171 Tasting Notes
I love love love cinnamon and spiced teas… so after reading some reviews on the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon, I went for it in the decaf version to try and avoid a little caffeine in my day.
The smell in the tin is amazing! Sweet and cinnamon.. Yum! My first attempt at drinking this blend left a little disappointment. I was expecting something near red hots in a cup.. as some had expressed in their reviews. I get more black tea in smell and flavor after it’s brewed. I usually like black teas, but the flavor of this one carried through all the cinnamon and I was hoping the tea to be an undertone. It’s a good cup… just not amazing. The black tea flavor did mellow a bit as it cooled, but still very present.
Maybe I need to mix up the contents of the tin a little to make sure all the goodies haven’t settled to the bottom. Then we’ll see if I’ll change my impression after I’ve tried that… Hoping so.. I was so excited about this tea.
I’m tempted to try the herbal version and the regular version sometime to see if they are more of what I was envisioning.
Hubby had already raided the tea bags josiejade sent us and decided to try Tazo’s Passion tea. Not my speed, especially not hot, so I went for something different.
After looking at a couple of reviews here, I decided on this because many describe it as spicy and sweet… much like my favorite teabag from Good Earth teas (Original Sweet & Spicy). This was my first experience, to my knowledge, with licorice in tea. I have been one of few in my family to actually enjoy a black jellybean now and then, so the name didn’t scare me. I have to admit when I opened the bag I was a bit underwhelmed by the fragrance. It was earthy w/no spice. Upon steeping, I felt the same way. I expected a bit of a sweet scent with either licorice or cinnamon coming through.
First sip, mild flavor, not spicy… not like I had hoped or the name suggested. Hard to pick out any distinct flavors even after a few sips. Then I began to notice after I swallowed, a mild bit of spice in my mouth and the sweetness. The sweetness would linger for quite a long time. As it cooled, the flavors didn’t intensify or become distinct, but the sweetness did.
Not really sure how I rate this one yet, but glad to have tried it for the experience of the sweet aftertaste. Luckily there is one more teabag in the box so I can try it again. :)
While waiting on my first ever order of loose teas, I have been enjoying the handful of trang varieties that I have in my drawer. This is a recent addition I chose to try based on some online reviews … I have to saw that the first cup wasn’t great. I’m not sure what I didn’t like about it, maybe the carob or the roasted chicory, I’m not sure. I added a bit of sugar and still wasn’t cray about it.
I have since tried it a few more times, including a cup currently, and I’m beginning to enjoy it more each time. I think maybe there is an unfamiliar flavor in the tea that took some time to acquire a taste for. I did add a bit of sugar and a little cream this morning… Foggy and wet outside makes me want the added comfort of milk and sugar (the only way mom made hot tea when I was growin up). Anyway, taste good thi morning. :)
Spicy teas are my thing right now and I don’t find it terribly so, just enough to make it enjoyable. I think I’ll keep it in my drawer for now until the loose teas win me over.. As I’m sure they will. Until then, it will be an extra for when I want somethig different than my “go-to” teas.
A friend of mine brought me a box of this last week and I had a cold when I tried it.
At the beginning of the steep, I thought it was going to be mild and a bit too orange-flavored for me. I let it steep awhile longer than I normally would other Celestial Seasoning teas and it took on a life of it’s own. Got a nice color similar to that of a sugar cookie and almost had some body to it. I added some sugar, and a bit too much, to bring it to the full “sugar cookie” flavor.
I enjoyed it despite my cold and lack of good taste buds… I will have to try it again when the last of my cold has past and see if my first impression was correct. If so, I will likely enjoy having this in the winter season most years as a sweet treat tea.