Celestial Seasonings

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I’m not a huge fan of herbals, or Celestial Seasonings really, but I actually quite liked this one! It was a nice cup for the evening, though I can’t say it was particularly relaxing as the name suggests.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I burnt my tongue but I fault that for being nervous at a new fellowship member meet-and-greet. This was an overwhelmingly honey-nutty-floral sweet pillowfight to the face. Despite the boiling water turning my tastebuds to paper pulp, in the mouth it had the body of an herbal tea and was tamer in taste, enough that I could taste citrus underneath the pillowfight. Like, this is a dessert tisane not a soothing bed down blend. Or, like good for kids. And dang did I need last night. Life is awesome.

Recommended as a summer, sitting on the porch dessert tisane (possibly iced) or for kids or for people who are obsessed with having a highly aromatic tea.

Flavors: Candy, Citrus, Floral, Flowers, Honey, Nutty, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I can’t remember if I’ve tried this one or not. I prefer my chamomile souped up a little rather than straight up. Bigelow has a good bagged citrus chamomile for a nightcap.

derk

I suppose then that you might enjoy this one :)

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86

Found this sitting in the pantry unopened from when actual tea gave me horrible stomach pains and I was drinking just about any herbal I could get my hands on. Tastes like a gentle spearmint-chamomile blend. Color me surprised, I’m used to sleep aid teas being horribly medicinal and hard to finish. (Looking at you, 90% of bedtime teas with licorice components.) Not usually a big chamomile person, but it works here. Probably the lack of strongly flavored ingredients that allows it to shine through instead of present itself as a “yep that’s chamomile” note? And the valerian has me blissed out against a pillow with my eyes fluttering closed at 8:45. Gonna give into that urge to sleep and let this stuff do its magic.

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

Brewed one tea bag, left in a mug all time drinking… so actually grandpa of tea bag.

A tea bag from derk, thank you!

My tastes differ so muc recently. I was craving for blacks, then for something crazy, then just simple herbal.

Today is herbal day and pure peppermint sounds good.
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The tea is simple, refreshing. There is nothing much to write about that cuppa. It is peppermint, it is refreshing… simple as that. No off notes, pure peppermint. And apparently fresh one.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

You’re welcome

Martin Bednář

It is so enjoyable, easydrinking

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65

Filling in for the accountant who suddenly had to take the day off at the retail branch. This is the lone box of tea sitting in the kitchen beside the poor neglected Bodum electric water kettle that’s positively crispy inside with calcium from the questionable tap water. (Well, there’s also some Soothing Caramel Bedtime from Yogi, but I would sooner bite off my foot than try something with that ingredient list.)
Definitely haven’t had any of the zingers in awhile, but I liked them with some honey when I was younger. This one is tart, tart, tart from all of that hibiscus and added citric acid. It’s got enough cherry and blueberry flavoring in there to keep it from tasting like unsweetened hot agua fresca. It’s a solid hibiscus tisane if you’re looking for something mouth-puckering in the tea aisle of the grocery, but True Blueberry will always be my favorite from Celestial Seasonings. Can’t beat that blueberry pie filling brew.

Flavors: Blueberry, Cherry, Hibiscus, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

Maybe Celestial Seasonings hibiscus blends are the reason so many people can’t stand hibiscus.

Eelong

You might be on to something. I had to blend green tea with some old bags of the raspberry one to get through the rest of the box. Normally don’t mind rosehips, but the combo of that with hibiscus and citric acid made it taste like sour tomatoes. The only less palatable fruit tea from a popular brand that I can think of is that damn orange Tazo stuff.

