Celestial Seasonings

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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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22

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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69
drank Peppermint by Celestial Seasonings
70 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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74

Sipdown! (167/397)

Thanks for the sample, Marzipan!

I’ve been putting this one off for a while now, mainly because I have a pretty strained-at-best relationship with ginger, and I’ve found a lot of Celestial Seasonings’ offerings to be cloyingly sweet. Going in with low expectations has helped, I suppose, because I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I’m drinking it tactically after eating a couple of chocolates, with my thinking being that it would tame any unwanted sweetness, and it seems to have done the trick because although I get that liquorice root feeling at the back of my throat, I’m actually not getting a tonne of sweetness from it. The ginger is present, but not overwhelming and there’s actually a strong cinnamon note which puts this tea in my good books straight away. There’s an unexpected fiery kick which is partially to do with the cinnamon and ginger, but it’s punchier… black pepper is springing to my mind. I added milk because that’s how I prefer my chais, and this seemed chai-like to me from reading the description. I’m glad I did, because it’s certainly a bold tea and I think the milk helps keep that at bay. Overall, I’m really enjoying sipping on this while I catch up on what’s been going on with Steepter in my absence (I’ve missed you guys). Oh, how I love an unexpected win!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Evol Ving Ness

Where is Marzipan? I haven’t seen her for ages.

Nattie

Somebody commented on another post of mine that she’s still active on Facebook and seems to be doing well, but not so much drinking tea at the moment. I think she might have started her own business? I could be misremembering though.

Nattie

Oh, and she sent me this tea back in 2015, I’m just trying to get my oldest out of my cupboard.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Nattie! I’ve thought of her more than once and hope she is well.

Sil

she is focused on her legging business. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Excellent. Thanks, Sil!

Nattie

Thanks, Sil! I thought she has a business now (: I often think of old Steepster friends and wonder how they’re doing. Sometimes I feel quite removed over here, when people leave.

Evol Ving Ness

Same, Nattie.

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73

Attended a seminar last night where dinner was served. I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting for a while now – fast for 16 hours, eat within a 8 hour window – and have become accustomed to having dinner no later than 4:30pm on most days. Eating this late made me feel heavy and desperate for some tea to help digest it all.

The only option was the Keurig machine in the lobby and since beggars can’t be choosers, I grabbed a K-cup of this and went for it. It’s been ages since I’ve had Celestial Seasonings. Even in my heathen days of tea bags, I was never impressed by it. The Keurig brewed up 6oz of a tongue-scalding, murky amber liquor. This tea isn’t grassy like a typical green tea. It’s brisk and has the familiar roasty taste of gunpowder green tea – another tea I used to drink a long time ago. Not one that I would normally go for but sipping it felt nostalgic and helped calm my stomach. Decent in a pinch and would be nicer with a squeeze of lemon.

Flavors: Roasted

Preparation
6 OZ / 177 ML

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70

First tasting: My first instinct is to describe this as I would a wine – a strong, dry raspberry where the tartness almost hits more on the way down than on the tongue. The berry part of the flavor is good, but there’s something about it overall that definitely showcases as being a fairly simple grocery store tea as if there was an option for flavor complexity that was left out.
Due to the dryness, this tea made me somewhat thirstier than before I started drinking it although it works well as a non-caffeinated breakfast tea with something like oatmeal.

Flavors: Berry, Drying, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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81

Sipdown 163/397

Made as my first tea back from Rome since it was an easy one to make and an easy sipdown to boot. This tea has some pretty bad reviews, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit! The smell of this steeping filled the whole kitchen with the scent of stewing apples, and I couldn’t help but inhale the steam. When I finally got too impatient and took a sip, I was disappointed that the cinnamon seemed to be the dominant flavour, with only a smidgen of apple playing in the background. I added a pinch of sugar, and this brought out more of the apple flavour, but not enough. I added more, so there was roughly a teaspoon in my mug, and boy did it make a difference. The apple came out so much more, equalling the cinnamon in strength. This is definitely the way I’d recommend drinking this tea. Yummy yummy yum. Thank you Marzipan!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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58

Neutral tasting green, with a little white.

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70

Got a box of this for super cheap this summer. At first, I kind of hated it, but by the middle of my mug, I started to quite enjoy it. It needs milk and sugar because otherwise it’s much too savory for my taste. It’s basically a chai with lots of coconut flavor and lots of clove. Their process for decaffeinating tea may not be the best, though, because I drank two bags of this, and my heart has been beating quickly for a long time. I can usually drink decaf at night without problems, but, well, we’ll see see how well I can sleep after this! I’m not a huge chai fan anymore, but if you are, the flavor is pretty strong in this one, and the coconut gives it an interesting twist.

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93

This is one of the few teas which I loved so much that I went out of my way to get more. Is it rather artificial tasting? Yes. But does that stop me from loving it? NO! It tastes like Caramel Apple candy. Note, I didn’t say it tasted like a caramel apple. It doesn’t. It tastes like artificially flavored caramel apple candy. But it is totally a guilty pleasure tea for me. I am diabetic and cannot have much sugar. So basically, actual apple cider is out. This, when sweetened with a bit of splenda (not stevia. It just does NOT work with Stevia) is close enough to what apple cider basically tastes like to me for it to work as an acceptable substitute. Again, this is a guilty pleasure for me. Is this a good quality apple tea? Heck no. But is it surprisingly tasty enough that I always want it around even out of season? TOTALLY!

Flavors: Apple Candy, Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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62

Doing a new review of this tea because frankly, my taste buds seem to have evolved in the past two months.

This tea is not as good as I previously rated it by far. I recently made a pure cinnamon infusion for medical reasons and this tastes approximately the same. Yes I like cinnamon and it isn’t horrible. But that is basically all there is to this. Just pure cinnamon. If there are other flavors I can’t taste them.

I’ll probably finish the box but I don’t think I will get any more. I’m certain I can find a better caffeine free chai out there if I look.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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62

So this is basically Chai Tea, without the actual Tea. While my proclivity lately has been more towards loose leaf, I greatly appreciate Bengal Spice for it’s caffeine free nature, and tend to drink it later in the day when I don’t want the caffeine of my usual Masala Chai. It’s really rather good, quite spicy, and I find it drinkable with or without any kind of milk. Without is definitely spicier though. I would recommend this tea to anyone who loves a decent chai, but has tendencies to drink it later in the day when it may interfere with sleep. All in all, not bad for bagged.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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86

Sometimes a “sweet” herbal tea can taste flat and artificial, but this one has a depth of flavor— maybe from the chamomile? It gives you a little touch of that astringent grass flavor that brings the sweetness down to earth a little. It’s mildly fruity but mostly delivers the honey taste.

Flavors: Apricot, Citrus, Grass

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