Celestial Seasonings

Recent Tasting Notes

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Many, many thanks to Ost for this tea!
I had a beautiful lazy day, and this tea was a beautiful way to end the evening.
Its lovely! I’d had this once before, and now I can see that I need to hunt it out for my own cupboard.
A lovely Sunday. If only tomorrow was not Monday!

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80

Loveeeee this tea. Love it. I love how it smells exactly like blueberry muffins, I love how much it tastes like blueberry juice somehow. Very into. It does get tart towards the end.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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Poop. Just lost a reasonably-thought-out review. In short, don’t give up on this one until you’ve tried it with a little milk. Makes the caramel creamer and the apple sharper. If I actually and consistently used numeric ratings, this one would slide up the scale considerably.

Suziqzer

I don’t think I’ve tried this one yet, but for most CS teas I’m a leave the bag in kind of drinker ;)

K S

Sometimes notes don’t post to your dashboard right away but they will show up in your tasting notes.

I’ll have to see if I can find this one. Caramel apple without worrying about it getting in my fabulous Uncle Si beard.

gmathis

The original showed up, finally, after the BKOD (Black Kettle of Doom).

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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.

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Ahhh—there’s the caramel! It shows up when you don’t leave the bag in the cup. I’m still trying to get used to the cinnamon, but it’s drinkable.

OMGsrsly

I saw the Christmas teas today, but they wanted $4.50 per box! Hopefully there are some left and they go on sale. :)

gmathis

Confounded seasonal marketing!

Suziqzer

Crazy isn’t it. Sometimes there are coupons for them.. Gotta keep an eye out though.

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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.

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35

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

Cameron B.

Ick! I hate hibiscus, especially since it’s in so many teas in which it doesn’t belong. :(

The Cookie Lady

I don’t normally dislike hibiscus when something is supposed to taste like hibiscus (for example: tropical blends or some fruity herbals). But, as you said, it is often included in blends it has no business being a part of. And that just makes me frowny. This had kind of a weird ingredient list overall. At least it was cheap and I get experience points for trying more teas :)

Kittenna

I actually haven’t yet found a great caramel apple tea. Both Butiki’s and 52teas’ didn’t quite cut it for me. I’ll keep an eye out to see if you find anything!

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I found the cinnamon in this tea to be overwhelming.

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84

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Veronica

I really like this one. It’s one of my go to comfort teas when I’m sick.

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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.

boychik

i would be surprised if you liked it after trying so many great teas

TeaBrat

I think I have used 2 teabags for more flavor on this one. I’m surprised so many people think it’s good, lol

VariaTEA

I bought this expecting to love it too and all I ever got from it was soggy crackers

christeana1

My nephew loves this one….but we discovered it needs milk and sugar to bring out the sugar cookie flavor.

cookies

I didn’t pick it out before, but now that you mention it I definitely see the marshmallow in there. Wonder if it’s similar to 52’s Marshmallow Genmaicha?

mrmopar

Could be sentimental for some. Constant Comment will always have a place in my heart as it was the first loose tea I ever drank.

madametj

Did you do sugar? It’s right there in the name, this one needs sugar! :P Milk doesn’t hurt either.

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65

One of my go-tos for nighttime decaf right now. Not much jasmine flavor, but I like it a little more than the regular Sleepytime for the added lemon. It’s less sweet than a lot of my other decaf teas.

Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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70

I really wanted to love this tea. I do like it. It is warm and spicy and sweet, and it cannot be oversteeped. However, the taste might actually be almost too sweet. I’ll cite stevia for this cloying sweetness. But not bad.

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74

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. >

TheLastDodo

Oooh! I just donated this one to a friend at work!

Fjellrev

Aww, I hope the side effects won’t come back!

Lindsay

Hope you feel better soon!

Ost

Thanks-think it’s slowly wearing off. Kinda hard to tell. xD First time getting real steroids in my system-haha!

Krystal

Feel better soon!

Kirkoneill1988

im not much for chamomile taste. tastes like freaky flowers lol :)

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74

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!

Cameron B.

I picked up a box of this one, and I actually like it a lot, especially for a bagged tea. :D

Ost

Yeah! For a bagged tea co, Celestial Seasonings seems to be one of the better ones!

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74

Backlog:
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

caile

So sorry you are struggling with pain and health issues. Not that it helps, but I always drink ones I love best when I’m feeling tense. I have also heard chamomile is calming so that sounds like a good one you had!

