Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Taste Test

January 5, 2015

The company Celestial Seasonings sent an exciting new product to me in the mail for my valued input on their new winter product, and  I decided to share finding with my followers. The product I received free of cost to review was their upcoming Candy Cane Lane Green Tea. I chose a good ole fashioned Taste Test was for the new and forthcoming Green tea flavored with Candy, Mint, Peppermint, Vanilla, Honey, Cinnamon,  and Vegetal.

I have to tell you. Green Tea usually is not my chosen cup of hot or cold tea. Pardon the pun. It’s pretty cheesy, I know. However, I wanted to be fair about doing this Taste Test, so I invited my friend Tricia to enjoy a cup of  Candy Cane Lane Green Tea tea along with me… I mean, you can’t start on the wrong foot doing a taste test with only someone who is not a fan of Green Tea, to begin with.


Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Taste Test

Before we get started on this Taste test and Review on Celestial Seasonings “Candy Cane Lane Green Tea,”  I want you to know  I am known for being brutally honest about my likes and dislikes. If you ask for an honest opinion on the taste of something, that’s exactly what you will get… I refuse to disclose a lie if I do not care for a product … with that in mind, let’s get started on our Tea Tasting journey this morning.

Tea type Green Tea
Ingredients Blackberry Leaves, Cinnamon, Green Tea, Milk Thistle, Mint, Natural Flavours, Orange Peel, Peppermint, Roasted Carob, Roasted Chicory Root, Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Flavour
Flavors Candy, Mint, Peppermint, Vanilla, Honey, Cinnamon, Vegetal
Sold in Tea Bag
Caffeine content Decaffeinated

I visited the web page of Celestial Seasonings, “Candy Cane Lane Green Tea,” and found this message from the blend master…

Our smooth decaf green tea with the festive flavors of vanilla and other holiday tastes.

“This delectable holiday blend starts with naturally decaffeinated green tea and adds unmistakable seasonal flavors like cool peppermint, creamy vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon. Candy canes have been cherished symbols of holiday spirit for centuries, and Candy Cane Lane® is sure to become a festive and healthy tradition at your celebrations!”

—Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster

So, upon reading this, I decided to work by brewing my Candy Cane Lane Green Tea, which brings me to another thought– brewing tea is an important task. Please don’t toss a tea bag in a coffee cup and throw it in the microwave for 2 minutes…

Let’s get you started right in this tea tasting journey this morning by utilizing their exact directions from the box of Candy Cane Lane Green Tea…

Pour boiling water just at the brink of boiling over one tea bag – using slightly cooler water to brew green tea results in a smoother, more delicate flavor. Steep 3 minutes and remove the teabag. Add milk or sweetener if desired.

The tea is made… Tricia and I are about to sit down and get serious about our findings and facts…Hopefully, the experts of tea drinking give this holiday tea “Candy Cane Lane” two thumbs up… What did we find?

I bet you are wondering how to go about testing teas and what the process is…I have taken the liberty of adding important information regarding the process used to grade or taste teas.

  • Describe the appearance of the dry leaves. Are they whole or broken? Are the leaves twisted or flat, regular or uneven?
  • Describe the color of the tea liquor liquid.
  • Close your eyes and inhale. What does it smell like?
  • Now, taste the tea. Spread it all over your tongue and mouth. What flavor notes do you detect?
  • Finally, swallow the tea. Is the finish or aftertaste long or short, meaning do the flavors dissipate quickly or last for a while in your mouth? What flavors remain?
  • Most importantly, consider whether you like the tea and would purchase it.

What were our findings?

  • Upon looking at the tea leaves, they, of course, are dry, broken, and somewhat uneven in appearance.
  • The color was a transparent light honey color when brewed.
  • The smell hinted at notes of peppermint and light vanilla with a hint of honey.
  • Upon swallowing, the aftertaste of peppermint was the most dominating and lasting flavor, which lingers almost too much, in my opinion.

Now the most important questions. 

Did we like it?

Would we purchase this product, or better yet, would either one of us recommend Celestial Seasonings “Candy Cane Lane”?

Tricia seemingly enjoyed the Candy Cane Lane Green Tea. She had no serious complaints, thought it would be a great seasonal product for enjoying with friends and or family. Tricia also mentioned she would consider buying this product at the market and share her experience with friends and family.

I wouldn’t say I liked the tea flavor and would honestly not purchase this product for myself–I would consider buying it during the holidays for my friends and family who enjoy green tea and peppermint.

So, on the one hand, Celestial Seasonings “Candy Cane Lane” was enjoyed by one who liked Green Tea and Peppermint … Would be purchased for personal use and to share with others around the Holidays. On the other hand, it would not be a personal purchase of mine. However, it might be considered for guests in the household during the holidays.

Have you tried Celestial Seasonings “Candy Cane Lane”?  If you have, let us hear your thoughts on the product!


Disclosure of Blog Post: This has been a 100% fair taste test and review on Celestial Seasonings “Candy Cane Lane”  the opinions on Celestial Seasonings “Candy Cane Lane Green Tea” are strictly my own and are not biased one way another.  I received  Celestial Seasonings “Candy Cane Lane” complementary to test and/or review.



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  • Reply
    The Foodie Affair
    January 6, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I love trying different teas. I seem to gravitate towards the loose leaf types though because I have a cute little teapot -lol. I would buy this Candy Cane Lane Green Tea to enjoy with company.

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    Culinary Flavors
    January 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I would love to try this candy. I am not sure we have it here in Greece though!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      January 6, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      It’s actually a Green Tea, and if you want when it hits the markets here I will send you some to try.

  • Reply
    January 5, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I tried this Candy Cane Green Tea the other day too. I liked it, but wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again. It reminded me of a unsweet candy cane melting in my green tea.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      January 5, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      I am so glad to hear I am not the only one with that thought Nicky– my friend Tricia loved it thought.

  • Reply
    January 5, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    A great post Heidy. I like flavored green teas so I would enjoy this seasonal Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane tea.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      January 5, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you Joanne… Let me know what you think if you get a chance to try it out.

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    Janet Rising
    January 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I don’t think I have ever had this specific product. I have to say this is a first that I have actually seen a blogger come right out to their fans and tell it like it really is instead of the opposite. Thank you for being honest.

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