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Tea 5/5 from the sampler pack I got. I cold brewed this tea: 2L of water with 4 tea bags. I steeped for at least 15 hours.
At about 3 hours in to the cold brew I tasted some tea and it was a bit weak, so I let it go overnight. After brewing overnight it is much better. It’s a bit tart with maybe a hint of raspberry flavoring. I was kind of surprised the raspberry flavour isn’t really prominent. I prefer Stash’s raspberry hibiscus to this tea since they nailed that flavour. Overall this tea is okay but when I get my next sampler pack in the mail I will use 2 bags of this tea with 2 of Stash’s raspberry hibiscus to bump up the raspberry flavour.
Tea 4/5 in the sample pack I got off of amazon. I cold brewed this tea: 4 tea bags in 2L of cold water in the fridge overnight. Steeped for about 10 hours.
The taste is mildly tart with a mixed berry flavour. It’s quite good! If I had to change anything maybe a bit shorter steeping time to cut the tartness down a tad. Otherwise a great tea. I still like the Blueberry and Black cherry teas the best since I can point to the taste of those fruits in the iced tea. This one there is a “berry” flavour, but I just wish I could point out exactly what it is :P.
Flavors: Berry, Tart
Not as smooth as the box claims, but for a green tea it’s average. I think raspberries and blueberries do extremely well with green teas – so I really wanted to try this raspberry one. Has a lovely aroma. Raspberry could be stronger, though. I will finish the box but it won’t be a re-order.
I bought a sampler pack of Celestial Seasonings Zinger Teas off of amazon (5 teas, 4 teabags of each). So far I have had 2 of them (Blueberry and Black Cherry) and they blew me away. I was very excited to try this tea because the smell of the teabags smelled like a mix of peach and orange cream-sickle. Yum.
Just like for the other 2 teas, I put the four teabags in a 2 L pitcher of cold water to cold brew. For the 2 previous teas they were tasty and perfect at 2 hours of brewing. For this one though, it tasted very weak with just a scent of peach and not much else. After 5-6 hours of cold brewing I tasted again and not much had changed. I think because this has floral ingredients as the main ingredients instead of hibiscus there just isn’t enough “oompf” for the 4 teabags to make a decent pitcher of iced tea. I think If I had 6-8 teabags for a pitcher it would be very good, but unfortunately that isn’t the case. Overall I am a little disappointed by this tea. I did keep the teabags in the pitcher and threw in 2 teabags of another kind to make a tasty iced tea. I just wish I had more teabags of this tea so I could try again and not rate this one so low because It does have potential.
If i can find a pack of 20 tea bags of this tea somewhere in the future I will repurchase to give it another try. However, as for now, I will use up the many teas I have for iced tea.
Someone bought this for me because I was drinking the regular sleepytime every night to help me sleep and looking for something a little different. While the vanilla flavor definitely smooths out the herbal flavor of the sleepytime, which slightly disappoints me, I love this tea anyway. I drink it on particularly bad night because the added vanilla definitely helps me get to sleep.
This is my idea of a nice cup of chai: a well-rounded group of warm flavors, all interestingly competing for notice, but none sticking out to the detriment of the entire blend. The tasters at CS did a terrific job blending all these flavor notes together. There’s the warmth of the cinnamon and cardamon piqued with a bit of star anise. There’s a subtle bit of licorice taste, though that’s probably from the star anise. The black pepper fills out the background quietly. I blend a bag or two of my other chai blends with it, so this one can mellow it all out together.
Do I recommend this tea? Absolutely!
Another winner from Celestial Seasonings!
I cold brewed this one- filled my 2L pitcher with cool water, stuck the 4 teabags that came in my sampler pack inside, and let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours. After the two hours it was just perfect. Only the faintest taste of tartness (anyone who complains about the tart hibiscus taste needs to start cold brewing (an amazing discovery I just made!)) and the natural black cherry flavour is on point. It tastes like a black cherry yogurt my parents always bought when I lived with them. Delicious, and refreshing. Just like the blueberry tea from them, I absolutely recommend this, even to people who hate hibiscus. Try cold brewing- it’s awesome :)
P.S. – bonus points for this tea being cheap (about $1 per pitcher to make instead of $3-5 with loose leaf), because it’s not loose leaf there is no filter to clean, and no artificial flavourings!
Red Zinger. I have been faithfully drinking Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger since the early 1970’s. I’d be quite upset if they ever stop making it and I’ve noticed that it is becoming more and more difficult to find. Most of the grocery stores used to carry it but now I can find it in only a handful of places.
For the past seven or eight years the only way I have made Red Zinger is as an iced tea. I usually had a pitcher of it in the refrigerator so my grandchildren would have something cold and nutritious to drink. It never hurt that it was also inexpensive.
My method for making this iced tea is simple. I boil a 2 quart pot of water on the stove. After it reaches a boil I pull the pot off the burner and let it cool slightly, less than a minute. Then I place 6 Red Zinger tea bags into the water and place the lid on the pan. I leave it like that until the tea reaches room temperature, then pour it into a pitcher and leave it in the refrigerator until it is cold. That’s all there is to it!
We drink it either with or without ice. Sometimes I’ll add lemon and a sweetener, but usually not.
In any event, this is what I am drinking at the moment. I love the hibiscus and the fruitiness of this tea; for me it is better than any of the similar teas on the market and I’ve probably tried them all.
