Hot Cinnamon Sunset

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Black Fruit Blend
Chinese Black Tea, Cinnamon, Clove, Natural And Artificial Flavouring, Orange Peel
Cinnamon, Clove, Orange
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Harney & Sons

Our most popular flavored tea, this is a blend of black teas, three types of cinnamon, orange peel, and sweet cloves. It is remarkably assertive, and that is its most admired quality.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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1 tasting notes

I love cinnamon BUT with their other added flavors I will keep trying other teas for fun but in about 3 years I have yet to find one better. This is ABSOLUTELY delicious and I will always buy this even if I find another I enjoy. PLEASE never stop making this!!!!!!!

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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9 tasting notes

Everyone I know loves this tea and tries to give it to me. “I remembered that you like tea, and I just LOOOOVE this, so Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday/etc.” So I always think, “I’ll give it one more try” and then remember everything I hate about it. The thing about this tea is that it takes away from the actual tea experience for me. It tastes like a red hot. If I had any sugar or honey, it tastes like a sweet red hot. It doesn’t go with milk. I cannot influence the tasting experience of this tea in any positive way. While I like red hots, I don’t want to drink them.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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221 tasting notes

Much like myself, this tea was far sweeter than expected. With a name like ‘Hot Cinnamon Sunrise’ (or Hot Cinnamon Spice depending on what size you buy it in) I figured it would have a bit more kick to it, but just wound up tasting like sugar water with a hint of cinnamon. Definitely drink this plain, adding milk just mutes what little taste there is completely.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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3 tasting notes

An invigorating mid-afternoon pick-me-up. The flavor is not overpowering or spicy. It’s actually quite smooth and refreshing. I attempted to steep it a second time, but didn’t get much out of it. Oh well, still very tasty. I also own the Harney & Sons Earl Grey. It might be my imagination, but both teas I have by this company seem much more mellow than I was expecting. The tins are lovely though.

Flavors: Cinnamon


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10 tasting notes

This tea is probably one of my favorites. The cinnamon blend is naturally sweet so adding sugar is completely unnecessary! Although I typically do not add any sugar to my teas, this particular variety is exceptionally sweet on its own. If you are a fan of cinnamon flavor you will LOVE this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove

180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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172 tasting notes

Hey there, Steepster! It’s been a while. I picked this one up on a whim after spotting it at my local Whole Foods. It is very cold and snowy here in Bend and a nice spicy cinnamon tea sounded like the perfect cup to warm me up a bit. I have had Harney’s loose leaf “Hot Cinnamon Spice” tea quite a few times before and always enjoyed it. I notice that this one is called “Hot Cinnamon Sunset” and find myself wondering if it is a different tea, or if it was just given a name that is a bit more appealing since it is for retail distribution.

Well, after sipping it a bit, it seems to be the same blend as Hot Cinnamon Sunset…and that’s a good thing. I don’t usually go for flavored teas, but this one is just so pleasant and simple. A mild, smooth black tea base with strong cinnamon flavor, light clove undertones, and a nice orange flavor to add brightness and round out the relatively intense spiciness. Very enjoyable.


They are the same tea according to Harney and Sons. Palm Court is the same as Titanic, and Bangkok also goes by two names but I don’t remember the other name right now.

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530 tasting notes

I need more tea like a hole in the head but I found myself unable to resist when I saw this at Target. I have some tea bags of varying qualities, and I usually save them for when I am doing house sitting gigs and want to keep my tea as simple as possible.

But, this tea might convince me to invest in good sachet bags more often. It is a bit citrussy but basically cinnamon overload which is exactly how I like it. Red hots in a tea. I see lots more of this in my future, and the awesome tin is a bonus.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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268 tasting notes

I’m starting my Harney and Sons tribute day with some Hot Cinnamon Sunset- my first H&S tea. This might have actually been my first non-Lipton hot tea. My mom gave it to me for some holiday or other when I was working on my Bachelor’s degree and it was my go-to tea (especially for studying!) for most of undergrad. Good memories :-). I kind of burnt myself out on it, so I haven’t had it in FOREVER and I forgot how delicious it is! This is my kind of cinnamon tea. It’s like “hey, here’s some delicious cinnamon for you to enjoy along with some cloves and oranges” rather than clubbing me over the head while screaming “CINNAMON!” like most cinnamon teas. It’s also a very forgiving tea. I used to abuse it with improper steeping conditions on a regular basis. Here’s to you, Mr. Harney! My condolences to the Harney family.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange

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27 tasting notes

Super nice – with lots of flavour and not too much fire so I can appreciate it even when sick (as I am). Cinnamon is a wonderful spice, I can’t get enough of it. Would also like to say that I got this in the tagalong format (little tin boxes of 5 sachets that H&S sells) and it’s super handy to put in a bag and have tea on the go wherever boiling water is available.

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1732 tasting notes

Somewhat confusingly, Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset appears to be the same tea as Hot Cinnamon Spice. Since my tin reads “Sunset”, I’ll place my tasting note here.

To my palate and nose, this vibrant black-tea blend is basically indistinguishable from the original Good Earth. I was unable to confirm my impression this afternoon, as my bags of Good Earth are no longer any good—must be the cinnamon oil which turned rancid. What I can say is that Hot Cinnamon Sunset evokes all sorts of memories from my afternoons drinking many glasses of this tea at the Good Earth restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. That was a long time ago, and since then the restaurant has changed names a few times and may no longer even exist for all I know.

The key word here is cinnamon, and the key ingredient can only be cinnamon oil. That’s what you get when you squeeze cinnamon until it cannot be squeezed anymore, and it is by far the strongest source of pure cinnamon flavor. The blend also contains orange rind and cloves, but cinnamon definitely dominates, making this tea a cinnamon-lovers dream come true!

One reason why I always liked the original Good Earth was because it is naturally sweet. It is really very sweet, and I cannot imagine adding any sugar to it. Along with Constant Comment (and, now, Harney & Sons Holiday Blend), this is one of the few dark black teas which I prefer to imbibe au naturel. I always drink darjeelings that way, but with very strong Chinese blacks and Assam-style teas, I usually take cream, which compromises the caffeine benefit a bit because milk seems to have a soporific effect upon me. I am not lactose-intolerant (at least I don’t think that I am), but milk products aside from butter and cheese make me sleepy.

Though the steep-off was aborted, Hot Cinnamon Sunset was a good choice for this afternoon as there is no cream around and it was too cold to go out, plus I was too tired anyway. Now I’m feeling the zing of both the caffeine and the cinnamon.

Not a subtle tea, but an effective one!

Flavors: Cinnamon

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