Celestial Seasonings

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66

Quite lemony and maybe a bit piney, kind of reminds me of floor cleaner but it is quite comforting.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Mint, Pine

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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75

I think this tastes a lot more like a spice/cinnamon tea than a chai but it is really good and strong which I like. No sugar needed. I’ve added honey to it for my husband and it was sickeningly sweet.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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80

I’m getting over a bout of something so I’ve been sticking to herbals for the last two days. This one was in the sampler box I picked up and I love it. It totally beat out my childhood favorite, Raspberry Zinger, and my favorite peach tea which was the White Peach loose tea from Wegmans.

It tastes exactly like unsweetened peach juice! I do taste a little bit of citrus undertones but it’s mostly delicious peachy goodness.

Flavors: Citrus, Peach

rosebudmelissa

For whatever reason, the peach flavoring in tea never tastes right to me. It’s a shame because I love peaches and don’t mind peach flavoring in candy, but I just can’t stand it in tea. So wierd.

taipwnsu

I actually can’t stand peach flavored things usually and peaches themselves are a little too sweet for me but I loved this one enough that I’ve been debating whether or not to pick up some more peach teas to try them out :3

rosebudmelissa

It’s funny how that works out :)

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73

Nice festive tea! It could easily become a seasonal favourite. I wouldn’t say it’s something I’d drink regularly because the spices can be a bit overpowering. But the aroma is nice!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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80

I stopped by the grocery store and celestial seasonings teas were on sale. I figured since I was getting into the “loose leaf tea snob” territory, it might be good to come back to some old favorites so I picked up the fruit tea sampler.

I think this might be my favorite cherry tea (second to Capital Tea’s Cherry Tisane) and I’m not sure if it’s because it’s actually good, cherry teas tend to taste awful, or because I associate Celestial Seasonings with my childhood. It’s definitely tart, but the cherry and hibiscus flavors are strong and blend so smoothly.

Flavors: Cherry, Hibiscus, Tart

rosebudmelissa

Celestial Seasonings makes some terrific hibiscus teas. I drank them as a child, too.

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10

First I tried this chai on its own – the flavor profile didn’t seem right. Then I added some honey to find the sweet balance – it still wasn’t that great. When I mixed it with Italian Sweet Creme creamer and had it as a latte, it was okay. However, the flavor profile has a strong pepper taste – not the spice I want to be the strongest in my chai mix.

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80

This is a tea bag tea: http://www.celestialseasonings.com/products/black/dirty-chai

This is a spicy chai blend with a hint of espresso. On a cool autumn day, the spice really warms things up. I could see this being my go-to tea through the autumn and into the winter.

Flavors: Spicy

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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85

I am not a coffee drinker, so the espresso in this made me hesitate. It’s noticeable, bit not overly strong. I would have preferred the cocoa to be stronger. Also, wayyy too sweet. Tazo’s chai mixes are not nearly this sweet.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Espresso, Sweet

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73

Very strong spices in this tea. A little overpowering if brewed too long. The flavours are much gentler with milk added. It would be a great drink to invigorate you early morning but not something to drink many times a day.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Licorice

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 330 OZ / 9759 ML

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93

Love this tea! It helps me wind down at the end of the day with just the aroma. It’s practically become a ritual before bedtime. The smell and taste of chamomile is so relaxing!

Flavors: Herbs

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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53

In the box, the bags have a peach and chamomile smell, with a hint of mint. Taste wise, I definitely pick up on the peach and chamomile. It’s a smooth, caffeine free tea. While I have about half of the box to go, I probably won’t get this again as there are other chamomile blends that I prefer for relaxing.

Flavors: Peach, Spearmint

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100

Backlogged from several days ago—

Tried this one hot by mixing the latte concentrate with milk and heating it in a saucepan on the stove.

It’s not as good as a hot drink. All I got was sugary sweetness. None of the cocoa, espresso, and spice notes that I was getting when I drank it as a cold beverage.

Good to know moving forward!

