Celestial Seasonings

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190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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90

I’m a big fan of mint teas, and this one is a lovely addition to my cabinet. I discovered it two years ago I believe, and tried it based on the whimsical polar bears frolicking on the package. probably. anyways. I’ve gone through periods of drinking this tea all day every day for weeks, and I’ve gone through periods of not being that bothered over it. I’m not sure it’s for everyone, but for me at least it’s one of only a handful of teas I always always have in the house (which usually requires stocking up in december as it is seasonal). it’s gentle, festive, and a marriage between a mint and a dessert tea that I quite enjoy.

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97

This tea is very delicious. I bought blueberry bliss tea from teavana and made that a bunch, but it was a hassle to make. I tried this tea and it tastes a lot like it. I love the rich blueberry taste when hot, and it’s also super great cold. It’s cool and refreshing . In the summer I make a big cup of it cold, and in the winter i make a big cup of hot. When I had my boyfriend try for the first time I think he fell in love haha. He and I both love the delicious true blueberry taste.

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75

I really enjoy this tea. It’s a good one. The only problem I have with it, is that if you leave the tea bag in your cup too long, it gets really spicy- too spicy. If you take it out soon after it has turned a deep brown color and is to the taste you want, you should take it out to conserve that rich taste. With some sugar, it makes a great cup of tea.

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75

I definitely feel more relaxed after drinking it. It’s more minty than I expected but I suppose that’s why it’s so effective. As far as taste goes, it’s pretty good for CS, but I’m still more partial to Sleepy Time and their Honey Vanilla Chamomile blend.

Flavors: Lemon, Peppermint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Actually tastes like gingerbread! It’s pretty tasty.

Flavors: Ginger

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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34

I’m having the cold brew I set up last night and I can’t decide if I like it better or worse than the hot cup. In the cold brew, the base layer is definitely a sweeter apple than the hot brew since the hibiscus is completely mellowed and really only present in color. However, what is present is cinnamon. Lots and lots of cinnamon. Unfortunately, its the weird cinnamon flavor that is weirdly fake and cloyingly sweet. It conflicts with the tiniest hint of caramel that is trying to fight its way through making for two different sweet flavors that don’t mesh at all. This one really just doesn’t seem to work for me.

In other news, I continued my efforts from last night (though technically this morning as it was around 12:30/1 am) to find yarn to crochet these cute snowmen. I needed two colors of yarn. I came home with the store, so I guess you can say I was successful: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAQUjkYPJVoPSKrcoFyvQ5cc61FgRGRPOZLvoo0/

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34

So at around 12:30, I was checking out a crochet pattern and decided I need new yarn. Consequently, my mom and I decided to venture out to the 24hr Wal Mart up the street. Then, 2 hrs later we left with no yarn but a bunch of Batman and Marvel sweatshirts and this tea (which I was tricked into buying by Celestial Seasonings new packaging).

The color of the tea looked like plenty of hibby in the leaf but it is not tart. Unfortunately it is not caramel either and there is certainly no sea salt. Cinnamon is prevalent in this and a little bit of apple flavoring comes through right at the end but it’s a fake apple versus the taste of the fruit.

Actually, as I continue to drink I am getting more hibiscus which is making up part of the apple taste yet as the hibiscus comes out so does the caramel. It’s weird because the two flavors can be tasted at the same time and yet they aren’t blending. They are both there but both separate. I have this cold brewing as well so I guess we’ll see what happens with that.

rosebudmelissa

There are some Celestial Seasonings teas I really like, but I can’t stand anything apple flavored that they make.

VariaTEA

Yeah, I can see why. It`s a weird take on apple

tigress_al

Lol so you went to buy yarn and didn’t come home with yarn!! What were you planning on making?

VariaTEA

I did not on this trip but I got yarn today from a craft store. I plan on crocheting these tiny snowmen as part of belated Christmas gifts: http://mojimojidesign.com/teeny-tiny-snowmen/

tigress_al

Those are adorable!

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75

Yeah, this is awesome with sweetener. Like a lemon sugar cookie with honey, if you add honey.

