Celestial Seasonings

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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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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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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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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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just a touch of sugar for balance

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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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(Skip this part if you just would like to get to the tea note)
My bad health ‘day’ has lasted a little over a week now basically right around the time classes resumed. So I’ve switched to just drinking herbals mainly for the meantime. This past year I was finally going to try and see some new specialists to problem solve my chronic pain/health issues etc. Then Covid hit and I was informed that the medical offices were closing temporarily only doing zoom call appointments. So my waitlist spot is back at the beginning again.

This is one of my go to I’m not feeling good teas. It’s one that I grew up drinking even before I had decided I liked tea. This is a good vanilla mint cheap herbal tea. It’s creamy even without milk added and the chamomile works really well with the other flavors. Love this one. I often rotate between the original Sleepytime tea and the Vanilla one.

Flavors: Creamy, Hay, Spearmint, Vanilla

gmathis

Everybody needs a small arsenal of no-fuss, no-nonsense, reliable bagged tea that one doesn’t have to think about. I think there are a lot of folks who would put Sleepytime on that list.

mrmopar

Hope you get feeling better soon.

Lexie Aleah

Gmathis- Exactly!
Mrmopar- Thank You, I hope so too.

ashmanra

Lexie, I hope you find the root of the problem! Chronic health issues are awful. I follow,Stop,Chasing Pain on instagram and it is amazing to hear the stories of people who suffered for a long time and finally find their answer. I hope you get yours soon.

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This is another wedding party favor. I poured boiling water over the teabag and left it in.

It was pretty good hot, but I liked it better once it cooled off, and I added ice.

This is a real fruit punch of an herbal. The hibiscus stands out nicely and balances well with the raspberry. Sweet and sour. If you don’t like hibiscus, this probably isn’t your cup of tisane. Oh, I wonder how well it would do, steeped in a lemonade. Mmm.

It tastes kind of like hanging out at a nude beach when there’s no pandemic going on, very relaxing.

Flavors: Candy, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Sour

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

Black’s Beach in La Jolla.

Todd

White Antlers: Oh, that’s a nice one, went there years ago.

White Antlers

Me too, Todd. Back when I was a skinny little thing.

Todd

Lots of people of all sizes go though. :)

derk

I used to go to Grey Whale Cove. It’s difficult there to catch a warm enough day.

White Antlers

Oh, I was not dissing anyone’s size! It was more me mentally remembering and picturing my long ago, waifish young self, Todd.

White Antlers

The thing I remember most vividly about Black’s Beach in the 70s were the fully clothed dudes in business suits with cameras, trying not to tumble down the rocks while they snapped and rubber necked. :(

Todd

Oh, that makes sense, Whit Antlers.
Business suits… LOL that is quite a picture, thanks.

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My MIL gave this to me after a trip to Vermont. I just rediscovered it in my cabinet. I enjoy this very much. It’s very sweet and great plain with a little spice

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Just bought a box of this today and made a cup. For some reason it’s tasting very peachy. The aftertaste is like those gummy peach candies. Hmm Still a yummy herbal bagged tea though but now I want some candy.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

Youngest brought me some of this to try Christmas Eve! I thought it was good but I don’t remember getting a peach vibe. I need to try another cup tonight and pay closer attention.

ashmanra

I have never had gummy peach candies, but I just made a whole pot of this and I can “get” the peach vibe. Youngest says she noticed it, and my husband says he can definitely consider it fruity.

Lexie Aleah

I’ve had this one so many times growing up and never got a peach vibe until last nights box. I found one note from someone else on Steepster around 8 years ago who got the same peach vibe haha. I was very confused with the peachy aftertaste that lingered.

Lexie Aleah

Gummy Peach candies are delicious! We found them at the local gas station growing up.

Mastress Alita

Peachy-Os are top tier candies.

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