Celestial Seasonings

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More interesting finds from my moms tea cabinet. She said this is close to a chai tea. Sort of. It’s really more of a strong Spiced tea. And when I say strong, I mean the scent alone cleared my sinuses.

I’m actually not a huge fan of spiced teas, but this one I like for some reason. Still, the spice flavor overwhelms the tea base. But I guess that’s what a spiced tea is supposed to be.

In that case, this is an amazing Spiced Tea. I’m just not a spiced tea fan.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I actually love this tea.

You know how caramel apples seem so brilliant and appetizing, in theory? It’s the holiday season and it’s dark out but the incandescent lights of a mall are so yellow and warm, and now that you’re inside you’re actually starting to get a a little toasty in your heavy jacket. You peer into the glass display case of That Commercial Confectioner (name withheld) and see rows and rows of sleek, shiny, beautiful candied fruits. You can just imagine the complementary marriage of apple and caramel: sweet-on-tart, creamy-on-crunchy, gooey-on-firm.

Then you buy the apple and the caramel is really thick and actually hyper-sweetened with no darkness or richness and you can barely even penetrate it because it clogs your jaw. And when you finally do, you’re left with a sad, naked, hardened Granny Smith, bare of caramel and bereft of flavor. And you are so sad. So you just eat the caramel and then feel bad because you wasted the apple, and curse Corporate America and The Holidays and spend the remainder of the day grinching out, surreptitiously trying to pry caramel out of your molars whilst being accosted by holiday salespeople.

You know what I mean…right? But this tea doesn’t do that. This tea doesn’t disappoint. Being a liquid, it doesn’t suffer from the logistical plights of actual caramel apples. This tea is the caramel apple on the rack, perfect and glistening and full of holiday hope, sweet and warming and delicious. It is wonderful. Try it.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Honey

6 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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This is an ok rooibos, sort of like a plainer version of Jeoffery’s African Celebration. There are definitely undertones of marzipan and vanilla, but not strong clean vanilla like vanilla extract. There is a kind of silty metal/mineral flavour? It is fairly common in rooibos and isn’t bad at all. The rooibos base is mediocre.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Mineral, Nuts, Rooibos, Vanilla

Boiling 8 min or more 14 OZ / 400 ML

I used to love this one before I really got into tea and realized how much more was out there beyond your usual grocery store suspects : D

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Very surprised by the quality of this teabag, a great caffeine free alternative to a Chai tea. The tea had a bold character full of cinnamon but the offnotes of Ginger, cloves and nutmeg seem to fall short and have no stamina. The warm spiced tea has no bitter or astringent taste even when steeped for an excessive amount of time. It is naturally sweet and doesn’t need any sugar.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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See my full review, coming soon to Sororitea Sisters.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Pumpkin, Yams

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Man, I’m surprised to see the low score because this has always been a great one to me with a very solid taste. I’ve also always liked the little paper bag that you have to unfold to get to the tea bags inside. If you aren’t looking to break the bank on solid tea, this one is a great choice!

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I have always enjoyed this tea because way back when i was a little kid, my parents would always give me some and tell me it would help me fall asleep when I was getting tired. Did it really help? Who knows? But the placebo effect at least, always did the trick. Love this one because the taste is great but it also makes me think of home :)

2 min, 0 sec

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What a delicious tasting tea for anytime of the day but i prefer right before bed or during my favourite movies or tv shows,

Definitly a sweeter yet almost nutty taste with a very warm and comforting tone. Seems to be perfect for when guests come over for tea!!!

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Mom likes to randomly buy me teas when she’s out shopping. This time she went to Target and brought me back two tins of Harney’s coconut green, a box of Numi’s chocolate pu-erh, and this. I know the first two are good, but the last was something I was apprehensive about. I’m not really a big fan of Celestial Seasonings or herbal teas, but hey, there’s no hibiscus in it. I figured it couldn’t be all bad then.

