Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

60

Like this tea less and less each time I try it. It just tastes kind of weird to me. However, if I steep this tea and a bag of Bengal Spice, the resulting tea is rather tasty, like a peach crumble or cobbler.

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60

Lowering my rating after having this a few times. I’m noticing the hibiscus more. I’ll finish this, but I don’t love it.

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60

This tea isn’t bad at all. I was expecting a hibiscus-y monstrosity, but it actually tasted more like peach with a hint of chamomile. It’s a nice reminder of the past summer because it really does taste quite like peach. A nice, non-objectionable herbal to put me to sleep. Lovely.

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65

No kidding about the sweet part! Since I almost never sweeten my teas, it was a little startling just how sweet it is. Luckily, I don’t mind the taste of stevia and got over it pretty quickly. I WILL be trying this with a little almond milk as soon as I get some because I think that’s going to bring out the pumpkin-ness.

Flavors: Spices

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I saw this on clearance yesterday so I picked up a box! My first steep was much better than this one! At 4min. the stevia becomes very overpowering. At three minutes I was able to taste more of the spices. I’m not sure this is a great boxed tea, but I’ll have to try it a bit more! I actually think it would be a bit better if the black base was more evident. It would balance out this sweetness a lot.

TeaBrat

this stuff was definitely too sweet for me!

Tamm

I actually poured out this second cup. I guess shorter steep times are a must! And I noticed that the stevia is probably what made me really hate another recent tea.

TeaBrat

When it comes to Stevia, less is definitely more!

gmathis

I’ve done it halvesies with plain black tea and it’s much better.

Tamm

Thanks for the advice! I’ll try it when I steep it again.

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84

I was hesitant to purchase this tea because of the warnings on the back of the box… “For adults only,” “Do not drink before operating machinery,” and so on. I was expecting a brew with an overpowering aroma and a bitter taste. Instead, what I got was something very tolerable, and pleasant. The color of the tea was a little darker than that of the regular Sleepytime tea; sort of a yellowish-amber color that deepens into a slight red. The aroma is indeed very fragrant – smelling strongly of mint and chamomile. It is the kind of fragrance that fills all of your senses with cooling and rejuvenation… very comforting and soothing. When you sip the tea you get a sort of tingle on your lips and in your mouth, probably from the spearmint or lemongrass. I find this to be very delightful. I have grown quite accustomed to the taste of this tea and I like it so much that it is now a significant part of every evening in my house. This is a very unique, lovely, tasty tea (even without honey or sugar!) that I will continue to purchase.

Flavors: Hops, Lemongrass, Orange Blossom, Spearmint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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100

I love tea but I’m usually having to ignore the unpleasant taste of not of them. This tea by far is the best tea I’ve ever had, I love it! I don’t see myself buying a different one.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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82

After reading a few reviews that said this had a caramel flavor, I decided I had to try it. I don’t usually drink teabags since they always taste very thin and flat to me but the lovely caramel sweetness is persuading my sweet tooth to like this one. And I do. It’s doing wonders for my sore throat right now. I had my honey all set on the table while I steeped this tea but promptly put it back after I had a little sip. It’s very sweet and perfect to drink without adding anything, except maybe milk which I will try next time.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Spicy, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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50

This tea… It’s not for me. It’s very, very sweet. It’s minty. It’s lemony. It’s got a warmth from the cinnamon in it, but it’s cooling due to the mint. I don’t know. It’s not horribly offensive, I just don’t love it.

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66

Nice and sweet, hint of mint. A bit more mild than I prefer, but still a good tea. I like to mix it with Bigelow’s or Twining’s Chamomile tea or Bigelow’s “Sweet Dreams” for when I’m going to bed.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Mint, Orange, Rose, Rosehips, Sweet

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

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67
drank Sleepytime by Celestial Seasonings
35 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this all my life, and though now I find it too mild, it is a perfect choice for a palette that is new to tea. It’s gentle and soft, which is why I usually add honey to this rather than sugar due to its light taste.

I recommend this most for children and people new/just getting adjusted to tea.

Flavors: Mint, Orange

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

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53

Again, when it comes to Celestial Seasonings, the teas tend to be pretty mild, so I usually combine one teabag of this “Sinus Soother” with a teabag of Bigelow’s “Mint Medley” tea. On its own, Sinus Soother is nice. There’s a taste of mint and menthol. I think it tastes best when you drink it as hot as possible (I noticed the heat helps more with sinus congestion too). However, I was somewhat disappointed in its taste (too mild).

I highly recommend brewing it with 1 tsp or 1 teabag of Bigelow’s “Mint Medley” for a stronger taste and stronger affect on the sinus congestion and/or headaches- it helps me a lot!

Flavors: Licorice, Menthol, Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95

The teas from Celestial Seasonings is usually far too mild for me, but this mixture is incredible! It’s best herbal version of Chai that I’ve tasted so far- strong tones of ginger, cinnamon, and the perfect amount of spices.

