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Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

78

This truly is a liquid candy cane and it is delicious! Something that can be enjoyed at any time of day :)

Suziqzer

I had a cup of this the other night too… Wanted something easy and yummy.. Did the trick!

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80

Drank a double-strength mug of this before bed last night. I’m thinking that I might make chamomile an important part of my tea-drinking regimen, because I drank like four cups of chamomile-based tea yesterday, and I slept like a log and felt great when I woke up this morning. I did some reading up on chamomile, and although it’s pretty unexciting flavorwise, it provides a number of wonderful health benefits, such as helping with nausea, digestive problems, sleeplessness, and mild stress.

This is the classic go-to bedtime tea. I often forget about it for months at a time, forget how nice a blend it actually is, and then dig it out, think, Eh, why not?, brew up a cup of it, and remember why I always seem to have a box of it around. It’s mild and minty, extremely soothing, and puts me right to sleep, but not in a clearly-this-tea-is-going-to-knock-me-out-way. It’s more like a gentle nudge- my eyelids start drooping after I’m 2/3 of the way into the mug, and I feel more inclined to snuggle up with a book under the covers.

Sometimes, the old, tried-and-true sleep remedies like chamomile tea work the best.

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Don’t you love it when you find a whole box of a favorite that had woogled its way to the back of your cabinet and you find it by accident? In previous notes, I’ve contended that this is the rooibos equivalent of Vanilla Comoro — sweet, thick, un-botchable. Bag in.

Angrboda

I had this at work the other day. They have a box standing around with the dreaded pickwick near the coffee vending machine. I just stuffed two bags in my travel cup and poured more water on throughout the day. It was surprisingly pleasant, but I did feel the lack of caffeine at the end of the day. :)

gmathis

Funny…one of the reasons I drink tea is because of its lower caffeine content, but if I miss that tiny caffeine shot first thing in the morning, I’m a mess!

Angrboda

Well, I’ve never been a regular coffee drinker, so it’s my only source of caffeine. I occasionally have a cafe latte on the way home from work, but I try to do it very seldomly. Too expensive, otherwise.

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I thoroughly enjoy this one. You’d think that it would be really bitter and unpleasant, but it is actually very smoky and mellow. This morning, I chose it because mate helps me to feel full (thus, I don’t feel the need to overindulge with mid morning snacks) and because it is super efficient at waking me up without giving me jitters.

I tasted burnt toast notes, chocolate, and earth. Absolutely wonderful idea to mix mate and black tea together! They really work well as a blend.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Earth

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81

Backlogging. I added some sugar this is a really good tea. And tastes like peppermint and some vanilla. This was good.

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78

As noted in some of the other comments, the tea definitely does taste like those candy peach rings. I don’t like to leave the tea bag for this one in all too long otherwise it taste somewhat over-herbally to me. If you leave it in for just a minute or so, it has the sweet taste of peach rings, but very minimal fragrance.

It’s a good tea for daytime or nighttime. One of my co-workers loves it.

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec

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75

I can just tell that this tea is full of good stuff. It tastes like Sleepytime tea with echinacea, which is what it is. Just a good tea to have on hand in case anyone starts to feel a cold coming on. I don’t think I’d drink it for pleasure, because it’s a pretty straightforward medicinal herbal blend, but for its intended purpose, I’d give it a gold star.

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68

I have now come to the conclusion that there is a somewhat odd taste to this blend. I reached for it tonight craving vanilla but without wishing to use cream (as I do for my #1 decaf vanilla choice—Vanilla Comoro). I finished off my supply of Sleepytime Vanilla last night.

I probably won’t buy this one again, but I may finish this box.

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75

Weird cup of this tonight…

Basically it was just heavily spiced and, for the first time ever, the plum tasted artificial in an ungodly and unpleasant way. I think this was just a bad cup though – the teabag used was the last one out of the original group of them that VariaTEA sent me and it was probably covered in tea dust bits from all the other teabags stored in the same bag. All the icky “shaken out” bits…

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71

Sipdown—yes, I finished the box. That’s one less thing to pack. I suspect that I’ll buy another box in the future, but not until after I move!

Flavors: Flowers, Vanilla

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71

This was one of the first greens I tried, and was a favorite for a long time. It is still a go-to when I feel like I am coming down with something.

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88

My favorite decaf, for a sweet, relaxing treat before bed.

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76

Tea of the afternoon here… planning to take it easy for the day since the Aleve regime the Dr. has put me on is making me totally nauseous. Not fun when you have to make a choice between being in pain or feeling sick to your stomach.

Anyway rooibos does seem to be good for settling the tummy and this is a good bagged tisane to have for that purpose. It doesn’t have a lot of funky flavors, just the nice creamy vanilla. Good with a splash of soymilk today. I think I’ll need to keep a box of this on hand.

TeaKlutz

Can’t win, eh? I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. I’ve never tried rooibos with nausea, I’ll have to give it a go next time round. Feel better soon!

CHAroma

Hope you feel better soon!

TeaBrat

Thanks guys, I hope to stop complaining soon :)

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88

This tea tastes just like a Sugar Cookie. It has the butteriness of a sugar cookie. The citrus pulls this tea together. I have a cup of this at least twice a week. It is very weak with just one bag so I use 2.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

I drank three very good green teas all day long, with multiple satisyfing infusions. For the final brew of the night, I decided that I needed to switch gears, having consumed not a single flavored tea—hard to believe though it might seem. Of course, I needed to sleep, too, so I opted for Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Vanilla, a pleasant and simple to prepare herbal vanilla tea. I do need to make sure that I get my RDA of vanilla!!!

Bonne nuit!

