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Celestial Seasonings Cranberry Apple Zinger Review

A Nice Mix of Apple and Cranberries

Summary : A surprisingly good tea from Celestial Seasonings. The mix between apple and cranberry really works, with a nice, pretty potent and pleasant taste.

Review : Call it bad luck if you will. Or perhaps bad karma. But regardless of what you name it, as my first experiences with tea from Celestial Seasonings were all pretty bad, whenever I taste a tea from them now I always end up looking at the tea as a glass "half empty." In short, I'm generally braced for the worst - expecting either a weak taste, a bad taste or perhaps no taste at all.

It was in this mindset that I brewed my first cup of their Cranberry Apple Zinger Herbal Tea.

Here is what Celestial Seasonings says about this tea : "Cranberry Apple Zinger Herb Tea abounds with the fruits of an American harvest. Tart cranberries nurtured by brisk ocean breezes. Fresh apples picked crisp and juicy from country orchards. Together these create a snappy blend that zings with delightfully invigorating flavor. Naturally caffeine free, Cranberry Apple Zinger is energized with simply refreshing herbal ingredients."

This Cranberry Apple tea from Celestial Seasonings contains the following ingredients : Hibiscus, cinnamon, roasted chicory root, natural flavors, chamomile flowers, blackberry leaves, cranberries, and apples.

I did allow my hopes to rise a bit after opening up the package that the tea is wrapped up in. The scent of the tea, while hardly overpowering, still was moderately strong and did have a nice hint of apples and cranberries. Yet, I've drunk so many teas that smelled so good right out of the bag only to have an absolute dismal taste to it once brewed.

Yet, happily, disappointment was averted for another day. Amazingly enough, this tea really does taste as advertised. The taste of apples and cranberries is, quite literally, all over this tea. And the taste is good, a nice, soothing flavor, without a trace of bitterness. And the color of the brewed tea nearly matched that of cranberry juice, too.

Overall, I rather liked this tea. Yeah, there are better loose leaf versions around with a bit more "punch" to them I'm sure. Yet, don't write this tea off. For a bagged tea is has a nice, pleasant flavor with a very enjoyable and rather long-lasting after-taste. Moreover, I can see where this tea would REALLY be very good as an iced tea.

Recommendation : Yes. If you like apples and/or cranberries - or better yet, both - then this tea is most definitely for you. The tea has a pleasant and rather potent flavor with a lingering, tasty after-taste. I suspect this tea would also be awesome as an iced tea, but I haven't tried it yet that way so don't hold me too it.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Cranberry Apple 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 : November 16th, 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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