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May Flowers! This is the final of the four fruit teas I’m revisiting from the Celestial Seasonings fruit tea sampler! And since I had enough teabags of this one to make it iced (and that’s how I tend to prefer my hibi-hips teas anyway) this one was hot steeped and then chilled so it was icy cool!
Hmm… I may have to take back what I said about the True Blueberry being my favorite of the bunch (though it may be an unfair advantage, since I did get to prepare this one iced instead of warm). But I do think of the Celestial Seasonings fruit tea sampler set, this one works the best for me. The flavor is, once again, quite strong, but I think of all the flavors the raspberry blends the best with the tangy fruit notes of the hibiscus base. And since they blend so well together, the raspberry feels a bit more natural and juicy. It’s also easily the least obnoxiously sweet of the teas to me; there is a touch of berry sweetness there, but the tart and tangy notes are more dominant, and feel more natural of ripe raspberries to me. So of the four fruit teas, I think this one blends the hibi-hip base and flavoring the best, and tastes the least artificial of the bunch. It’s probably tangy enough that some folks may have to sweeten this one, which I would not say for any of the others in the sampler set.
Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Tangy, Tart
May Flowers! Onto the True Blueberry from the Celestial Seasonings fruit sampler! There was only a teabag of this one left, so this is a hot steep.
The blueberry is definitely a step up from the Country Peach Passion and the Black Cherry Berry. Unlike the Country Peach Passion, this one is back to that fruity hibiscus base that I personally enjoy (which I’ll still admit I enjoy better iced, though with the warm blueberry flavor it isn’t too bad, since it reminds me a bit of warm blueberry pancake syrup). Unpopular opinion, I know, but I really like the tangy fruitiness a nice hibiscus/rosehip base provides. The tea has a strong blueberry flavor and a lot of sweetness, which really gives me the impression of a plate of blueberry pancakes (or at least blueberry syrup!)… but again, I just find the overbearing artificiality of the flavor a bit much (I have a feeling I’m going to be feeling that about all these fruit teas…) It’s not… bad, exactly, I just wish the volume was turned down a few notches. But, overall… a quite satisfying bagged tisane. I still need to revisit the Raspberry Zinger, but I have a feeling if I was going to pick up just one of the four flavors in the fruit sampler, the blueberry might just be it!
Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Hibiscus, Pancake Syrup, Sweet, Tangy
May Flowers! Since I started this trip down memory lane by finishing off my expired since [date redacted to protect my shame] Black Cherry Berry, I may as well go ahead and do the rest of the Celestial Seasonings fruit sampler.
I always remember Country Peach Passion being one of my favorites, if I am recalling correctly (at least, I have vague memories of getting an additional box of this one separately from the fruit sampler at one point in time, way back in the day). That may also be why I had a few more teabags of this one left than the others, so I decided to make a quart of iced tea to sipdown this one.
The tea had a strong peach aroma, but the flavor just… doesn’t hold up for me anymore. It may just be the more chamomile-heavy base of the blend (I’m not much of a fan of chamomile), but honestly I think it’s because I have started drinking too many loose leaf peach-flavored teas, which have such a natural flavor, that feels really refreshing and isn’t so overwhelming, and the flavor here just tastes… like fake-peach, like the kind of peach used in candies. It’s really sweet and really strong. It’s passable, but… meh. Honestly, it just feels like a bit much for me to drink this plain. I could imagine it possibly making a decent mixer with a rather plain bagged black tea to make a decent sweet peach-flavored iced black tea, though.
Flavors: Artificial, Peach, Sweet
May Flowers! This is another bagged tea revisit; I only had one bag left of this in my cupboard and it’s rather old, so I figured it was time to sip it down. This is a hibiscus/rosehips blend with black cherry flavoring, and while I usually make teas like this iced, since I only had a single teabag of this left, I opted to just make a warm cuppa.
Though taking hibiscus warm isn’t my favorite (I prefer it chilled), that is actually my favorite part of this tea; the slightly tangy, fruity flavor of the hibiscus is very pleasant. It’s the black cherry flavor that I don’t care for so much. It’s very strong, sweet, and tastes very artificial; somehow I just can’t shake the feeling that I’m drinking liquified cherry Life Savers, and if it weren’t for the overbearing sweetness, the black cherry flavor itself reminds me far too much of cough syrup. The tea doesn’t have that medicinal edge or bite too it, but the strength of the flavor is on par with liquid medications and somehow brings my mind to those associations; I think that is why I would prefer a little softer touch.
This was a perfectly drinkable cup, but this isn’t a tea I’d care to restock.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cherry, Hibiscus, Sweet, Tangy
Chai to Stay Dry! Decided to do another bagged tea revisit. This one fit into my chai theme for the month, but is a decaffeinated chai, making it a nice pick for a Sunday evening when I have work in the morning. I remember enjoying this one a lot in my early tea-drinking days, but I also remember liking Stash’s Chai Black, and when I revisited that tea, I found it extremely clove-heavy and just too artificial-tasting in its spices. So I’ll admit, I was a bit worried I’d have that same experience all over again.
I made a big cuppa of this (with the teabags removed, loose-steeped in my gravity-well infuser, since I find the paper of the bags sometimes comes out in my bagged teas), and settled in to watch Twitch streams with my cuppa. And… this tea totally holds up! This may be only the third (or maybe fourth?) bagged tea I’ve revisited that I still really enjoy! It has a rich, spicy flavor, but there is a good balance to it. I get a burst of cinnamon at the front of the sip, with some cardamom and clove toward the finish. It’s a fairly strong and lingering spice, but the tea has a sweet vanilla flavor to the base that is just so pleasant. Because the spice in this blend does come off a bit strong for my personal tastes, I like adding a bit of sweetened vanilla almond milk, which accompanies the present vanilla flavor very nicely, but if I had a bag of this on the go, I would be fine taking this plain.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Spices, Spicy, Vanilla
I’m not the biggest fan of pure chamomile tea. I definitely think it’s more of an acquired taste. Thankfully the chamomile taste takes a back seat in this tea, as there are more flavors that are mixed in to make it more tolerable.
Not a huge fan of the taste of this one, but it’s a decent tea.
It smells a lot stronger than it tastes, and there’s something artificial about it, yet I find it goes down easy first thing in the morning, I think because it smells so sweet. I use one teabag in my giant travel mug, so it’s very dilute. Brewed in a regular-sized mug, the fake flavor is way over the top.
I love this tea. I feel like my tea journey should have taken my palate far beyond a CS bagged grocery store tea, but it has been in my house as a staple the past 20 years or so. This tea reminds me of the year of winter. I was living in the states, winter had just barely broken into spring when I moved to Perth, Australia for 6 months. Winter was about to start over there and when spring came I moved back to the states for fall and winter there. I bought a thermos in Perth, would fill it with this tea, some honey and soy milk and drink it all day at work, trying to stay warm in the old building, dreading having to go up to the breezy uninsulated rooftop bathrooms and loose all my built up body heat.
I don’t think I have ever had a cup of this without adding anything, but I’m noticing a sweetness in the sip. The sip is a little flat, but the chamomile comes through in the finish. Such a nice reliable warming cup!
16oz to one teabag, 195f, i didn’t take the bag out. I don’t mind this, but I did leave it to cool significantly before indulging. The maple scent is strong but only adds a touch of sweetness. The ginger is not too spicy, but is present. I would not sweeten this tea, but I will drink it again.