Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

I just got my order of celestial seasonings teas in the mail. They’ve put out several new teas in recent months, and I also ordered a few I’ve never tried before. I’m pretty pleased with this one. It doesn’t seem as tart as some of the hibiscus teas I’ve had, and I really liked the mango flavor. It’s a nice change of pace for a hibiscus tea. I don’t know what acai tastes like, so I don’t know if that flavor shows up, but I quite liked this one.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another one from my cupboard. I purchased this at Target because I remembered liking it a couple of years ago, and it was the only holiday tea they had that I was at all interested in. The bag smells quite good, it’s an interesting choice to put orange in a sugar cookie tea, but I approve since I like orange. Otherwise, it smells very sweet and sugar cookie-ish.

Uh… The steeped tea smells like scrambled eggs to me. Yes, I can also smell the sweet cookie notes, but the egg part is extremely distracting. The taste is actually much better, and it doesn’t really taste like scrambled eggs. However, I’m unsure why it tastes like coconut? Seems odd for a sugar cookie. I can taste a little bit of orange, and it’s a nice accent to the cookie flavor. It did come out a bit weak, so next time I think I would use two tea bags per cup.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cookie, Orange, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
The Cookie Lady

This totally reminded me of the time I tried a new recipe for roll-out sugar cookies that came out smelling AND tasting just like eggs. I skipped putting the crystal sugar on in the rest of the batches and we instead ate them with bacon the next morning :) Waste not, want not! (But, seriously, they were terrible lol)

Fjellrev

You’ve managed to do two things: make me lose interest in this tea since it seems quite popular amongst American Steepsterites and make me want scrambled eggs for breakfast. :)

OMGsrsly

Cookie Lady, that’s HILARIOUS!

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Another one that I grabbed because I need it to replace my junk food snacking. (Also, I needed to buy two boxes of CS teas to validate the coupon.)

It doesn’t taste like a punishment, so that’s a plus. It’s just a plain tea, that’s all. It depends pretty heavily on the white tea to pick up the slack as far as flavor is concerned, but last time I checked, that wasn’t a crime.

I may as well face it— dieting requires sacrifices. If this can help me to feel better about myself in the long term, then it will all be worth it.

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This tea was delicious. Usually decaf teas suck, especially decaf greens. I got it because:

1.) I had a coupon for Celestial Seasonings teas
2.) Nothing else that my grocery store had from CS (that I haven’t already tried) looked remotely appealing
3.) I’m trying desperately to stop hoovering the contents of my fridge when I get home from work, and green tea is a know appetite suppressant
4.) I can drink it any time, and as much of it as I want, without overcaffeinating myself

I didn’t have high hopes. But it was surprisingly fragrant and mellow. Lemony, buttery, lightly sweet. Not too heavy on the jasmine, but hey, for a bagged decaf, it’s not too shabby.

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Today is such a yuck day, yuck, yuck, yuck! I went shopping for noms this morning after not getting much sleep (it has been one of those weeks) and progressively felt ickier as the day went on. Not wanting to abandon the blog without a post today, I decided to have a little bit of easy fun.

So I was included in Influenster’s #FrostyVoxBox, a box of really cool products to try out and review (you guys have probably seen me feature past boxes if you have been reading a while) usually I do all of it in one big review, but since one of the things included with it was tea, well, I had to do it separately. Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea Decaffeinated, a holiday tea straight out of my memories. This is a blend of peppermint, decaffeinated green tea, orange peel, natural vanilla and mint flavors with other natural flavors, cinnamon, milk thistle, blackberry leaves, roasted carob, roasted chicory, and vanilla bean, and since it is a tea bag, it is the exact level of easy I am in the mood for on this most blah of days. So I know when I was younger I would drink a lot if Celestial Seasonings teas, but I cannot remember if I ever drank this one, fun adventure time, maybe! The aroma of the tea is minty and vanill-y (Minty Vanilli, the holiday themed Milli Vanilli comeback was also lip-synced) a little sweet, and a little papery from the bag. One of the tragedies of teabags is they can smell and taste like the bag, but you do at times make sacrifices for being lazy.

One thing I will give the packaging credit for, it does not say to use boiling water, in fact it says using cooler water with green tea will result in a smoother, more delicate flavor. Yay! Certain other bagged tea companies say boil everything, and people wonder why some people think green tea is bitter gross death. The aroma of the tea is minty and mellow, with vanilla and a roasted undertone along with a tiny hint of sugar cookies. The mint is the primary aroma, but it is not a kick in the face of mint.

