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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!
Okay. I’m not sure where to start with this, because in many way this was a very not me thing to buy and in other ways it was a very me thing to buy and I didn’t even get it entirely on purpose in the first place.
Ways in which it’s Not-Me:
1. It’s a chai. I’ve never been able to really get into chais although I’ve tried now and then. It’s the spice mix. There’s just generally too much going on in chais. My tongue gets a little overwhelmed by it and just seems to start looking for the nearest exit. Which is weird because I’m not generally against spices in cooking or baking so long as it’s not something burning hot.
2. It almost always involves ginger and I’m just not very keen on ginger. Aforementioned burning hotness, you see. It’s not something that appeals to me at all. I’ve never been able to understand how some people can enjoy a meal that is physically painful to eat. Ginger gives me that same sort of burning sensation, and pain =/= pleasure for me. Pain is pain and pain is unpleasant and to be avoided whenever possible and that’s the end of it.
3. It’s dust in a bag. This should be self explanatory, really.
4. Proper chai involves milk. I can drink milked tea, but I much prefer not to. I think this is also part of the reason I’ve been unable to really get into chais.
Ways in which it’s Quite-Me:
1. Vanilla. I am, as you know, extremely attracted to any tea which has vanilla in it. Actually in recent years this is not just tea, it’s anything that has vanilla in it. Having found the Perfect Vanilla Black, I am now searching for the recipe for the Perfect Vanilla Biscuit. (I have some experimental ideas to try in that regard, but as this is not Biscuitster.com, I’ll move on)
2. Honey. I am also, probably less well known, very attracted to something with honey in it. I really would like to ‘meet’ an excellent honey flavoured tea, rather than just a tea that tastes like someone put honey in it, which has been my experience with honey flavouring so far. Because it’s not the same thing. But I find the idea of the honey flavoured tea very appealing indeed.
Reason why I didn’t buy this on purpose:
When it comes to the just-before-bed-cup, Husband and I have developed a habit of something herbal, taken in bed while reading. He favours chamomile because he feels like he sleeps better afterwards. I’m not keen on that, so I’m shopping around. I have plenty of rooibos with yummy flavours, but the thing is at that point of the day the last thing I want to do is faff about with teapots and loose leaf. Unfortunately the kinds of rooibos flavourings that I enjoy don’t seem to be readily available in bagged form. So I’ve found myself bag-hunting. Finished a box from Yogi tea and didn’t feel like I wanted to continue with that one, so I looked for another kind to try. As I was looking my eye fell on this box. And Quite-Me reasons trumped Not-Me reasons, in spite of the fact that I was looking for something herbal in the first place. So therefore it was not on purpose and not my fault, and I did also get some bags of a herbal blend to try as well (after having agonised for a bit about the bleeding inclusion of bleeding hibiscus in nearly bleeding everything that looked remotely interesting).
Not on purpose. Not my fault.
So I’ve been experimenting with it a bit. First I tried it with milk, which I had warmed (nuked) a bit first. I followed the suggestion on the box with 1/4 warm milk and 3/4 water. The box also suggested sweetening it to taste with sugar. As my ‘to taste’ with tea is entirely without sugar in a sort of ew-sugar-tea-blech! way, I figured I had already sort of done this by leaving sweetening out. It didn’t say anything about temperature but as it contains both black and white, I took my cue from the white.
It was… pleasant enough, although quite ginger-y. There were the other spices in the flavour as well, but in a sort of generic spice blend flavour where I couldn’t have picked them out from each other at all. It was just… spice. And ginger. Ginger I can pick out, but that’s because I’m so wary of it.
I could not, however, taste any tea at all, be it black or white both of which are supposed to be in here. I also couldn’t find anything remotely resembling vanilla or the slightest trace of honey.
It felt very generic beginner-chai-y and quite thin tasting. With ginger. Which, as ginger does, got stronger and stronger towards the end of the cup.
Hm. Not very succesful.
I reckoned maybe the milk was, while softening up the spices, covering the other flavours. This is why I don’t much understand the whole milk in tea concept. I find it deadens the taste of the tea and just turns into warm milk with something in it. Much like this particular cup did. So I tried a second cup with a fresh bag and without the milk.
I was a little concerned about the ginger here, because I thought without the milk to tame it, it might get out of hand completely. It was already plenty wild for me before after all.
I can actually smell something in it now. Something spicy (duh) but with a hint of sweetness in there, telling me that even if I can’t find the honey and the vanilla in the flavour they are in there somewhere.
I steeped the bag for a really long time, because the brew above had been so thin that I’d ended up just dumping the bag back in the cup and keeping it there while drinking. And it was still quite thin. It looks like a jolly big teabag but I’m wondering now how much actual tea is actually in there. It can’t be very much. Or it must be really old.
Peculiarly the ginger was much more in the background now, which was a pleasant surprise. Not at all what I had counted on. The other spices were still present as well and still just a generic could be anything really sort of spice blend.
I felt like I could pick up a hint of vanilla and honey now though, but not nearly as much as I would have liked at all.
All in all not as good as hoped but I’m pretty certain I can drink this box up eventually. I’ve definitely learned not to follow the suggestion on the box though, because that just didn’t work at all.
Perhaps I should try another go-round of both these versions while making it like a black with boiling water and like a flavoured black with not quite boiling water. So I tried boiling water, no milk.
It was less thin at this point, but still the same generic spice throughout most of the flavour. This time though I actually felt like I was drinking tea as opposed to spiced water, so that was a plus.
