Cinnamon Bun from Pinky Up. . . . .

This delectable tea was part of my first order from Pinky Up. I have to admit, I am so impressed with this company. Not only are their teas packaged in these adorable tins, but I also purchased a cute black kitty cat mug. Unfortunately, the mug was broken and I contacted the company. They sent me a brand new mug! It was really nice. Anyways, back to their teas. They sell loose leaf as well as blooming teas- which are tea leaves wrapped around flowers that literally “bloom” as you steep them. Today, however, I am reviewing their Cinnamon Bun loose leaf herbal tea.

Upon opening my tin I could immediately smell cinnamon rolls. I swear, while this tea is steeping your husband/wife/roommate/children/etc. will definitely think that you’re baking cinnamon rolls, so prepare yourself for everyone to come running! #hidethetea The taste is just as realistic as the smell. Cinnamon can either make or break a tea.

Depending on the kind of cinnamon and what else it’s mixed with, sometimes it can be too hot or spicy. In this blend though, it is absolutely heavenly. Just like in a sweet, ooey-gooey cinnamon roll. There is this underlying hint of sweet bread or pastry. Then the experience is topped off with vanilla icing. I feel like this is the liquid version of an actual cinnamon roll, minus the calories! Add a pinch of agave and some low-fat cream and you’ve got yourself a delicious and guilt-free dessert!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Herbal
Where to Buy:  Pinky Up Tea


Decadent baked goods tempting you at the bakery? Have no fear! Pinky Up’s aromatic Cinnamon Bun Loose Leaf Tea will satisfy that craving in no time, and it’s naturally calorie free!

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Hot Mama from Tea & Tins. . . .

Drinking this Hot Mama tea feels like dancing to a Beyoncé song while Ryan Gosling winks a “Hey Girl” at you. If I had to start every day the same way, it would be with this kind of delicious affirmation.

I was interested at first sight of the heart decorations and brewed this up hot and also cold because I wasn’t sure if the candy hearts would melt or not and it turned out well both ways. (They didn’t melt, surprisingly!) I generally add a good amount of honey to my tea but this was the first time EVER I didn’t add any sweetener to a tea and LOVED it. While both styles were delicious, I preferred the overnight cold brew because the warm cinnamon taste was instantly cooled by the chilled water.

I’m on their website to ordering more right now! It looks like they offer plenty of eye-catching teas to start your day lightheartedly. Mornings are hard enough to get through with a boring drink.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:   Tea & Tins

Loose leaf black tea, super hot and spicy! For cinnamon lovers!

Ingredients: black tea, cinnamon, spices, peppercorns and cinnamon hearts

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast from Simpson & Vail

I respect you guys, so I’m not going to beat around the bush. This tea is a solid two thumbs up. Respectful thumbs, angled straight up at the sky. (Which, today, is actually very sunny and pleasant. Wishing you the same.)

You get apple. You get cinnamon. You get maple. You get a little bit of a malt note that I might be imagining. But I’ve now put the idea of malt in your head. You’ll therefore taste it when you try this. There’s a deep black tea note that hangs out in the background, letting the sweet kids romp around on the main stage.

It’s definitely a “romp” kind of tea. This is not your Serious Business Tea at A Somber Board Meeting tea.

Um, what kind of tea would that even be? Probably a smoky lapsang. Or maybe some very straightforward, mind-stirring green. If it’s a fancy bank or tobacco company, the black. If it’s a hip tech company, definitely the green.

Regardless, this is Bring Along In A Travel Container While You Babysit Some Kids At A Park In The Fall tea. Or maybe you have your own kids. But I have to borrow some occasionally. You’d think that someone wonky and soft like me would be a terrible babysitter, but I can attain a good balance of fun and firm.

Especially if I have caffeine.

Praise be black teas and their energy-inducing properties. The black tea in this will give you the nudge needed to be a better business person, mom, babysitter, or basically anything you’d like to be on this lovely day.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Flavored Black
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

Apple and cinnamon goodness with a hint of maple flavor. The aroma is pure lazy Sunday morning. Breakfast on the griddle, hot tea in your hand, your favorite book waiting to be read. The sweet apple and the heady cinnamon flavors dance on your tongue, while the rich maple taste offers the base note in this amber colored cup.

Ingredients: black teas, apple pieces, organic cinnamon pieces and apple cinnamon french toast flavoring.

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Hot Mama from Tea and Tins- Take a Look, Sprinkles!!

I’ve never been called one “Hot Mama” before but I felt like one while sipping on Hot Mama by Tea & Tins. Okay…maybe that was a stretch but it made for a good review opening, right?

There have been teas I have sipped on that provide that childhood memory of fireballs and Hot Mama from Tea & Tins is very reminiscent of those days and memories. It might not be exactly that hot but it could be put in the same conversation, I suppose.

Even tho I didn’t find any cinnamon hearts in the loose leaf mixture that I infused I didn’t feel slighted. The cinnamon flavor and spices were just fine and dandy the way they were. I also enjoyed the orange peel chunks in this flavored black tea.

Hot Mama by Tea & Tins is perfect for a fall or winter day or a night by the fire.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Flavored Black Tea
Where to Buy: Tea and Tins

Loose leaf black tea, super hot and spicy! For cinnamon lovers!

Ingredients: black tea, cinnamon, spices, peppercorns and cinnamon hearts


Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Hot Cross Bun from Bluebird Tea Co

I’ve had this little sample tea hanging around for a while and haven’t really known when to drink it! Should I save it for a holiday or maybe the winter time? I know it’s typically an Easter tea, but there are things in this blend that makes me think of winter… cinnamon, cranberry, vanilla. The scent of this tea reminds me of a holiday candle. I pick up on a heavy flash of cinnamon and something baked and specked with cranberries in the background.

Sipping… I don’t think that I like this all that much. The strongest flavor I’m tasting is of a watery cinnamon and smoke. I will say that I’m probably not the right person to be reviewing this tea as I’m not too terribly fond of cinnamon flavors in tea, but I can usually handle it when it’s mixed with something else. Yep.. I really just taste cinnamon water. I can maybe taste some of the cranberry at the front of the sip if I am really looking for it. The aftertaste is where the “bun” flavor arrives.. it’s sweet and a little bready, but isn’t obvious.

I’m disappointed in this blend, but still love Bluebird Tea Co as they have so many other blends that I adore. I would recommend this tea for those who love a tea that is heavy on the cinnamon and without caffeine!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Rooibos
Where to Buy: Bluebird Tea Co.


At Easter time there are few things better than the aroma of currants, cinnamon and freshly baked buns wafting across the kitchen. When creating our Spring Collection we knew we had to pay homage to our favourite Easter treat, so here you have it – Hot Cross Bun tea! Don’t say we don’t treat you every now and again!

Rooibos, Sri Lankan black tea, cinnamon, hibiscus, apple pieces, rosehip, orange peel, Lapsang Souchong tea, vanilla pieces, cranberry pieces (cranberry, sugar, rice flour, vegetable oil), flavour.

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