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Celestial Seasonings Tangerine Orange Tea Review

Not the place to look for oranges

Summary : A tea that was supposed to taste like oranges, but instead had a strong blackberry taste and a purple color.

Review : I love oranges. And I love the color orange - as you can probably tell from the colors of this website! And so, when I happened across a sampler box of Celestial Seasonings "Fruit Teas", I couldn't pass it up.

One of the flavors in the box was Tangerine Orange Zinger. Hmm....not sure what to make of it, when viewed by title alone. But nothing ventured, nothing gained...so I opened up the package. And was somewhat disappointed. Not by the smell, no, the smell was just what I expected - a tangerine orange smell.

Instead, what disappointed me was that ALL four samples of this tea were bagged in one foil sealed pouch - and with no way to reseal that foil pouch. Thus, once you use one tea, you need to figure out what to do with the remaining 3 tea bags that are there. You just can't put them back in the box they came in, since the strong smell will contanimate the other teas it mixes with. Bummer....oh well....battle for another day.. Maybe a tupperware container?

Anyways, beyond that this tea was, well, ordinary. If you are looking for a strong orange or tangerine taste, well, too bad, you won't find it here. Instead, this tea had a very strong blackberry taste to it, with a hint of other fruits.

This probably shouldn't be too surprising, considering the ingredients. Celestial Seasonings Tangerine Orange Zinger tea conains the following : Hibiscus, Rosehips, Blackberry Leaves, Hawthorn Berries, Orange Peel, Natural Tangerine Flavor with Other Natural Flavors, Ascorbic Acid.

Quite the motley crew of ingredients - so probably no surprise that this tea tasted far more like blackberries than orange or tangerine. Still, the tea was at least pretty to look at - having a nice, light purple color to it.

I also found this tea had kind of a nasty after-taste to it. Very bitter - and too long lasting since I didn't like the taste of this tea that much!

Recommendation : Not really. The tea wasn't bad, really, but nothing worth remembering either. If do you like blackberries, though - by all means, give this tea a try, as I suspect you'll like it. Truthfully, blackberries aren't my thing....but maybe they are yours.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Tangerine Orange Zinger
  • Manufacturer : Celestial Seasonings
  • Available from : Celestial Seasonings Tea at Amazon.com
  • Type of Tea : Herbal Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : October 5th, 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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