This tea needs very little sugar because of its bouquet of flavors that blend together so well that it’s like drinking cinnamon caramel! It’s one of my favorite herbal teas!
(Other than this mix, I usually don’t recommend the brand “Celestial Seasonings” because it tastes very, very mild to me.)

I also noticed that “Bengal Spice” helps a lot with sinus congestion, allergies, and sore throat.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77

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I had this tea last night for vanilla week! Its something another guest bought looking for something without caffeine. It was never opened though so when I unsealed it I got a strong aroma of vanilla. Rooibus is something I tried to like but never really did, in this tea it plays a supporting role to the vanilla but I think I need it stronger. I had 1 bag in 10 oz of water. I’ll try it again with 2 bags before I rate it. It does remind me of a sugar cookie.

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40

I was inspired to buy this recently, although Celestial Seasonings can be kind of hit or miss for me. I really like ginger, lemongrass and lemon verbena. I knew I was taking a chance with rosehips, which I don’t really care for. This has a nice lemon-y and ginger-y element for sure, but is also really tart. It has citric acid in the ingredients list. Between that and the rosehips, the tartness is really overwhelming.

That’s too bad, because I really wanted to love this blend…. even with sweetener it’s a bit much for me. Perhaps I will bequeath this to the boyfriend if he is interested in taking it. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Hadn’t seen this one locally yet, but appreciate the pucker warning!

TeaBrat

Yes, I think it must be new

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30

I haven’t changed my mind much since the last time I rated this tea. Despite a nice lemon scent right out of the box and a slight honey flavor present when I steep it, the flavor is so subtle—to the point of blandness—that it’s just not a tea I would drink daily. I had to add honey to make it worth drinking. If I was sick or had a cold and wasn’t able to taste much, I might like it just for something to soothe a sore throat. Maybe it would be better iced.

Flavors: Honey, Lemon

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec
carol who

I’ve never had much luck getting a full flavor with Celestial Seasonings teas either :(

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30

The lemon and ginseng flavors are muted, almost to the point of being bland. I steeped the bag for the recommended time, but perhaps I should add a minute or two more. Overall, I’m slightly disappointed.

Flavors: Lemon

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88

Really good for a bagged chai. The honey notes are excellent and you don’t need much sugar to bring the honey flavor out. I add just a splash of milk.

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60

Like all good middle-class Americans, I’ve consumed my share of Celestial Seasonings Zinger teas, including this one, Raspberry Zinger. For years, I was perfectly satisfied with this company’s many variations on the hibiscus-rosehip theme. Until I encountered Tazo and realized that the Zingers really lacked zing by comparison. I especially found that Tazo Passion occupied a different stratum as far as intensity and quality of flavor were concerned. From then on, I pretty much stopped buying Celestial Seasonings tea, though I do occasionally find some in my house.

Case in point: this four-bag sample pack of Raspberry Zinger, of unknown age and provenance. The dried tea smelled exactly like my memory of this blend, so I brewed it up fully intending to drink it iced. Upon discovering that it was indeed a bit lacking in the flavor department (though I brewed it double strength to pour over ice), I threw a fair amount of True Lime into the mix. Then the iced beverage was more like a strong citrus punch with a bit of raspberry in the background. Pretty thirst quenching, but I won’t be buying it again. If I find any more Celestial Seasoning Zinger bags lying around, I’ll probably deploy the same strategy with them as well. The reason why I brewed this hot rather than cold was because I accidentally boiled too much water while preparing today’s coffee, so I figured Why not?

For those who do not know: True Lime is the miraculously freeze-dried form of lime juice. It is a million times better than the juice in those green plastic limes or in any bottled form. I highly recommend it to those who like to use citrus to flavor iced teas or in cooking. The company also makes True Lemon, True Orange, and True Grapefruit, all of which do truly represent the taste of the respective juice.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Tabby

Hey, I’m not middle-aged but I used to love this tea. Back in the late 90’s I would drink this and watch South Park all the time…

Amaryllis

Ah, red zinger brings me back. It was the only tea I drank as a kid and I rembrer having an odd love hate for it even then. Good times

mj

Around Christmas, Celestial Seasonings puts out a tea called Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. That one is totally worth buying.

Cheri

Where do you get this true lime stuff? It sounds great!

Cheri

I found their website. They don’t carry it at my grocery store I usually shop at, but Kroger has it. I’ll have to grab some when I take my MIL shopping next.

Tamarindel

Wow, True Lime sounds amazing!

sherapop

Cheri & Tamarindel: the citrus powders they sell are truly awesome because they capture the true taste of the juice, unlike Realemon, which seems fake to me. I do recommend! No more forgotten, rotten lemons and limes in the back of my fridge!

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97

[First Try] Less minty than I expected, which was nice because it didn’t feel too stimulating. Not at all sweet, either, which again sort of worked in favor of the lulling me to sleep aim. I don’t believe that the herbs in this blend are going to actually have any noticeable effect on sleep or calmness, but the experience of a cooling cup of warm tea plus the mellow flavor certainly had me relaxed and ready for bed.

Flavors: Hops, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling

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100

Love this tea before bed and even during the day if I am feeling a bit anxious/jittery.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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