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Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger Tea Review

A Pretty Pleasing Mix of Various Berries in a Bagged Tea

Summary : Anyone who likes the unique taste that an assortment of differing kind of berries produces, will enjoy this tea. The tea does have a strong blueberry and raspberry taste to it, though. So if you don't like those two types of berries, you might want to hold off on this particular tea.

Review : I'll be honest. I didn't have high hopes for this tea after unwrapping the tea from the foil. Reason? The lack of smell. The tea had very, very weak aroma to it - and its been my sad experience that a weak smelling tea tastes weak. Sometimes this is good (such as with bedtime teas), but not something one probably is looking for in a "wild berry zinger" tasting tea.

However, I began to get my hopes up. Immediately upon adding boiling water to the leaves, a new, strong aroma emerged. It smelled, strangely enough, somewhat like wild cherry lifesavers (my favorite by the way). And so, after letting the tea brew for 5 minutes, and in an increasingly positive state of mind, I tasted the tea.

Wild Berry Zinger Tea is from Celestial Seasonings and contains the following ingredients : Hibiscus; rosehips; roasted chicory root; orange peel; blackberry leaves; natural flavors of: black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, red raspberries, cranberries and cherries; citric acid; licorice root; and natural flavor.

The taste of the tea was not quite what I was expecting, but that really wasn't the teas fault here. I was sort of expecting a "wild cherry flavor" due to its aroma when brewing. But, as you can tell by the ingredients, this tea contains a very, very wide assortments of berries - making this tea rather aptly named.

And this wide assortment of berries in it comes out in the taste of the tea itself, I found. Tasting this tea will give you a wild assortment of "berry" tastes, which I didn't find especially pleasing but I suspect others probably will. I think my hangup with this tea is that I'm not a huge fan of blueberries - a taste which is quite noticeable.

However, this tea does come through in what it advertises as - a assortment of berry tastes in a tea. And, despite my relative dislike of blueberries, I still find this tea fairly pleasing to drink. It was by no means awful to my tongue, and I have a picky tongue. Lastly, the tea has a pretty strong and distinct taste to it as well. While the tea may smell a bit weak when first opened from the foil package, you would never know it from the strong taste this tea provides.

Recommendation : Yes. Anyone who likes a mix of berry flavors in a tea will especially like Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger Tea. It's not my favorite tea due to the fairly strong flavor of blueberries, but I know I'm strange in that regard. I do think most other people will enjoy this tea.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Wild Berry 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 19th, 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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