Celestial Seasonings

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95

I often say that Celestial Seasonings rarely surprises me. This is one time they have! I love their Sugar Plum Spice Tea!

I’ve tried this tea both as a hot brew and cold brew and can say that I prefer this tea warmed. It draws out the flavors in a more complimentary way whereas a cold brew makes it sweet, but in an unpleasant way. It’s like sipping on cold sweetened cinnamon water. Not festive or refreshing!

As a hot brew, though, I thoroughly enjoy this tea! I tend to steep this tea at 190 degrees for 5 minutes but am, often, lazy about removing the bag from the cup as I like the continued flavorings the tea imparts so some steeps have gone on for 15-20 minutes. Sometimes it will develop a bit of a tart aftertaste, which I enjoy, but it never makes for an undrinkable cup. I’ve been known to make a new brew with a new bag without removing the prior bag. Sometimes my brew can have upwards of three tea bags in a cup from me not removing the prior brew’s bag. When I notice the brew getting too tart I discard the bags and start the process again. If not obvious, I tend to drink several cups of this tea when I do make it.

Another quality about this tea I enjoy is that it is sweet enough that it doesn’t require me to add sweeteners or milk. On a few occasions I’ll add a bit of sweetener whenever my piled up tea bags create a more tart than sweet taste. Fortunately, this tea is very forgiving so removing the tea bags and adding a little sweetener easily remedies the tart flavor.

Finally, I really enjoy the scents of the tea, too. The fruit scent with hints of cinnamon and hibiscus I pick up on, but, thankfully, the ginger is not. I think the cinnamon could be masking the smell for me, which is good as I tend to not like teas with a ginger flavor or aroma.

Again, this is by far one of my favorite Celestial Seasoning offerings and one that will be a frequent visitor in my tea cupboard.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Plums, Sugar, Sweet, Tart

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

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77

I like how it’s light but sweet!

Flavors: Berry, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

I have to say I’m probably a bit biased here seeing as I’m a Georgia boy born and bred but I absolutely adored this tea, I actually reused the same teabag two days in a row to make sure I’d gotten everything I could out of it!

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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72

It’s a bit hard to drink with food, it’s probably better on it’s own but I still liked it!

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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20

Celestial Seasonings rarely impresses me with one of their offerings. This, unfortunately, is not one of those times.

I caught the slight aroma of chamomile but it didn’t translate through to the flavor of the tea. While I wasn’t expecting anything strong in flavor, this is so bland it’s like drinking warmed water.

Thankfully this is the only bag I have of it.

Flavors: Herbs

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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35

I’m not a fan of peppermint tea, but this was part of my sampler pack so I’m working on finishing the bags I have remaining. It’s not a tea I’d purchase again, but I would recommend it to anyone who likes peppermint tea and wants something low-cost and easy to find.

Obviously, it smells and tastes like peppermint. I’m not picking up on any other flavors but the peppermint flavor is not overpowering even though it’s the main aroma/flavor.

As I’m not a fan of this tea, I opted to mix the remaining tea bags with a chocolate tea I’m, also, not a fan of. The combination of the two along with a little sugar and milk has made both teas more pleasant for my palate. If rating the tea as part of a combination (like my chocolate mint combo), I’d rate the tea closer to 40-45.

Flavors: Peppermint

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

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93

This is my “go to” before bed. I love the smell of the Honey and Vanilla! It’s a light flavor, which is perfect before going to sleep.

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100

This is my favorite tea of all time. IT’S BACK! Just go to http://shop.celestialseasonings.com
I was sad when it left and so happy when it returned!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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90

hmm this is oddly accurate. Lots of creamy vanilla, cakey flavours (a lot of vanilla sugar cookies), and quite a bit of citrus. I can taste mostly lemon, maybe hints of orange (like orange rind used in winter desserts). This would make a killer latte, because holy cow is this ever delicious and creamy on its own.

Flavors: Cake, Cheesecake, Citrus, Cookie, Cream, Creamy, Lemon, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Crimson Lotus Dragon

Does it have that classic Celestial Seasonings thing going on, where it tastes super similar to all the other CS blends? It’s been so long since I had a CS tea that I can’t remember what it was that overwhelmed everything else for me — rose hips? Hibiscus?

It’d be nice if this tea weren’t like that, since your description makes it sound like I’d like it.

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75

Enjoyable. It really evokes a sense of the holiday season for me. I enjoy the spice and sourness of the plum flavours, although a bit too sour. The flavoured could be more balanced for me.

Flavors: Cardamon, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Plums, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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45

The tea is uninspiring in either direction.

I’m currently mixing this tea with another Celestial Seasoning’s flavor just to get through both boxes as I’m not a fan of either. The combination of the two makes the tea drinkable.

Celestial Seasonings is a brand I find I’m either hit or miss with. There is rarely any in-between emotions I have in regards to their selection which is sad as they have a rather large selection that is readily easy to find.

There are other nighttime blends that I find hit the mark for around the same price point that I prefer to stick with.

Flavors: Grass, Herbs, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

This tea has a fantastic aroma, but I find the flavor to be weak and in need of a long steep. I have a love / hate relationship with Celestial Seasonings teas so I never know which one will surprise me. Unfortunately, this was not one that did.

I’ve opted to combine this tea with another of Celestial Seasonings teas, Sleepytime Vanilla (another tea I find too weak to stand on its own). Combined I enjoy the flavor enough that I will be able to finish off their respective boxes.

It’s a shame because the scent out of the box was great, so I couldn’t wait to try it only to be let down once it hit my palate.

My original steep was 5 minutes at 190 degrees. The steep I’ve found to work best is 7-8 minutes at 190+ degrees. Adding a bit of honey powder (and milk, if desired) does enhance the flavor if one does find it lacking.

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Okay, I had a tough time saying “no” to this tea. But let me explain why I said “no,” because I’m probably more middle-of-the-road than anything else.

This sleepytime tea is fine. It definitely puts me to sleep, and it’s nice to have, yes. It smells of mint, but the taste overall is flat. I don’t get anything from it. It still does the trick, occasionally a little honey in there is nice, but I wouldn’t call this tea anything extraordinary.

It does soothe me to sleep at night, and it does smell lovely. So for those reasons alone, it’s a nice spare tea to have in your cupboard. But there are better teas.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

One of my more favorite teas from Celestial Seasonings. I find their teas to be very hit and miss so I never know which I will like until I try them.

With this tea I usually add a piece of licorice root (just 1-2 smaller pieces) to add a bit more flavor to this subtle tea. I find myself reaching for this tea in the evening a few hours before bed.

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

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55

As a hot tea, this was too sour. Definitely heavy on the black cherry. Would be interesting iced.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

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One of my favorite bagged teas, best brewed two bags to a mug or one per teacup and with a little cream at the end. Easy peasy, soft vanilla, chamomile and sweet mint flavors go nicely with a cozy blanket on a sleepy evening. I only wish it were stronger on the vanilla! It’s no expertly done full leaf but a simple, humble little tisane is good from time to time.

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70

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Flavors: Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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45

Strong, balanced rooibos/vanilla aroma.
The taste is light, dry, definitely rooibos-y, with only subtle hints of vanilla. Too subtle for me in this case.
Nice and warming, but a bit lacking.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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