This was one of my favorite teas when I first started. I liked it warm and sweetened. Unfortunately I discovered I have a soy allergy and this has soy lecithin in it so I can’t have it any more :(. But it is yummy, for those who tolerate soy.
“Last night all I wanted to do was curl up with my book (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall), my blanket and my cat. I made myself a cup of Honey Vanilla Chamomile because I didn’t want to pay close...” Read full tasting note
“Wow – I totally called this – it has Egyptian chamomile! After drinking it in a DAVIDsTEA blend I guess I have a taste for it. But this is much cheaper than any DT blend. ...” Read full tasting note
“i drank this. herbal tea is just another way to get hydrated for my saturday runs.” Read full tasting note
“This is a weird combination of nuttiness and sweetness of a lollipop. It’s not bad but I don’t know if it is good either. A strange cup indeed.” Read full tasting note
Combining the sweetness of honey and vanilla with comforting chamomile, this herbal tea recipe benefits both mind and body.
“Our satisfying Chamomile tea is cherished by many as a soothing antidote for life’s complications. We’ve added the delicious flavor of creamy, nutty vanilla, along with golden honey and just a hint of refreshing orange to complement our perfect blend of Egyptian and Mexican varieties of chamomile in this relaxing herbal tea.”
— Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster
INGREDIENTS: Chamomile, orange peel, natural honey flavor with other natural flavors (contains soy lecithin), licorice, roasted chicory and West Indian lemongrass.
Hot Tea by the Cup
Pour freshly boiled water over one tea bag. Steep 4 to 6 minutes and remove tea bag. Sweeten if desired.
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In this evening’s steep-off chez sherapop, Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile is going sniff to sniff, sip to sip against Sleepytime Vanilla.
First observation about Honey Vanilla Chamomile: the dried tea smacks very strongly of orange oil—and not without reason. Orange peel is the number two ingredient, right after chamomile! The brewed tea does not, however, taste very much like orange at all. In fact, it seems closer to a rich chamomile blend with a focus on chamomile, not the other showcased ingredients. Neither the honey nor the vanilla is very pronounced, despite the name of the blend.
I like the flavor of this infusion. It is a pleasant mint-free and somewhat hefty (probably because of the chicory and licorice) chamomile composition, which could be good news for those who find Sleepytime too spearmint heavy. Do I like Honey Vanilla Chamomile more than Sleepytime Vanilla? In a direct, side-by-side comparison, the answer is clear: No, I do not.
update: I just read my review of Harvest Chamomile, which seems to list the same ingredients as this new box of Honey Vanilla Chamomile. I am now wondering whether they changed the proportions of the ingredients, because the chamomile is much more pronounced and the honey and vanilla seem very light. Are they identical? Is my change in evaluation due to facts about me rather than the teas?
We’ll never know, because the Harvest Chamomile sample packet is depleted, so I cannot compare my new box of Honey Vanilla Chamomile with the old supply of Harvest Chamomile reviewed by me earlier, and which at the time I concluded was better than Sleepytime Vanilla!
I snagged this tea after hearing such great things about it, and boy I’m glad I did! It’s SO good! In the box, it smells like vanilla with a subtle orange smell that lingers. When brewed, the smells intensify, but the TASTE…
It’s slightly sweet, and loads of soothing vanilla… And almost a coconut taste— in my opinion— which I LOVE.
No fear, if you don’t like coconut. It’s not blatant, but to me it tastes like a warmed, coconut, mixed with a creamy vanilla cream. The flavors enhance when I add just enough honey to sweeten it a bit more.
I simply boil water, and let it steep for at least six minutes. I’ve left the whole bag in my mug or tumbler before, too, and it does nothing but bring out the flavors more. I absolutely love this tea.
The name sure sounds tempting, but I find this tea to be rather “blah.” I think I can taste both the honey and vanilla, but somehow the two flavors combined end up tasting like neither. It’s not a bad tea and is quite inoffensive, but it’s nowhere near being a favorite. This one came in a Celestial Seasonings sampler pack and I won’t buy it on its own or probably even finish the tea bags I have.