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Uh, so the ingredient list on my box of tea has a lot more than spearmint with flavoring in it. In fact, there’s no spearmint? Color me confused.

I’d call this a peach camomile, but whatever. It’s tasty.

Flavors: Peach

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Well, I did go back and get another box of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. I like it too much not to. There were two other seasonal teas on sale as well (this one and the gingerbread one), so I grabbed those too.

One thing this has going for it is actual pumpkin in the ingredients list. And I can taste it, too! Very happy about that. Not so happy about the intense fake sweetener taste. This smells like a pumpkin pastry of some kind but tastes like dipping my tongue in a bag of stevia. Hmm. I get the feeling if I brewed this with extra black tea it’d be better. The pumpkin flavor is very nice, but I wish that fake sweetness was gone.

Flavors: Pumpkin, Sweet

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A strong tart-peach scent/flavor – only recommended if you REALLY like peach (which I do!).
Oddly enough it’s much less tart when cold.

Thankfully this one doesn’t have the hibiscus aftertaste that makes me avoid most fruit teas, so it’s probably going to be a staple in my cupboard. (There is hibiscus in the ingredients but further down the list than usual — also maybe the tartness from the peach and orange peel cover up the taste?)

Recommended for: Those who like strong fruity flavors/scents, those who are looking for a fruit tea without hibiscus (seriously, what’s with people putting that stuff in every darn thing?)

Commuter Notes: Teabags but no wrappers, overbrewing might lead to overly tart tea.

Flavors: Peach, Tart

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I love mint, the stronger, the better. This brews up a good cup of peppermint. Nice and strong, but not particularly fresh. It’s cheap and you can find it everywhere so it’s good to have on hand.

Flavors: Peppermint

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I don’t know what it is about this tea, but it’s seriously good. I keep turning to it on days when I need to relax or I’m feeling a little off. Maybe because it’s like someone baked cookies for me! Today that feeling is much appreciated—I’m already sick after a week and a half of classes. Oops. Maybe I’ll go back to the store I got this from and see if they have any more on sale. I could use a stockpile for bad days.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cookie, Orange Zest, Sugar

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This is a shock! I made a cup of this while cleaning up my room, and within two minutes it smelled like I had been baking. The taste is warm and comforting too, and somehow this tea manages to be buttery, just like a cookie. I admit my reasoning for getting it was “hey, it’s on sale,” but I’m glad I went for it. Yum!

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I was looking for a tart tea and I certainly got it this evening! Hmm.. There is definitely lemon here, but it’s shadowed by hibiscus. I don’t think the lemon is the lemon that I prefer, but it’s a decent lemon flavor if you’re in a pinch. As much as I wish this tea had more flavor beyond plain lemon and hibiscus, it was definitely what I wanted this evening and I could see myself picking up more just to have a tart tea on hand.

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Also got a swap package from the lovely, Rosehips! :D She sent me some teas I’ve been wanting to try for a while, such as this one! :D
I haven’t been able to find this anywhere, other than the seller’s website. So I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try it.
It wasn’t as strong as I hoped it would be, but the vanilla is definitely there. I didn’t think it tasted too artificial, but I really wished that it had been stronger. Then it would have been the perfect vanilla tea before bed!
But since it wasn’t, I’d say it’s an alright tea. Not the best. But I’ll finish the sample. I’m really really glad this was only a sample, and that Rosehips gave me the opportunity to try it! Thanks again! :D

Flavors: Vanilla


That’s a great thing about samples, you get the chance to try before you buy! I haven’t actually tried this yet, so I should get on that, and see how it compares. Glad the package arrived!


This was my introduction to rooibos. Pretty good, considering the price…and it made me want to search out more vanilla rooibos teas.

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This tea was not bitter, which was a plus for me. The tea bag is larger than the usual ones with string and tag, which is nice to let the tea have room to steep a little bit better. You can pick out the taste of the green, and white tea rather well. Although, the lemon flavor does shine through more than the tea itself. All in all a good cup, but I don’t think I will be buying a box of it for myself. I steeped for about 2, 2 and a half minutes, and added 1 and a half spoons of honey.

Flavors: Lemon

2 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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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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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

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

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

I did not know Celestial Seasonings sold direct.


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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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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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 ;)


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.


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!


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

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