For the most part it smells better than it tastes. The dry mix has a nice toasty, orangey smell. Too bad at a five-minute steep it’s weak and watery, in no way living up to its scent. However, if you steep this for ten minutes and add a spoonful of sugar, you’ll have a pretty tasty tea. It’ll actually bear a resemblance to sugar cookies. Even unsweetened it isn’t bad. Just make sure you steep it for ten minutes or double up on the bags if you don’t want to wait that long.

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I’m so tempted to get more of this, even if the espresso did make me more anxious than usual, because it was so good with a bit of sweetened creamer. Spicy, creamy, and a little bit sweet this is just fantastic … even for someone who’s not a big fan of chai.

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I was feeling adventurous the last time I ordered from Celestial Seasonings so I ordered a box of this. I don’t like coffee (though I love the smell), or chicory; but I do like roasted barley, carob, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise so I figured it was worth a shot. This is a very strong tea. It’s in the same flavor category as coffee, dark chocolate, and strong black tea but it is definitely it’s own distinct flavor. I could taste the carob, barley and chicory, while the cinnamon and nutmeg are only an accent on the flavor. I didn’t taste the anise at all, so it’s probably just a tiny amount to take the edge off the bitterness. After a bit of experimentation, I decided that I’m not a huge fan of this plain, but it makes a very nice latte, and it’s especially nice with a teaspoon of cocoa powder added to the mix. When I pick up more brewing cocoa, I’ll have to try blending that. I have seen several varieties of “herbal coffee” that have made me curious. Since I like this one, I’ll have to give some other varieties a try.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Bittersweet, Roasted Barley, Spices


I’ve always liked this one but hadn’t considered the cocoa touch! (Now that you mention it, I’ve got some straight-up chicory in my pantry … hmmm…!)


Hope you are okay. Wondering what is going on with the Here’s Hoping teabox?

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I am desperate this morning, which means I’ve gone to the office Keurig machine, and brewed up this out of one of those little pot things.
Eh. How the mighty have fallen.
But I really just want something hot and tea like at the moment, and this is both of those things.
Its not particularly good, but I must give credit where its due. Its drinkable without causing flinching, spasms, or even much notice. It just sort of slides down, leaving a vaugly tea-ish flavor in its wake.
At lunchtime I will hunt down better brews.

Evol Ving Ness

Eh. How the mighty have fallen.



I’m about to embark on a couple of out-of-town conference trips where the daytime tea selection will be equivalent. I dislike sharing a Keurig machine because the water always tastes like somebody else’s coffee spit :)

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This is a fine, lemony tea. I’m not familiar with the taste of ginseng, so while I might be tasting it, I’m not aware of it. It’s got a nice, clean taste.

Flavors: Honey, Lemon

7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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I have been having some stress and anxiety issues lately. I was at the grocery store just looking at teas, and found this. The flavors sounded great, except for the licorice, but I thought I would give it a try. I think its tastes absolutely amazing. After the first cup, I felt very calm and focused, and slept very well. The next day, I was pretty calm, relaxed, and focused all day. I did feel the effects wearing off near the end of the day, but I was nowhere back to how I used to feel. I will be drinking a cup every night. I highly recommend it!

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Very fruity. Great herbal tea. One of my favorites. Perfect for summer, but I’d drink it anytime. I’ve only had it hot, but I’d imagine it’s good iced as well. Very aromatic, but I like the smell.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity

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This tastes like the Sleepytime Peach, minus the peach.

It’s mostly chamomile. I’ve had several cups now, and I honestly can’t taste the honey. I felt like this should be sweeter.

That said, it’s pretty good, and I like to sip it as part of an evening ritual to get to sleep. I have a lot of trouble sleeping sometimes, so this is, hopefully, a Pavlovian training method. Drink this, body falls asleep. It’s soothing.


I really like honey vanilla chamomile by celestial seasonings :)


I have trouble sleeping too. My Pavlovian training seems to be “Lie in bed, read, check phone 10 times, lie in bed, fall asleep whenevs.”

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This is quite drinkeable iced with sugar. But remember, it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that zing. And there is little zing here. Still it’s good. I did notice a bit of that cherry cough syrup smell that someone else noticed. And the back of my throat may be feeling it.

