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Herbal Hot Cinnamon Spice

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  • “Tea of the evening..... I have done it.....I found a rooibos I really like. I think part of it has to do with the fact that the rooibos plays such a small role in this brew. It is all...” Read full tasting note
    SimplyJenW 956 tasting notes
  • “Backlogging from yesterday. Used up the last of this to help me survive wandering Kensington with the inlaws. We stopped in the Blue Banana Market and were very pleased to discover a little tea...” Read full tasting note
    ladykittykat 1196 tasting notes
  • “Love this tea so much. Sort of like red hots taste wise, but not burn your mouth spicy. Naturally very sweet. The rooibos goes so well with the flavors. But I too, like the black tea version. It's...” Read full tasting note
    ashleyannie 157 tasting notes
  • “I have two samples of this. I brought one to school and the other I left at home. The dried leaf smelled just like a red hot candy, but the rest of the tea fell a bit flat for me. I generally like...” Read full tasting note
    MegWesley 517 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

Another new version of our most popular tea, this version is caffeine free. The three types of cinnamon are added to African Rooibos, making a delicious herbal drink. Herbal Hot Cinnamon is a good choice for those who want give up caffeine, but not strong flavors!

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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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956 tasting notes

Tea of the evening…..

I have done it…..I found a rooibos I really like. I think part of it has to do with the fact that the rooibos plays such a small role in this brew. It is all cinnamon, all the time. It tastes much like its caffeined black tea counterpart (which I do prefer), but it is nice to have a non-caffeine alternative. Yep…red hots in a cup. This flavor is so wonderful in cool weather!

24 oz teapot, 4 1/2 actual tsp rooibos blend, freshly boiled water, 7 minutes. Very lightly sweetened.

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Well done on finding a rooibos you like! I laughed when I read your review because I know that feeling: ‘finally, I get it!’

I only recently stumbled upon a rooibos I like and now I’m in LOVE with the type but before that I really was perplexed by the trend, it’s nice to be in the know. ;)

The Purrfect Cup

They make an herbal too…good thing I’m going to tour the factory and hit the tasting room in two weeks!


You will enjoy the tasting room! I did not have time to go to the factory…jealous!


Oh, and lunch was lovely!

The Purrfect Cup

We’re going on a Tuesday when the factory is in full swing. But I am also looking forward to the tasting room and lunch!


D’oh! I wish I had ordered some of this…

The Purrfect Cup

Amy oh I can send you some….let me know.

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1196 tasting notes

Backlogging from yesterday. Used up the last of this to help me survive wandering Kensington with the inlaws. We stopped in the Blue Banana Market and were very pleased to discover a little tea section, complete with a few Harney & Sons teas! None of this, however, which made me very sad. It does wonders for my throat through this illness that will not die. We placed an order with H&S 11 days ago and have yet to hear anything from them, so I’m assuming it has not shipped yet, which is really, really disappointing. To the point that I think this might be our only order from them. This tea is amazing, but the cinnamon chai from DT is amazing too, and with much better customer service. International shipping takes forever as it is, there’s no reason to add another week to the process, especially when the only difference is the addition of a customs form.

Anyway, end rant, I love this tea, I’m just less than pleased with the company.


Have you e-mailed them to complain yet? I’m so sad to hear that you’ve had an echo of my own experience with harney…only worse. I still haven’t ordered from them again, and don’t know that I will. The service was really lacking. I’ve spoken to a number of American Harney customers who had amazing service, so it seems our international status is what does the damage.

On the plus side, if they ever e-mail you to say it’s shipped, you’ll get a tracking number!


I was at that tea stall the other day, admiring the cute pig yixing pot.

Harney & Sons should really clean up their act! I’ve been planning on placing an order with them for a couple months (waiting for finances to co-operate) and this really puts me off.

Feel better soon!

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Unitquity, I emailed them this morning, I hope I hear from them soon, this is just…irritating. I’ve not run into his issue with any other US company, so I refuse to believe that there’s nothing they can do. But yay tracking number! To be honest, if it weren’t for my obsession with the Alice in Wonderland teapot we ordered from them, I would have canceled the order by now, which makes me sad, as I do enjoy a number of their teas.

