian and Cofftea. I’ve never tried those teas. Suzi, I think my palette was probably blasted from living with a smoker for a few years. But I have a feeling the flavours are subtle to the point of being invisible.

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83
drank Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings
37 tasting notes

Really enjoyed this chai. It is heavy on the cinnamon but I like that. I think I paid about $2.50 for the box which is a steal. A big factor with chai to me is if its strong when you add the sugar and milk, the worst is if it gets a little thin once you add those. There was no issue with that with Bengal Spice. Enjoy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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73

This is in a teabag. Bai mudan white tea with white peaches. This mainly smells like peach. I steeped the teabag for a couple of minutes. This brewed up white. The taste a nice white tea with a medium peach taste. This I’s pretty good. This has alot of caffiene though.

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66

This I’s a teabag. This has chamomile,honey,vanilla,orange,and barley. I steeped this up. This smells like orange and honey. The taste I’s chamomile with honey and orange. This is a decent tea. I just think the flavor I’s not strong enough and I do not taste the vanilla.

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79

This beats the pants off of the “Bremer” brand honey-lemon-ginseng-green tea. It smells very sweet and appetizing, like a honey-lemon scone, with an appetizing taste to match. I think I also really enjoy the addition of eleuthero—the ingredient in “Tension Tamer”, which I think is fabulous. What a great “winter”-variety green tea!

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63

It is a good tea, earthy tones that is good for morning time. Definitely nice to mix it up from my normal morning green tea. Out of all the Celestial Seasonings, this is one of my favorite.

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

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65

A pretty sweet tea that’s fairly calming. A lot of the favors don’t taste very authentic, though. I can’t really pick out either the honey or the vanilla. It all seems to blend together. Nice and easy to drink, especially at night, but I can’t see myself buying boxes of this and toting it around to my friends.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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15

Just had my third bag of this (to finish off the Herbal Tea Sampler I got from Celestial Seasonings). I had it iced, and it was quite a bit better than it was hot. However, I just don’t like the taste of this tea. With and without sweetener, it’s tart and overly tastes of hibiscus. That being said, it was much more drinkable in cold form, but it still wasn’t enough to sway me into liking this at all.

Maybe I’m just not a fan of lemon tea in general.

For me, this Zinger has no zing whatsoever.

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 0 sec

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67

I’d love to give a more detailed description of the taste, but my Mom keeps beating me to this tea. She loves to make iced tea out of it and that uses up 4 or 5 bags per pot. I’m not a big fan of fruity teas but my memory is telling me that this one is exceptionally good and not too sweet or syrupy. There is a video about it on YouTube by someone who perhaps is a little too fond of this tea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de0NcRmxVwI

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
187 tasting notes

Since I spent most of the night (and the night isn’t over, since I’m typing this at 3 am) curled in the fetal position, I figured I could use something calming and soothing.

I didn’t want any traces of caffeine at all, and I didn’t think I could stomach another round of chamomile, so in this goes.

All I know is that it’s getting staler tasting and weirder tasting, and the only redeeming value of this guy is that minty aftertaste. Which tastes stale now. Which is sort of the antithesis of mint, but whatever.

This has not been the best of days in a string of just plain sucky days, so I guess it’s appropriate that the tea has been mediocre as well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Jillian
  • Hugs * Sorry you’re not feeling too hot. :(
sophistre

Oh no. It sounds like you had a long, rough night to top off a long, rough week. I have a few samples of caffeine-free tea I’m supposed to be trying right now, so should I stumble upon a few delicious ones, I will be sure to know who to pass them along to!

teaplz

Thanks guys! My cramps really take a lot out of me, and turn me into this cranky, sad mess that really can’t handle much of anything. I just keep taking an Advil every 4-6 hours and wait for these bad days to pass, because yeah, they’re bad.

takgoti

Aww, hugs. I hope you find a happier tea for when these arrive.

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
187 tasting notes

I was busy making Decaf Ceylon by Adagio for both the mom and the boyfriend (who both lurves it, by the way!) to really concentrate on my own cup. So in went the bag of peppermint… and it just sat there. And sat there.

