Celestial Seasonings

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75

If ever I needed a cup of tea to help relax me, it was tonight. We’ve had the most miserable weather here in south-western Ontario. Snow, snow and more snow. Also, very cold temperatures. Today was the fourth day in a row that I’ve had to shovel and my poor body is feeling it! I soaked my aching muscles in the tub for over an hour and now I’m parked in front of the T.V. watching 48 Hours Hard Evidence and enjoying a cup of this tea. It’s not bad. I’m not usually a fan of chamomile but it’s nice here. It’s a mild chamomile with mint. I am trying hard to detect the vanilla but I can’t find it. I’m left a little disappointed that I can’t taste the vanilla but it’s still good anyway. I like it, but not enough to give it a re-purchase.

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66

It’s good at what it does, if that makes sense. It does taste candy-cane like (not just peppermint), and I really like finding a decaf green tea. I love real teas, but have to tightly restrict my caffeine intake, so decaf is always a good find. It’s a forgiving brew as well, seeming to taste pretty much the same with warmer or cooler water and all different steeping times. I don’t taste much of a cinnamon flavor, at least nothing obtrusive and artificial. It does taste pretty sweet to me even without adding anything else to it, and my daughter (8) loves it. There’s just something about it I don’t love, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. For the price and convenience, it’s definitely worth it if the description appeals to you. Even though it isn’t my thing, I can still understand why many people really love it.

Flavors: Candy, Peppermint, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I was given a sample of this with my last order from Celestial Seasonings. I really didn’t expect to like it. It sounded like a lot of competing flavors, especially since I like very few green teas, and really dislike sleepytime tea. I wasn’t sure what to think of the first sip, because it wasn’t what I was expecting at all, but it really grew on me as I continued the cup. It starts with a mild flavor of lemon that flows seamlessly into mint, and finishes with a faint floral note. I may have to pick up more of this next time I put in an order

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

I did not know Celestial Seasonings sold direct.

rosebudmelissa

They do. It’s especially nice for ordering the holiday teas outside the holiday season and the ones that are harder to find in stores.

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75

I love peppermint tea. It helps to soothe and relax me. It makes a perfect cup before bed. This is a good peppermint tea until you’ve had a better one. It isn’t quite as peppermint-y as I’d like it to be. The peppermint flavour is there, but seems dull. It’s good, but not great. I like a bright peppermint tea that has maximum peppermint flavour. Still, this brand is sufficient until a better one comes along. Since I’ve already found a better peppermint tea that I prefer over this one, I won’t give this one a re-purchase.

Flavors: Peppermint

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61

Ever since I heard that there is Valerian in this tea, that apparently makes you really tired, I wanted to try it. Because I’m all about relaxing teas right now. xD
So I tried it the other night, and of course, it didn’t make me any more tired than I already was. xD That was disappointing. I mean some people act like Valerian in teas really knocks you out. I was really hoping it would do that to me, but…things never really work for me that works for everyone else, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
Anyway, the taste isn’t too bad. Dry leaf smells strongly of spearmint.
The taste is almost the same as the smell, except it also tastes faintly of lemongrass. I read other tasting notes mentioning that. But it just was kinda a weird combo when I experienced it. xD Oh well.
I will have to try this again, maybe next time It will work better!

Flavors: Lemongrass, Smooth, Spearmint

The Cookie Lady

I’ve found that when you really expect something to make you sleepy, you’ll never get sleepy because your mind is preoccupied by constant evaluation of whether or not you are in fact getting sleepier, meaning your mind doesn’t relax enough to become sleepy. At least, I feel like that’s how it works for me. When I don’t know something is supposed to make me sleepy or am distracted from constantly thinking about it, I’ll be that person who gets knocked out by it ;)

AllanK

Sometimes Valerian Root teas knock me out, sometimes they have no effect. I drank one last night after waking up in the middle of the night, it didn’t help me either.

