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what is it about Celestial Seasonings chamomile?? in any of their teas containing chamomile (whether wholly or in part) i find it absolutely delicious! funny story, but i’ve never had chamomile except for in their teas, which i’ve been drinking for years. their Honey Vanilla version was so yummy i stuck with it & never looked back. although recently i had the opportunity to try Stash’s Chamomile which smelled quite yummy, very similar to Celestial Seasonings’ (sans mint & vanilla, of course).
but what is chamomile? it’s yummy and sweet, really. creamy even, if it were possible for herbs to have this quality. then again, upon visiting the spice alcove of a highly overpriced organic food store, i had the chance to smell ‘loose’ German chamomile, and it was quite stinky. dry, almost dirty, not sweet at all. what was going on? if that’s the real deal, then CS must doctor their chamomile tisanes highly, but i don’t care. i appreciate the comforting, flavorful experience, and yum is yum.
this particular chamomile, Sleepytime Vanilla, is a real treat. i think of it as a chamomile mint crème. i can’t help but think of their Honey Vanilla version, minus the honey, with a nice helping of spearmint. the mint figures prominently alongside the vanilla, but doesn’t overtake it. instead, you have a nice, delicate balance of both. a perfect prelude to sleep, that is after checking what’s app, facebook, twitter, youtube & instagram all on your iPhone. and listening to Anoushka Shankar’s ‘Pancham Se Gara’ on your iPod. twice.
have not tried the original Sleepytime or Sleepytime Peach, but as a curious nose sniffing about and a fan of the Celestial Seasonings graphic designer, i must try them.
unpredictably, i started with the Vanilla. yes, i must. have. vanilla. something about it in teas or coffees is so incredibly comforting to me, not to mention the fact that it takes on a number of different flavor nuances (real or fake), all under the guise ‘yummy’. well, at least for me. and i’m not even a really big dessert person- if you can picture the sort who readily bakes cupcakes, you’re not likely to find me in the kitchen. Cupcake tea, however, and you have my interest piqued. but this tasting note, much like my train of thought, is starting to wander…and just like that it’s time for bed!
Thank you again VariaTEA for sending me some of this. I know I was complaining for a little about not being able to find this ANYWHERE in stores so I was really grateful for the sampling of CS tea bags!
And this is really good. I always cheat with tea bags and throw 2 in my 16oz cup just to make sure the flavour is strong enough, and it was the right call here. I really get Sugar Cookie from this. Like, actual cookie and sugar sprinkles. Amazing!
I’ve got 2 more bags of this that I’m excited about.
Tasting Note 500!
I figured I sort of wanted to make this note a little monumental, so I’m drinking a new tea from a new company. The sample of this I just received today from who other than VariaTEA! The gigantic package I received from her this afternoon contained 34 teas, 32 of which I didn’t have in my cupboard and 30 of which I’d never tried before. That puts me, for the first time ever, over 200 teas!
So,As soon as I’m done this I’m probably going to get started on some sipdowns…
Anyway, I’ve heard good things about this one (KS’s notes stick out in my mind) and I actually searched for it on my own but couldn’t find it in my local grocery stores. I actually had trouble finding any Celestial Seasonings teas other than standard peppermint, chamomile and things like that. The ingredients sorta seem a little odd to me, and I’ll admit, it does smell kind funny dry and steeped up – but sorta in a good way. I think it’s gonna be a big hit or a huge miss…
So my parameters were 1 teabag in 8 oz. of boiling water, steeped for six minutes. The tea liquor is a bit of a murky yellow.
Taste wise, I am just floored! I don’t know how they did it, but this taste EXACTLY like a liquefied sugar cookie! It’s sweet, and doughy and just kinda… Perfect. Mmmm! Definitely a hit! Now I’m a little sad that I only have like five bags left, but at the same time I’m excited that I get five more cups of this! Thank you VariaTEA, this is really good!
I used to LOVE this tea. I found it accidentally about seven or eight years ago while housesitting; the owners had a big box and I was tempted to try it, so I did. I actually preferred it steeped way too long, because it would get all syrupy-sweet and cinnamon-y very quickly.
I had a bag of this the other night, and it was… lacking somehow. I oversteeped it my usual way, added zero sweetener, and it was just… thin. Flat. One dimensional. Lowered the rating in turn, however hopefully I’ll love it again someday soon.
Since a nasty cold robbed me of my sense of smell and taste, I haven’t been able to review anything new lately. I’ve been mostly drinking familiar favorites and taking lots of naps. I’m feeling much better now, though! So now I can catch up on a few things. (Particularly Teavivre, but not this late at night.)
I’ve had Celestial Seasonings’s Sleepytime once or twice before, but I can’t really recall what it was like. The plain little pillow-shaped bag smells heavily of spearmint with a faint hint of lemongrass. I’m assuming the strong mint is there to cover up the not-so-nice taste of valerian. Oh valerian, how I love thee. Sleepy root of comfiness.
Strange… this tastes like it has chamomile in it, but it doesn’t. Maybe it’s just my imagination? Anyway, I’m not getting any bitterness or “medicinal” flavor. I added some sweetener, however, so I think that should be mentioned. It mostly just tastes like a plain spearmint tea to me. I guess there’s a little herbal weirdness in the tea’s scent, but I don’t taste it that much. Mmm, the spearmint lingers and cools the inside of my mouth.
As for the effects, which are really what I’m in this for, it definitely works for me. I know these blends don’t have an effect on everyone, but I feel very relaxed. My limbs feel heavy, and my spot on the couch feels particularly comfortable. I’m glad I have a whole box of this stuff…
This a pretty consistent experience for me. Definitely much preferable to the original Sleepytime—at least in its current formulation.
Here’s a small tidbit of tangentially relevant information: I went to school in Boulder, where Celestial Seasonings is located—actually it’s on the periphery of the town, so you’d have to make an effort to visit, which I never did while an undergraduate. However, my mother and stepdad happen also to live in Boulder, and during one of my trips out to visit them we went on a tour of the Celestial Seasonings headquarters! It was one of those touristy-type set ups, but I enjoyed walking by the rooms where they store literally tons of their herbal ingredients. The spearmint room was especially unforgettable!
Looking back, I am wondering whether the people working there may have developed a tolerance to spearmint, which is what led them to overdose that herb in the latest batch of Sleepytime. Just an idea…