First Sip Thought: “More than just cinnamon.”
Smell: Not a huge fan of the scent because when I first opened the package I was inhaling so much cinnamon! After it was steeped, the cinnamon scent was still overpowering the rest of the spices that were included in the blend.
Taste: I won’t lie…I tried a sample of this tea simply because Oprah had it on her favourite things for 2013 and I wasn’t too disappointed with the taste as I was with the smell. The last time I had a tea from Teavana was back in the summer and it was iced so it’s been awhile since I’ve really sat down and focus on all the flavours and scents from a blend of theirs. I was worried at first that it may be a bit overwhelming with cinnamon but I found this to be quite rich with each spice and so peppy. Thus, surprise, surprise – there really is more than just cinnamon in this tea! My other disappointment however was finding out that artificial flavouring has been used. It’s kind of outrageous considering what they state their goal to live by is. I can’t say I’m too surprised as I know it has become evident in most of their teas lately but it’s definitely not something I look for in teas and especially one that is being sold as high quality for $13 for 2oz. I’m glad I only got a sample from a friend and will not be purchasing more unless the artificial flavouring is removed.