Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

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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 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

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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66

Sipdown (148/153)!

Apparently I was in a candy cane mood today since this is the second candy cane tea I had today; although this cup was hot and the other was cold brewed. But still.

I had this rated really low; 49. Apparently the last time I logged this one I had a really bad experience. I want to look at my old tasting note for this but I seem to have encountered a Steepster glitch – every time I click one of the numbers to change pages for notes/reviews I jump to the page for a tea called “2008 Changtai Bingcha Pu-Erh Tea”. And, it’s too late at night for me to fiddle around and try to find my old tasting note from like six months ago. Not happening. So, I’ll just trust my past self that the last time I logged it it really was miserable.

This cup, however, was pretty good. It was creamy with strong vanilla notes although I thought the mint was maybe a little too light for my liking (but then again this is bagged tea) and there was a vegetal quality poking out that took away from the creamy, sweet freshness of it. That’s why I’m fine with adding what’s left of the generous sample VariaTEA sent me to the SSTTB. Maybe someone down the road will get a kick out of doing a side by side comparison of this and Simpson & Veil’s Candy Cane blend also in the box.

Either way time to move on from this one; drinking it sorta feels like a chore and tea shouldn’t be a chore! Raising the rating though.

Flavors: Mint, Vanilla, Vegetal

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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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72

sipdown!

This is showing its age a bit (over a year, I think), but still decent. Thick mouthfeel, slightly sweet cinnamon mid-sip, and a lingering ginger note. It’s surprisingly competent cold, developing an almost hibiscus-y sweetness in addition to the cinnamon and ginger notes. Not bad.

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73

Tisane of the evening here. This is a weird tea to be drinking in the middle of June but it still gets chilly here in San Francisco in the summer time. :)

I don’t put stevia in a lot of things, but a couple drops in this made it sweeter and a bit more cookie like. Also soy milk, but I put that in practically everything other than green teas and herbals. I think I’m feeling better, or maybe my Tylenol is just kicking in? Have a good evening everyone!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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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

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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75

A sample from VariaTEA. I’m slowly coming out of my flu-fug, and beginning to return to my tea stash. I wanted a herbal last night, and this one just called out to me. I like candy cane — it’s a flavour that cheers me up, for some reason. Maybe because it reminds me of Christmas, and I like Christmas? Something like that.

I gave this one four minutes in water just cooler than boiling. When I returned to the kitchen, the whole room smelt of candy cane. It brought a smile to my face straightaway, and lately they’ve been in short supply. I was very, very slightly concerned about the cinnamon in this, but it’s actually a combination that works really well. Mint was the dominant flavour, but the vanilla and cinnamon swirl around and make this a surprisingly accurate, and Christmassy (!) treat. Totally the wrong time of year, I know, but I’m ILL. I can do what I want when I’m ill, and to hell with seasonal appropriateness.

I’ve tried a few candy cane teas in my time, and this is one of the nicer ones. The flavours you’d expect are there, and it’s a delicious tasting cup. This shall be in my evening rotation for a good few days to come! Thanks again to VariaTEA for sharing this with me.

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

I stocked up with enough to carry me through the year. One of my favorite late night sips.

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75

I have been drinking Sleepytime for quite awhile and thought I’d try this one. I don’t know if the echinacea will actually help the immune system but , eh, why not! Tastes pretty much like Sleepytime. I don’t know if I sense any real difference. I have a box, i’m sure I’ll drink it all up. I added Vanilla Stevia and it is suddenly wonderful.

I need to drink a bunch of this to try to counteract all the mate I had today. Bad Girl! But that Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate was so perfect, I just kept refilling the glass.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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74

No notes yet. Add one?

Flavors: Blueberry

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83

One of two boxes done. Yay!

Roswell Strange

I still have tons of your generous “sample” of this to get through :P

VariaTEA

I had two boxes of this to get through up until this afternoon when I finished one up.

VariaTEA

I enjoy it every now and then but 40 teabags is just too much.

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87

Tension Tamer has a nice relaxing taste that is hard to describe beyond slightly sweet and enjoyable. I have no idea if it is the Eleuthero or Catnip as both are herbs that I have not had before or a combination of both of them. Think of it as a daytime version of Sleepytime that relaxes you but not to the point to being in danger of falling asleep.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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68

This makes a very vivid red cup of tea that has a very cherry flavor. I like having this when I want to drink something “juicy” but not actually have a cup of juice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82

This smells like ripe, juicy peaches, in an over-the-top way that verges on the artificial. The flavor is peachy with a veneer of tart hibiscus. Or is it hibiscus with a veneer of peach? Either way, it’s very drinkable. Blunt, sweet, simple. Tasty iced. I don’t think of it as particularly exceptional, but then again I made it to the bottom of the mug awful quick.

