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I’ve been trying the teas in my “dislike” pile as iced tea so as not to waste them, and this one actually comes out pretty okay. A lot of the artificiality of the flavor is more muted when it’s cold and over ice, and it’s great mixed with lemonade. I might actually grab another box for the next family function.
Another bagged tea I decided to try for work. I can’t really decide how I feel about this one.
Unlike black teas, my first introduction to green was loose leaf and that’s all I’ve had until recently, so instead of being pleasantly surprised by loose leaf green teas, I’m always a bit disappointed by bagged ones. Taking that into account, this one really isn’t that bad. The flavor’s there, it’s pleasant although it’s not particularly noteworthy. The aroma’s not bad.
The problem is the flavoring. Both the lemon and the honey flavors are a little over-strong, and pretty artificial. The lemon is the real problem. It’s not really a fresh, zesty taste. It kind of reminds me of Lemon Pledge. Yuck. The honey isn’t as bad, but it does leave a bit of that stickiness in the throat that comes with artificial sweeteners.
Overall, it’s not bad, just not great — I’ll finish the package — but it’s not something I’d go out of my way to buy again.
Lives up to it’s name! Tangy, zingy, the raspberry flavor really takes the stage in this tea, mainly in aroma. The hibicus doesn’t sit back though; it comes through full flavor upon drinking, with a slight hint of rose. It’s a quality bagged tea, one of my favorites. I use a dollop of honey to sweeten it, but be wary: oversweetning kills the floral and fruity flavor and makes it unbearable. I had to control my sweet tooth with this tea and back off the honey at first. The sweet and tart of the tea itself with a little help from clover honey is a true treat.
I don’t know why I bought this, to be honest. I like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom — but it’s not like there’s a shortage of these flavors in my cupboard right now. And I usually loathe vanilla. But I bought it anyway in some payday-fueled grocery haze and gave it a shot. And you know what? It’s actually pretty good.
My favorite part was opening the box and getting a whiff of the scent. It smells delicious, and not a bit like vanilla, thank goodness. The spices are strong without being overwhelming, which is always nice. You can really taste the cloves, in a good way. And, while you taste the vanilla, too, it’s not strong enough to drown out the other flavors, just enough to give this a smoother, sweeter taste.
All in all, this is really good for a bagged tea. I will definitely buy it again.
What can I say? It’s Sleepytime. This was the first non-sweet tea I drank (at a friend’s house, served by her hippie mom) and it has stuck with me all these years. The chamomile and spearmint flavors are most pronounced, but like other people have said, it’s not so much the flavor, it’s the comfort-food aspect of it. If I really want tea to comfort me, this is what I go for. I actually have a box at home and a box at work—the only tea I do that with.
When I was ten or so, this is what I would drink before going to bed. So it does ‘work’ in that regard. Unfortunately, the chamomile tasted so bitter to me I had to have a teaspoon or two of honey with it. Maybe it had something to do with the brewing time rather than the chamomile, but this tea turned me off chamomile.
It does taste wonderful with honey though.
The pear taste is more Nashi that Bosch, and the vanilla-sweetness does overpower it more than it should… but I do love this tea. It’s light and floaty and a VERY pale yellow, but sometimes I want that.
(I tend to brew mine with half room temperature water and half water-that-was-boiling-a-minute-ago. It works for me, especially when I keep an eagle eye on the clock.
L-O-V-E this tea. Absolutely delicious. Definitely taste the vanilla, and a slight fruitiness (maybe the rooibos coming through?). Anyway, something that definitely made it sweet and really tasty. Added sweetener, and a little bit of sea salt(!) on the second try…the sweetener alone was a little bitter, but the sea salt brought out the sweetness and very slight creaminess. The flavor got better as it went along; I usually just leave my teabag in the cup, so it just got better.
Ugh. The taste was…okay at first, but the longer I left it in, the stronger it got. But not in that pleasant steep-for-a-long-time-to-let-the-flavor-intensify way. Just got really bitter and spicy toward the end to the point of my tongue and throat tingling. Definitely smelled like cinnamon and cider…The smell was actually overwhelming and made everything else smell like cinnamon apples once the box was opened. Didn’t really remind me of apple cider, actually (or even apple juice). Maybe I just left the bag in too long, so maybe I’ll give it another chance in the future with a shorter steeping time.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but I really enjoy the tangerine flavor. That’s the only flavor I can detect from it though, except a bit of berry. I like it! It doesn’t try too hard to be spectacular, just something nice and warm for a rainy day or iced for a hot summer day.
“Brew Over Ice” K-cups can be hit-or-miss, and this one’s actually a “hit.” Without added sugar it’s fairly bitter, but with a dash of sugar, it’s quite good, with a nice black-tea-to-lemon-flavour ratio. I still prefer self-brewed iced tea from loose leaves, but I’ll this is great for when I’m out of leaves or in a hurry.
This tea is truly disgusting. While it is in your mouth, it tastes like lightly flavored water that has been watered down with stale ice cubes, and when you swallow it, you are hit with an artificially sweet aftertaste that induces gaging. I can’t get all the way through a glass without dumping it out. It cannot be drunk hot or iced.
As a side note, I love the non-iced, non-pre-sweetened version of this tea. I bought this one accidentally, because the boxes are nearly identical, and I was in a hurry and not paying attention. So, learn from my mistake: Apparently the new “Sweet Iced Tea” line from Celestial Seasonings has to hide in boxes that look like the original teas’ packaging to dupe people into buying them. Don’t fall for it! Look at the entire box, don’t just glance!!!!
I must commend them on this blend. The tea bag smelled good, packaging was fresh, the tea bag looked large like a Mate Factor portion, and I really loved how simple the ingredient list was. Ingredients: Roasted Mate & Black Tea.
I enjoyed this because many companies try and hide behind ingredients such as chicory, cinnamon, etc. This blend seemed like mostly Roasted Mate, possibly a 60/40 blend, Mate to Black Tea.
Off first taste, it was smooth. I only used one teabag but it was stout enough for me. My bias toward roasted mate kept me from loving it, but I love the idea and the smoothness. It gave me a good buzz as there is probably quite a bit of caffeine in there. The stringency of the Black Tea was nice. I enjoyed this blend. This would be a very good intro to Mate for someone totally against the idea of Mate. I feel made into an espresso blend, and made into a Morning Thunder Latte, that could be amazing. The round, smooth taste of this blend was very pleasant and could be a once a week staple.
I commend Celestial Seasonings for the simplicity of this drink, and its attempt at a Mate blend. I had emailed them many times about bringing in Mate not knowing this blend existed.
For people that are die hard CS drinkers, this is for you. If you get your buzz from CS, then this is where to go. Good drink Celestial Seasonings!