Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

84

So I made this chai a little too concentrated and I had some extra coconut milk that I needed to finish. So, one plus one being two, I made a latte. Well, not a proper latte, but tea mixed with milk anyhow. So, to keep things short, it was amazing.

Anlina

It’s been ages since I’ve had anything from Celestial Seasonings, but I remember this one being really good.

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84

This tea really has helped me while I try to cut back on caffeine. It’s creamy, spicy magic.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Terri HarpLady

I love this tea!
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90

I tried this a couple months ago, and haven’t been able to get a hold of it since. It seems to be quite popular, and for good reason. It has a strong and well-balanced lemon-ginger flavor, and is pleasantly sweet. The lemon does taste somewhat artificial, like lemon candy, but I found the taste quite pleasant.

Flavors: Candy, Ginger, Lemon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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25

This tea tastes fine on the first sip, a somewhat artificial apple flavor, with a strong kick of cinnamon, but even if you take out the teabag it quickly gets more and more sweet until it is so sweet that it is utterly undrinkable. I do not recommend it.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Cinnamon, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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15

I really didn’t enjoy this tea. It tasted to me like sweetened artificial butter flavoring and smelled like pineapple. The combination was very unpleasant to me. I ended up throwing the rest of the box out.

Flavors: Artificial, Butter, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

I really enjoy this tea. The spices aren’t very strong, but it has a lovely sweet orange flavor. It doesn’t taste artificial to me at all. I drink it plain, with chai spices, and in a variety of homemade blends, and enjoy it every time.

Flavors: Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

I always keep Chamomile tea in my cupboard, and drink it most days. It has a mild, flowery flavor that is somewhat reminiscent of apples. It’s a very relaxing and comforting tea, and good for the digestion. I’m not overly picky about where my chamomile comes from (though some loose versions taste very strange, so be careful there), and Celestial Seasonings’ Chamomile is quite good.

Flavors: Apple, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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60

This tea was not quite what I was hoping for. Celestial Seasonings has quite a pleasant Chamomile tea, but the apple flavor was very artificial. I’ve used this in a couple of homemade blends, and it’s better there. It was actually quite intriguing blended with Adagio’s Sour Apple. I’ll use this box, but I don’t think I’ll be buying more.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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1

This is the least pleasant tea I have ever tasted. It was at once bland, bitter, and burnt tasting. It had a strong flavor of cardomom (which I don’t really enjoy), and did not taste or smell at all of Coconut. I’m puzzled at the fact that some people seem to have had such a different experience of this tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Burnt, Cardamon, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I’m a big fan of raspberries and raspberry flavored things, so I usually keep a box of this on hand. Raspberry pairs pretty well with Hibiscus, although I usually add a pinch of Xylitol for to bring out the flavor and counteract some of the tartness.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Raspberry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I made this again today with 1/2 tsp. chai spices, 1/2 tsp. Adagio Hazelnut Honeybush tea, and a pinch of Xylitol. I think the honeybush does add something, so I might include it when I make this in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love Ginger, and Gingerbread. My mom’s gingerbread cookies were always one of my favorite parts of Christmas. I like this tea quite a bit, but I feel like it’s missing something on it’s own. I usually add some chai spices to it or use it in homemade blends. I’ll have to try it with milk some time.

Flavors: Ginger, Molasses, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I always keep peppermint tea in my cupboard, and I would definitely recommend that anyone new to herbal teas give it a try. It’s a solid, everyday sort of tea for me, and I’m not too picky about where I get it from. Celestial Seasonings is as good as anywhere else. Keep in mind that most brands of peppermint will get bitter if you oversteep it.

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

I decided to try this tea with milk, since several people seem to enjoy it that way. It was good, but I felt like I needed to use quite a lot of milk to balance the powerful cinnamon flavor. Once I found the right balance, I did enjoy it. I used 4 oz of water, and probably 5 or 6 ounces of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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100

I think this is both my and my husband’s favorite tea by Celestial Seasonings. It has a very strong flavor of cinnamon and honey. It’s sweet and spicy and doesn’t need anything added to make a great cup of tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #11

Final cup made with crystal sugar and a splash of milk. Liquid gingerbread man!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Second cup of the day. With sugar and milk, this is quite a different tea. It was fairly dessert-like anyway, although with an edge of spice and bitterness that pushed it away from that a little and more towards the realms of chai. With sugar and milk, the slight bitterness is completely gone, and the spice becomes a more integral part of an overall sweet, cookie-dough like flavour. It’s so desserty and rich — liquid gingerbread man!