The taste is not bad, it is minty and sweet with a hint of vanilla and honey and a slight bit of a roasted taste at the end. The green tea base is really generic, I am not sure how to describe it other than ‘generic bagged green tea I have been drinking since I was a kid’ taste. It is a really mild tea, the mint is cooling, but other than that there is nothing really powerful about it, I do not want to say it tastes watered down, but it does certainly lack oomph. Since this is a decaf tea, I can see this being a tea I could drink before bed or when I feel icky…the tastes are mellow, the mint cools my guts and clears my nose, and the warmth just feels good. In fact I am going to take the rest of this cup and go lay in bed while playing some Minecraft.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/12/influentster-celestial-seasonings-candy.html

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An old favourite of mine. What could be better than peppermint and vanilla mingling together in green tea? For me, nothing! I’ve enjoyed many mugs of this in the past. Served it to many friends who went crazy over it. As far as grocery store bought teas go, this one is the leader of the pack. So hard to find though. Not one grocery store in my town sells it anymore. Not sure if it’s been discontinued or just in limited distribution but if I stumble upon it somewhere I’ll be sure to pick up a couple of boxes. Love sipping away at this one during Christmas time. Makes me feel festive!

Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla

TeaBrat

I like it too :)

teapartyfortwo

Since discovering loose leaf tea, I know there are other teas out there that will likely beat this one but this tea was the first flavoured tea that I ever really loved so I will always like it for that reason…..memories!

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Yep, this is a weird one. At first I loved the roasted, warm flavor… but eventually I grew tired of it. It’s a nice change of pace from the teas I usually drink, but I think my exploration into chicory tea is over.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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From the EU TTB – Round 3

Sweet is the key word here. It’s a little odd, because it doesn’t smell sweet while brewing. It smells of pumpkin, with a touch of spice. That’s probably why I wasn’t expecting the instant hit of sweetness I got when I took my first sip. It only took me a moment to realise that this has stevia in it.

Subsequent sips, once I was expecting the sweetness, were actually okay. The pumpkin flavour is pretty accurate, with that distinctive smooth, almost savoury “squash” flavour. The spicing is relatively mild, but well blended, and helps to connect the sweet overtone of the stevia to the savoury pumpkin. I went back to the kitchen and added a bit of milk, and that helped things along still further. NOW it’s pumpkin pie filling!

I wasn’t at all sure about this one at first, but I warmed to it as I drank it. It’s a very pleasant autumnal tea, but you’ve got to be down with sweet. Fortunately, that’s okay with me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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When I saw that CS had a new holiday tea out I had to grab it. I love cranberry and vanilla, so into the cart it went. It turns out this isn’t a cranberry vanilla tea, but rather a hibiscus vanilla tea with a good pinch of cinnamon thrown in. Since I’m not a big hibiscus fan I was sad when I realized the fruity cranberry tartness wasn’t gonna happen. I did find that when I drank this while hot all of the flavors blended, and it was actually a pretty tasty cup. As soon as it starts to cool however, the hibiscus flavor overwhelms the cup.

Oh well, I guess you can’t win them all. I’m sure I’ll drink a few more cups of this, but there’s no way I’ll finish the box. If anyone out there would like to try it let me know and I’ll send some your way.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I actually saw this in the grocery store but put it down as soon as I realized hibiscus was in it. :-/

Veronica

Yeah, I should have looked at the ingredients as well as the pretty words and picture on the box. :) One day I’ll learn!

Ashley Cook Williams

Its ok, not my fave of the CS holiday teas.

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I took my steeper home for a bit so at work I was drinking the tea they have stocked in the cupboard. Usually I drink the green if I have to resort to the teabags at work, but I thought I’d try the earl grey…

Makes me seriously appreciate the Harney & Sons.

It was just flat and dissonant and generally unappealing. More or less drinkable when it was hot, but after cooling was even worse, and I finished the cup only because it was in my hands already.

I always kind of want to like Celestial Seasonings more because hey, state pride for local tea company, but I generally do not like their teas much.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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With the colder weather coming, I’ve been in the mood for a mint tea. After trying Stash’s peppermint and feeling somewhat disappointed with the mildness of it, I decided to give this one a try. I’m a fan of Celestial Seasonings, so what could it hurt to try, right?

Upon opening the box, I was hit with the most wonderfully crisp, minty scent. I could barely wait to drink it! The taste of the tea was just as minty and cooling as it smelled. It was comforting and perfect for winter. As I sipped it, and even now, I can’t think of a bad thing to say about this tea. It’s really great, despite being a bagged grocery store tea.