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90

I only had this tea twice, once a year before my grandma passed and twice the day/night before her funeral.
The tea i remember had a nice and smooth herbal-like taste, my experience with strawberry teas have not been very good which made me appreciate the nice, not bitter taste even more. I really liked the vanilla hint it had, it really made the tea for me. It remains to be the best tea iv’e had so far.
I might of had two cups or some the day after or but i forget and it doesn’t really matter , I want to fine a tea that that’s similar in taste to this one.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Herbs, Rose, Strawberry, Vanilla

Preparation
2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
derk

Welcome to Steepster, Moe Moe

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Preparation
1 min, 15 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
587 tasting notes

Really digging the peppermint lately between a gnarly cold, carb-heavy catered lunches at work since Thanksgiving and nostalgia for the cold and snowy winters we don’t experience in this region of California. Today was the first day at this job that my tea thermos contained a caffeine-free brew. Dudes, today was awesome with a thermos full of hot peppermint juice. This tisane held up for 6 hours without developing any muted or off flavors. Crisp, mentholated, herbaceous soothing peppermint.

My nighttime cups which I’ve been brewing at boiling and letting steep for much longer than the recommended 4 to 6 minutes have turned up only a light stewed herb quality.

Celestial Seasonings Peppermint has the menthol power of two leaves and a bud’s peppermint, the pure peppermint flavor of Traditional Medicinals’ and the herbaceous, stewy quality of bulk bin leaf. This one isn’t particularly sweet to me but it’s been a damn fine cup.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Menthol, Peppermint

Shae

I love that, hot peppermint juice. :)

Mastress Alita

Many a day my work thermos contains hot peppermint juice, too. Sometimes the need to calm migraine-stromach overrides the need for camellia sinensis derived caffeine.

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This was a pleasant surprise that just, um, appeared in our kitchen. Yeah, that’s it. But shady origins notwithstanding, gold stars to Celestial Seasonings!

The maple scent and flavor leads the parade. It is maple-maple, not Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup maple (although there is a time and place for that, as well). Ginger is the follow-up and not overdone; just a little warmth in the back of the throat. Nicely done.

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33

I can smell the sugar cookie in the scent. But I taste … grass.

I leave the bags in as recommended in other tasting notes and it just gets grassier. It tastes as if I’ve left my mouth open while mowing the lawn.

My preparation included no additives. No milk. No cream. No sweetener. Just it as is.

Is my tongue broken?

Flavors: Cut grass, Grass

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

This was a complimentary offering so I’m not too bummed having tried it as every now and then Celestial Seasonings will surprise me. This is not one of those times, sadly.

Green tea is always a rather bland experience for me, especially as a bagged tea with no other flavorings. I had hoped there would be a slight change in experience with the white tea addition, but it only ensured the bitter flavor that can sometimes occur even with a brief over steep did not occur. I added some sugar (substitute) and cream and still had a rather boring tea. I won’t be revisiting this one any time soon.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Herbs

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

The Celestial Seasonings brand is one I either tend to like or hate. I rarely love any of their flavor offerings.

For this tea flavoring, I am only interested in trying it as a hot tea. I used one tea bag for approximately 8 ounces of water and allowed it to steep for about 5 minutes with boiling water.

I was pleasantly surprised by the tea bag’s aroma before steeping and that appreciation continued even once I removed the bag from the water. The aroma of the tea leaves are subtle with the typical, almost chemical, smell of honey / sweet flavoring. I’d add that I picked up on a hint of a nutty scent.

Without any cream or sugar (substitute) added this is an acceptable tasting tea. Nothing fantastic, yet, not displeasing. I like to keep a few varieties of tea bags on hand for nights where I don’t feel up to brewing a proper cup of tea. This one hits the mark and is very budget friendly.

Adding a small amount of cream seems to draw out a bit of flavor from that nutty scent I was picking up on and it is a welcomed enhancement to the tea giving it a bit more complexity, again something I find generally lacking with the Celestial Seasonings brand.

Finally, I added a bit of sugar (substitute) and for whatever reason it almost watered down the flavor. I would probably skip sugar altogether or only use a very small amount (1/4 teaspoon or less).

While I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this flavor again as there are evening blends I prefer more, it’s not one I would avoid, either. An acceptable cup of bagged tea.

