Celestial Seasonings

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54

Unpleasantly, alarmingly spicy…not a well balanced chai. It was too bitter. I’ll give this one another shot later with more almond milk. Maybe that will cut the spices down.

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I haven’t had Celestial Seasonings in forever, but I broke down and steeped this up because I have a headache and thought it might help. It’s probably because it’s so old, but this tea tastes like nothing at all. It still manages to smell fresh though, somehow.

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Enjoying a decadently non-traditional Thanksgiving Day (extended family later = home, sleep late, lazy morning, chili for Thanksgiving Day Dinner)…which meant we found ourselves at Food 4 Less around noon to pick up odds and ends. And the best find of all was a huge bin of Celestial Seasonings holiday goodies on sale! Found Caramel Apple Dream, which I’ve been hunting for all fall, and impulsively grabbed this box, too.

On to real tea-related comments. Existing reviews aren’t very kind to the Wonderland, but I like it. Think sweet cranberry cookie, not tart cranberry chutney. The stevia, which turned me off CS’ Sweet Harvest Pumpkin, meshes better with the rooibos, and while it’s more sweetener than I’d add on my own, works just fine.

Kristal

Lovely! I’ve been really lovely Celestial Seasonings lately. Other than a few teas iced, I really like Honey Vanilla Chamomile hot before bed :)

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20
drank Red Zinger by Celestial Seasonings
12 tasting notes

Blech!!!!!

So I left the tea bag in for maybe half a minute and the water was still clear.

But then I took a chopstick to stir it a bit and an oil spillage of fuchsia happened. Not two heartbeats later, the scent blasted into my face as if a jet stream made of cotton candy scent.

The taste was exactly what those harbingers of doom warned: in-your-face, sweet to a point of nausea, maybe a little bit tart, and cough syrupy in a distinctly synthetic range. I noticed the hibiscus scent for maybe fifteen seconds, and the flavor for an even shorter amount of time, before it succumbed to the avalanche of undercooked cranberry pie flavor.

It sure has a zing, but do not drink this unless you want the taste of hyperglycemic levels of sugar on your tongue.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Cake, Caramel, Cotton Candy, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Raspberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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60

I’m a little on the fence about this tea. When I bought it, I imagined it being sweet and warm, but after having a cup, I think the flavor and overall impression is slightly underwhelming.

Upon open the box, the smell is very strong and slightly artificial, like a berry cinnamon potpourri. After steeping for five minutes, the smell seems a little diluted, though you can definitely still identify cinnamon and berries. The liqueur is a pretty pinkish-red.

Much like the scent after steeping, the taste is somewhat diluted. It’s slightly sweet and the most notable flavors are artificial cranberry, cinnamon, and hibiscus. I don’t detect any traces of vanilla or rooibos at all.

I’m not sure if I’d recommend this tea, though I wouldn’t steer anyone away from it. There’s not much to this tea, but I’m sure there are some who would enjoy it, so I’d encourage anyone who’s interested to at least give it a try. You never know!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cranberry, Hibiscus

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

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70

I didn’t even bother trying this hot because I knew I wasn’t going to like it. Instead, I cold brewed this tea- the 4 tea bags in my sampler pack steeped in 2L of water for 24+ hours. The result is a not sour, lemony taste. Not bad and refreshing! Still a little weak though, so I’m going to leave the tea bags in for at least another day. I love using tea bag tea for iced tea- just throw the bags out- easy clean up!

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 66 OZ / 1951 ML

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90

Yep, this is peppermint. Brews up strongly and is nice and relaxing after a long work week.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

I love Celestial Seasonings Peppermint, so I knew I would love this one too!

It smelled wonderful as I first opened the box, like a very sugary candy cane, but as it steeped, I mostly picked up the obvious peppermint smell. The taste wasn’t as minty or sweet as I thought it’d be, but it was still very good. The most obvious, though subtle, flavors were mint, vanilla, cinnamon, and a hint of green tea.