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100

I found this at Shaw’s last night!! I couldn’t believe they had it— I thought sure I was going to have to order it online.

It’s a chai latte concentrate, and it is every bit as amazing as it sounds.

I will admit to having fallen off the wagon lately with my coffee addiction. I started grad school at the end of September, and it’s very different than what I’m used to— online vs traditional classroom setting, APA style vs MLA, and so on. I don’t handle making mistakes and learning curves very well when it comes to school, because for my whole life, that is what I’ve been good at. So I have been procrastinating on assignments and wasting a whole lot of time telling myself that it’s no use and I’m stupid for even doing this, and so I wind up needing coffee to get my butt in gear in the mornings.

My guilt from forsaking tea has been pretty strong, so what a relief that products like this exist! The sweetness from the cane sugar, cinnamon , and cocoa make this a treat, not a staple, but what a treat it is! The espresso and black tea play surprisingly well together, neither overpowering the other, and the cocoa augments the chocolatey notes from the tea and the coffee. Plus, you still get all of the cinnamon-y, gingery, clove-aliciousness that we know and love from chai!

My boyfriend and I made it cold, with skim milk, and we both sucked it down . I’m going to play with it some more and try making it hot next.

I’ll be purchasing this again whenever I feel my spirit getting low!!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coffee, Spices, Sweet, Tea

Chai (not Kai) Mera

One of the most useful things I learned in grad school was how to go into a new field/job/setting and learn the rules “on the fly,” as it were. (Slightly less useful was how to find the free leftovers from department events.) What you’re going through now isn’t “stupidity” or “useless” it’s really good training that will give you an advantage over other students who didn’t have to make that adjustment. Still frustrating, of course, but that’s what the tea is for. Good luck!

Also, I had to read your review and the tea description twice — this is tea with COFFEE in it? Seriously? That sounds amazing and dangerous.

teaqueen

Thank you for the encouraging words :D I’m working full-time while chipping away at this degree one class at a time, so I do need to learn how to not be so hard on myself. You’re so right about learning the rules on the fly!

And yes, tea and coffee mixed! It’s absolutely divine! But yeah, I wouldn’t exceed one serving per day. Haha.

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78

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Flavors: Rooibos, Vanilla

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

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drank Chai by Celestial Seasonings
454 tasting notes

The smell of the dry tea is undeniably cloves. Cloves aren’t usually my favorite spice in chai (not a least favorite or one I dislike, just not something I find myself craving), but it really works here. This is a little bitter today for some reason. Maybe I steeped it too long.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 22 minutes

I tried steeping this a second time for a longer time. It’s pretty light and now has an oily sheen across the top. It still smells a bit spicy though. This cup is watered down, not much flavor.

Flavors: Bitter, Cloves, Spices

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Chai by Celestial Seasonings
454 tasting notes

I enjoyed this one so much yesterday afternoon that I reached for it as my first tea of the day. This is just surprisingly good. I’ve mostly only had Celestial Seasonings herbal teas and, for the most part, they are just okay to me. I guess that’s the reason I haven’t really tried any of the others until now. It might be a good time to see what else they offer aside from the variety packs of herbal and fruity tisanes.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chai by Celestial Seasonings
454 tasting notes

Every once in a while, someone will bring a box of something that they didn’t particularly like and leave it in our break room so that someone else can finish it off. I’m guessing that’s the case here. This box of chai teabags has been sitting next to the coffee supplies at work for the past several weeks. I didn’t give it much thought at first since I usually bring my own tea, but one of my coworkers mentioned to me the other day that this was one of her favorites now since trying it here at work. I had some extra cream in my bag today so I grabbed one to try, just to see what it’s like. The first thing I notice is the strong scent of cloves. The taste is mostly clove too, but there is also a caramel flavor that I’m really enjoying. I’m pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s really quite good.

Flavors: Caramel, Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 7 OZ / 207 ML

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35

The smell is divine but the lemon flavor leaves a very bad after taste in my mouth. I’ve had this problem with lots of lemon flavored things, especially yogurt. Bummer!

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