Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea Forté
Naturally sweet cinnamon blended with the finest black tea creates a spicy-sweet balance that surprises and satisfies while cleansing the palate.
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This is a really yummy tea. This is very much like a cinnamon candy – you know, like Hot Tamales or Red Hots? – but, I think I’m actually liking this tea better than the cinnamon candy. Here, the cinnamon never achieves that super-spicy-hot cinnamon flavor that you get from the red hots, and instead, it focuses more on the sweeter side of the cinnamon.
The black tea is a good, solid black tea base, brisk but not overpowering. It is rich and smooth. There is also just a hint of cloves that peeks out from underneath the cinnamon.
But, really, this tea is all about the cinnamon. And it really delivers the cinnamon! I have tasted a lot of cinnamon teas out there, some were spicier than others, while some were sweeter … but Tea Forté has managed to capture a balance between the two dynamics … this is neither too sweet nor too spicy. I think that this is not just because of the cinnamon, but also because of the cloves. The cloves seem to bring out some of the sweeter tones of the cinnamon, while allowing it to maintain its warmth.
I think this tea is best served hot. It has a pleasant sweetness to it, so it doesn’t need additional sweetener, but a splash of milk is nice if you like milk with your tea. It is a very warming tea, so it is very appropriate that this tea is available as part of the Warming Joy collection fromTea Forté (which, incidentally, would make a wonderful gift for the tea lover on your holiday list!)
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!