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Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger Tea Review

An average supermarket brand lemon tea

Summary : Not an especially good lemon herbal tea, as it is basically a stronger flavor twin of the Lipton Lemon Herbal Tea.

Review : As the old saying goes, once in the mood for lemon, always in the mood for lemon. Or, I should say, thats the mood I found myself in one night. And after my disappointing experience with Liptons Lemon Herb Tea, I decided to see if my luck would change by trying out Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger Tea, which came part of a sampler herbal tea box I picked up at the local supermarket.

I'll confess, I did not have real high hopes for this tea once I opened it up. Reasons? Simple, it smelled almost identical to Liptons. Even the leaves looked similar, although the leaves were a bit bigger (and thus of slightly higher quality).

Still, in the mood for lemon, I decided to press on. The ingredients in this tea include the following : Hibiscus, rosehips, roasted chicory root, orange peel, lemon grass, lemon peel and whole dried lemons, natural lemon flavor, and citric acid.

Sadly, I can report that, once brewed, this tea is nothing to write home about. Basically, all it is is a slightly strongr version of Liptons Lemon Herbal Tea. It even has the same "odd lemon taste" found in Lipton's too.

As such, I have to wonder if Celestial Seasonings copied Lipton's formula using slightly better leaves (leading to a slightly stronger taste), or whether Lipton copied Celestial Seasonings formula and used poorer quality leaves (leading to a weaker taste). Anyways, regardless of who copied who, the results are the same - a rather odd tasting lemon tea that a lemon lover will most definitely not like!

This is especially so in comparison to Bigelow's Lemon Herbal Tea, another supermarket brand that really packed a lemon punch. And of course, quality loose-leaf lemon teas also have a great lemon flavor to them.

In short, the moral of the story is this - for a lemon taste, find another tea to try.

Also, just an annoyance, but if you get this tea in one of Celestial Seasonings sampler packages, be forewarned that each tea is not individually wrapped. Instead, 4 tea bags come wrapped in one large foil bag. This leads to the question of what to do with the remaining three bags once you use one (you can't put the now open tea bags back in the box as it will contanimate the other teas). I ended up having to use a ziploc bag to keep the sampler teas seperate.

Recommendation : No, as all this tea is a slightly stronger tasting version of the rather poor Lipton Lemon Herb Tea.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Lemon Zinger Herbal Tea
  • Manufacturer : Celestial Seasonings
  • Available from : Celestial Seasonings Tea at Amazon.com
  • Type of Tea : Herbal Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : October 18th, 2006
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup boiling water (for Celestial teas, 1 cup = 8 ounces) over the tea bag. Steep for 4-6 minutes.

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