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Battle of the Teas: Wissotzky vs. Celestial Seasonings

I have noticed Wissotzky tea have been monopolizing the shabbos table market with their wooden box of boring flavors. I think that the wooden box is a great gift but lets face it Wissotzky tea is like Haagen Daaz and Celestial Seasonings is like Ben and Jerrys.

The flavors of Wissotsky tea are just plain old boring, earl gray, green, peppermint, berry, come on people that is so 1920. Celestial Seasonings have way better flavors, almond sunset, Madagascar vanilla red, sweet coconut chai, honey vanilla chamomile, and the list goes on.

But the real reason that Celestial seasonings kicks butt in the tea bag (enter sick joke here) department is because of their packaging. By far the most interesting package to read of any product including cereal boxes and organic food companies with stories of how they started up on the packaging are the little boxes of tea bags from Celestial Seasonings.

You will notice that there is poetry, stories and all sorts of cool stuff to read on the boxes. Plus there are quotes and cool pictures most notably the bears on sleepy time boxes.

Don’t even get me started on so called “medicinal teas” my buddy pays upwards of $10 a box for tea which claims to have supernatural powers to make women grow extra hair under their armpits and make men smell of patchouli.

Then you have organic teas like Tazo, I won’t get into it, but it seems like organic tea is just a great way to make money off of people convinced that organic tea is going to save the planet from global warming and help people live longer.

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  • jg January 29, 2009, 10:20 PM

    so random

  • former baltimorean January 29, 2009, 10:43 PM

    “medicinal teas”, hmmm, aren’t those herbs sold in dime bags on shady corners, or behind the dumpsters in back of a local yeshivah…., and btw, that would truly be something to serve at the end of a shabbos meal, although coming to think of it, you better have alot of dessert to go along with it…..

  • Ariella January 29, 2009, 11:08 PM

    Celestial Seasonings was my gateway drug. I use whole leaf tea in a straining ball now. Lots of tea connoisseurs do that.

  • TRS January 29, 2009, 11:10 PM

    Yeah, Celestial Seasonings rocks. Go to their plant in Boulder and drink as much free tea as your bladder can hold…

  • ~ Sarah ~ January 29, 2009, 11:15 PM

    wissotzky just trying to be like twinings with the fancy wooden box.

    agree, celestial seasonings much more entertaining!

  • Material Maidel January 29, 2009, 11:18 PM

    My faves:

    Twinings English Breakfast or Earl Grey (with a spot of milk)

    Wissotzky Green Tea with Spearmint or Jasmine

    Stash Raspberry Herbal Tea

  • tnspr569 January 29, 2009, 11:31 PM

    Stash and Tazo have much cooler offerings that Celestial Seasonings.

    Wissotsky has much better offerings in Israel than it does in America.

  • Former Teacher January 29, 2009, 11:34 PM

    You can buy online. They have more flavors online than in any store.


  • shevers January 29, 2009, 11:38 PM

    Hey, on my side of the Mississippi (okay well at least our Shabbos table) it’s all about Stash tea. Blows both of these babies out of their wicker baskets!

  • frum single female January 30, 2009, 12:22 AM

    i like wissotzky tea way better than celestial seasonings. my favorite is masala chai.

  • Moshe January 30, 2009, 1:00 AM

    Both crap. Better than Lipton, but not much.
    You want quality teas, stash tea from their online store. They have loose tea and bags. Over 100 varieties. My current favorites, Acai Berry and White Christmas.
    YamaMotoYama is another great company. Also, Eden has a great line of teas.
    I suggest going to China Town or to Katagiri on 59th or Sunrise Mart in the Village and in SoHo and taking a look at what they offer. Katagiri and Sunrise also frequently have Kirin or Asahi beer on sale.

  • s(b.) January 30, 2009, 2:01 AM

    I had no idea wissotsky came in flavors. 😆 ((yerba mate))

  • Frum Satire January 30, 2009, 2:30 AM

    Hey Moshe I am a ghetto tea drinker I want funky flavors with cool packaging so I can read it while I am bored

    Didn’t know tea was so rivalrous in the frum community – I know I just made up that word.

  • Moshe January 30, 2009, 2:43 AM

    Nothing more funky than Stash’s acai berry. Their Japanese red chai comes close though, not sure if it’s offered in bags.

    Get a good tea pot for brewing and get some loose leaves.

    For an interesting taste, try yamamotoyama or eden genmai cha, green tea with roasted brown rice. Or kukicha, twig tea.

  • Lena January 30, 2009, 5:49 AM

    Wissotzky teas come in all kinds of interesting flavors; at least, they do here in Israel. My personal favorites are the Fruit Galore and the Apple Cinnamon.

  • E.D. January 30, 2009, 8:01 AM

    I <3 Stash & Celestial Seasonings! Too bad I can’t get em in London 🙁

  • Lion of Zion January 30, 2009, 9:10 AM

    i don’t drink tea, but i’d go with wissotzky. the original owner (kalman) was a great baal tzedakah.

  • shaya g January 30, 2009, 9:45 AM

    I find that the wissotzky tea is weaker than both CS and Lipton.

  • Left Brooklyn January 30, 2009, 9:54 AM

    Hesh, try Stash teas from Portland, OR.

  • Phil January 30, 2009, 10:15 AM

    Wissotzky vs Celestial:

    Celestial wins variety, packaging.

    Wissotzky wins in flavor to flavor comparison, hands down. This is what counts for me.

    Stash is great, we don’t get too much of it here in Canada though.

  • Yossi G. January 30, 2009, 1:36 PM

    Ah. Heshi, the arrogance of the young….

    Wissotzky is probably the oldest Jewish-owned company in the world, as well as being likely the oldest company is Israel. Their history is fascinating.

    The point is, of course, that like all REALLY frum people, we drink it because it’s “our minhag”!

  • Frum Satire January 30, 2009, 1:58 PM

    So has it just been permeating the frummy market in recent years – I never saw people using it when I was a kid.

  • Phil January 30, 2009, 2:07 PM

    I never saw anyone here using it either, maybe because my parents and grandparents only drank plain tea.

    Do you think the entire “saga” on the pack is true or is it possibly a marekting bubba maysa?

    I wonder if the guy in the picture actually looked like an amish chazzan…

  • veebee January 30, 2009, 3:11 PM

    Lion of Zion – Do you only wear fleece because the owner was a big baal tzedakah?

  • Michal bas Avraham January 31, 2009, 8:47 PM

    When I was a receptionist and I had down time, I used to draw (or read Jewish books). I drew the Celestial Seasonings boxes a couple times because they were just that pretty. I think it was Vanilla Chai with little elephants and a mountain in the back. Someone stole it so I had to draw it again. They stole the dreidl I drew and put up on the wall at Chanukah time, too.

  • Hannah January 31, 2009, 8:56 PM

    Since I gave up coffee, I’ve pretty much become a tea addict. My favorite is Twinings Lemon+Chinese Ginger, but it’s not so easy to find. I love Celestial Seasonings too though, especially Country Peach Passion and Goji Berry/Pomegranate Green Tea.

  • Lion of Zion January 31, 2009, 10:22 PM


    i don’t know anything about drinking tea, so all other things being equal i would choose wissotzky

  • Zoran September 21, 2009, 12:36 AM

    Not sure that this is true:), but thanks for a post.

  • Pett October 1, 2009, 8:34 AM

    Onload of page my antivirus put alert, check pls.

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