Flavors: Vanilla

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68

This is not the worst I have ever had, but I am not impressed. I am grateful that it tastes almost like its supposed to, but it has a candy after taste. Reminds me of lemon heads. The color freaked me out a little though…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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91

MissB is a star! I have been equipped with no less than four boxes of this one AND a myriad of other samples. I counted them. There were nineteen different teas in the box. Nineteen! Many of them are herbals, so I’ve got a lot of choice in my Before Bed Beverage now. (As has Husband, of course. I’m not that selfish) Some of them are from companies I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of before. How exciting!

So, yes, this is intended as a Before Bed Beverage, but as I’m writing this it’s only actually mid afternoon. I just couldn’t wait. I have high hopes of this one. I’ve come to be quite fond of the normal Sleepytime before bed, so in my mind adding vanilla to that couldn’t possibly go wrong. The worst that could happen, that I can think of anyway, is that I can’t actually find the vanilla in it at all, leaving me with something that tastes much like regular Sleepytime and then… what have I lost, really? Not much, the way I see it.

Well, I can detect the vanilla in the aroma, definitely. It’s rather peculiar, because it depends on how close I put my nose to the cup. I do have a bit of a cold, but my nose isn’t completely incapacitated at this stage (and I hope it stays that way!), so I can still smell things. If I put my nose close to the cup, I can pretty much only smell mint. If, however, I’m sitting normally upright with the cup in front of me letting the steam waft up past my face, it’s all sweet and vanilla-y. It’s almost as if the mint is a heavier scent and doesn’t make it all the way up to my face. I’ve never noticed this happening before. Isn’t that odd?

I tend to like steeping Sleepytime for a pretty long time so I’ve done that with this as well. It must have got at least six or seven minutes I think. Now that it’s stronger I can also smell the vanilla among the mint when putting my nose closer to the cup. It smells wonderful!

I’ve tried a few sips, but I can’t really taste anything. Still too hot. I’ll have to be more patient, I suppose… Ah yes, that’s better.

It still tastes like Sleepytime. I’m not sure I would have been able to tell that it’s a different variety had I not known, but as I do know, I can find the vanilla. I can find it because I know it’s there but that doesn’t mean that it’s not done properly, if you know what I mean. Sometimes you don’t need to be able to taste everything. Sometimes just a hint is enough to enhance an overall experience. Just think of a sauce which has just a pinch of salt versus the same sauce with too much salt in it. The pinch of salt enhances the flavour of the whole, but too much of it just takes over. I tend to like heavily flavoured vanilla teas, but in this particular blend I think the vanilla works much better as that enhancer. It smooths the whole thing out and adds a touch of sweetness.

I’m really glad I decided to ask for someone to play middle-man so I could have some. I don’t usually like doing that because it seems such a lot of bother for everybody involved. I shall have to put together a really great box to send back to MissB after we’ve moved now.

Sil

when are you moving?

Anna

She already moved.

She has a queue.

Anna

(Yes, Ang. I am your secretary now.)

Sil

i know she has a queue..i’m just used to see her prenotes when it’s from the backlog lol

Anna

TIME WARP. This might not be backlog, though, and that last sentence really reads, ‘…a really great box to send now after we’ve moved.’

Sil

haha

Anna

ANG WE NEED YOU TO EKSPLAYNE

Sil

I think you need to come visit me Anna. I think we would have fun together being weird. Except that my hair might get jealous and try to take yours out.

Anna

I agree. Imagine how awesomely we could stalk Ang if we teamed up on the same continent!!!

And I’m sure our hair would probably just merge. For world domination.

Sil

oh man. I’m coming your way… we can stalk ang, and hit fru p on the way!

Angrboda

…gosh. O.O hides

Yes, Sil, this is from the queue and from before we moved. I try to remember to write ‘from the queue’ on them, but I’m not very good at that. I don’t know why I don’t just start with that sentence when I write the post in the first place. 99% or what I post are from the queue, so you can generally assume that it’s a couple months old.

Also, you two are scary. Seriously. Scary. (But I’d still feed you and rustle up something you could sleep on if you showed up)

Anna

SIL DID YOU SEE DID YOU SHE WOULD FEED US FOODS AND BUILD US A NEST DID YOU SEE

Sil

Would she also hug us and call us George? ;)

Angrboda

I would, Geor-I mean Sil.

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75

Last tea of the night!

I think I’m half done what VariaTEA sent me? Somewhere around there, anyway. Thankfully I haven’t totally gotten sick of it or anything like that – though this cup was really sour/tart, and less enjoyable than most.

So, boo to that I guess.

VariaTEA

If you do get sick of it, you can always pass the teabags along or sell them or make them disappear :P

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I’ve been obsessed with Harney & Sons Chamomile of late, so I have not brewed up any Celestial Seasonings Chamomile in quite some time. Once again, it seems better than expected. They appear to use both Egyptian and Mexican chamomile flowers in this simple filter bag. The result is yellow and soothing. Clearly this is a competent chamomile!

This marks the end of tonight’s Celestial Seasonings binge. Bonne nuit!

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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68

Tonight’s glass of Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile tasted and smelled a bit off. I cannot figure out what the problem was. Perhaps the chicory was too strong in this particular filter bag? I don’t know, but I am definitely sure now that I prefer Sleepytime Vanilla. Yesterday, I thought that the chamomile was dominant, but this brew smells and tastes rather woody, strangely enough. I cannot really figure out what else may be the culprit. Lemongrass? No. Licorice? No. I’m guessing that it’s the chicory.

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71

Feeling nostalgic about Boulder, I decided to binge on Celestial Seasonings tonight. First up was Sleepytime Vanilla. Judging by the number of bags left in my various CS boxes, this must be my favorite! The vanilla is really smooth and somehow the infusion has body and substance even while containing no camellia sinensis.

Flavors: Flowers, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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