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74

tea from variaTEA i have to say, not a bad little cup for a tea bag. It’s the wrong season for me, for this tea but i can see myself enjoying this a lot in the cooler weather. It’s a nice balance of cinamon and vanilla. thanks for sharing!

VariaTEA

Glad you enjoyed it. One of the better tea bags I have tried, though I understand preferring it in the cooler months.

Cameron B.

This one is definitely my favorite out of their holiday teas. Then again, I’m a sucker for anything vanilla. :D

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83

The vanilla is strong in this cup. Seriously, it is like a vanilla tea that someone dropped a mint leaf into. Very weird.

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93

So, as I sit here with my glass (because mugs are overrated) of Sleepytime Vanilla I smile. Even if tonight will be another of those (all-too-common) nights spent awake, I’ll at least have pleasant company. Not at all strong in any way, apart from the vanilla scent, this tea is surprisingly drinkable. Without the dusty taste of many chamomiles, and without the overbearing artificial taste of many peppermints, this tea blend has almost a chai feel to it. Perfect for ridding the body of the days toxins and preparing for whatever the world hits you up with next.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70

I guess this one has been lingering, forgotten in my cupboard for the past few months. I got it while I was trying to avoid caffeinated teas. This is pretty decent for a grocery store tea I guess. It reminds me a lot of the Cha Yen Thai from Teavana (but cheaper!). It would actually be a good, cheap substitute for this imo.

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71

Queued post, written May 1st 2014

I have a bit of a headache today so I thought it would be a good time to try this blend which MissB shared with me. I’ve been saving it for a time when I felt I was in need of some ‘taming’, mostly, I admit, out of some curiosity to see if it would work.

At first when I brewed it, I said to myself, “this smells American.” I’m not sure what really defines that smell as such, but it just somehow did. I didn’t even know what was in it at that point. Except some kind of mint because that was abundantly evident as soon as water was poured on it.

Turns out it contains catnip. That explains a lot RE Luna’s mysterious interest in the box of things yet to try as of late. She must have been able to tell there was something very interesting in there even through the plastic bag and all the other teas. I’m not surprised that she could, really. Compared to a cat, us humans have barely any sense of smell at all. Husband is growing some catmint seedlings on the window sill at the moment. Hopefully they’ll be allowed to reach a decent size so that they can survive before they start attracting the cats. They’re still tiny, though, and only three of them have come up (disappointingly) so the allure shouldn’t be too great just yet.

Anyway. It also contains licorice, which I had guessed as well because the blend is very sweet and licorice has a characteristic aftertaste. I had not guessed ginger, though. There can’t be very much of it in the blend because that’s another one of those things where even a little tastes like a lot to me.

There is also a good amount of lemon-y freshness in here, which I must admit I didn’t identify on my own, but rather recognised once I’d read the ingredients list. And finally hops. Hops? Now I don’t like beer of any sort at all not one little bit. It’s one of those things that I simply can’t force through my throat without making a face. Husband says it’s the hops that provides that flavour that I don’t like. He’s probably right too. Just the way that stuff stinks the whole house up when Husband is brewing beer, UGH! Fortunately I had tasted the tea before reading the ingredients, so I knew it wouldn’t taste like beer. Knowing what to look for, though, I think I can nearly identify it in the blend, but it’s very very faint and well blended in with the other flavours.

It’s a pleasant enough blend, this, but not one I would run out and buy tomorrow. I could probably easily drink it as my Triple B (Before Bed Beverage), but the fact is that I’ve already got alternatives there that frankly I like better.

Headache is still there, though. Hm.

Jude

LOL “mysterious interest”… cats are great!

boychik

when my 14 yr old dd feels tired cranky, or “those days” always asks me for this tea. She likes to add 1/2 tsp of honey. i have to say that she gets in a better mood. I dont know if its placebo effect or it really works. But it "works " for her. i tried once i didnt like it.

Jude

I was on a yoga-type retreat on St John in the early 90’s with one week to really chill out from a high-pressure job… after 3 days, not yet feeling unwound, I started drinking this tea and almost magically recaptured a mellower me, stat. Zero to bliss in a day. I keep it on hand now, trusting its value, but only turn to it once in a great while.

Angrboda

I still have one bag left, so I can try again and see if I actually get tamed. Certain time of the month seem a good time to try it. (If it works for that I’ll definitely hunt down a box!)

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(Whoops. Still 260, I already removed this from my spreadsheet!)

Cold steeped overnight to make juice to take to work today. Pretty tasty! It’s a nice, simple tea good for cold brewing, although it is heavy on the hibiscus.

4 tea bags in 4 cups water, 12 hours-ish.

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84

This is pretty much a strong lemon tea with a balance of other mild flavors that gives it a balanced slightly sweet taste. A nice light taste that is good when you want something refreshing but without the caffeine of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
mrmopar

Good to see you on here!

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