Jessie, I had no idea they carried teas at Blue Banana or we would have been in there a lot sooner! They have an adorable elephant teapot I would love, love, love to have! Maybe the next time the money tree blooms…everything in there is so expensive, but that’s Kensington. It’s either dirt cheap or painfully pricy.

Thanks for the get-well wishes, hopefully this crud will leave soon!

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Bah, Uniquity* Spelling is hard, man!


Well, let’s just hope that your order was shipped, but the e-mail wasn’t ; ) I can understand the need for an Alice in Wonderland teapot…I feel like there was one on the Pippins website I was quite fond of. It says it’s Paul Cardew..It looks like it might be the same as on Harneys? Is Pippins in your neighbourhood at all? Who doesn’t love to go local.. : ) If you go to http://www.pippinstea.com/ select teawares and scroll down, you’ll see it.

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Oooh, yes, Pippins is local…there are a ton of teashops on Queen Street….hmmm. The teapot from Harney’s is a Cardew, those are the ones I’ve been eying for ages, so of course, now I find one locally ;). We will definitely need to check that out next time we’re downtown. I wish they had prices listed…

Ashley Bain

That’s sad to hear about the customer service. My experience with them has always been amazing, really kind people.

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Yeah, I’m thinking it’s more of a international customer service issue. US folks seem to have absolutely no issue with them, but I’ve met quite a few Canadians who have ordered from them once and won’t do so again. shrugs Their loss, I guess. There are tons of amazing local shops here in Toronto :D

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157 tasting notes

Love this tea so much. Sort of like red hots taste wise, but not burn your mouth spicy. Naturally very sweet. The rooibos goes so well with the flavors. But I too, like the black tea version. It’s nice this is naturally caffeine free, though.

And speaking of red hots. I’ve been missing my red hair for a while and can’t decide whether to go back. I always miss my red, especially being such a fire ball. haha. Fits my personality. And it works well with my changing blue/green eyes and pale skin tone well; when I worked at a coffee shop everyone thought I was a natural redhead. (Naturally I’m sort of a dirty blonde with reddish tones.)
Here’s me now – http://i55.tinypic.com/24w4xn6.png
And here’s me with red hair – http://i54.tinypic.com/346ammf.png, http://i51.tinypic.com/xf98vl.png
Hum. What to do. Girls and their hair.

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aw I like them both! but I can see more personality with the red hair to be sure :)


Red..always red. I miss my red hair, but I’m still enjoying being my own natural brunette after 4 or 5 years dyed red.


I have to say red since it is Fall. I think ging back to blonde for next Spring and Summer sounds fun, though.



Ashley Bain

thanks girls! I agree with you all. :)
Jen I like that. Maybe fall rolling in is influencing me. I love the colors of autumn so much.


Absolutely. As a fellow strawberry blonde going red/copper for fall, I say join usssss

Ashley Bain

going red/copper today! tea twinsies.

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517 tasting notes

I have two samples of this. I brought one to school and the other I left at home. The dried leaf smelled just like a red hot candy, but the rest of the tea fell a bit flat for me. I generally like my herbals brewed longer for a lower temperature and it really didn’t do it for me this time.

Since I have another sample of this, I’m going to try boiling water next time and see if that makes a difference.

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this tea literally made me ill :(


I didn’t like it either, it made me nauseous… Is this what happened to you Amy oh?


@Nina, yes… unfortunately


That’s sad to hear. It is not good when a tea makes you react like that. I just dumped out the rest of my glass.

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484 tasting notes

I’m finally trying this tea thanks to SimplyJenW! I’ve been eying it for a long time now. I love cinnamon and caffeine free is always good since I like to have tea in the evening and tasty caffeine free teas are not that easy to come by.

The first time I made this, I used about the same amount of leaf as I normally would for a rooibos and it was STRONG! It was so sweet and cinnamon-y and spicy and slightly orangey. Tasty! I can see this working well in blends… I’ll need to think on it.

