Let's just hand it to Celestial Seasonings - their seasonal teas are awesome - Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea and Sugar Plum Spice Holiday Tea are insanely good. Since the holidays are once again approaching, it was time to replenish my stock of these seasonal favorites and try some new ones. I decided to give Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea mostly because I love candy canes and wanted to see how this was interpreted in tea form.
I tried this flavor without any milk or sugar, as I usually take my tea straight to appreciate the flavor. Green tea flavor - check; along with a hit of peppermint to cleanse the palate. Even though I am a big evening snacker, this tea kept my mouth busy and my breath fresh with mint so that I didn't even want to snack after dinner!
The ingredients in this awesome Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea are Peppermint, decaffeinated green tea, orange peel, natural vanilla and mint flavors with other natural flavors, cinnamon, milk thistle, blackberry leaves, roasted carob, roasted chicory and vanilla bean. I felt like I was tasting a hot, healthy minty candy cane-ish beverage ... and doing my body good at the same time.
As winter gets nearer and the temperatures begin to drop, I find myself continuously in search for nice, warm comfort foods. Unfortunately, this often also means packing on a few pounds, as most traditional comfort food is not exactly diet friendly, so I drink a lot more tea. As a devout green tea fan, I rarely ventured over to the more flavorful teas that are out on the market, but scanning the supermarket aisles and seeing the amazing varieties of teas that Celestial Seasonings has, I decided to try something new.
I settled in on Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla Red Rooibos Tea, partially because it sounded amazing, and admittedly, because of the cute lion drinking the cup of tea on the front. According to Celestial Seasonings, "Rooibos (or red tea) is naturally sweet and has a slightly nutty flavor with hints of cherry and toffee. In Madagascar Vanilla Red, pure Rooibos is perfectly complemented by the rich flavor of sweet, creamy vanilla resulting in a sublime and satisfying tea experience."
Their description was perfectly accurate. The taste was AMAZING . Naturally sweet and warming, this after dinner "snack" satisfied my craving for a little something to nosh on in the evenings.
Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea is an all natural, caffeine free, no calorie treat that is sure to take your taste buds on a joyous ride throughout the wintery days and nights. After steeping the tea for a couple of minutes, I could not pull my nose away from my mug. You know that smell that fills the house while a batch of sugar cookies are enduring their final minute in the oven? Yeah, that's the smell and it's phenomenal. I am not one to usually sweeten my tea, so the taste was weak (as expected, but the delicious smell made up for it.
My mother eventually got tired of hearing me talk about the remarkable smell and decided to whip up a mug for herself. Three minutes, two packets of Splenda and one sip later; she was jumping up to turn the teapot back on so she could make herself another cup. I tasted my mother's sweetened version and fell in love. This is one tea that is great unsweetened and off the charts after a sprinkle of (insert your favorite sweetener here).
Unlike most of my fellow studying peers, I try to avoid caffeinated drinks because they make me jittery at night. As a result, I prefer herbal teas with the huge variety of calorie free, caffeine free flavors. This holiday season has seen the release of lots of seasonal varieties, and I picked up this Celestial Seasonings Sugar Plum Spice Holiday Tea to try.
Upon brewing a teabag, the boiled water develops a deep magenta color and sweet smell. The tea was so sweet that it tasted as though it had sugar, but amazingly, all that flavor comes from the natural herbs that are in the bag. I really like the sweetness, but it is offset by the spicy aspect of this tea that trails after each sip. Each teabag is so chock full of flavor that the taste is still fairly significant if you choose to steep the teabag again.