Celestial Seasonings

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78

Even as a child when I HATED tea, Dad would pull this one out of the cupboard so I could smell the tea bags. They smell amazing: if you love the smell of oranges, that is! Now that I drink tea a lot, I’ve tried this and it’s just as delicious as it smells. I’m not a fan of fruity teas, but this one is so good with some honey in it that I really enjoy it!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85

Just found this tea last week. Mmmmm. Very strong vanilla fragrance. Makes a great late evening tea.

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61

Tastes exactly as expected: tangy and citrus-y. Had mine with 3 teaspoons of honey to help soothe my sore throat; maybe that’s why I liked it just fine.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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66

Perfect tea for nights like tonight when I’m too tired to sleep. Come on Sleepy Time and help my brain shut down!

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47

I’ve read a lot of raves about this tea; some people, apparently, go out of their way to stock up on it during the holidays. Naturally, I had to jump on the bandwagon, so I brought a box home. Finally got around to trying it. The verdict? Meh. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever had, and it doesn’t taste horrible, but it’s nothing special, and I don’t understand the hype. It’s a minty green tea, emphasis on the mint. It hardly even tastes like tea. It’s like a watered-down Shamrock Shake. Very sweet, very candy cane-like, just a weak, minty flavor. No bitterness or astringency, even though I oversteeped it on the second brew in a desperate attempt to bring out some kind, any kind, of flavor.

The whole thing is kind of puzzling, because I have yet to find a Celestial Seasonings tea that I like. And I’m not that much of a tea snob…I mean, I still drink Constant Comment and Tazo bagged teas from time to time. Ah well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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61

Citrusy flavour, but I would have wanted more. I prefer citrus-flavoured teas. BUT the aftertaste of coriander disturbs me, not expected from a mandarin/orange-flavoured tea. I guess you would love it if you love coriander though.

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83

One of the first teas I had and I loved it! Rich berry flavour, no sweetening needed. Not to bitter either. Sadly I haven’t seen it in many years.

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90

Too bad this is discontinued. I haven’t found an herbal tea I like as well.

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49

The scent is sweet, and I usually like chamomile, but if there is any vanilla in this, I can’t taste it. Isn’t chamomile naturally honey-like though? Not bad if you’re in the mood for a chamomile tea.

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87

A thoroughly lovely and relaxing tea. I find the vanilla a bit strong (and, being the vanilla junkie I am, that’s saying something), but overall, it’s a keeper.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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94

I love me some rooibos, and being the vanilla junkie I am, this is a big winner. The vanilla is quite strong and almost crowds out the darker taste of the rooibos, but with a splash of soy milk and a little sugar, it’s fantastic.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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98

Green tea, peppermint, and vanilla — what’s not to like? I always add a dash of cinnamon sugar, since I’ve never tasted the “dash of cinnamon” already in it, and it adds a wonderful spicy element. Always my go-to when I’m queasy or sick.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Found I liked this better over ice. Drinking it warm was too much like drinking hot juice. It just feels unnatural.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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80

I don’t know how I feel about this. It’s almost like drinking hot juice, the kind of taste that you have to be in the right mood for. The lack of caffeine certainly helps make that decision. ;-)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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61

I broke out in hives last week – something that I believe is triggered by stress. Tea in general has a very relaxing affect on me, so I can’t say one way or another if this tea does this moreso than others. However, 3 days later, and 3 cups later, the hives are fading. I can say that the taste in general is quite pleasing. The anise is subtle, overpowered by the cinnamon to balance out the flavor. There is something about the aftertaste of anise that I don’t like and that subtracts points for me – but the smell of this tea is totally amazing. It’s awesome for that late night tea, naturally caffeine free. I’ll be keeping this one around, but can only drink it sparingly due to the anise aftertaste.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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46

Tart. Tangy. A bit sour. And yeah, I suppose a bit zingery. Not very berry which I think is why they call it “zinger”. I’m not sure how they make it taste that way. It’s not a bad tea but I definitely couldn’t steep this more than once. The second cup was more like plain water.

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67

I made my usual three cup pot, and I have to say that it was better than actually taking echinacia pills. I hate taking the pills. There was hint of a flavor that I associate with that raw, cabbage like taste of the loose chamomile I tried recently. But just a hint and not nearly as over powering. I’m wondering if that is the taste of the echinnacea itself.

I couldn’t taste the eucalyptus, but there was definitely a mintyness that I liked. It definitely opened up my sinuses, and honey helped that vaguely bitter flavor.

Not really sure about the rating. It may not taste amazing, but it certainly seems to do the job.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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54

This is spicy, but not a chai spicy. I’m not a fan of ginger though, so I don’t love this tea but it isn’t bad.

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88

Hello! With summer coming, I’ve been trying to find a good iced tea, and I think I might have something with this one. I just need to let it cool. If I take it out too soon, the ice ruins the flavor by watering it down immediately.

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88

Hmm, made a big three cup pot for dinner. It was so yummy. Definitely one of my favorites.

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88

Since I was pretty sure I was going to love this just from the smell, I immediately made a three cup pot when I got home from shopping this evening. The smell of fresh, hot blueberry muffins filled the kitchen when I poured the first cup.

The taste in the first two cups was not as intense as I thought it would be. It was very berry, but not blue berry. Then I added some honey to the second cup, and the blueberry flavor just popped for me. I could taste the honey as well, but instead of masking the flavor of the blueberries it seemed to bring it out.

The last cup was the same. I’m so happy I picked this up this evening.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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