Tonight, I made it with half the leaf and it is much better! I can actually drink this normally because the flavor isn’t super intense. Still sweet and tasty and I think it’s actually making me a bit sleepy. :) Great evening tea!

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302 tasting notes

OMG. I think I freaking love this. This sample was the last one I tried. I was a bit skeptical that I wanted to drink red hot flavored tea. I opened the package tonight and it smelled amazing! And it tastes just as good as it smells. I don’t know how it tastes just like a red hot candy, but it does.

I did add too much sweetener to it and I’ll have to watch that next time. I only added a small amount of agave nectar, but apparently it only needs a smidge.

I think I love Harneys! Already planning another order as soon as I can afford it.

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596 tasting notes

Hot damn! I am a fiend for Harney & Son’s Hot Cinnamon Spice tea, but it has quite a caffeine kick so I need to avoid drinking too much (and I can’t drink it at all in the evenings). Imagine my surprise to discover that all that sweet, rich, red-hot goodness is available in herbal form! No-caffeine rooibos goodness, and racing heartbeat. Yippee!

Lainie Petersen

Argh. I meant “no racing heartbeat”. Right.

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267 tasting notes

It’s a cup full of red-hots! I had a ridiculous headache when I brewed this cup, and no ibuprofen seemed to make a dent in it. I feel like drinking a cup of this on Valentines’ Day would make me smile, and get a bit nostalgic for classroom V-day parties from childhood. That said, (Kristin, brace yourself)- I’m not sure I like it. On one hand, it reminds me a bit of Teavana’s Ayurvedic chai. On the other hand, it lacks the tempering lemongrass notes. I think it may be a bit too sweet, really. I’m having it as a dessert tea with a chocolate cupcake and I’m still going ‘argh the sweetness’. Am going to keep trying this until I like it as much as Kristin does :)

(In other news, the husband and I are watching a Deep Sea nature film and Johnny Depp narrated it, and it’s pretty weird.)

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I like sweet and normally sweeten my teas so that’s probably why I like it more than you. I don’t add almost any sweetener to this one. But seriously, what’s not to like about boiled red hots. :)


Mmmm Johnny Depp


I definitely like the red hot thing in some teas, but somehow this one is just toooo sweet for me. I am going to try it again of course :)

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63 tasting notes

Having loved Arbor Tea’s Cinnamon Rooibos, I gave this blend a try. Oh my Dumbledore. It’s perfect. I would swear that they put sweetener in it but apparently they don’t. Incredibly strong cinnamon. Perfect. I only order a sample, now I’m off to buy a tin!

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397 tasting notes

I absolutely despise cinnamonny herbal teas soooo LET’S SEE WHERE THIS GOES!
Gotta be up early and I need my herbals. Dude. I need to stop buying black teas and buy more herbal/rooibos teas because I drink a whole lot of them at night.
But I looooove my blacks!
But then again, I’m on doctor’s orders to try to cut down on my caffeine intake so.. I should get rid of my black teas.. BUT THEY’RE SO GOOD.

Okay. This tea.
It was originally rated 50 because I remember not enjoying it the last time I had it. But, I did try TeaForté’s Apple Spice whatever, which I got around the same time I got this Harney order and I hated the Apple Spice, but I tried it again not too long ago and I ended up liking it sooo let’s see if I like this one!

This is a sipdown though. A very very happy sipdown :)
Happy to get rid of it because I didn’t really like it before? But noow… I’ve got another 2 minutes to brew so I don’t even know.
1 minute left…
It smells like… cinnamon. WOW WHAT A SURPRISE.

Trying it for the first time in about 2 months and… NOPE NOPE. NOPEITY NOPE.
I’ll try to finish it was much as I can tonight?
I have an idea.
Imma throw this in the fridge and see how it tastes like iced.
It has like a weird bite to it so… maybe that bite will go away chilled?
Okay. Will edit this tasting note tomorrow when I try it cold :)

Hot: 3.5g / 12oz. / 3:30sec / boiling

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