If you’re looking for a strong, refreshing peppermint tea, definitely give this one a try! You won’t be disappointed.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I bought this at Walmart on clearance recently, thinking maybe my grandson (7) or my daughter would like it. Both did, but my grandson LOVES it! He drinks it hot, with a spoonful of honey, and has adopted it as “his” tea.

To me, the taste is okay, but I’m not a spearmint fan, and there’s a little of that taste and smell to the tea.

Flavors: Grapes, Spearmint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This tea was the comfort tea for me, my daughter, and even my grandson, until it was discontinued. We sweetened it with honey, as a hot tea, and it was very soothing and relaxing. Especially good when we had colds, or it was blizzarding outside, but also good on summer evenings.

I contacted Celestial Seasonings about producing it again, and received a note that they were more focused on health teas. Too bad – I’d love to see this back on the market, even on a seasonal basis. We’d stock up!

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Ost

Health teas…what do they mean by that? 0_o

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Ack! So I read the reviews before buying….but I like sweet so thought I’d be ok. I get a very nice spice smell with the dry leaf and after brewing. I don’t think it tastes like it smells though. My first sip was actually pretty nice! The more sips I took though the more I disliked it. I’m guessing the stevia is giving it a weird aftertaste.
Oh well, not a huge loss money wise so I’ll just pass this on to friends to try.

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Sweet and spice and everything nice. Tiger tea is the most delicious tea! Not surprising though, tigers are my spirit animal. I have had this tea everyday since being introduced to it…Holla at my gurl Laura! Thanks for the tip!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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I go to my in-laws once a week for dinner. My Mother-in-law doesn’t drink tea very often so her stash is limited. Usually I just drink President’s Choice White Tea as she always has that on hand and I do like it. However, this time she had Celestial Seasonings Cranberry Apple Zinger so I thought I’d have it for something different for a change. I thought it might be too acidic for me and bother my acid reflux, as some fruity teas do that to me. I was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t bother my stomach at all. Not only that but it went down nice and easy. I found it comforting and soothing. It suited the mood I was in. It was a little sweet, a little tart and had a nice cranberry/apple flavour. It tasted just right. I re-steeped, as I usually do with all the tea I drink but this one did not re-steep well. The second cup was just like mildly flavoured hot water. I generally don’t drink grocery store bought teas unless they’re organic but I did enjoy my cup of this on a cold Autumn evening.

Flavors: Apple, Cranberry, Hibiscus

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This tastes herby and it has a peppery bite to it, and then the aftertaste tastes like those Lemonhead candies.

Functional more than pleasurable to drink, to be honest. It will relax you about as well as a small glass of wine— no exaggeration. But it’s not the yummiest thing ever.

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Halloween Tea Marathon 9/10! I think I received this in a swap with VariaTEA but I can’t quite remember. I shall have to consult my spreadsheet.

As many other notes have pointed out, I quickly noticed that by “sweet”, they really mean it. I have quite a sweet tooth, and this is too sweet even for me. I often add a sweetener to my teas, and can just about manage this one if I don’t add anything other than a splash of milk to mute it a little. I actually quite enjoyed it this time, a massive improvement on the last time I drank it (I added sweetener without trying it first). If you don’t ever add sweetener, then this tea is not going to be for you, but if you are partial to a sweet tea then it’s quite a nice comforting cup. It can definitely replace dessert, too, which is brilliant for me as I like to finish meals with something sweet through habit, but am also trying to lose weight. I do have a slight issue with the smell – I am sorry if this grosses anyone out, but to me, both the bag and the brewed tea smell sort of sicky. It’s not overpowering, but if you sniff too long it’s there at the back, reminding me of puke. I wonder what that is? It thankfully doesn’t taste like it, although I did notice I was holding my breath each time I took a sip, when the cup was close to my nose, just in case. I would have rated this low originally, but I think I’m coming round to it. I just have to remember to under no circumstances sweeten it!

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I was blown away by this one! It tastes exactly like a caramel apple. They managed to make it sweet without resorting to stevia (thank God) . The apple tastes genuine, and the caramel dances with it. The hibiscus and cinnamon were interesting choices, but upon sipping it, they work. The hibiscus works with the apple and brings in a tart note to counter the sweetness from the caramel and the cinnamon.

I hope they don’t stop making this one! It’s fabulous. Better than Bigelow’s seasonal Apple Cider flavor.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cinnamon, Maple, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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