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drank Chamomile by Celestial Seasonings
68 tasting notes

Well, we didn’t win. My disappointment is immeasurable, but I will not let my day be ruined.

Tastes like your average run-of-the-mill chamomile tea, nothing special to note.

We’ll get them next season…right?…

Flavors: Chamomile, Flowers

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72

Well, the Brewers better win tonight because my fragile little heart can’t take it if we get eliminated at this point. So I wanted something calming and comforting, and this tea fits the bill. Smells super sweet but tastes pleasant and warm. I’m usually not a fan of all things honey, but the notes in this tea are subtle and tantalizing.

C’mon team, DO SOMETHING!

Flavors: Chamomile, Honey, Licorice, Vanilla

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80

Finally a tea that doesn’t skimp on the lemon! Bold and full of flavor, this is all about the lemon zest. I’m drinking the decaf version but would be interested in trying a caffeinated version for my mornings.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest

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33

It’s okay with a bit of milk, but still tastes a bit like Play Doh. It’s not very palatable to drink straight.

Flavors: Cake, Chalk

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I picked this up during Blueberry Season on a whim at the Target. I love the scent of the bag and the tea once brewed. It reminds me of blueberry syrup. Not the mass produced kind but the homemade syrup.

I steeped the tea for a little over 4 minutes and then let it cool some. I find the tea has a good wild blueberry taste. I think a slight hibiscus flavor as well. It is a deep purple/red color. I’m reminded of a blueberry punch. The kids like this tea too probably for that reason. I might try iced this afternoon.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruit Punch

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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One of you mentioned trying this with bourbon sugar, which I don’t have, but it still sounded so good, I snagged a box for the house. It is balanced in favor of the cinnamon rather than the apple (which I was really craving) but it is a lovely herbal departure from minty stuff and overly spiced chai.

Evol Ving Ness

Bourbon sugar! That sounds interesting and likely, unavailable here.

This sounds like it has potential. Still, I worry about overly aggressive cinnamon and spice in CT blends.

gmathis

In this case, it’s just the cinnamon rather than the empty-the-entire-contents-of-your-spice-rack nastiness of CS Bengal Spice.

Evol Ving Ness

Hahaha, yes, you know exactly what I am talking about.

This sounds far more reasonable.

gmathis

I haven’t explored local shops to see if such a thing as bourbon sugar exists, but my husband did waltz home with a little bottle of—get this—coffee blossom honey. Haven’t opened it yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

Lexie Aleah

I’ve found honey powder and lavender sugar at little local spice shops before so bourbon sugar seems like something a spice shop might carry.

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Summer, eating peach pie while sitting on the ground. The peach is a little sharp in the aroma but it smooths out when I take a sip. The pastry-like flavor ties together the peach fruitiness with the earthier tone of matcha and gentle sweetness of green tea. There are recommendations on the package for brewing both hot and iced. I only had it hot, and it’s best before it cools completely.

If you like Celestial Seasonings’ Country Peach Passion, imagine it with a matcha green tea base.

Pretty good bagged tea.

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Pastries, Peach, Summer, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Ooh! I have been craving white peaches.

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Flavors: Peppermint

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Flavors: Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Flavors: Chamomile

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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79

I’m enjoying this one! There’s some mint and some dessertiness from the white chocolate. It’s definitely a mild flavor, but I liked it! I couldn’t really taste the base tea, which was fine with me. I had it with a bit of milk, and if it were herbal, I’d probably add this tea to my rotation. It’s mild, but solid. I’m glad the TTB gave me a chance to try it!

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“An Ode to Tea” Alphabet Challenge – W

Not gonna lie, I thought this was an herbal tisane and probably steeped it too hot and too long. Oh well!

Well, it’s not bitter, which is impressive. But it’s not great either. The combination of the mint with a touch of cinnamon in cardamom is interesting. But the mint has a bit too much of an herbal flavor for me. The white chocolate also tastes more like regular chocolate flavoring, which we all know is not my favorite.

So meh, it’s not for me.

