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This is the cinnamon tea that begat all cinnamon teas for me. With just cinnamon, cloves, apple and orange pieces and rooibos as ingredients, the taste is simple and clean but delightfully spicy. If you like Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, or Celestial Seasonings’ Cinnamon Apple Spice, you should really try this. It’s easily sweet enough to drink plain, and caffeine-free, so makes me a nice bedtime tea.

At around $6/oz, it’s a more than I’d usually pay, and sadly not for everyday drinking (for me), but considering it’s
*fair trade
*locally blended by hand (local to my hometown in Michigan, that is ;)
*100% organic (and I’ve spoken with the owner and know just how careful she is about organic sourcing)
it’s money I’m happy to spend when I can.

I usually steep 1tsp/8oz water twice, the first steep 4-5 minutes, the second around 10.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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