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First experience with was “pleasant and tasty, but not stellar.” Kicking that assessment up several notches after adding a small blip of almond milk. Just what this needed to turn the caramel into Brach’s Milk Maids…the fresh ones out of the bin that are still squooshy…and to accentuate the sharpness of the apple. As always with CS flavors, it’s better a) bag-in, b) double bagged, c)in a small cup or a combination of all three. This evening, small cup was all it took.
Holiday tea displays are going to be the death of me. Every time I stick my nose in looking for Ginger Snappish, I see something else that’s new, cheap, and…
I’m so used to drinking Celestial Seasonings bag-in, it never dawned on me to actually check or follow any steeping guidance from the box itself. The cup that resulted, then, leaned heavily to the cinnamon-apple spectrum with only a hint of caramel at the end of each sip. Still pretty tasty, and adds another herbal option to fall/winter sipping.
Rocking, sipping, cat snoozing in the sunny patch on the rug, watching Bob Ross paint happy trees, glancing at the happy yellow maple glowing in my front yard. Balm for the weary soul.
Not a fan.
I got this for my boyfriend to try since he really likes warm apple drinks in the colder months and loves caramel. Turns out that this is so not for me. It tastes like a sour apple with a lot more sourness than should still be present after coating it in caramel. The caramel isn’t really noticeable, especially compared to how strong I thought it would be based on the name. There also seemed to be a fine line between weak and overpowering when it came to steep times. My cup was too weak at 3 1/2 minutes, so he left his bag in for almost 5. The hibiscus in this kind of took over at that point. Why on earth did hibiscus need to be the second ingredient in this tea?!?!?? Oh well. The search continues for an apple-y caramelly tea that he’ll like.
Flavors: Green Apple, Sour
Had this last night, but Steepster was acting up. This is another decent herbal blend from an inexpensive grocery store purchase. Vanilla and chamomile feature with a tiny touch of honey. This is a soothing mug and a great way to end a night when I have a cold. I think I still prefer the Vanilla Sleepytime personally as it is more complex and the overall flavor appeals to me more, but I already drank the whole box and this is what I have left. Still a good one when you need something calming in a jiffy. :)
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Vanilla
Because I am a lemming and thought this would be awesome, I bought two boxes of this (Target isn’t super close to my house).
The dry bad smelled like a cookie with a little citrus rind on it, so far so good. It brewed up a sort of non color, maybe almost clear but with a hint of something. Pretty murky and not so appealing.
Hot, I smelled COCONUT Alarm bells! I went and double checked the ingredients. No coconut. Folks, I ate a mouthful of hidden coconut last weekend and thought my head was going to do the exorcist spin. YUCK. Anyway, I took the leap and drank some.
First sip I didn’t like it. What is that flavor…buttery, sort of vanilla, definitely sweet. Couldn’t place it.
Marshmallow? OK. Marshmallow and butter. Then I had it! You know when you make homemade krispy treats, and the first step is to melt the butter and add marshmallows? That’s exactly what this tastes like. It tastes much more like a krispy treat than the krispy treat tea I had once. I bet if you made this with some genmaicha it would be right there.
But anyway, while it wasn’t super bad, it wasn’t good either. I will probably try one more cup and use someone’s suggestion to leave the bag in there. But it definitely wasn’t a wow moment.
So, yesterday when I was getting my shot, my dr injected some steroids, and was telling me the side effects that it would cause. Yesterday and early this morning I kept getting like hot flashes-and I’d feel super hot and would literally start sweating, even though it’s freezing in my room. That’s gone away mostly, but now I am feeling super irritated and grumpy for no reason whatsoever. My dr mentioned this side effect the most out of all of them. At first it was somewhat okay, but now I just can’t focus on anything. >
Soo I took a tremadol today, and usually that pain killer doesn’t help with the majority of pain I have. It usually just helps with one particular kind of pain, which I haven’t had in like a week anyway. And since I have to save my vicodin for this weekend, I decided I’d only take tremedol if I needed something this weekend.
