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February 26, 2024
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February 26, 2024

Interesting Tea Test

There are few things in this world that I enjoy more than trying different or interesting teas that I have never had before! This week I walked into the store and I was on a mission to find the strangest or coolest flavored teas I could find. All the ones I found happened to be from the same brand of tea, Celestial Seasonings. The two flavors my friend and I tried were Watermelon Lime and Cinnamon Apple, a summer and a fall flavor. Both of these teas were about $3.50 for 20 bags of tea, had no string attached to the tea bag, were caffeine-free, and had beautiful, enticing packaging.

The first tea I tried was the Watermelon Lime tea. I already knew that this tea was going to be really weird just because watermelon is not a usual tea flavor and it just proves the fact that anything can come in tea form. When I opened the box, I was hit with this strange fruit smell that did not smell quite right but still I went on! Like always, I heated up some water, poured the water over the tea bag, and let it steep for four to six minutes. The color of the tea was a beautiful ruby red and it still smelled kind of off after it was done. Tasting it made me think of a cranberry or raspberry tea rather than watermelon or lime. Actually, it had no notes of watermelon or lime and I would not have marked it that. I also personally think that the tea tasted better iced and sweetened, making it easier to taste the watermelon lime, but it was still only an aftertaste. Overall, I would give this tea a 3/10 just because it was good, but it did not taste like I thought it would.

The second tea I tried was the Cinnamon Apple tea. Most people would think this was a pretty normal tea to come across but the reason I included it in this is because there are not a lot of cinnamon apple teas that taste like apple. When I opened the box, the first thing I smelled was cinnamon and it reminded me of a Christmas shop. It was extremely overpowering, and I feared that this was just another tea that advertised as an apple cinnamon tea but was just cinnamon. Again, I heated up some water, poured it over the tea bag, and let it steep for four to six minutes. The color was a pretty dark red that you would associate with a red apple. When I took my first sip, I was punched in the face with cinnamon and then patted on the back with a little bit of apple. This tea fell into the over-the-top cinnamon trap and was a little disappointing. On the other hand, I do think the apple gives the tea a very nice natural sweetener because it was quite sweet. I added sugar into it just to see how it would taste and it was so sweet that it made me sick to my stomach. Overall I would give this tea a 5/10 just because I am such a huge fan of cinnamon!