Flavors: Artificial, Autumn Leaf Pile, Cardamom, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Hay, Herbaceous, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

Honestly I couldn’t imagine White Chocolate with Peppermint at all. And especially as a cup of tea.

gmathis

It sounds similar to Bigelow’s Peppermint Bark (one of their seasonal releases), but I think I wouldn’t appreciate the non-mint additions.

Cameron B.

Martin, peppermint bark with dark and white chocolate, peppermint flavor, and candy cane pieces is very common here around the holidays.

Martin Bednář

I guess I need to visit US during different times in the year to “get” many differences.

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Honestly, I can’t tell much difference between this and regular Sleepytime. It feels a little cooler in the mouth from that sweet and strong Pacific northwest peppermint. Mint forward but balanced by florals and citrusy lemongrass.

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Hay, Herbaceous, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Salty, Spearmint, Sweet

gmathis

This is a new one on me—certainly haven’t seen it locally. More mint couldn’t hurt!

derk

I don’t know when I’ll be at my aunt’s again, but I’ll snag a few bags for you next time. She’s the keeper of the 20-box bagged tea drawer!

gmathis

Everybody needs an aunt like that!

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A gift from Devon Bartholomew in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day. I had wanted to try this one before buying a full box and Devon kindly offered to send me a bag to sample. I’m glad I did try it first because it’s not really my thing. I don’t taste any caramel, only an artificial apple candy flavor and that familiar dusty quality I always get from hot hibiscus. I’m glad to try it though and mark it off my wishlist. Thanks, Devon!

Flavors: Apple Candy, Artificial, Dust

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

I remember enjoying the box of this I finished a few years ago and recently had the chance to grab this single bag to drink. It’s probably somewhat nostalgia, but I’m enjoying it! The spices are warming and pleasant. There’s a fair amount of sweetness, so I probably could have gotten away with not sweetening my cup. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind grabbing a box of this as a work tea sometime in the future. It’s a perfectly serviceable chai, honestly better than lots of more expensive ones I’ve had.

Mastress Alita

Because of Kiki I can’t see this tea without thinking of it as “that tiger tea”.

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53

Tossed a teaspoon of smoked bourbon sugar into this to cap off my night. I’m going to wind up tricking myself into loving this tea, aren’t I?

gmathis

Oh, mercy, that sounds like a hundred-dollar upgrade on a dime store tea! On the fall list it goes.

Strigiforme

Total upgrade while I wait for my usual apple pie blend to come back into season! I’ve been wondering what to use the sugar on, and I think we’ve got a strong first contender.

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The destashening continues. I’ve been missing my usual apple pie blend from a local shop, and I’ve been hunting the platonic apple pie ideal online to no avail. Who would have thought it’s so difficult to find what should be a relatively simple and straight-forward drink? But alas, that leads me to come crawling back to good ol’ Cinnamon Apple Spice. I knew this day was coming.

This one wasn’t quite as bad as I recall, but it also helps that I was more conservative in my steep this time around. They’re still not f-ing around with the cinnamon, but the hibiscus and apple are, dare I say, juicy?

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What can be said that hasn’t been already? It’s not elegant, refined, subdued, understated—and that’s the point. I can’t think of a tea that’s a bigger ‘f*** you’ to subtlety than Cinnamon Apple Spice, which puts ‘cinnamon’ first in the name because it wallops you in the olfactory from the second you pour the water over. You could put some sweetener in this to soften the punchy taste of apple and hibiscus or to round out the bite of eye-watering cinnamon, but why? Wild horses shouldn’t be tamed. Just enjoy the ride.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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75

just a touch of sugar for balance

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89

I think this is the last of my wedding party favors.

I poured boiling water over the bag and let the teabag stay. Wow, the blueberry smell from the brewed cup is amazing.

I mainly taste blueberry, with some sour candy notes that are probably from the hibiscus. I suppose some people might be put off by the sour candy, but I love it. It’s amazing that this tastes so much like candy while having no sugar or sweetener. I may have to buy more of this!

Flavors: Blueberry, Candy, Hibiscus, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

This was too tart for me, but I’m glad it hit somebody’s “perfect” spot!

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