So I really didn’t think it would help me much at all.. And my pain was so bad that I couldn’t really stand. But two hours after taking it I could walk again-and like 90% of my pain went away (which Is a lot, considering how bad it was today).
It’s never worked this well for all my pain before!!
I’m really happy that it helped because It’s been so bad today. Like, I feel so great compared to how I have all day!
While I have lots to do today, I still gotta take it slow. And since chamomile relaxes my muscles I figured this tea would be a perfect mix with the tremedol.
And I was right! :D
I’m just really happy to have survived a horrible day at work and to be able to stand/walk again, AND to be able to FINALLY relax and this means I can get things done tonight! happy dance
Also…I apologize for my awful grammar. Especially in the last part, haha! I’m just excited!
So, as my health gets worse, my mum keeps trying to find things to help manage my pain (because she is just awesome that way), and one of the things she found out was that a decent amount of people drink Chamomile tea, and it helps their muscles and nerves relax more.
Soooo since yesterday was horrible and nothing seemed to work, I finally took a hot bath and made this tea, which I haven’t had in forever it seems.
But it actually really made me feel relaxed! Like really relaxed! So basically, even though this is a bagged tea, it really seemed to help me for a bit, and that’s pretty awesome.
The flavor isn’t even that bad. Don’t really taste vanilla, but definitely taste the honey…it’s super sweet. Not bad for a bagged tea, I must say!
I’m really excited that something finally helped yesterday, since the entire day was agonizing. But now I am on yet another mission to find a really good tea that is relaxing like this one…just…better. xD
If anyone has any recommendations of especially relaxing teas I’d love to hear them! (:
Flavors: Honey, Sweet
Taken from the EUTTB return of round 2
The blends raw scent is of cinnamon bark, dry pumpkin and ginger.
1 bag, boiling water for 4 minutes.
Steeped scent is thickly and sweetly cinnamon stick with a touch of clove and ginger.
Flavour is super sweet (like 10 sugars sweet) with a dry cinnamon and clove taste. It’s sweetness is too sweet for me, compared to it’s spicy tones it’s refreshing, brings out the clove. So sweet cinnamon and clove…not quite Halloween but rather reminding me of Christmas. After half a cup it gets sweeter and becomes harder for me to drink. I love strong cinnamon teas but it’s the pure sugar sweetness I can’t handle.
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Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Sweet
I tried to review this last night and Steepster froze, so trying again. I used to make this with microwaved water back in the day. My husband is feeling under the weather so I brewed it using my tea kettle. What a difference! This has a unique flavor that I can’t quite place- maybe a blend of chamomile, vanilla, and other herbs? It is sweet, soft, soothing.. sleepytime is the perfect name. Doesn’t taste fakey or overly flavored for a night brew. I found it quite enjoyable- might be my favorite herbal so far. Not bad for an inexpensive grocery store pick-up!
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Sweet, Vanilla
Hibiscus. The bane of many Celestial Seasonings teas. It’s present in this tea, but it’s forced way too the back by the dominant flavor of black cherry soda, which I love.
This tea reminds me of playing outside with my friends when I was a kid and there was always this one crazy mother that had a ton of black cherry soda. How can that be anything but good?
I like it cold brewed as iced tea and hot. It has a subtle sweetness both ways.
I’m not saying this is some sort of fancy cherry and fig brew I would drink out of fine china at the table after Thanksgiving dinner. It’s more like a drink it out of a plastic bottle while shooting hoops and playing on the playground, if that’s your sort of thing.
I know it’s mine.
If you like black cherry soda, you’ll love this tea. I expect this to be one of my go to fruity iced tea for years to come.
I was at the grocery store today and saw the big display of Celestial Seasoning’s holiday tea. I decided to get this because I don’t have too many herbals that aren’t medicinal or rooibos blends. I was a bit dismayed to see so many crappy reviews when I got home on Steepster. Boy, you folks are a tough crowd!