Flavors: Honey, Nutty, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65

This one has that familiar strong licorice background that a lot of bagged herbal teas seem to have. The other main flavor is the ginger that isn’t strong enough to be spicy, but it’s very present. In some sips, I feel like I can taste a bit of maple, though I’m not sure if that’s just my imagination. I bought this tea looking for a strong maple flavor, so I’m a little disappointed. It’s easy to drink, but nothing special. Whenever I drink it, I do find myself wishing I were drinking other teas instead.

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89

This was one of the first teas I ever enjoyed and honestly, I still really love it. It’s sweet, but doesn’t taste sugary to me, and I always enjoy a good green/white blend. It doesn’t oversteep, so it’s easy to just throw a tea bag in a cup and not worry about it.

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76

This was a sample from Ost a while ago! Thanks so much. It might be from Celestial Seasonings, but it’s an oddity I’ve never tried before. Never heard of it, actually, before receiving it from Ost, and those are the kinds of teas I like to get. :D This tea might be older, but most of the elements are here. I would imagine any distinct champagne flavor has faded, but I’m definitely tasting notes of strawberry and cinnamon on a deep dark base. As well as some roasty earthiness from the chicory. I don’t mind the chicory at all here, though usually I don’t like it. If the chicory wasn’t here, it would taste about as close to Butiki’s lovely Ruby Pie blend…as any other tea I’ve tried anyway. The cinnamon is odd in “champagne” but if I ignore the name, it’s a delicious flavor combination. It’s definitely more like a strawberry cinnamon dessert.
Steep #1 // 2 tea bags for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

gmathis

Never heard of this one, nor have I tried strawberry and cinnamon together. Interesting on both fronts!

Kittenna

Cinnamon and strawberry together is so good, IMO. 52Teas had a strawberry pie honeybush that combined those flavours and was delicious, and I use cinnamon in strawberry rhubarb pies/crisps!

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One more review today, this one is real time. The three I submitted earlier were backlogs and I’m hoping to hit a few more of those tomorrow. It’s unlike me to have more than one review in queue.

I snag some terrible stuff from my aunt’s bagged tea drawer. This is my First and Last Time with Tension Tamer. For one, it’s lemongrass/lemonflavor dominant, eugh. Two, that cloying licorice root sweetness hangs out in the back of the mouth forever. Three, I’m not a fan of many combinations of non-spicy ginger, lemon, mint and/or cinnamon. The mint and catnip are cooling, yes. The hops, I think they round out the flavor and might contribute to some relaxation. I’ve had eleuthero before but can’t recall its taste. Can’t pick out the tilia flowers at all. Aftertaste is tangy and lemon cleaner.

Did I mention the dry bag smells like an herbaceous mustybutt?

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Licorice, Mint, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

It’s been a while since I’ve tried it … should the opportunity arise, I will have to refer back to your description!

Mastress Alita

Tension Tamer is one of the few bagged teas I like, but I’ve been having trouble finding it lately. I like a fresher box, and need two bags per cup or the flavor tastes a bit meh to me (but I find that’s the case to me with most bagged herbals). I like the eleuthero/lemon/mint flavor. I never taste any of the cinnamon or ginger in it.

gmathis

Agreed; I double up on most CS teabags, also.

Martin Bednář

I had once, or twice CS teas. My grandma received them from US relatives as Christmas gift.

They were so sweet (I do not know which ones it was, I recall blueberry). And bit weirdly in taste. But I do not recall it much. She liked it though.

Kittenna

Welp, this sounds like a tea I’ll be avoiding!

derk

Mastress Alita: this box was very fresh and one bag was plenty strong. The ginger and cinnamon at first escaped me, subtle and overwhelmed by the lemon grass/flavor but enough to turn me off.

Martin: a lot of CS teas I’ve had are indeed very sweet. CS teas are not my favorite herbals. Good in a pinch since they’re ubiquitous.

Martin Bednář

I would say, US flavoured teas are usually very sweet :D as I had chance to drink few (I recall Arizona one)

derk

Heh, Arizona teas are basically sugar water.