I like this equally both with and without additions — each is a different experience. From my initial uncertainty, I’ve actually found a very versatile tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

A sample from VariaTEA, and another one I’ve been hankering to try for a while. There was no way I’d be able to keep them until next Christmas! I gave this 4 minutes in boiling water, and the resulting liquor is medium brown (almost like a black tea…), with a strong scent of freshly baked gingerbread. I’m not sure how the flavouring is achieved here, but it’s pretty much spot-on gingerbread man, or maybe ginger cake. There’s definitely a hint of sponginess here, as well as a biscuitty nuttiness! It’s mildly spicy, too, particularly at the end of the sip — it’s mostly ginger and cinnamon, but there’s a touch of chocolate, too. I wasn’t sure about this at first, but I’m on my second cup now and I like it quite a lot. I’m drinking it black at the moment, but I think I’ll try my next cup with a piece of crystal sugar and some milk. This tea almost makes it seem like a shame it’s not winter! A wonderful warming treat. Many thanks to VariaTEA for sharing this one with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91

This tea will always make me so happy! It’s just like eating a sugar cookie, which I absolutely love! Makes me wish I lived in a place that actually gets a real “winter”. Would be the perfect tea for cold weather. Maybe one day I’ll live in a colder place. That would be nice.
But for now this tea will just leave me wishing. xD

Anlina

Hah trade you! If I never saw snow ever again, I would be happy. I don’t mind short, mild winters, but here they’re usually incredibly long and bitterly cold.

This tea sounds tasty. Now I kind of want to bake sugar cookies.

gmathis

Soooooo ready for a new box of this!

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91

Holy Shanghai 0_0
This tastes and smells exactly like a sugar cookie. No joke! I can’t explain it in any other way-it’s just like eating a cookie. I’m in love!
Thank you soo much, mj1851!! I’m gonna have to stock up on this tea! :D

Cameron B.

I usually grab a box of this one around Christmas. It’s very tasty and I love caffeine free options! Nutcracker Sweet is also good (from the same series).

Ost

I have never seen it in stores before! I’ve totally been missing out through all the years! So glad to finally try! (:

Cameron B.

Yeah Celestial Seasonings has like 4 or 5 limited holiday blends. There’s also a candy cane green tea and a pumpkin spice. :)

Ost

I’ll have to try those sometime! (:

albertocanfly

I just discovered that these exist, tooooo!!! Now I really want to get them:P Is it Christmas, yet?:D

Ost

I know, right? XD

albertocanfly

But seriously, how have I missed these at the grocery store for so many years?? :P

Ost

Well you’re not the only one! XD

Cameron B.

Last time I bought them, they were on a special display and it wasn’t in the tea aisle. Maybe your stores were hiding them, too!

Ost

Maybe!

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60

Straight up green tea is a bit too bitter for my palate, but since this version has some white tea mixed in, it’s smooth and nice. Would recommend.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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60

This has been my bedtime cup the last couple of nights. Of the Celestial Seasonings I’ve tried so far, this is probably my least favourite. That makes me sad, because it’s actually one of the ones I wanted to like most.

I tried this first plain with no additions, and it was okay, but largely almondy with an odd herbal tang. I tried my second cup with the addition of crystal sugar and milk, but found the milk made it very watery and washed out in flavour. I tried my third cup with just sugar, and found it the most palatable of the three versions. The herbal note disappears with sugar, and a little more “cookie” flavour comes out to play with the almond. Somehow, though, it’s still not quite what I hoped. Still, can’t win them all! I have three bags left to play with, even so!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
rosebudmelissa

I’m not a big fan of this either. It tasted like artificial butter flavor to me, and smelled like pina colada or something. I found it really odd.

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60

A sample from VariaTEA. I couldn’t work out last night whether I liked this one or not. The first sip made me think not, but then the second was really nice. Towards the end of the cup I started to feel a little overwhelmed by it, and began to wonder whether it just wasn’t for me. I suspect it’ll take a few more cups before I can really decide one way or the other. Maybe a smaller cup, too, because it’s quite a rich tasting tea.

The first sip was very, very almondy. Almost like ground almonds when you open a fresh packet. The second sip was more cookie-like, with a buttery, sweet, baked biscuit flavour coming through really well. It really did remind me of an iced sugar cookie, which is another Christmas-related treat I enjoy immensely. When the combination works, it works really well. I felt at times though that all I could really taste was almond, and that’s not such a favourite flavour. It’s also quite rich and cloying, as you might expect liquid biscuit to be, and so (as I’ve said already) by the end of the cup I was struggling a little. I’m pretty sure I like it, but I’ll definitely give this one a couple more chances before I firm up my opinion. Thanks again to VariaTEA for sharing this with me — I’ve been curious about it for some time!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
K S

I love this one. I even add sweetener – cause its sugar cookie. I love the addition of orange, unexpected and delicious.

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