Ost

Heh, the problem is is that tea has always tended to make me more awake than coffee for some reason and so when I drink oolongs and blacks, it makes me more awake and not as relaxed as a herbal would…so I kinda have to find teas with no caffeine. I end up just saving all my favorite teas for the days/hours that I feel well enough to drink them. Which is good..but also bad since I’m having less and less of those moments haha!

caile

I know what you mean.. and I should try and find better bedtime teas myself. Sometimes I will just make my cup of tea quite weak and add milk so basically it is just hot comforting beverage.
Maybe something with ginger might be good too?

Ost

Does making it weaker mean that there is less caffeine in it? Because if it is maybe that would be better. xD
I have heard that ginger helps nausea, but not sure if it helps relax the rest of your body…does it help you at all?

caile

I think it would have less caffeine as I make it very weak, just to add a bit of flavor for a hot cup, and it is often leaves left over from earlier to get to use them up that way too. I’m not sure if ginger helps relaxing my body but it does seem to help with nausea which is also relaxing in itself, and again a nice warm cup of goodness which seems to always be of some comfort.

Ost

Ah. Good to know. Well have any ginger tea recommendations? I’m not a huge fan of overly ginger things, but a bit of ginger never hurts :P

gmathis

Have you tried tulsi? That’s really the only herbal tisane that unwinds me. Tastes like lemon and cloves; goes well with mint.

boychik

Ripe puerh relaxes me and I sleep like a baby. Every night I have a session and have at least 6 3oz cups. Can’t drink black before bed. White tea is the worst for me. Would make me awake till 3 am

caile

For ginger, I have just used random bagged herbal ones. Also, davidstea has some herbals with ginger and I have used le digestif, but that one is minty which may not appeal to you. I think they have blends with chamomile too but I haven’t had them.

boychik, I always forget that I have seen that some puerh is relaxing – which ones do you like best for bedtime? And I agree about white tea being worst – it is for me too.

Tealizzy

I agree with boychik that some ripe puerhs have a relaxing effect. The one where I noticed it the most was Mandala’s temple stairs. Hope you feel better soon!!

Nicole

Boston Tea Co.’s Lemon Honey Chamomile has green rooibos in it. The only rooibos I like and I think the combination of honey and chamomile is very relaxing.

gmathis

I like that one, too, Nicole.

Ost

Hmm…this is all very helpful. Going to look into all these things more. Thanks, you guys! :D

boychik

Haiwan Ripe always put me to sleep. 2010 Haiwan Lao Tong Zhi Zhizun Mingpin Ripe Pu-erh is the best sleeping aid

carol who

Vanilla Sleepytime herbal by Celestial Seasoning is a good relaxing tea. I’ve also used ZZZ by SerendipityTea. Although the aim of these particular teas is sleep they also work as a calming brew.

Tamarindel

Hope you feel better soon!

Vwinsloe

Tavalon’s “After Dark.”

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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.

For pictures please view my blog
http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2014/10/31/halloween-tea-showdown-2014/

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Sweet

Nattie

Oh no, I just sent you more of this tea! Oops! Sorry ):I hope you like the rest of your secret pumpkin teas more than this one!

KittyLovesTea

Funnily enough as soon as I tried this and disliked it I knew someone it would be perfect for. So the bags you sent will be gifted to a fellow tea drinker with a sweet tooth :)

Nattie

That makes me feel better lol (:

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86

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
K S

I avoided Celestial Seasonings for years because the packaging is too cutesy for my tastes but it turns out I have enjoyed pretty much everything I have tried. I do wish they would lose the spearmint altogether or switch it for peppermint. I must be in the minority as they aren’t budging.

Nightshifter

I can understand why you’d prefer peppermint, but on the bright side it isn’t strong in this tea at all- I couldn’t even tell it was there until you mentioned it! :)

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75

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.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67

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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

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.

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75

This is one of my favourite bagged teas and herbal teas. I pretty much go for either Sleepytime or Tension Tamer whenever I just want a soothing evening tea. This one is quite chamomile-ish, but it has a bit of an extra something to it. Lovely.

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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

In November.

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.

Cameron B.

Arastoo like from Bones? :D

Cameron B.

Adorable! :)

aisling of tea

Jealous! I’m getting the new Harvest Moon for Christmas from the wifey, but I don’t get it until we do Christmas with her family on the 19th so I have it for the 12 hour car ride on the 20th XD. If she gives it to me any earlier, I’ll have it beat before we go >.>

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76

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

Cameron B.

I remember this one being my favorite of the Celestial Seasonings holiday teas! Unfortunately I did not see it at my local Target.

VariaTEA

Hahahaha I hate chais too but I quite like this one so luckily its not a chai.

K S

Another non chai person. I have never noticed this on the shelf. Looks like another trip to Target!

Kittenna

:o This sounds really tasty! I like chais too, though.

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