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75

Got to try some, finally. It does taste like a sugar cookie, but a little bit on the artificial side for me. I’m actually surprised at how strong the orange peel is making it a bit more citrus than expected. I am glad I tried it, but I like Bengal Spice and Tension Tamer a lot more.

With that said, this is a definite desert tea that could go really well with milk and or cream and sugar.

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90

This has long been one of my favorite herbal teas. You can use a spot of honey, but if you steep this long enough you won’t need it. Delightfully sweet and honestly peach, my orchard obsession is well sated by this in the off season.

Flavors: Peach

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75

I was surprised by how tolerable this tea was. I expect it will be even better cold brewed in the summer, perhaps added to lemonade. My experience with the hot brewed version was a nicely tart raspberry heavy herbal tea which needed very little sugar. I can understand how the acidic berry flavors are off-putting to many steepsters, but I was pleasantly amused by it.

Flavors: Raspberry

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25

This K-cup is exceedingly popular at my workplace, and the smell of a brewed cup is very enticing with cinnamon and cardamom coming through strongly. Unfortunately, the taste of that same cup is very acidic and pale. No amount of milk and sugar can redeem this poor chai.

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32

I had long been wary of this no-black-tea attempt at Indian spices, but received a box worth as a gift so dutifully gave it a few cups’ try. Suffice to say, I was right to be scared. Too much spice in the form of nutmeg & pepper overwhelmed with vanilla and nowhere near enough of the ginger, cinnamon and cardamom that would make an herbal ‘chai’ emulation worthwhile. Will be leaving the rest of this box at work for the less chai-obsessed folk.

Flavors: Nutmeg, Pepper, Vanilla

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100

So I’m completely new to steepster, this being my first tasting note and all so I’ll just dive in.
This tea has been by my side since I was a sophomore in high school (i’m a sophomore in college now) and has gotten me out of some pretty nasty colds and into some really nice moods. The lemon flavor is out of this world and it’s perfect steeped all day on a cold morning (or night, I’m fixing a cup right now!)
It is definitely not for everyone but if don’t hate hibiscus and you’re looking for a good lemon tea I would definitely recommend it! It’s great with honey but personally I could drink it black any day.

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70

Classic tea, nothing too special. Makes me feel at home. Very relaxing, even on a stressful day. Light and refreshing, more so than chamomile.

Flavors: Spearmint

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75

For once, a gingerbread tea that tastes like gingerbread rather than the usual spiced apple and fruit mixtures. It does a good job of tasting like a gingerbread cookie, I rather wish I had some to dip in it. Pleasant.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This smelled amazing… unfortunately I discovered that it had barley in it after I bought it. No gluten for this celiac.

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55

I’m sorry to say but when I first opened this box and caught the smell of the tea, I didn’t touch it for over a week. The smell was so strong, like a floral potpourri, that I couldn’t even imagine that it’d taste good.

I finally decided to try it though, expecting the worst. The smell is definitely lessened as it steeps, and the liqueur is a festive, deep reddish-purple.

The problem is the taste. It’s so strong that the first sip made my mouth tingle. The sweetness is the first thing you taste, followed by the slightly offensive taste of spices; most notably, the cinnamon. The aftertaste reminds me of cinnamon gum.

I was very generous in my rating of this tea, because I haven’t given up hope that there’s a way to improve the flavor. At the very least, I think it’d made a nice simmering potpourri for the holidays.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Plums

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

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90

I’ve been dying to try this tea for a few years now but could never find it anywhere. Lo and behold, I finally found it at my local Publix and grabbed a box.

The smell of this tea is to die for. It’s so sweet, buttery, and warm – just like a real sugar cookie! The liqueur was a pretty pale blonde, much like cookie dough. By itself, the flavor was lacking a little but it was improved by adding a little vanilla soymilk for a little extra sweetness and creaminess.

I was thoroughly impressed with this tea and will be buying a few more boxes to tide me over until next year. This is a great holiday tea, but works just as well to sip as a dessert tea.

Flavors: Butter, Vanilla

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

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