AllanK

If the taste of the tea “isn’t too bad” there is probably not much Valerian Root in it, that stuff tastes terrible.

Terri HarpLady

When I want to use valerian as a sleep aid, I add a dropper full of valerian tincture to a cup of hot herbal tea, or sustain squirt it under my tongue. There’s never enough of the actual herb in a cup of tea to really do the job :)
Now THAT’S self-medicating!

OMGsrsly

AllanK, like aged cheese. Right? (There are less flattering descriptions of Valerian, but I’ll spare everyone!)

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100

I drink this every morning. It wakes me right up.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Coffee

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

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94

This tea is delicious! It doesn’t just taste like straight up peppermint. It has some of the creamy quality a candy cane has. It is nice it has no caffeine so I can drink it at night.

Flavors: Candy, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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62

As someone who isn’t a ginger fan this is a hard tea to like. I imagine if I did love ginger I’d like this more. I like the certain bready quality it has to it. Reminds me of eating a gingerbread man which I love. Theoretically I would love this tea since I love gingerbread men so much but…I don’t know…in tea form there’s just too much ginger for me >

Flavors: Baked Bread, Ginger

albertocanfly

I’ve considered adding one bag of this + one of sugar cookie sleigh ride and see how it turns out. Might mellow out the ginger with some doughy-ness:P

albertocanfly

Plus, I am glad you got to finally try it!^.^

Ost

Oo that might actually be good! Let me know how it turns out! XD

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55
drank Chamomile by Celestial Seasonings
40 tasting notes

A nice, mellow Chamomile. It’s not the best I’ve ever tasted, but it’s not the worst! This one has been in my cupboard for awhile, so perhaps getting a new package of this flavor would improve my perception of this tea. I need to let this one steep longer than other Chamomiles, but the longer steep does so much for the flavor.

gmathis

Chamomile doesn’t vary much in personality, no matter its age or brand. I guess that’s a good quality.

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75

I still had a couple of bags of this tea hanging around in the kitchen from the days before I discovered loose leaf tea. Since I’ve been sick this week, I decided this was a good time to use them up. And I was pleasantly surprised by how nice this was. According to the ingredients list, it’s pure peppermint leaf with no additives. And it steeps up nice and smooth with a true mint flavor. It’s not something I’d reach for every day, but it’s a great comforting herbal for when you’re sick. I may just have to re-stock on this one!

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaBrat

For herbals, Celestial Seasonings is pretty good I think

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100

Water temp- just boiling
Steep time- 6 minutes

A delicious tea- I think I may try to stock up on a few boxes to last me throughout the year.

As a side note, I was nauseous for the last few days. I read that ginger helps ease the tummy. I drank this tea and it seemed to help!

Upon opening the package, the first smells I noticed were cinnamon and ginger- reminded me of a Christmas spice aisle at the Grocers. I also noticed another spice smell, but I can’t identify it at the moment.

The tea steeps to a nice dark golden brown.

It doesn’t exactly taste like a gingerbread cookie, but you can definitely taste the ginger, cinnamon, and other woody-type flavours.

The cinnamon flavour coats your tongue- it leaves a pleasant tingle.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Spices

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

The tea bags smell like a freshly opened pack of spearmint gum. I absolutely love spearmint, so YUM!
To me, spearmint is also the main flavour that I detect (please note, I have yet to develop my “tea palette” , so I may add to this in the future)
This tea is very calming and comforting, like a warm, soft blanket. I really do look forward to drinking it before bed every night.
It leaves a pleasant and light aftertaste in the mouth.
Also delicious when cream is added to it!

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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55

I bought a box of this last week when I finished up my Twinings Peppermint bags. I remembered that it received satisfactory and downright glowing reviews here on Steepster a few years ago, and decided to try it out.

Now that I have – a few times now – I find that I don’t particularly care for it. Its odor reminds me of potpurri and tasting it reinforces the image in my mind (not that I know what potpurri tastes like…). Adding at least two teaspoons of sugar helps me get it down but I’m trying to consume less sugar, so that’s not really that helpful.

