drank Cinnamon Bear by The NecessiTeas
257 tasting notes

If you like Cinnamon you will likely love this. I do not believe I have ever encountered such a concentrated cinnamon taste. It’s quite overwhelming. I’m not a subtle person at all, but I would prefer that this be a bit toned down.

As far as cinnamon teas go, this is certainly the tuba, the percussion, and the whole orchestra added in. I cannot detect the orange and the clove but I will try this again with less steeping time, perhaps or add some milk and sugar.

Note: added small amounts of sugar and milk. I think that the milk cuts through the cinnamon a bit. The sugar makes it almost unbearably sweet and I added only a couple of small crystals.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great cinnamon hit. If you love this spice, you will love this tea. I prefer a more moderate cinnamon, but this is certainly a tea that delivers on all of its promises.

Second Steep: Although the directions call for a 5 minute steep, I made my second steep for 3 minutes. As a second steep, I used a mug that is about 16 ounces (i.e. almost twice as big as my first cup). I also added water from the start. This is good now and still extremely rich and flavorful.

If you love cinnamon, I’d recommend buying this tea and working your way UP instead of, as I often do, working a way down. It’s really concentrated. Try less than a tsp at first and try a 2-3 minute steep. Some experimentation will get you the most cinnamon-y tea out there!

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
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My rating system:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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