Two bags and 200 mL for 3 min then iced.

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Juicy berries! Yummy Yummy!

I hot brewed this one with two tea bags for 5 minutes with 450 mL of water added plenty of sugar then iced it down with a tray of ice.

It’s so easy to make!

Refreshment Rating 10/10

Flavors: Hibiscus, Raspberry

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Forget about whether it smells like peach for a sec. Because regardless of what the name is, this smells good! In fact, I recommend holding this cup next to your coworkers just to get them to say: “Hey, that smells yummy”.

Warm, it reminds me of warm peaches.
Cold, it’s good too.

You might want to be careful with the sweetner though. Maybe add a bit of water, if you put in too much. I was getting a really sweet vanilla on the tongue.

So far I’m.really impressed with their tea. I would make iced tea from this!

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Drunk warm, this is full of black cherry. Berry goodness bursting out. Iced, it is refreshingly mild. So depending on which taste you are looking for, choose your temperature!

Brewed up double strength, then iced.

I like a slice of apple berry pie, but I never get one. So I might
Pull this one out when there is apple pie.

This is no where near as overpowering as Cherry Koolaid. I have a bunch of KA single serves and really you can add them to anything. I did Cherry Matcha for example. The colour is really red and there is that black cherry finish to it (warm).

I picked this one up in a multipack. The care they took with the packaging was just amazing, and would definitely encourage me to buy from them again. A box, and five
Seperately sealed packages of flavoured tea!

Flavors: Cherry, Hibiscus

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I have read the reviews of this tea by K S for years now. Last year I finally went looking for it and it was all sold out. That happens with the better Christmas teas in this area. White Christmas by Stash is another one that you had better load into your basket as soon as you see it or else you won’t be having any.

Imagine my surprise when I was in the grocery store tonight and saw one box. ONE BOX. No label or tag on the shelf for it. Just the one. I looked around to see if they were putting out Christmas tea outlandishly early. (The heat index here is still over 100F most days.) I saw a pumpkin tea but no more Christmas tea. There was a box with peppermint sticks on the front but it didn’t say it was a Christmas blend. Since I had wanted to try it I had my daughter check the expiration date to make sure it wasn’t last year’s tea that turned up in a back room, but it looked brand new and had a nice long time until it expires.

I was going to have one cup tonight to try it, but as I took the sachet out of the box and the aroma hit me, I knew hubby had to try it. He is aptly nicknamed “The Cookie Monster” in our house. This smelled like really good sugar cookies, specifically the Queen Cake recipe from Colonial Williamsburg that we make at Christmas. So I made a whole pot, and we ended up making a very passable resteep.

Reviews said that it tastes best slightly cooled, so I waited to call him in until I had poured it. I used three sachets in a Stump teapot, boiling water, and five minutes steep time before pouring but we did not remove the bags.

I thought it was great! This is a wonderful, wind-down in the evening cup. I tried it plain first and then based on reviews added a little sugar and milk. I liked it best plain. The milk covered up the light orange notes. Hubby add sugar and more milk than I did, and he loved it best that way. He said milk always smooths black tea for him and he felt it did for this, too. I didn’t taste anything that needed to be smoothed and milk just made it “heavy” to me so my next cups we all plain.

As hubby said, this would be delicious with something to dip in it…a Rich Tea Biscuit, biscotti, graham crackers. I am definitely going to be aggressive about finding more of this during the limited time it is available. I could really use something caffeine free that feels like comfort food for evenings, especially this winter.

Thank you, K S, for singing the praises of this tea for all these years.


I’ll definitely hum along! One of my fave-fave-favorites.

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I used a 16oz mug, filled it to the brim with boiling water then added two tea bags held them down at the bottom of the cup with a spoon, steeped for 9 minutes, then added several different types of cinnamon, a little ginger, and a little unsweetened vanilla cashew milk. This cup of tea was a very very nice treat and left me wanting another one when I finished it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Ginger, Molasses, Spices, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Boiling 8 min or more 15 OZ / 443 ML

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