Mandarin Orange Spice® Herb Tea

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8 ratings
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Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:Fruit (Herbal) Tea
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Region:?????
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Mandarin Orange Spice® Herb Tea

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 27, 2018

Commercial Description

This blend combines the tart and juicy flavor of mandarin oranges with aromatic spices like cloves and coriander. A bright, lively brew that transports tea drinkers to exotic destinations with every sip.

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Reviewer pic76 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Celestial Seasonings has made a mint off selling assorted fruit flavors added to the same basic "Zinger" foundation (hibiscus, rose hips, hawthorn, blackberry leaves, orange peel). This tea has been around a couple of generations, probably preceding the Zingers, and doesn't bear that name, so maybe they're inspired by this, instead of the other way around. Somehow, I haven't had it until 2019.

This blend smells great in all phases, but has an odd taste trajectory. The dry-bag aroma is where the cinnamon comes out best, with a hint of the coriander or cloves (not both at once), depending on when I smell it. I don't get much of either of those three herbs from the flavor, nor the in-cup nor wet-bag aromas. Instead the taste is more of a straight orange hit, with only the faintest cinnamon in some sips; however, the orange is vivid and rich, like candy, lingering long on an aftertaste that also gets uncomfortably sour after a few seconds. If I drink it rapidly, I get less of that aftertaste, but the flavor starts to get duller, flatter and less potent. The sticky aftertaste is a tradeoff I'd take if I were more tolerant of sourness.

With orange hogging the flavor so much, it reminds me a lot of both "Tangerine Orange Zinger" and "Citrus Sunshine", which are themselves similar to each other. Were it not for some spice in the aroma, all three teas could be practically interchangeable. As with those, it's smooth, moderately robust, sweet and enjoyable to drink. I was just a little disappointed it didn't live up to the last word in the title. CS should crank up the "Spice" meter a few notches to balance the orange element better, thereby giving this tea a more distinct identity and realizing its fullest potential.
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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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very nice orange/mandarin smell with spice (as advertised!) Flavor is strong orange off the bat but very good! great strength too! My favorite tea so far. Thanks Alex!
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Reviewer pic39 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
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I can't stand orange spice - and this one brings back memories of childhood - my mom loved this one in the late '70's early '80's. Blech! So cinnamon-y and orange-y and just not my thing at all. Too strong for me. Smells better than it tastes.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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I thought this tea was good. The smell reminded me freshly peeled oranges, and, for how strong it was, I was surprised that the flavor was so subtle. I'd recommend it for a basic flavored tea, if you are in the mood for something that isn't terribly overpowering.
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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(7 reviews) on

I feel like this one is a "classic" but that may be because this was one of the first teas I actually enjoyed. It has a very strong aroma, but in a pleasant way. It is a little bit spicy, though I feel the aroma makes it seem like it will taste spicier than it actually is. I enjoy this tea in the fall and winter months. I think of sitting in front of an open fire whenever I have a cup of this tea, so I often drink it in the late evening.
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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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The aroma is quite strong but pleasing. The flavor is smooth but slightly sour. Not an everyday tea but good for when you feel like a little spice, especially in the Fall.
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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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Eventually the flavor becomes a bit grating, but the aroma delights me. If you like fruity teas, this is a classic and one you have to try.
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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
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This tea is on the margins of Celestial Seasoning teas that I enjoy...it has too much cinnamon for my taste; I think the clove blends much better with the orange than the cinnamon does. It's also a tad too sour for my tastes...although again it's just a bit out of my comfort zone. This is one of those teas that I will enjoy if it's presented to me, but would rarely purchase on my own.
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