Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

70

I was surprised at how good this is. I am not sure why – I have found that when no actual tea leaves are involved, this brand has some interesting flavor combos to offer. It is very fruity and very cinnamony and if you let it steep long enough, it gets sweet too. No sugar needed. A good caffeine free, cheap option.

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

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30

Not terribly impressed with this tea. Just brewed a single cup of it (one tea bag to a mug of hot water, sadly I don’t know the volume or temperature). After brewing it smelled really strongly of cloves, but sadly tasted really weak and watery. The addition of skim milk did nothing, and the 1/2 tsp of sugar started to help, but it was still pretty lackluster. Maybe a second teabag would’ve helped?

This is the second time I’ve made an attempt at this tea, and it didn’t do much for me the first time either. Can’t remember if it was too strong or if I had the same issue, and I don’t recall what I did. Won’t be buying this again after I’ve used up the remaining tea bags.

Flavors: Cloves

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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25

There is A LOT of better “get sleepy” tea out there. Look harder. Even Bigelow’s version is better than this. This is just bland and old-tasting.

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

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80

I’ve heard people rave about this tisane, so when I saw it amongst a bunch of Celestian Seasonings holiday blends I grabbed it up. I’m not much of an herbal tea person in general but I have to admit this one is pretty nice. It really does have a super buttery quality about it, it’s kind of amazing. And it’s quite heavy on the orange which I am a big fan of. It is giving me an odd aftertaste though, which I think means there might be some licorice root hiding out in there. While I’ve become less opposed to it lately, it’s still not my favorite. I’ll have to try it again with some soy milk as that usually tames the aftertaste. But even as-is I’m glad I purchased it. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it quite a bit during the upcoming cooler months.

Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Orange, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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56

Hmm. I am reminded of why I don’t drink this one much. It could be that my box is just old, but there’s an overtone to the taste that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s metallic, kind of like the taste of a fork that’s had its polish worn down. X-P

Anyway, I kind of took an unanticipated hiatus, because of moving and all things related to it, but I’m back now! We have arrived and settled in to our new home in Colorado! It’s so nice to live somewhere with actual, real, bonafide autumn. It’s like stepping out your front doorstep into a puzzle picture. :3

Oh, and another fun but unrelated thing that happened while I was MIA: my daughter has started saying a few words now, and she now asks for tea by name. I normally share with her if I’m not drinking something caffeinated, and she loves it (‘cause what’s not to love?). :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Indigobloom

Aw so cute!! baby love for tea <3

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65

This is another one I bought on a whim from the salvage grocery store. I figured even if it was bad, I could just make it into chai or something.

Turns out, it’s not great. I mean, I’m not a fan of yerba mate in the first place, so I might be biased. It’s strong, rubbery-tasting and cloudy. Very dark and pungent. With a little sweetner, it’s not bad, but it’s defintely not a great black tea experience. There are notes of green plant matter, earth, and hay.

However, they weren’t kidding about it being energizing. Black tea plus yerba mate = cracked-out Tabby. I’m going to have to remember this on days when I’m dragging my feet at work.

So, basically, I don’t recommend this tea for the taste or quality. But I do recommend it for the buzz!

Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Hay

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
cristina

Now all you need is some Cubby Wubby Womb Room tea…

Tabby

Some what…?

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40

I made it iced today, thinking it would improve the flavor, for I did not care for it being hot. The Peach Blossom of the same Celestial branding is a much better combination. It did not come off as tasting of much tea, nor did it impart a big, juicy raspberry flavor. Too bad, this box is fairly new too.

Flavors: Cream, Metallic, Raspberry

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

I love these individual tea bags for popping into a water bottle when I’m on the go. It adds a beautifully light blueberry and green tea life to the water. Super tasty!

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75

This is a staple from my childhood. Tangy and bursting full of raspberry flavor. I love mixing this with just a plain black iced tea, gives it a fruity kick!

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33

Not my cuppa tea. Did not like the lemon addition to the jasmine green. Just messed up the whole taste for me.

