I looked for a previous entry of this tea, but did not see any – am I really the first to log this one?
Anyway, I absolutely LOVE the presentation of this tea. The canister is made of cinnamon wood, it smells lovely! I suspect that this may be the way this tea was scented – by sitting in this box? There are no chips of cinnamon in the tea, it’s all tea leaf.
This is not going to be my “Official” tea review of this tea, because, I brewed this tea in my smart brewing device and while I did give it a good scrubbing before I used it to brew this tea, the tea still smells vaguely of pu-erh (which is odd as I don’t remember brewing pu-erh in my smart brewing device, I usually steep it in my gaiwan … oh wait! I remember, I brewed the climber’s high in there … which has pu-erh in addition to many other types of tea in it, so, that may be what has left the residual scent. I may have to soak the steeping device in a vinegar solution or something) … anyway, I did not want to use my Breville because I did not want the cinnamon to overwhelm the tea maker and have to scrub at that this afternoon! So… babbling aside, I will be trying this again in the next few days to write a proper review.
But I will say this, I am enjoying this. The cinnamon is subtle. Certainly present in every sip, but it doesn’t come off as a strong cinnamon-y taste. This is probably one of the best cinnamon teas I’ve tasted because it comes across as very natural and earthy. I even taste some pu-erh in this… could it be that the tea itself has that very earthy, pu-erh taste? I guess it’s possible. I will figure it out the next time I brew it, after the steeping device has been thoroughly cleaned.