Anyway I steeped this up in a smaller mug for 4 minutes. I am definitely getting ginger and yes, cinnamon, but not really “bread” or gingerbread anyway. This was better after some soymilk was added, made it a bit creamy. I have to wonder how this would taste with some rooibos thrown in, or some black tea. More experiments may be needed. Anyway, this is okay, I think I will drink it this winter but probably won’t be a repurchase for me.
I love this tea. It’s a lovely and unusual herbal tea. It has quite a few ingredients, a number of which are pretty unusual (catnip?), so I have no idea what it is that comes out in the flavour, but it manages to be both perfectly soothing and also somehow… almost spicey, but not in a traditional sense. In any case, it’s lovely. Also, I loooove the picture on the box. Plus the name is cute. I pretty much try to have this one in my tea cupboard at all times.
This one was a weird hybrid tea combo: I steeped one bag of this in a timolino along with 1 tsp. of DAVIDsTEA’s Cream of Earl Grey. I was going off a bit of a hunch that the butterscotch like notes in the CEG would connect these two together, and the result would be something sweeter and more decadent. I think I was pretty spot on, actually, with that theory.
The most present flavour was a strong butterscotch/caramel kind of richness and then there were several other flavours layered around that; some mild spices like cinnamon/nutmeg, weaker citrus flavours, and vanilla. Finally, all that sweetness faded away to a bergamot aftertaste. This’d probably be too sweet for a regular thing to drink, but it was actually very pleasant as an occasional “EG twist”.
Non Tea Related: Saturday was my first “complete” day off in about two weeks (over that, actually) so I spent the bulk of the morning sleeping in and then lounging around the house until about 1PM when my Dad and Step Mom came over; they were in town for a concert the night before, so they just took me out for brunch (mmm; Peaches and Cream waffles!) and then drove me around to a few places I had to go to run some errands (like the post office, to mail VariaTEA’s Christmas gift). It was the first tme my Step Mom had come up to visit, since my moving over a year ago. She was surprisingly cordial compared to her normal bitterness.
Then back home; caught up on TV and stuff. Finally around 7PM Tre got home; he’d just finished all his Christmas shopping and had decided that we weren’t gonna wait until December to exchange Christmas gifts: we were gonna do it now…
So we did that: I got him three different kinds of recipe/cooking books ‘cause of the whole chef thing and then some Star Wars candy. And he got me Pokemon Alpha Sapphire! So, I spent Way longer than I should have playing that Saturday night. My trainer’s name is Edison, and so far I’m rocking a team of three (and just beat the second gym)" my Marshstomp named La’Gaan (yeah comic book references), my Lombre named Psych (’cause his final form looks like a pineapple, and the whole running pineapple gag thing in Psych), and a Slakoth named Arastoo!
So, it was a great first day off in ages.
Got ready for work quick enough this morning that I can get in one tasting note from my queue while my work tea for the day steeps in the timolino!
This one is a very old tea from a swap with VariaTEA that took place almost a year ago. One of our first swaps; where we actually prearranged what we were sending one another instead of just sending any and everything. And, like an ass, I’ve put off trying this one until now. My justification being that I thought this was a Chai; and after I’d figured out I don’t like Chai I had zero enthusiasm to try it. But, I couldn’t just get rid of it until I’d tried at least one bag.
So that was the plan here; try one bag, hate it, and either ditch the rest in a swap with someone or possibly just through it out. To ease the anticipated awfulness I added milk. But shocker guys; this is NOT a Chai. It’s a beautiful, sweet custard like cup of hot, silky smooth butterscotch and vanilla sweetness. With just a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to give this a holiday feeling and add some depth. So, I did not throw this out – and I look forward to the many subsequent cups I’ll have of this during this Christmas season.
It was a much needed reminder to actually CHECK THE INGREDIENTS of a tea instead of just assuming you know what that tea is all about. I mean, obviously, I was shocked and confused my first few sips – but in a good way.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Butterscotch, Cream, Custard, Nutmeg, Vanilla