Flavors: Jasmine, Lemon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93

Liquid productivity. The delicious solution to all problems.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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79

I tried this tea this evening as a dessert tea. I added a bit too much half&half and two cubes of sugar, which made this tea creamy and sweet. The coconut is light and not sweet, but it was overpowered by the half&half, so next time I’ll use less. The chai flavor is prominent but not very complex, which makes this a great break from regular bagged chai teas. I love that this is a rooibos/black tea blend.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I was so excited when I found this tea at my local Wegmans, and a plus, it was on sale for $1.99, yes please! I was a bit worried when I read the ingredient list (a few things on there I’m not so fond of) but I added sweetener and I am literally getting one of those caramel covered apple lollipops you get during fall/Halloween time. I am definitely getting caramel, which while in the name, surprises me, and the tartness and crispness of apple. Might have to go back to get another box. I can see this completing with my Teavana Spiced Apple Cider. This is almost a lighter version, but it does have a similar taste profile – so if you hate that, take caution of this!

I happen to love it though! Yum!

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One of my housemates during my Queen’s days introduced me to Celestial Seasonings, and I have super fond memories of both her and of those long ago days. This tea is warming, spicy, and alarmingly sweet—in other words, it’s a nice and much more budget friendly option for anyone who likes Hot Cinnamon Spice. I like to drink it plain in an overly large mug, and with the bag permanently steeping.

Anlina

I used to drink this one all the time with milk. Mmm.

sweetea

It’s so comforting!

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46

This reminds me of something at my grandmas house. Something that is not a sugar cookie. Or maybe its a store bought day old weird sugar cookie. Whatever the case… this doesn’t taste like a sugar cookie. It has a bit of vanilla and a cakeish flavor but… I’m just not diggin it…

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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Yum! Drinking this in order to avoid late-night cookie snacking.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Honey, Peach, Vanilla

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Soooooo this tea!

The honey flavoring tastes genuine, and the vanilla augments it. I also taste peach notes, but I may be crazy.

This is a very good application of lemongrass. It manages to not taste like soap for once.

Well played, Celestial Seasonings.

Flavors: Peach

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85

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

I’ve had apples that tasted less like apple than this tea. Props to celestial seasonings for creating strangely accurate fruit herbals, as their peach tea tastes uncannily like peaches, too. Anyhow, this tea epitomizes fall: crisp and fresh-picked apples, warm cinnamon, and the color of changing leaves. You owe it to yourself to try this during fall.

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60

Like this tea less and less each time I try it. It just tastes kind of weird to me. However, if I steep this tea and a bag of Bengal Spice, the resulting tea is rather tasty, like a peach crumble or cobbler.

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60

Lowering my rating after having this a few times. I’m noticing the hibiscus more. I’ll finish this, but I don’t love it.

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60

This tea isn’t bad at all. I was expecting a hibiscus-y monstrosity, but it actually tasted more like peach with a hint of chamomile. It’s a nice reminder of the past summer because it really does taste quite like peach. A nice, non-objectionable herbal to put me to sleep. Lovely.

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65

No kidding about the sweet part! Since I almost never sweeten my teas, it was a little startling just how sweet it is. Luckily, I don’t mind the taste of stevia and got over it pretty quickly. I WILL be trying this with a little almond milk as soon as I get some because I think that’s going to bring out the pumpkin-ness.

Flavors: Spices

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I saw this on clearance yesterday so I picked up a box! My first steep was much better than this one! At 4min. the stevia becomes very overpowering. At three minutes I was able to taste more of the spices. I’m not sure this is a great boxed tea, but I’ll have to try it a bit more! I actually think it would be a bit better if the black base was more evident. It would balance out this sweetness a lot.

TeaBrat

this stuff was definitely too sweet for me!

Tamm

I actually poured out this second cup. I guess shorter steep times are a must! And I noticed that the stevia is probably what made me really hate another recent tea.

TeaBrat

When it comes to Stevia, less is definitely more!

gmathis

I’ve done it halvesies with plain black tea and it’s much better.

Tamm

Thanks for the advice! I’ll try it when I steep it again.

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