Mastress Alita

Arizona Green Tea was my first step from transitioning between daily pop to eventually making my own tea… it has its place.

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62

A little anemic, but fine.

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86

Hello Steepster! It is 1:55 AM and I CAN’T SLEEP. So, in going with tradition of late night tea in an attempt to shut down the hyperbrain, we are trying one from the vaults tonight. Sleepytime Honey. I’m not sure if I’ve actually had any of this before, but the box was opened and there appeared to be several sachets missing from the package. So I guess I’ve tried this before. Anyway, I looked on the outside of the box and couldn’t find steeping instructions. I know they are there somewhere, maybe on the inside? But since I couldn’t find them, I winged it. Boiling water 16oz brewed for 6-7 minutes with one teabag. I say 6-7 minutes because I spent about a minute with the bag in looking for brewing parameters with no luck. Well, onto the taste.

Taste is… yup, that’s sleepytime all right. That signature spearmint/chamomile blend that pretty much every one of CS Sleepytimes have. I did put a single splenda in this because I don’t like the sleepytime plain. Never really have. The flavor isn’t strong enough for me without the added umph. So as for the honey in this, I really can’t taste anything like sweet honey, just the splenda. There’s maybe a bit of muskiness to it that is supposed to be the honey? The mint is dancing on my tongue, and I don’t know how that is supposed to help me sleep – it’s almost invigorating. If I stick my nose in the mug, I get a strong whiff of the honey flavoring, but it really isn’t translating to taste. It definitely smells like honey. Sadly, doesn’t taste it.

Overall, if you like the Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime line you will probably like this one too. The flavor is very similar to other teas in this line that I’ve had. However, if you are looking for a good strong honey flavor, look elsewhere. It ain’t here.

Flavors: Flowers, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Mastress Alita

The reason I’ve never cared for Sleepytime is I don’t like the flavor of chamomile. I love Tension Tamer, though!

Kittenna

I hope it helped you sleep!

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drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
71 tasting notes

My friend went to visit her dad, and he bought this for her. Then he said he didn’t want it in his house and sent it home with her. She wasn’t a big fan and gave it to me. So I brought it to work.

It contains peppermint. That’s it. That’s also the only flavor I could pick out. It’s more pleasant and rounded than, say, a candy cane. Given that, it’s not bad.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

No caffeine. Boring work tea. Good for migraine nausea, though.

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100

Not the best idea for a Summer tea but for Winter……………yes yes yes.

Tastes like Spice cake. Wonderful.

Perfect sweet and spice

Flavors: Cinnamon

Flavors: Cinnamon

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100

This was a test try, hoping it would not be a pricey fail. It wasn’t. I think its a wonderful tasting tea. I got it mostly for the Ginger and my allergies. Its one of my faves right next to Vanilla Fireside

Flavors: Ginger, Maple Syrup

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95

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this one yet. My family is obsessed with this tea iced. The peach and chamomile taste so nice together. We use four bags and a few spoonfuls of sugar for a large pitcher, and the flavor is light and nice. If you put too much water in, chamomile is the main thing you taste, but if you get the right proportions, it’s so peachy and nice. I love this tea even more than most loose leaf peach teas I’ve tried. We go through boxes of it so quickly, but at Walmart it’s about $2.20 per box, so it’s a pretty great deal.

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84

This year, I have challenged myself to finish every tea in my cabinet on January 1st by December 31st. It’s actually going super well! Today I realized I’d have to start breaking into my bagged tea or else the last few months of the year would be only bags. This one had a somewhat unpleasant smell, but happily, the flavor is quite nice. It doesn’t really taste like what it’s advertised to be, though. It’s similar to Stash’s licorice spice tea. The main flavor is licorice and there’s a tiny bit of spiciness underneath. This one doesn’t need sugar since the licorice is already pretty sweet. I really enjoyed my cup, but definitely don’t expect any vanilla or very much spice. It’s licorice all the way. I really like licorice teas, but I’m not giving it a super high rating purely because I feel this tea is named/advertised improperly.

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