Time to Steep

Time to Steep #4

December 9, 2015

Tis’ the Season – Celestial Seasonal Favorites (or Holiday Teas)

It’s always joyous trying seasonal products. Sure they might not always taste great or be what you expected, but the excitement of just trying is worth while! I think everyone can agree that there are no better seasonal flavors than Holiday/Winter ones. Today, I wanted to review Celestial Seasonal Favorites to kick off this holiday season!

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Here is the current list of all their Holiday teas:

  1. Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland
  2. Gingerbread Spice
  3. Nutcracker Sweet
  4. Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride
  5. Sugar Plum Spice

I will only be reviewing Sugar Cookie, Gingerbread, and Sugar Plum (as those were the only ones I was originally able to get my hands on). Hopefully I will be able to find the other two and update this review 🙂 

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Tea #1 – Gingerbread Spice
Herbal Tea (Caffeine Free)
Ingredients: Cinnamon, Roasted Chicory, Ginger, Natural Flavors (soy lecithin), Roasted Carob, & Luo Han Guo
Box Blurb: “Stepping into a cozy kitchen warmed by the spicy aroma of freshly baked gingerbread – what a wonderful way to thaw a frosty winter chill”

My Thoughts: Is this the best gingerbread tea…no, but that does not mean you shouldn’t give it a look over at the store. The armona is simply the sweet smell of gingerbread. To me, the smell and taste are not in perfect harmony. There is a clear gingerbread taste to the tea, but it does mellow quickly and the taste of the tea bag paper becomes present. Now, in all fairness, I wasn’t in the mood to have this tea with milk and sugar. So the taste might become more captivating with either or both. Would this be my number one recommended gingerbread tea? Unfortunately not. Does it compare to the other sweet and spicy teas I reviewed previously? No again. But it also is not going to be. This tea is more subtle, and, like I said before, more mellow. I know this might sound discentivising to try the tea, but you should! It still is good, and if you can’t afford a nicer quality team, this would be the one you want to try. Celestial season favorites are at a high during this time of the year, and there are very few mainstream, grocery store options like this out there!

Rating: 3.6/5 

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Tea #2 – Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride
Herbal Tea (Caffeine Free)
Ingredients: Milk Thistle, Roasted Barley, Orange Peel, Natural Sugar Cookie Flavor with Other Natural Flavors and Vanilla Bean
Box Blurb: “This cheerful holiday blend will warm your heart with the inviting aroma and delightfully simple taste of freshly baked sugar cookies straight from the over”

My Thoughts: I first heard about this tea through Miss Glamorazzi (just did a little throwback for you there hehe). Ingrid talked about the Nutcracker Sweet and Sugar Cookie. Well, the sugar cookie caught my interest because of her amazing facial expressions when she took her first sip. And I must say, I transcended into that same mental state when my lips melded with this delicious tea. It was unfathomable how much this tasted like a sugar cookie (ps adding a splash of agave might seem excessively sweet, but it you want to use this tea to replace a dessert…it’s worth it). There is nothing quite like this tea, and it most certainly puts you in the holiday spirit. Fair warning: for me this is not a “have it any moment of the day” tea. I have to be in the right mindset, ie mood & hunger level, to have sweeter teas…otherwise I just can’t bring myself to drink them. Celestial is the one tea company that surprises me the most. I don’t usually expect too much out of your average grocery store bagged teas (the ones randing $1.50-$4), and I was actually not on the Celestial Train for a while (for no real reason honestly, and it was good ole Bengal Spice that opened my eyes and changed my mind). This tea packs a good, strong flavor and truly lives up to its name. It would be an excellent tea for children as well – it is herbal and mimics dessert…need I say more?

P.S. This tea would also make an excellent stocking stuffer, present or it could even be something clever to bring to a holiday party!

Rating: 4.2/5

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Tea #3 – Sugar Plum Spice
Herbal Tea (Caffeine Free)
Ingredients: Hibiscus, Roasted Chicory, Chamomile, Rosehips, Roasted Carob, Natural Plum and Cinnamon Flavors with Other Natural Flavors, Ginger and Cardamom
Box Blurb: “This celebratory blend combines the flavor of juicy purple plums and aromatic spices like ginger and cardamom with tart hibiscus, floral chamomile and just a hint of sweetness. Every sip of our lively Sugar Plum Spice tea is a journey to the Land of the Sweets in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, where the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy presides over a flavorful assortment of sensory delights from around the world”

My Thoughts: Sugar Plum fairy is a stronger tea – so watch how long you steep for. Start by following the box instructions and steep longer if preferred. I find that leaving the bag in too long will start to make the tea bitter. Overall, this is a delightful holiday tea. It definitely transports me to my childhood thinking about those beautiful ballerina dancers. There is a fruity sweetness, followed up by the spices that warm the drink as you sip. This is an excellent drink for those who love the “zingers” of the world and want one that slightly more spicy and seasonal.

Rating: 3.9/5

 

With love, Steph

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