I think I still prefer Celestial Seasonings other mint tea, but I won’t pass this up when I see it during the holidays. I’d definitely recommend it to others.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Peppermint, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

When your morning (or day) needs a kickstart, this is the perfect tea. I brew a pot of it, usually—3 bags—and let it steep. I’ve found that if you drink it right away, the bitterness is a bit too strong. But if you let it sit for five or ten minutes, it mellows into a very pleasant tea with notes of wood or bark and smoke. Not for everyone, of course, and not even for every morning—I honestly think that too much of this stuff could make your heart explode—but for those long days that you’re just dreading, or too tired to even think about? This tea will get you through.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Smoke

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77
drank Chamomile by Celestial Seasonings
338 tasting notes

Yep this is chamomile. Brews up strongly too. Nice before bed.

Still prefer loose leaf cause it has more depth of flavor though.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kirkoneill1988

freaky flowers :P

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80

Mint, chamomile, and other Ingredients make a tasty and calming mix :). Floral + minty, yum.

Flavors: Floral, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

So, it was cheaper to throw in a box of tea to my amazon order than to pay for shipping, so that’s what I did. This came in a sampler pack of 5, which gets my cupboard number up to 67. It’s never been that high before. As mentioned though, it’s mostly all small samples and my number will only go down from here….

This is the tea that I was most skeptical about. Reading the name, I thought it was going to be cloyingly sweet, and reading the ingredients I thought it was going to be a blast of licorice. Since the ingredients are finely ground I only steeped the bag for 1 min and it still produced a strong cup. Surprise surprise- it actually does have a bit of a honey-vanilla flavour that doesn’t seem artificial to me or is cloyingly sweet! There is also a good, basic chamomile flavour and no gross licorice taste. I really enjoyed this tea, and I got my husband to try some and he liked it too. This may be a repurchase!

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Vanilla

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

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82

Pure chamomile tea always tastes great and this tea is no exception.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

Honey and vanilla taste great with chamomile! It tastes great and is relaxing as you would expect from any chamomile.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 9 OZ / 266 ML

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65

Once again this is a pure peppermint tea but it just doesn’t taste quite as good or as smooth as the last few pure peppermint teas I drank. The ingredients says “Peppermint” and it almost tastes like it is made with a breath peppermint rather than peppermint leaves.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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87

Tastes great and smells even better.

This is a chamomile based tea with spearmint and a few other background flavors.

When I opened the package I smelt mainly spearmint but when I started steeping the tea the chamomile smell and taste became the more dominant with the spearmint more background. I barely noticed the other ingredients.

Flavors: Floral, Spearmint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 9 OZ / 266 ML
Kristal

I have this coming in a sampler pack- looking forward to trying it :)

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78

This was a really pleasant lemon tea. It is called Lemon Zinger, I tasted the lemon but the way I prepared it I didn’t notice very much ‘zing’.

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kristal

I just ordered a sampler pack from Celestial Seasonings and this one is in it. I’ll be interested to try it out!

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70

Pleasant fruity flavor but it is a bit more tart than I like.

Flavors: Cherry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kristal

Loved this one cold brewed :)

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79

Pleasantly fruity and slightly tart.

Flavors: Berry, Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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89

This tea was perfect. Slightly sweet and peachy but I did not notice any tartness like many other fruit teas. I will definitely be buying this tea again.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

I could taste the blueberry but the tea had a tart flavor from the other ingredients that was stronger than the blueberry. I enjoyed the tea but it wasn’t one of my favorites.

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kristal

Did you try this hot? I personally LOVE this one iced.

ctjuggler

Yes I tried it hot. Maybe I will try it iced next time.

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68

I cold brewed this overnight last night and it was really really good – I’m impressed! Normally this one is just okay but cold brewing really downplayed the orange notes and amped up the hibiscus which was fine by me! I used 4 bags/32oz of water. I’m cold brewing again tonight with 3 bags/32oz to see how that plays out.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
32 OZ / 946 ML

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68

This tastes kind of like Tang.. or a weird.. non-carbonated orange soda (which means next time I’m making this with seltzer!)

It’s alright, definitely very orangey, not my favorite CS tea at the moment but still fairly good. The orange is super tangy and overall fairly tart, and the other citrus flavors help the hibiscus shine through.

Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Orange, Tangy

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67

Fruity and quite tart. Next time I won’t steep the tea this long.

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 11 OZ / 325 ML

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