Celestial Seasonings

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80

Definitely hits that pumpkin spice craving. I do wish that it was a little stronger on the pumpkin, but so far the pumpkin chai from tazo(weak), pumpkin spice from adagio (no pumpkin flavor), and pumpkin chai from twinings (minimal pumpkin flavor) have all been a letdown. Will continue to buy this every PSL season as long as I don’t find one that blows my mind.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Pumpkin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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51

Bought at the grocery store to celebrate fall. Very similar to the Lidl Cinnamon Apple. The cinnamon is too overpower and sweet. More apple flavor wanted. S liked it.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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Part of my Celestial Seasonings Fruit Sampler. A nice all day drinking tea. Cherry flavor is bold, not quite tart enough for me. Fruit flavor is slightly artificial. S & L like it.

Flavors: Fruity

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75

I bought this flavor as part of a Celestial Seasonings Fruit Sampler. Great blueberry flavor and tart background. L and R liked it.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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70

A nice way to end the day. The vanilla does not add much to the experience to the “regular” Sleepytime which is a favorite.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec

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Sometimes I forget Celestial Seasonings does anything but herbal teas. This one (a tad past its prime) was on the “out-of-date-please-buy-it-ridiculously-cheap” cart at the local indie grocery and I snagged it for work. Even slightly past due, this is a decently balanced “just tea.” Not too sharp or acidic, not beastly bitter after letting it go cold. Drinkable without milk. All pluses for my messy day job desk.

ashmanra

I am guilty if the same! Reading you note here I went…hey, they do, don’t they?

derk

CS has 3 new caffeinated teas at my local store. They advertise on the box as having as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Green, black and a different? English breakfast.

Leafhopper

I also associate Celestial Seasonings with herbal teas! Glad their English Breakfast is good.

gmathis

Yes, our clearance table also included a Celestial Seasonings super-caffeinated morning tea (Energy Tea), and probiotic black and green teas. I passed, but I’m now wishing I’d snagged one of the probiotics.

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80

I bought this in a Fruit Sample. Lovely raspberry flavor with tart hibiscus. Easy to find and popluar with most. L, S, & R love it.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Raspberry

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77

I’m not sure if my opinion of this tea would change now that I’m becoming somewhat of a tea snob and drinking only loose leaf teas, but I really enjoyed this one, and bought it a few times, actually! It tastes exactly like its namesake – a strong, cinnamon tea with a hint of sweetness from the apple. I do prefer the Celestial bengel spice over this one; however, it was still enjoyable! :)

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

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85

I love the way Celestial’s packages this tea! This was such a delight to open, and it smells exactly like sweet, sugary candy canes! I could smell this all day, but I digress!

But the sweet smell does not translate to the taste. This tastes like a refreshing peppermint tea with a tiny bit of sweetness. I would repurchase this again.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec

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63

I did not buy this tea for the flavour; I bought it for the milk thistle (which has a lot of health benefits)

When I opened this, it smelled like cardboard or play-do? However, once steeped, it does not taste that bad! It tastes like a sugar cookie (but with no sweetness). I enjoyed this one, and I look forward to repurchasing it solely because of the milk thistle.

However, if this tea had no milk thistle in it, and this was just based on taste, I would not repurchase it.

Flavors: Cookie, Medicinal

Cameron B.

It’s been a while since I had the Celestial Seasonings holiday teas, but this used to be my favorite one. I may need to pick some up if I see them at the grocery store… ;)

Silent Kettle

Same! I’ve been getting more into loose leaf teas recently, but honestly, Celestial teas are awesome! Haha. And for sure! :) I’m so glad you liked this one and I hope you have the chance to pick it up the grocery store when you get the chance.

Cameron B.

Neither of the grocery stores I went to over the weekend seemed to have these yet… I did pick up one fall Stash tea though. ;)

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64

I sampled this as part of a variety pack. Strong Mint flavor, complex enough to be interesting. Might be an older box as there is a slight cardboard taste to all varieties. I might try again as an iced tea in summer.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
7 min, 30 sec

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76

I raided a friend’s tea cupboard and found this one. The peach shines with a few sour notes from the hibiscus. Would buy for myself.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Peach

Preparation
8 min or more

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50

I raided a friend’s tea cupboard and found this one. I tried it a long time ago and didn’t care for it but it was time to try again. I enjoyed the orange but there is one subtle flavor that I don’t like, perhaps too much coriander or cloves. I would drink again but not something I love.