Honey and vanilla, though? Not so much. I seem to have misplaced them. I’m sure I had them just before!
Maybe I’m just not a dessert tea person, but this was sickeningly sweet. Blehh
Last night’s cup. Can’t say it really worked for me this time as a sleep aid but the cup sure emptied in a hurry.
(Ok, so I did not buy the sampler pack; I bought the entire box of Peppermint but for some reason I couldnt post on that page)
IN.LOVE. Seriously. I have been pretty much drinking this day in and day out. Its strong, delicious and sweet enough to cure any cravings for sweets that I might have. I go through a box within a few days.
I always forget how much I like this tea until I brew it up and smell that sweet cinnamon goodness, and then take a sip and taste that slightly sweet apple flavor. It’s nice, and not as heavy as the scent would trick you into believing.
This is DELICIOUS! I first tried this tea as part of the sampler pack and although I love Country Peach Passion, this was by far the best tea of the pack! Unfortunately, I havent been able to find a box of just this flavor in my local grocery stores (might have to order online) but I am planning on trying Blueberry Jam from DAVIDs TEA to see how it stacks up <3
Its funny that another review said that this tea had a stronger peppermint taste than anything else, because that is the flavor I feel is the weakest in Candy Cane Lane. I can taste a lot of green tea and vanilla in this. It might be because I am not the biggest green tea fan (trying to ease my way into liking it… lol)but all that being said, I like this tea. Its different than a lot of the fruity herbal tea that I usually drink and I’m definitely going to finish the box and perhaps repurchase :)
Personally, I love it. It tastes like cinnamon candy, like Red Hots or a milder version of Atomic Fireballs. Mmmmm, Halloween. Sure it’s not a loose leaf tea that costs $15 just to sniff, but so what? It’s good!
Don’t get me wrong, I like loose leaf teas just fine. However, some of the venomous, haughty attitudes of the reviewers here towards anything that’s not super-premium expensive loose leaf tea picked by pixie princesses is ridiculous.
So last year I was so happy with myself for sipping this down and I went ahead and bought another box the other day, I guess I must like it more than I am willing to admit. It helps if you use a small cup, and let it sit for a while. I also recommend soymilk (or creamer of your choice) and then it isn’t too bad. Stevia kind of ruined it I will try some coconut sugar soon. I think I just really enjoy the aroma of this more so than the taste. Good for evening time, after yoga class and helped with the ubiquitous dessert cravings.
This has turned into the evening go-to tea when I need a little self-coddling. Long tiring day, writing deadlines dogpiled on top of it, hubby under the weather (Dr. Tazo is taking care of him while I’m still working), the wanna-gotta-do list that’s so long it’s strangling me… any little bit of sweetness helps.
Can y’all find this locally?
Herbal Tea Sampler
Caffeine Free Herbal Tea
**A review of Honey Vanilla Chamomile herbal Tea by Celestial Seasonings
Company: Celestial Seasonings, Inc.
Tea Name: Honey Vanilla Chamomile herbal Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: herbal
Steeping Vessel/Amt Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: golden honey
Leaf Characteristic: chamomile, honey and orange peel scent is what one meets when opening of the tea pouch.
Water Temp: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5-6 minutes
I take this tea sampler and put one tea bag in my cup and pouring over the bag some freshly cold tap water, I put this in the microwave for two minutes and then leaving it to steep the remainder of time (totaling six minutes).
At once, one can appreciate the aroma as it fills the air: vanilla, sweet honey, orange peel, and chamomile. It is wonderfully mixed and the tea color when I remove the cover from the tea cup is that light golden honey. I excitedly take a quick sip and another sip of tea and begin to relax into this day. I surrender to whatever is to come at me (be they be negative or positive); I with my amulet (this cup of liquor) can withstand it all.
Overall tasting notes: a heady cup of honey-vanilla-chamomile tea with orange peel and lemongrass as the final notes playing upon one’s palette. There is a brightness that comes to having this cup of tea.
Cup’s characteristic: freshly of herbal teas
Liquor color: light golden honey
Taste: sweetly sunny
Peppermint (sampler pack) by Celestial Seasonings, Inc.
Herbal Tea, Caffeine Free
Bursting with even more flavor!
**A review of Peppermint Tea by Celestial Seasonings, Inc.
Company: Celestial Seasonings, Inc.
Tea Name: Peppermint Herbal Tea
Tea Type/Varietal: Herbal
Steeping Vessel/Amt Leaf: cup/ tea bag
Liquor Color: light to bright red
Water Temp: 190 Fahrenheit
Time: 5-6 minutes
Using fresh tap water I put one tea bag in my cup and microwave the tea for 2 ½ minutes and leave it to steep by covering it for the remainder of the six minutes totals. I am enjoying, already, the tea’s aroma which is that peppermint sweetness filling the air around me. It is heady and much more so when I remove the covering from my tea cup.
The tea’s liquor is a brightly reddish and smells of peppermint; that minty freshness that is to be found in a pack of peppermint gum but not as sweetly as the chewing gums. I sip of tea while thinking of chewing gum and of this tea’s natural sweetness.
This cup of herbal is tea is seemingly right; in that all the notes hitting the right spot. Nothing is overt at all in this cup of tea. It is a nice cup of peppermint.
Overall tasting notes: a good cup of tea with that spicy peppermint which is good for one’s digestion. It is bursting with even more flavor!
Cup’s characteristic: fresh herbal cup of the peppermint leaves soothing my stomach muscle walls.
Liquor color: bright red
Taste: spicy peppermint