There are also good memories attached to this tea. I drank it with my son when he was a small child, and now he is in his mid-forties and he still enjoys it. What could be better than that?
Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Hibiscus
I was talking to someone here on steepster about celestial seasonings made as iced teas. I just purchased a TON of tea, including some off amazon, so I decided to pick up a sample pack of celestial seasonings zinger teas (4 teabags each, 5 kinds of tea. the perfect amount for iced teas).
I just recently tried my first cold brew iced tea yesterday, so I decided to try this one cold brewed as well: Filled up my new 2L iced tea pitcher with cold water, placed the 4 tea bags in the water, then set it in the fridge.
All I can say is wow, I’m am VERY pleasantly surprised. I think I have tried a celestial seasonings tea before at my Mother In Laws place, but I didn’t have a good first impression because I think the box said “best before [5 years previous]”. I remember the tea tasting very cheap and, I think, stale.
After 1 hour of cold brewing, I took a sample of this tea. It was weak, but WOW you can definitely taste blueberry. I was shocked at how accurate the flavour was. I decided to let it brew for 1.5 hours more (2.5 hours total) and it was just perfect. SLIGHTLY tart and tangy from the hibiscus, with blueberry flavour afterwards. The slight tartness/tangyness doesn’t bother me at all because that IS the taste of wild blueberries. Awesome, and refreshing.
I must say, this is better than some loose leaf blends I have tried, yet this is approximately 1/4 of the price per pitcher (I have done the math: most DAVIDs tea iced teas cost about $3-4 per pitcher, this is $1-1.5). Plus, no cleaning filters since this is bagged tea! Lastly, did I mention that this tea apparently has no artificial flavoring? That’s better than what I can say for DAVIDs….
I absolutely recommend this tea, and I would totally repurchase.
EDIT: I have this fruit wine (Blueberry Shiraz) I made at the local brewery (it’s actually VERY sweet and closer to a cooler than wine by far) and mixed half tea, half fruit wine together to bring the sweetness down and to bring out more of the blueberry flavour. It’s awesome. Plus, the wine is about 12% and it brings down the alcohol level as well, which is good because it’s frickin hot in my apartment and I get dehydrated too easily.
Flavors: Blueberry, Tangy, Tart
This is not a loose leaf tea, it’s a Tea concentrate used for lattes. I got the bottled version of this and it greatly satisfied me. I tasted both the black tea and the espresso, with the spices liberally dominating the body. It’s almost like a spicy, pumpkin pie that you decide to have with coffee on the morning after thanks giving. I’m not usually a chai fan, but I like this one more because of the coffee. This is good hot or cold. As for the concentrate, you blend a small amount, whether be a few taplespoons or a quarter of a cup, with your milk of choice.
I’d recommend this more for a substitute to Starbucks bottles if you get any tired of those. Otherwise, it’s a coffee drinkers tea, and a latte coffee drinker at that. Also not something you’d go off for in a thorough taste evaluation.
I am not a huge fan of chamomile, but I really like sleepy time teas from Celestial. Mom found this on discount at Big Lots, and got some for her and my brother. I’m drinking some it it was flavored just right. Grape, spearmint, blackberry, and herbaceous leafs are the taste, and the smell. The blackberry is blended as a background, and it certainly moves the grape along. It does not need any sweetener whatsoever.
Some people might be offended by the ingredients that include things like lecithen, especially with the inconsistent health risks of soy. But again, it tastes good, and it’s helping me sleep. It’s also satisfying my tea cravings, which are BAD and I’m resisting the urge to get some oolong or black tea right now…
Flavors: Blackberry, Grapes, Spearmint
Very mild-tasting, gentle unassuming mint tea, is the general impression for this one. The taste of the chamomile is so subtly blended in, it’s more a whisper than an announcement.
I too am a member of the insomniac club, so welcome this as a nice go-to-bed cup. On the bland side, but one doesn’t want excitement before trying to sleep. I made a pot of it so that tonight’s will be at room temp, rather than hot. Nighty-night!
I’m kind of surprised I’ve haven’t tried this one yet, but I guess I tried the Mandarin Orange Spice first and liked it, and though this would be relatively similar so I didn’t bother trying this one. I’m glad I tried it this time. The tangerine and hibiscus made this quite different from the mandarin orange. I really, really like it. I can’t wait to try it iced!
Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Orange, Sweet, Tart
I just put in another order for some of Celestial Seasoning’s Zinger teas. I really like them for iced tea, with just a bit of sweetener. I saw that they had added this one to the lineup, so I decided to give it a try. I really liked it! It’s exactly what I want from a Watermelon-Lime-Hibiscus tea. It has a strong Watermelon flavor that reminds me of Jolly Ranchers combined with a Hibiscus-Lime tartness.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Lime, Melon, Sweet, Tart
Fundementally, Bengal spice is a chai with a carob base instead of a Ceylon or Assam. This is one of the few chais that I would drink, but I get this one on discount. It’s tastes like a cross between a dirty chai (tea with espresso) and a fireball. Emphasis on the fireball candy angle, the smell can be almost overwhelming. I think they over saturate the flavor of the tea, but I still drink it on it’s own or with cream or milk and sugar or honey. I’d give this to a friend who I know likes a strong fireball taste, but not to a tea drinker.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Espresso, Licorice, Vanilla