Celestial Seasonings

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Definitely lives up to its name – maple and ginger scent permeates the packaging, and upon steeping, those are the major flavors this herbal tea delivers. The ginger is nice and spicy, and the maple is a tad on the “syrup” side but not overly sweet or artificial. I find double-bagging and a slightly longer brew time really brings out the spiciness of the ginger, which helps the maple not be overly sugary. It’s a good cool-weather option (I can’t imagine enjoying this iced). If you see a box and it interests you, I think it’s a pretty safe buy.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This is the third of three Camomile-Honey-Vanilla teas I am comparing tonight. CS is the one which puts Honey first in its description. This is evident in its taste.
Of the three teas I compared tonight: Ahmad, Twinings and Celestial Seasonings, this was both the darkest and most flavorful for the single cup. For that alone it deserved the highest rating of the three, since to me that means one gets more oomph for the money. I haven’t looked to see whether the teabags themselves weigh more or not—they all seemed to be of the same quantity per bag. After all three cups had steeped for 5 minutes, I sampled them in order of mildest to strongest, out of fear the weaker-looking ones wouldn’t have the same olfactory overtones if I waited for them to cool.
I have to say that of the three, the Celestial Seasonings one has the best ‘stand alone’ quality. The one aspect I didn’t like as well was its aroma: I found the predominant honey just a bit cloying. However, that was not evident in the cup.
While I prefer the aroma of the Twinings, I have to admit that to drink alone, the Celestial Seasonings wins this particular taste test. I can still mix them with White Tea for a special nighttime blend, but now I know which one to go to if I want just one cup by itself!

Flavors: Apple, Chamomile, Honey, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I forget how easy this is to brew and go, with no bitterness or excessive cinnamon. There was a box squirrled away in my cupboard that I opened to take on a road trip. I use two tea bags for a 16 oz go mug and get spicy cinnamon goodness to keep me awake. I certainly wouldn’t reach for it at other times, but for fall or winter travel, its pretty convenient.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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Surprisingly good! The tea is not overly harsh and the vanilla is right there. Does not have an overprocessed or chemical aftertaste. It does pack a punch – the caffeine is real. I checked the recommend box because it is good enough and does the job of giving me a kickstart in the morning; enough that I picked up 2 additional boxes. Can’t say I don’t recommend it if I’m buying more.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Good to know. I’ve looked at this several times with my hand hovering over the box.

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Do I get double points for two April health teas? This particular line of wellness teas evidently isn’t catching on in our neck of the woods—I keep finding them on the discount-please-take-it-home shelves; this time, at Big Lots.

Ah, well…serendipity for me, especially in the case of this oddball, but tasty blend that contains oatmeal, cinnamon, coconut milk, green banana flour, a little licorice, and dried blueberries.

I steeped my first bag in a mug with a dark interior, so I couldn’t tell whether it looks cloudy or milky due to the grainy ingredients. The oats are the first thing I noticed, then the cream from the coconut and banana flour (which didn’t taste banana-y), and the cinnamon that strengthened along the way, since I just left the bag in.

Overall, it was quite tasty—think “baby food” but in the most pleasant way, and if it cleans out the residue left by less-than-stellar dietary habits and a few Easter jelly beans, all the better!

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Well, cold and flu season is upon us — one of the three in our household is significantly under the weather, one is sniffling, and I have neither the time nor the inclination to follow suit. So I’m spraying, sanitizing, and Cloroxing like a woman obsessed, and following up with all things immunity-boostish.

So I’m glad I still have a few bags of this Immune Support variety on hand. It’s got ginger, turmeric, and black pepper to clean out whatever clogs you; creates a pleasant little throat burn on the way down. I wish they had tweaked it to be just a touch more lemony, though, to camouflage the mild metallic tang that must be the added zinc and/or supplemental Vitamin C.

I found this box at a Big Lots, which is often the last stop before a product is discontinued, but it looks like the TeaWell series is still readily available from Celestial Seasonings.

derk

Hope your crew is feeling better.

gmathis

(Knocking on wood) Almost normal now, unless you count my nearly giving my poor spouse a concussion due to a poorly organized and overstacked bookshelf… Thanks!

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Here’s my April healthy tea: a “take a chance” grab on sale for $2 since I like to keep a lemon ginger tea on hand for tummy troubles and didn’t have any.

I’m too lazy to get up, but I need to look more closely at the label and compare to the Celestial Seasonings information I copied here. I would swear mine has lemongrass as well as regular ol’ lemon itself.

Plenty of ginger in the cup to warm your tongue, but either the lemon is very understated or the minerally taste of the zinc is very overstated, so it has a medicinal, rather than a fruity feel. A little honey might help next time around.

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Method: Teabag
Steep Time: Entire duration of experience
Water Temp: Boiling
Brew style: Mug/ Western

Dry leaf smells spicy.

Steeps up beige-y yellowish brown, the exact color of fresh gingerroot.

Liquor smells of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper.

Liquor has a brothlike, extremely warming mouthfeel. Sharp ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper notes are most prominent, rounded out by a sweet, haylike aftertaste from the licorice, star anise, and turmeric. It’s medicinal, good for when you feel under the weather.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Hay, Licorice Root, Spicy, Star Anise, Sweet, Turmeric

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 OZ / 354 ML

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it tastes like waffles. delicious.

Flavors: Sweet

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I used to hate chamomile tea. Couldn’t stand the smell or the taste. Somewhere along lhe line in my adulthood, I began to tolerate it and can understand why it’s a good bedtime brew. I do find it soothing and relaxing and the taste is smooth and unassuming. This one is a tad odd though, in that I couldn’t really taste anything except the chamomile. No creamy vanilla and no sweet honey. There is a touch of something sweet but I certainly can’t tell if it’s honey or not. It felt like I was drinking a plain ol’ cup of chamomile tea. I would’ve rated this higher had the other flavours been detectable but I am totally fine with it tasting like plain chamomile. The flavour is good regardless and I’ll keep drinking any kind of chamomile tea while insomnia continues to haunt me.

Flavors: Chamomile, Floral, Sweet

gmathis

I’ve never had any luck getting sleepy on tea alone, but the closest I’ve come to an herb that relaxes me is tulsi, if you’ve never given that a go.

Jason (teapartyfortwo)

Thanks for the tip! Ya I don’t think the tea worked on its own, I ended up taking a Lorazepam as well. Even though I absolutely hate taking prescription drugs (I’m a holistic kind of guy), I slept very well last night.

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