Flavors: Orange, Spices

Preparation
7 min, 30 sec

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91

I cannot express how much I love this tea… I love bold, rich masala chai flavours. I love how they smell so comforting and remind me of the holidays/Fall! :)

This tea just warms my whole heart when I drink it. And despite purchasing more expensive, loose leaf teas now, this one remains one of my all-time favorites.

It is extremely sweet naturally, despite not having any sugar in it because of the cinnamon. It smells like cinnamon and baked goods. I usually let it steep for a long time, like 7ish minutes. And it is divine!

I need to repurchase this again!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec

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60

It tastes just like chamomile. I like more flavors blended in my tea. Fine to drink if free but will not buy it again.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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76

A nice mellow tea for evening or sickness.

Preparation
8 min or more

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71

I have tried the K-cup and tea bag. Both are frequently offered in office settings and a reliable choice. Resilient to many temperatures and steeping times. Vibrant lemon flavor.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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12

In my mind, I’m running through clichéd polarities to describe where I sit with this brew.

Dry bag smells sickeningly sweet, dark and very spicy molasses gingerbread.

The steam is pretty similar but much brighter. Spicy ginger and fake maple (think donut icing) and something fruity like dates. I wonder how much of a role the monkfruit plays in this.

Taste is… It’s pure aroma. The only thing I truly taste is spicy, warming ginger and watery sweetness. I do taste spicy, woody cinnamon at the bottom of the cup.

Strange aftertaste kind of reminds me of Bengal Spice. Ginger burps. The aromas are stuck to my face and hair and in my nostrils.

I can’t figure out why I think I might like it. I drank two teabags in a row.

Edit: Definite nope.

Flavors: Artificial, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Dates, Ginger, Maple, Molasses, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Two tea bags I received from derk. Thank you!

In aroma it indeed reminds me maple syrup, at least that one I was lucky enough to try in Finland (cheap stuff, it was said it is from Canada, supermarket brand). It was my first and last experience with it, and it is actually 4 years old one. But when I smelled it, it was exactly that. Ah well Vaahterasiirappi .

Anyway back to Czech Republic. It’s quite cold, around 10°C only, cloudy and I need some tea which reminds me this! And this looks most promising.

The aroma, as I said, reminds me maple syrup. Little bit of ginger, but luckily not that much.

Taste is more watery than I thought. But it is maple-y for sure, little heat of ginger is there as well. Quite sweet, but somehow expected. Warming inside, smooth and coating the throat which is welcomed in this chilly weather. I feel quite chilly as well though we are heating up.

It is pleasant tea to these days.

Flavors: Ginger, Maple Syrup, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

I have one box of this at home and one at work. It’s been so hot in Missouri, your weather sounds pretty delicious right now!

White Antlers

Martin, so glad lad derk sent you some of this tea! I had you in mind when I sent it to her. : )

White Antlers

Oops. Mis-type. I know that derk isn’t a lad.

Martin Bednář

I can imagine gmathis, I would do the same, if it was available here quite well. I can’t order several boxes from Amazon and keeping it all at home (as a student who don’t work yet).

White Antlers: ah, it’s from you then actually? Then thank you applies to you as well. It was written with derk’s handwriting, double wrapped so it won’t affect other teas with its aroma. I need to check out, if I want to travel to Vermont as well. Where is Vermont actually?

White Antlers

Yes, Martin, that was part of the big box of Sweish Death Purge teas I sent to derk. I asked her to make up a package for you, but I did not specify what she was to include. I assumed she knew your tastes better than I did. Vermont is on the East coast. It’s one of the New England states-the others being Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Coastal, lots of history and incredibly beautiful. Put it on your list! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England

White Antlers

That was supposed to be Swedish Death Purge. I’m typing too fast today…

derk

Haha, we had the same tea today :)

Martin Bednář

White Anters: as I said, thank you for that! I guess I never had chance to try it as ordering few boxes from Amazon is quite no for me, especially when it is something I never tried.
As of Vermont & New England, it was rather rhetorical question — I had some common thought where it could be, but not exactly. It certainly looks like nice place to visit (as lots of US and other countries as well); I wanted to see Maine mostly because The Fort by Bernard Cornwell I read in Finland.
derk: apparently so; but why not? I just expect you had warmer day though!

ashmanra

Growing up, I never knew of anything but maple syrup or brown sugar syrup my mom used to make for pancakes and waffles. She heated water, brown sugar, white sugar, and a touch of vanilla on the stove and once even bought maple flavoring for it. My father liked Dixie Dew syrup, which was a cane syrup and is sadly no longer available,

What do you put on waffles and pancakes there, Martin? Berry syrups? Sugar syrups?

