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Oh yes….I am sure you are thinking, ‘Another review of Hot Cinnamon Spice from SimplyJenW…..’ Well, I do have something new to offer and I think it is interesting. So here it goes.

I was out of town for a few days. (Long story short, my nephew was born a few days earlier than expected so I had to go out of town to care for my niece for a few days…he is adorable and tiny, and she was lots of fun….) I packed my usual Hot Cinnamon Spice in filter bags for ease of prep while visiting… But it was not really that great of an idea…..

What resulted in putting the Hot Cinnamon Spice in a teabag…it was mostly just Cinnamon Spice. I guess the ‘hot’ could not escape the paper like it does my fine infuser basket. It was all right, but not nearly as good. The Herbal Hot Cinnamon was even more disappointing in a teabag. I won’t make that mistake again!

LiberTEAS

There is also a significant difference between this and the bagged version of this tea from Harney. The loose is so much better. I mean, it goes without saying that loose leaf is better than bagged, but it is really very apparent with the Harney teas … much more so than with other teas that I’ve tried.

SimplyJenW

I thought it was very interesting to see what happened when the loose was put in the bag…..I am pretty sure Harney uses the same tea loose and in their Hot Cinnamon Spice bags, but it explains the huge difference in taste….not all the spices can get out because the paper is too fine of a filter.

mpierce87

It is interesting that there is such a difference between the loose and bagged tea – I know that definitely holds true for Vanilla Comoro as well.

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LiberTEAS

There is also a significant difference between this and the bagged version of this tea from Harney. The loose is so much better. I mean, it goes without saying that loose leaf is better than bagged, but it is really very apparent with the Harney teas … much more so than with other teas that I’ve tried.

SimplyJenW

I thought it was very interesting to see what happened when the loose was put in the bag…..I am pretty sure Harney uses the same tea loose and in their Hot Cinnamon Spice bags, but it explains the huge difference in taste….not all the spices can get out because the paper is too fine of a filter.

mpierce87

It is interesting that there is such a difference between the loose and bagged tea – I know that definitely holds true for Vanilla Comoro as well.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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