Review — Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney & Sons

Name: Hot Cinnamon Spice

Brand: Harney & Sons

Type: Black tea, flavored

Form: Silken pyramid tea bags

Review: Black tea blended with orange, cinnamon and clove is probably one of the most, if not the most, beloved tea flavor blends available. There are several variations on the market, each with its own quirks that make it unique. Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice (also known as Hot Cinnamon Sunset) is one of their most popular teas, and for good reason. It is simply delicious.

A couple of things that make this tea special:

First of all, it is sweet. So sweet that people wonder if it has been pre-sweetened. Harney & Sons assures us that no sugar has been added to Hot Cinnamon Spice, the sweet taste is the synergistic effect of blending cloves, three kinds of cinnamon, and orange peel.

The second nifty thing about this tea is that, unlike some orange-cinnamon teas on the market, the orange flavor dominates over the cinnamon, making it a real treat for orange lovers. The cinnamon is still plenty strong, but this is definitely an orange tea.

I have found that this tea has almost universal appeal. It is great on its own, and more than a few people find it to be a great way to cope with sweet cravings. Even people who don’t like tea get enthusiastic about this one.

While Hot Cinnamon Spice is a wonderful hot tea, it is also remarkable on ice, and I honestly prefer it that way. A nifty trick is to prepare it as an iced tea (double strength) and then fill a tall glass with ice. Pour about half a glass of Hot Cinnamon Spice, then fill the rest up with fizzy water. It tastes remarkably like cola, but with no added calories or artificial flavors. Delish.

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