Today this pretty much tastes like nothing. Which is okay, because I shared the gift of loose leaf with others. YAY.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Jillian

Good to see that you’ve moved on to corrupting others. ;)

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
187 tasting notes

Guys, I think it’s officially happened.

That bagged tea tastes far inferior to loose leaf. I can’t believe it’s happened so fast… a complete takeover!

This peppermint does not smell particularly good. There’s a lot of nice mintiness to it, but it lacks the sweetness and pure, sweet oomph that loose leaf and even Harney & Son’s bagged variety have. It tastes… sort of stale. And even a bit murky. And somewhat bitter. And I think I can almost taste… the paper. NOOOOOO.

I’m sort of sad, because I have a lot of this and I used to really like it. But now I think I’m going to have to bump this puppy from a 75 rating down to 50. Sorry CS, you’re just not cutting it anymore!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

YAY FOR LOOSE TAKE OVER!

LENA

welcome to the dark side.

Rex Barrett

Loose leaf is the only way to go… Well most of the time at least. ;)

takgoti

Somewhere, someone is evilly tapping their fingers together. And maybe, just maybe that someone is me.

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
187 tasting notes

Backlogging from last night and oh my.

So, I went away with my friends to a trip to my friend’s cabin in the woods a last month, and I brought some teabags with me. I had one left-over bag that I found yesterday of peppermint from that trip, and decided to steep it.

What a big mistake! What a foul, stale brew that tasted like twigs and had this bizarre, bitter taste. I threw out my cup and immediately steeped another cup (from a fresh bag), which tasted much, much better.

I doubt I’m going to have much time to pause today and tomorrow due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, so my tealog is going to be fairly vacant. But I really can’t wait to try the loose leaf tea that’s coming my way (and should be here super-soon).

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Carolyn

This is very commonly true of Celestial Seasonings teas. They are marvelous when fresh and not very good once they stale. They get too stale for my sensitive palate once they are about 9 months old.

If you turn over one of the boxes, you’ll see that they are dated. There is a white space with numbers and letters pressed into it. The day is first, then the month, then the last two digits of the year and then a letter. So if the number reads: 29OCT09B that means that it was actually put in the box over a year ago on October 29, 2008. All their teas are given a Best Before date of exactly one year after they are packed.

This makes it relatively easy to only buy Celestial Seasonings teas when they will taste good.

Suzi

Totally unrelated comment (man I wish we had some sort of messaging system) but I saw you got your first Adagio order! So…what did you get? I went peeking in your cupboard but didn’t see any clues :-p

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
187 tasting notes

More peppermint for a really garbagy morning. :(

Random note of the day: this tea brews up to a really funky color. I guess I never paid attention, but the edges are green and the middle is this clay brown. Bizarre. Whatever.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Whoa. That’s weird. Reminds me of those science “experiments” we used to do in elementary school. You know, where you pour in the oil and the honey and the colored water and it makes layers.

Also reminds me of when I went to camp and they used to dye the lake before the parents came to pick us up. The dye wouldn’t go all the way out to the edges of the water, so the edges would be brown but rest of the lake would look like we were in Maui or something. It also turned your legs blue.

Auggy

takgoti, you went to a weird camp.

takgoti

Don’t even get me started on the squirrels.

Auggy

I…

You know what? I’m just going to walk away.

teaplz

Nonono! You cannot drop that squirrel comment. I NEED TO KNOW.

Jillian

YES, INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!

takgoti

@Auggy They rode around in this big fanboat and dyed it this really fake looking blue-green color. I think it was mainly because there was a golf course being built and it had been raining for a couple of weeks, so the cast off from all that Virginia clay and grossness had drained into the lake until it resembled the hue of poo. Red-brown poo. It was one of my favorite reasons to shout whenever my parents expressed interest in sending my brother and me back there: “They DYED the LAKE! It’s a CORPORATE SHAM!” [I didn’t even know what that meant, exactly, but one of my friends had said it and I thought it sounded reasonable.]

HAHAHA. Well now the squirrels are going to sound really anticlimatic because everyone wants to know about them.