Also, a big treat at night now and then was to mix a little hot maple syrup (or pancake syrup) with peanut butter, stir together well, and dip bread in it. A big glass of cold milk accompanied it!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: we don’t eat much of waffles here, so what I recall, mostly it’s only vanilla ice cream here. But I had waffles only once and that was in carnival park. And pancakes — well, we have them bit different. It is rather like French crêpes than thick American ones. And we fill them with jams, chocolate cremes or other cremes; berry syrups would be nice as well.

That peanut buter and maple syrup sounds great!

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76

I love this tea, it’s perfect and tastes amazing.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

I’m not 100% sure what pushed me to pick this off the shelves at my local grocery store – I am not a mint tea person, and I’ve had too many bad run-ins with teas attempting to recreate a chocolate flavor. One typically overpowers the other. Not only that, but the cinnamon and cardamom intrigued me – I can see it complementing dark or milk chocolate for a chai type of deal, but white chocolate? In white tea? Whatever may be the case, I picked it up. Call me one of those girls who picks up anything with spice at the mere hint of chillier weather (still in the high 80’s here!), I tossed it in my cart and began to wonder if I would regret it. Still, at only $2 something, I wasn’t too worried.
Well wow, was I blown away. This is the perfect tea to drink when it’s rainy and cool out. Even if it’s still a Texas summer, but maybe it’s cloudy for a change. Regardless, it somehow worked! The white tea is mostly in the background, making sure none of it is too heady or acidic. The white chocolate is prominent, and somehow enhanced by the cinnamon and cardamom notes. If you’re worried about the cardamom, don’t be – the spice level is still low in this, everything just compliments the other. Lastly, the peppermint peeps in to steal the show. I primarily dislike mint teas because they upset my stomach (acid reflux is NOT a joke), but this doesn’t have the intense minty-ness of typical teas. The mint here makes this a Christmastime classic. Like peppermint bark!
Anyway, enough of that. I also love that there is little caffeine in this. Despite my adoration of black teas, dealing with some health issues has left me on a white tea kick. I still do not enjoy herbal teas, which is why I was so taken aback by this one. Celestial Seasonings is typically a brand I associate with herbal teas, and they’re usually too flowery for me or they work better as iced teas. This one is perfect hot, and I was so excited that this is the one white tea I’ve seen from them! Needless to say, you should pick yourself up a box. I already bought two more in anticipation of winter time!

Flavors: Peppermint, Spices, White Chocolate

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

This is the tea I always turn to when my stomach isn’t feeling so hot.

As for brewing method, I don’t really pay attention, just drop a tea bag into my cup of boiling water, then drop my spoon on it to make it sink to the bottom of the cup, poke at the tea bag a few times after it’s been steeping a while, then start sipping away like 10 minutes later once it’s cool enough to drink. I don’t even bother to take out the tea bag…

While I don’t really need any descriptions for myself since it’s one of my go-to teas, I’ll still write a little something since I’m here.

The dry smell is definitely minty, but as I’m not the biggest fan of mint, I enjoy that it’s not an overwhelming mint flavour once steeped. The drink in general is very mild—even with leaving the tea bag in for the duration, so it’s right up my alley. No need to add sugar.

Edit to note: Thought I should edit this to note that my score isn’t due to the flavour of this tea alone. While it’s definitely a decent tasting tea to me, it’s not something that I would normally rank a 90 for in taste. Since it always makes me feel better, however, and does so without tasting awful, it gets the 90. :) Taste alone would be more of a 75.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Celestial Seasonings is almost always better bag-in. I’ve been revisiting a couple of my favorites recently.

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76

After my marathon gongfu session with Tillerman’s Shan Lin Xi, it was too late to have any more caffeine, so I chose this herbal. I don’t usually buy bagged tea, but keep some of this on hand since it’s simple and convenient. I steeped one bag (no idea how many grams) in a 355 ml mug at around boiling for 4, 6, and 10 minutes.

The flavour is predominantly vanilla and chamomile, with a bit of mint and possibly some sweetness from the blackberry leaves (though the vanilla is also sweet, so who knows?). The rose gets completely lost. The flavour doesn’t change over the three steeps and the tea is soothing and pleasant.

Sometimes you need something comforting and uncomplicated, and this tea fills the bill perfectly!

ETA: How can Steepster not have chamomile in its list of flavours?

Flavors: Honey, Mint, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 355 ML

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