|"The smell of the brewed tea is sweet and spicy. It is dark and full bodied and it has a slight natural sweetness to it. I found, to my delight, that after it has steeped, the cinnamon is tamed down a bit. It still has a nice cinnamon "bite" to it, but it doesn't overpower the black tea, nor does it make my tongue burn."|
I opened the package and the sweet scent of mouthwatering cinnamon met my nose. It is a strong China Ceylon blend and it has pieces of crushed cinnamon. It smells strong like cinnamon bears candy.
Joy's Teaspoon is quickly becoming my favorite online tea source. Named after the owner's mother, Joy's Teaspoon offers wonderful and unique teas and tea blends as well as spices and tea accessories. I really appreciate that this company cares so much about the environment. If you check out the "About Us" page, you will see that they are very proud of their "JOYful Environment" program. You can see a long list of green and sustainable projects, not the least of which includes a variety of recycling practices for the company. They have also partnered with TreesforaChange.com and donate 2% of their profits, twice a year, to this wonderful organization.
The website includes information about each tea, as well as water temperature and steeping time suggestions. I followed the instructions and brought fresh water just to boil. I used one scoop (1 tsp) of tea in a large mug and let it steep, covered, for 5 min.
The smell of the brewed tea is sweet and spicy. It is dark and full bodied and it has a slight natural sweetness to it. I found, to my delight, that after it has steeped, the cinnamon is tamed down a bit. It still has a nice cinnamon "bite" to it, but it doesn't overpower the black tea, nor does it make my tongue burn. What a perfect balance! It also has an undertone of baked goods making "Cinnamon Roll" a good name for this tea.
I found that it takes milk really well and this brings out a creamy smoothness of the tea. It doesn't need sugar, but when I need a little something sweet, instead of eating a snack, I make a cup of this tea, add a teaspoon of sugar and it's a great low calorie treat!
I also found that, unlike other black teas, as this one cools, the flavor just gets better! This makes me think it will make a great iced tea, though I have yet to try this (our weather is still cool and wet). In addition, I accidentally over-steeped one cup and found that it didn't get bitter. I would still suggest following the steeping time suggestions, but this is a nice thing to know about a tea.
I can not rave enough about this tea. I had begun to wonder if my idea of the perfect cinnamon tea could even exist. I'm so glad it does!
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