They figured out how to get into our bunks through the crack between the roof and the wall [no clue how, because of the angling and whatnot should have rendered it physically impossible, but anyway]. Sometimes we’d come back and there’d be one of them running around, and once one jumped through while we were IN the cabin, but one time we came back from activities and there were about eight or nine of them flying around the room, knocking over things, and who knows what else. Never heard so much screaming in my life. They were smart little buggers.

I think that was the year they decided to put mesh up along the crack in the cabins. Not that I ever went back. I hated camp. Too much hugging and group participation and recycled food and bad singalongs to saccharine songs for emo me, and it meant that I missed a good half of the summer swim season. I told my parents that if they tried to send me back I’d escape to the main road and sell myself to the first passerby. Such a drama queen.

That was camp.

It’s funny, because I kinda like camping now, but that’s also probably because I have discovered alcohol. And nobody makes me make god’s eyes for an hour. Pointless.

fin.

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
187 tasting notes

I’m feeling really awful. As a result, this goes into my tummy.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
rabbysmom

Hope it works and you feel better soon!

Jillian

I second the ‘feel better’ wishes. Peppermint is supposed to be good for stomach troubles so try to get a few cups of it down if you can.

Camomille can also soothe sore stomachs if you have some on hand. I tend to mix them together (and sometimes I add dried gingeroot if I’m nauseous) and drink them like that.

teaplz

Thanks guys for your get well wishes! Jillian, I’ll probably have a little bit of chamomile before going to bed. I’ve had a headache all day too. :(

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
187 tasting notes

I steeped this for a good long while, and it came out really nice and strong. Very calming on the stomach, and a soothing herbal for the night. I happen to love the menthol feel that peppermint tea leaves in your mouth!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Jillian

It’s a really clean and refreshing taste isn’t it?

takgoti

I definitely enjoy a good mint. They’re fantastic after a huge meal.

teaplz

Jilian and takgoti, is loose leaf mint really worth it? Is the flavor all that different from the bagged?

Jillian

Well it depends, loose-leaf may be fresher, although I’m really not sure. I grow my own mint so I KNOW it’s fresh, but I have no idea how tea companies go about it. I do know that herbs tend to retain their essential oils better if they aren’t broken up until right before they’re used.

My advice would to maybe try some of each, bagged and loose, side-by-side and see if you can taste a difference yourself.

takgoti

I’ve only had bagged mint…twice? I think that’s about right. One was from Tea Forte and one was from a company I don’t remember. Both of them were a sharper kind of a mint taste. Maybe edging on artificial a little.

That being said, mint is one of those things that I don’t think makes a huge difference from one to the other. For me, it’s more about the blend, and companies that know blend flavors well will likely have better mint tea.

This is just a very long winded-way of saying that you have a lot of choices, because all teas are going to vary from company to company.

If you want to read up on what some people are saying, a few that I can recommend with some authority are:

1. Tavalon’s Serenity. No one else on here seems to have tried it, but I had a sample of it and I rather liked it. The mint was subtle and worked very nicely everything else.

2. Samovar’s Moroccan Mint. This is my favorite mint tea because it’s got a prominent, but softer mint flavor. Sometimes it feels like I’m drinking mint chocolate chip ice cream.

3. Adagio’s Foxtrot. I haven’t tried this one yet, but a few number of people on Steepster swear by it.

Hope that helps?

teaplz

Definitely helps from both of you. Thanks so much, guys! I can’t help but love the flavor of peppermint tea.

Jillian, fresh mint must be awesome to have! I bet you can make killer mojitos with it.

And tak, thanks for the super list! Tavalon used to have a tea lounge here in NYC; I’m pretty mad that they closed it and haven’t reopened yet, because I’d be able to go down and try this without shipping costs! And you are definitely the Samovar advocate, missy. :P

teaplz

P.S. gasp Samovar’s shipping is $8.69 to my neck of the woods. That’s pretty steep!

Jillian

I’ve got a bunch of fresh herbs that I grow and it’s really nice to have fresh ingredients for seasonings and whatnot. Actually, mint if dead-easy to grow if you want to give it a shot yourself. :)

P.S. $8.69 is nothing! Samovar’s shipping fees are something like $20 bucks to ship here in Canada (and they used to be $40!).

takgoti

@teaplz Hee, Samovar is definitely my tea bff, but I wouldn’t recommend anything I didn’t think was worth recommending! I’ll admit that whenever I put an order through with them I usually go over whatever their free shipping quota is. I don’t think I’ve ever paid shipping from them.