I have 18 bags left and I think it might end up being pushed to the back of the cupboard (there will be a post going up in the swap category soon if you’re interested in taking some/all of this off my hands).

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75

Backlog. I just got back from a trip to New Mexico. I love the desert, but it really does not love me back. By the last day I was dried out, feeling sick, and fighting a migraine. Now I am back home and feeling a ton better in the (relative) humidity of Indiana.

I can’t believe there’s hibiscus in this! That sneaky little flower. I honestly didn’t taste it this time. This is a pretty good approximation of spiced apple cider, and after a long day of travel and a colder-than-expected forecast it was more than welcome. Sweet like a candy apple but somehow not overwhelming, strongly cinnamon-y, and I actually managed to resteep it once. Not bad for a cheap bag.

Nicole

We did a road trip through NM the first week in December. I like the temperatures but I felt like a lizard the whole time. Slathered lotion on my hands and face all day long.

bluebelle

Lizard is a good description! It seems like every day I would have to get some new thing I hadn’t thought to bring (eye drops, thicker lotion, etc.). At least Santa Fe was pretty in the snow.

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Hmm. I don’t know what to think of this. It’s sweeter than plain chamomile, and I can taste the honey and vanilla a bit, but it has an odd aftertaste. I think I prefer plain chamomile to this.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Gave this one a nice long steep, and it made it much richer and better than usual. The barley came out more, and the mouthfeel was creamy and sweet, like a perfectly-baked sugar cookie. The orange peel is the most brilliant part of it.

This is one that I will crave once in a great while, and it hits the spot. Just a really low-maintenance, simple pleasure.

Flavors: Cookie, Orange Zest, Sugar

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75

Snowed in for the umpteenth time this winter! Thank goodness I have a job which permits me to work from home on days like this, because traveling is not an option.

This tea is easy to make and apt for the current environment. I taste the orange zest and vanilla most prominently today.

Some people think this one doesn’t taste like much, but hey, then again, plain sugar cookies don’t actually taste like much unless you add frosting to them anyway.

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75

I’ve been wanting to try this one for forever… I finally found it at Shaw’s of all places (along with a fully stocked display of Caramel Apple Dream!)

I’m in love! This tastes EXACTLY like a sugar cookie. I’m on my second cup already. It’s a creamy tea, and it’s sweet and bready and buttery and perfect.

I wish they made this and the Caramel Apple year round, but I suppose if they did, they wouldn’t be as special.

jeweledthumb

+1 on the Caramel Apple Dream being made available year round.

Anlina

I have been looking and looking and haven’t seen this one in a single seasonal display, and that makes me sad cause it sounds delicious.

teaqueen

Shaw’s has both! I know that Amazon has them, too.

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I tend not to like Celestial Seasoning’s apple flavoring, so I was hesitant to try this. But, it had enough positive reviews here that I decided it was worth a shot. THe final verdict…I still don’t like Celestial Seasoning’s apple flavoring. It doesn’t taste too bad at first, but as the tea cools it gets sweeter and more artificial tasting to the point where I find the tea undrinkable. I am very much not a fan.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
jeweledthumb

Um, is there anything you’d want to trade this for? I can’t find it anymore and would love some more.

rosebudmelissa

I just put half of it in the Herbal Traveling Tea box I put together. If you’re interested in that, I could throw in the rest and send if off to you first. You’re in Maryland like me, so that wouldn’t be an issue. If not, I can pull it out to trade. You look like you have quite a few things I’d be interested in trying.

jeweledthumb

Either way works for me. =)

rosebudmelissa

It would probably be easier for me if you join the box. One less thing to mail out. The discussion is here if you want to subscribe to it: http://steepster.com/discuss/9917-herbal-ttb-sign-ups-open

jeweledthumb

You have an additional comment. =)

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