Celestial Seasonings

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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?

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec
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!

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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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! :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
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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100

Tastes so yummy and sweet I had to check the box to see how many calories were in it!!

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54

Since I got my toddler to take a nap today, I thought I’d entertain my dorky self with an exciting taste test. (It’s the little things, people) In the ring, Bigelow plain green tea and Celestial Seasonings plain green. Water boiled on stove just until saw bubbles, steep time exactly 2 minutes. The Bigelow won hands down. So, I’ll finish this box and then it’s back to the old favorite!

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54

I’m used to Bigelow’s plain Green Tea, so it’s hard not to compare. This one smells more “earthy” if that makes any sense and I like that for some reason. A slightly stronger flavor, nice and smooth. Have one bag of Bigelow’s left so I might do my own taste test tomorrow if I have time and update if I discover anything new. :)

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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92

I’m telling you, it may be the placebo effect, but I think this really helped my cold! It seemed to lessen the duration and symptoms over a couple of days. Will keep on hand and start drinking at the onset of any sick like feeling. Pleasant to smell and it tastes good just by itself.

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec

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85

If you feel like something sweet, drink this instead! Smells just like a sugar cookie and tastes very good. Very comforting and seems special for some reason. I add milk and sugar to this for a nice treat. Great after dinner tea.

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90

Birthday night. Lots of homemade lasagna and Carvel cake. A bit of a tummy ache called for this tea and it’s a perfect remedy and a great way to end the night!

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90

Yummy for nighttime green tea or anytime you don’t want plain green or caffeine. I like it and have an extra box for back up. I heard someone suggest that brewing this and adding a packet of hot chocolate makes for a mighty fine holiday drink. Haven’t tried it, but might soon!

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95

This is an old favorite that I picked up to see if it was as good as I remembered it. It succeeds in being really flavorful, and I often have two cups each night- kind of an addiction!

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3

Ok, I gave this one more try. This time I made sure to brew for only 3 minutes. However, somehow two bags stuck together without me noticing before I poured the water. Took one sip, thught to myself “Life is too short to drink bad herbal tea” and dumped the lot. Never again!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Jillian

I feel like I should be defending one of my fav CS teas, but I realize that we each have our own tastes and preferences. ;)

Rena Sherwood

My Mom likes this tea, so all is not lost.

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3

Goofed up with my first cup of this on Sunday night. I accidently let it steep for about 20 minutes. The result was something like lukewarm Dimetap or perhaps the purple Triaminic. However, it did ease the mild nausea I had. I haven’t been able to bring myself to try another cup. I think I’ll wait until nausea sets in again.

Preparation
8 min or more
Jillian

Yeah this tea gets pretty nasty if you oversteep it!

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25

I really cannot bring myself to drink this. My friend gave me an entire box of this tea a while ago. The blend smells delicious both wet and dry, and the murky orangey cup it creates smells like liquid gingerbread. But the taste just isn’t there! This doesn’t really taste like gingerbread; just a muddle of spices without any real direction. Surprisingly enough, even when I steep this for a long time, it still has a watery taste. Not a favorite at all.

Do NOT add sugar to this. It makes it taste ridiculously awful. I couldn’t even down most of my cup today as a result.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
takgoti

This is exactly, EXACTLY what my experience with Adagio’s Pumpkin Spice was like. It’s always a downer when the taste doesn’t live up to the smell. That’s what eventually made me stop eating scented candles.

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81

Love almonds. This is delicious.

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100

Backlogging from the weekend! See previous notes!

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100

Yesterday and today I’ve had a weird annoyance in the back of my throat…triggering a gag reflex. VERY strange. I can’t properly explain it actually. It’s scary because DH has been dealing with a sinus issue since April and it’s sort of what he has described…HOPE that isn’t it.

This tea has always helped my throat for soothing or for clearing – I hope this helps this unexplained issue as well.

The reason I have always rated this one so high is because of that reason and I like the minty taste but also because it’s a bagged tea I go back to time and time again for various reasons. This is the highest rated bagged tea I have ever rated.

Scott B

This is my highest rated tea ever!

In the past I have had this sensation in the back of my throat-it felt like there was some food there that I couldn’t swallow. Turns out it was an acid reflux irritation in the esophagus. The way the nerve carried the sensation just made it feel like it was in the back of my throat. Don’t know if that’s anything similar to what you are feeling? It didn’t make me gag, though.

TeaEqualsBliss

Yes! That is very similar. I’ve never had Acid Reflux problems…don’t even know what it would feel like or how to handle, actually. How long did it last?

TeaEqualsBliss

Also…knowing you are vegan…I’m vegetarian…what did you do for it?

Scott B

That’s the tricky thing about reflux-it can manifest itself in many ways that are not recognizable as reflux.

Well, I went to a gastroenterologist, because I’ve had reflux off and on for awhile. She gave me a liquid medicine called Carafate which is kind of a pain-you can’t really eat or drink for an hour or two before and one hour after taking it.

However, if you’ve not had reflux before, maybe just some over-the-counter ranitidine (Zantac) might help. There’s a couple generics that don’t have the gelatin coating. Another thing you could try is some Fruit and Sour Jolly Ranchers-or anything with malic acid in it (such as sucking on a slice of lemon).

Another thing that may or may not help is an over the counter probiotic. I use Nature’s Bounty probiotic with acidophllus. It’s good to take a probiotic, anyway. Simethicone (Gax-x) may also provide some relief. I take a probiotic and simethicone every day and now I never need carafate and almost never use ranitidine.

If nothing helps-or if you just feel nervous about your symptoms and can’t wait, you should obviously consult your doctor.

Lynxiebrat

My Dad has been taking Prilosec for a couple of years for his acid reflux, so you could try that. At the moment I just take heartburn over the counter stuff because it’s cheaper and I don’t have it often. My doctor Ok’ayed that. I think I’ll also try the Sour Jolly Ranchers….been years since I’ve had those.

TeaEqualsBliss

Thank you both :)

Scott B

You’re welcome :) I forgot to address how long it lasts. It’s variable. If it’s not too bad, it may resolve on its own in a day or two. The other options-Ranitidine, simethicone, malic acid may start to provide relief the same day. Malic acid would probably work the fastest, but not necessarily provide relief for all that long. It works by forcing your body to produce extra saliva, which helps neutralize acid. The probiotic would take longer to have an effect-and I don’t know how effective it would be if used alone.

Good luck

tigress_al

This is one of the best bagged teas out there. It can stand up to a really long steep, and caffeine free, so you can drink it anytime.
As for what seems like acid reflux, try a bit of Zantac and see if it works or not, but definitely talk to your doctor if you are concerned or it doesn’t go away.

Fjellrev

I’ve heard so many good things about this tea on another forum. Hope it’ll come back for the holidays again.

Batrachoid

Eating lots of okra can help. It’s loaded with mucilage. It helps my cousins with acid reflux a lot when they want to eat iffy foods).

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100

Forgot to log yesterday…hummm…yummmmmmm

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100

Having a cuppa ’dis purely for the MINTY-NESS…ahhhh!

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