If you’re thinking seriously about ordering from them, the coupon code cozytea will get you 20% off through December 1st. And if you REALLY want, I can send you some samples of some of the tea I have if you want to get a feel for looseleaf before you take the plunge. No pressure, I just know how intimidating it can be!

@Jillian I kill plants. It’s what I do. And hey, at least $20ish is a start! I think that’s pretty standard to ship out of/into here. I blame customs.

teaplz

Okay, Jillian, your shipping cost woes beat the pants off of mine. :( That stinks!

takgoti, I cannot let you send me samples of your tea, because I’d have absolutely nothing to send back to you at the moment. It’d be tea giveaway, not tea swap! :( I might have to pass on Samovar for now and focus on cheaper loose leaf.

takgoti

Hee, I made the offer knowing you probably wouldn’t. It’s really not an issue for me to send you a little bit of what I got, but I don’t want to guilt you in to anything. I’ve gotten started on many things because of the generosity of others to share what they had, and I really don’t mind paying it forward. If you’re game, take a look at my cupboard and see if anything interests you. If not, no worries!

Jillian

@Takgoti, Yeah it IS better than fourty-friggin’ dollars but the fact is that I don’t see why they have to charge that much just to essentially go through customs. Shipping rates from other American tea companies like Harney and Sons and Adagio are quite reasonable. Not to mention that if companies in China (ie. Tea Spring) can ship their teas to ANYWHERE in the world for a flat rate of 5 or 6 bucks, then why the Hell are these few companies gouging international customers so badly?
/end rant

takgoti

@Jillian I dunno, but I know that if I look up how much it would be to ship a 1 lb box from here to Canada it’s at or around $20 depending on size. I’m guessing that it all has to do with what they can work out with their shipping company/ies. I have zippy insight on the internal mechanics of how companies work that kind of stuff.

teaplz Also, I should add that my email's <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="mailto:heather.takgotigmail.com">[email protected] if you want to reach me there.

teaplz

Jillian, Golden Moon (http://www.goldenmoontea.com/Shipping_W304.cfm/) has shipping to Canada that’s $5 a pound. I’m getting their sampler set in the mail, and I just figured I’d tell you that that seems fairly reasonable a price.

takgoti, awesome! I’ll be e-mailing you soon, then! How much does it usually cost to package up/ship tea? I’ve been curious about this.

Cofftea

@Jillian herbals are always best home grown IMO as well. Definitely can’t beat the price, especially for an organic version:) While I don’t drink herbals solo, I REALLY want to get into planting herbs and edible flowers to blend w/ my store bought teas. Kind of like baking a cake yourself- you get even more satisfaction out of it when it comes time to eat (or in this case) drink it. I wish I could grow the tea myself too… :(

takgoti

@teaplz I use boxes that I have lying around and other whatnot, so all I pay for is the shipping. Usually it’s somewhere around $7 domestic.

silvermage2000

Sounds good teaplz nice review I do enjoy mint teas.

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
187 tasting notes

Just another cup at night before going to bed. I don’t think I steeped this long enough; it’s not as strong as I usually like it. I wasn’t really paying attention, which was probably the problem.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
187 tasting notes

My go-to tea for my stomach problems. I have a box of 50 bags in my cabinet. If there are better peppermints out there, I’d love to know. This is pretty basic, standard, and fairly yummy, though! Revelationary? Nope. But tasty and infinitely soothing? Yes!

I’d actually love it if the peppermint was a bit stronger. I sometimes brew this for up to eight minutes, but the flavors don’t really change all that much.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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12

This was an impulse purchase for me. I do like the flavor of pear. I see that other reviews call the tea “bitter.” That was not my experience: my experience was hot water tinged with so little flavor as to be meaningless.
I know that some tea bags can really work so I don’t shun them entirely but I am going to be seeking a stronger pear blend elsewhere.

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec

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79

I normally don’t do bagged tea, but this blend was quite nice. I brewed 2 bags in 12oz of water, and organic half & half and stevia. Just what I wanted as an after dinner treat.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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