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I won’t post every time I have this one for my evening cup – but right now I am still enjoying having found enough on the shelf to get me through the coming year. Love this stuff.
Despite the prominent grape smell, I couldn’t discern much of a grape taste. The artificial sweetener was a bit offputting in combination with the rest of the flavor, but probably not a bad pairing for its intended audience. I think it’s an average to good tea for who its marketed towards, but probably not the best for adults looking for a change of pace.
The name says it all.
I’ve been in the mood for blueberry teas lately and decided to give this one a try. The smell is pretty nice, but I feel that the tea itself lacks in flavor. It reminds me of when you’ve been chewing a piece of fruity gum and almost all the flavor is gone yet you can still taste just a little if you chew enough. I might finish the box off, but I wouldn’t buy this again.
Before steeping, the scent out of the box is very intense. The strongest notes upon smelling the unsteeped bags is strong with cinnamon and ginger, with an overtone similar to maple syrup. Imagine a sweetened, fruity chai.
The body is somewhat binary: The first hit is wrought with cinnamon, the second hit is a tart plum flavor. In between is a very slight floral taste — this tea is not at all on the flowery nor planty side, despite containing chamomile and rosehips, perhaps because the floral taste is flooded out by spice. Due to the combination of cinnamon and high tanginess, there is a slightly grainy and light mouthfeel, which leaves the tongue rough after the sip.
There is a lingering spicy aftertaste, which leaves the tongue feeling somewhat “prickly”.
Due to the intensity of this tea, DO NOT for more than a minute; else, the taste gets rather extreme, sure to overwhelm most taste buds. Even when steeped shortly, it ends up being a very rich, nearly wine-like cool red color with slight clouding from particulate spices.
SIPDOWN! only took a year to get through this box. I will not succumb to the temptation again this year.
On my way to owning I now own only 100 teas. Woot! :-)
The name sure sounds tempting, but I find this tea to be rather “blah.” I think I can taste both the honey and vanilla, but somehow the two flavors combined end up tasting like neither. It’s not a bad tea and is quite inoffensive, but it’s nowhere near being a favorite. This one came in a Celestial Seasonings sampler pack and I won’t buy it on its own or probably even finish the tea bags I have.
For some reason the CS box says to add milk and/or sweetener if desired. So, for some reason, I did. (I added a splash of unsweetened almond milk.)
Blegh. It turns a muddy greenish-brown color and tastes just the same.
This tea with sugar tastes just like sugar cookies. I also like drinking it without sugar because it has milk thistle in it, which is good for detoxing the liver.
I like this tea and drink it regularly. I do wish you could it had a stronger citrus flavor. I do like it better with sugar, but it is fine on its own.
Love this tea and buy several boxes at Christmas time to keep me in stock year round. I love the scent and the beautiful deep red color when it brews.
Backlogging had a cup of this tea earlier today. Added some sugar. Good peppermint and vanilla with abit of cinnamon taste. This is really good. I been having a bad ear ache and tooth lately and will have to see a denist the first of the week. Which will be no fun.
Well, I actually thought Josie Jade’s review was spot on!
I tried it mixed with black tea a as someone suggested,
And that was a bit stout for me.
My personal drinking preference on this is with pumpkin pie creamer, YUM!
On my second box in a week…
Really good for a holiday tea, but by the time January arrives I am pretty much over it. Kind of like candy corn at Halloween. I eat it and eat it and then want nothing to do with it for another year. This tea actually lives up to its promises. It manages to taste cookie-ish! I add some sugar and usually leave the bag in the whole time Im drinking it.
I bought this one at the same time as I bought the honey vanilla chai I posted about earlier. As I mentioned then, it has become a habit of Husband to have some chamomile before bedtime because he feels it makes him sleep better. I then decided to try and cultivate the same habit and am therefore shopping around a bit in the world of herbal bags. Bags because with herbal tea, I’m just not that bothered if it’s loose or not. I’m not interested in herbal teas in the same way.
So I’m searching for something that is calming and also if not pleasant then at least not undrinkable. I don’t care for chamomile, so I can’t just follow Husband’s example.
So far I’ve had a yogi tea with lime and mint which was okay and one that tasted like it was just about nothing else than hot ginger which was most emphatically not okay. There are some bags of just plain peppermint, but I mostly keep those around because when ill it’s the only thing I can really drink as peppermint is one of the few things that don’t end up tasting weird.
And now this one. Of the things I’ve tried so far, I prefer this one. I wouldn’t say it’s great tasting, but it’s good enough. It has ginger in it, but I can’t really pick it up. Must be only a small amount.
All in all a quite inoffensive blend, and that is just what I’m looking for. Therefore I am scoring it high. Not because I think the flavour alone warrants it, but because it does the job I need it to do and thereby provides a pleasant experience all in all. And that warrants a higher score in and of itself, don’t you think?
Another point in its favour: When the box was empty, Luna was ever so cute being affected by the minty smell of it. Makes a very good cat toy! I’m on my second box now.
Additional note: I would dearly love to have some of the Sleepytime vanilla variant. I thought I had found a webshop where I could buy it here as they had a picture of it on their website, but as it turned out I instead received the normal Sleepytime. At first I thought they had simply sent me the wrong product, but closer examination revealed that they actually had the wrong picture on their website. So I wrote them an email and explained that I had not received the product I thought I was buying and please could they correct the picture on the website as it was very misleading. I received a snippy reply that the name and ingredients on the website was for the normal sleepytime and that she didn’t know it was the wrong picture.
She didn’t know it was the wrong picture.
In other words, as I can read between the lines, the woman just told me that she can’t tell the difference between a green box and a cream-coloured box that says vanilla on it in big letters. She furthermore told me that she has no idea what is on her own website.
And apparently I was supposed to read the ingredients list through on something is more or less a known product to me, just to see if it says vanilla anywhere in it when the picture is large and says vanilla on it in big letters.
The word ‘sorry’ or the word ‘apology’ were never used once in any of the correspondance I had with this woman, so in a fit of pique I returned the lot.
This means, however, that I am still without Sleepytime Vanilla and ready to accept that I’m going to need some help from my international Steepsterites if I ever want some at all. Could one of you good people out there be persuaded to buy me 2-3 boxes and send them to me? I can paypal the money for the boxes and postage to you or I can send you something of you choice and equal value in return.
I really wanted to like this tea, because it smells pleasant, but I think it tastes too artifical and nothing like what I was hoping. The apple flavor isn’t too bad, but I found the cinnamon to be overpowering and the underlying flavors were weak and inconsistent. I definitely wouldn’t buy this again.
Mmmm, this is perfect for a cold night like this! The warm chai spices and cinnamon always remind me of Christmastime and the holidays. I usually add just a spoonful of sugar, too, although this is good straight, too.
I’ve had these sachets for a long time, so they’re not as fresh. But it’s still a nice, warming blend that I can feel all the way to my toes.
One of my absolute favorites from Celestial Seasonings!