Decaf Hot Cinnamon Spice

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Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Sweet
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From Harney & Sons

An assertive tea, but not simulating! A medium bold -bodied Decaf tea loaded with sweet and spicy flavors. Perhaps you know someone who is drinking a bit too much of our Hot Cinnamon Spice, and you think they need to cut down on their caffeine. Give this a try!

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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This is so extraordinary from the moment I opened the container. I actually got this for my husband, who loves the Spiced Ethiopian tea we normally drink. It’s such a pain to clear the basket of the leftover leaves, so I bought this in sachets. It arrived today and I decided it was a good night to try it. Wow! Am I ever glad I did. It’s fabulous.

205/6min – It smells of cinnamon and oranges and the taste is the same. The real magic, however, occurs as this tea cools and an entirely new flavor profile emerges. It becomes sweeter and sweeter as the temperature drops. My favorite point is when it’s just lukewarm and tastes like a sweet and spicy cinnamon delight. It’s really a great tea!

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The hi-octane version is just as good. It reminded somewhat of Market Spice from Seattle. The first leaf tea I ever tried.


I am curious about Ethiopian Spice now…


sounds positively delish! Spicy teas are so hard to find, have you tried Exotica from David’s tea? I think you’d like it :)


I’ll send you some, since I’m sending other teas, too, to each of you! I’ll send some of both so you can compare this to the Ethiopian tea, which is superb, too.


I haven’t tried Exotica yet. I was going to order the Orchid Oolong, but didn’t have my credit card and the next morning, I logged in and it was sold out! :( I hate when that happens. I’m a little miffed at DavidsTea for having popular teas that sell out.


I think you should change your name to “Tea Queen” or “Tea Goddess” :)
Who blends the Ethiopian?


Blue Nile – it’s a local restaurant’s brand that is really outstanding.


I second Teawing’s notion!! Tea Goddess… ;)

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1112 tasting notes

My Harney order was on my porch when I arrived home! Hurrah! Boy that was fast – I just ordered on Tuesday! This was one of the samples I ordered.

It’s not half bad, but maybe because this is the kind of tea you don’t add milk and sugar to, the flat decaf tea part is much more prevalent than in Vanilla Comoro. There is a heavy dry cardboardy taste to it. It’s definitely not crazy delicious like regular Hot Cinnamon Spice (which I got a tin of in this order!)! In short, I am so very glad that this is just a sample with perhaps another pot’s worth of leaves. I will stick to having fully leaded Hot Cinnamon Spice in the afternoons when I need a sweet, spicy treat.

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Sad to hear the decaf didn’t live up to the caffeinated version’s greatness!


That is crazy fast shipping! Glad to know in case anyone asks about this one. Several friends drink the regular but none of us have tried the decaf.


Thanks for this – I’ve been wondering whether to try the decaf black or herbal version of cinnamon spice for evenings.


teabird – I plan to put sample of the herbal Hot Cinnamon Spice in my order for next time. I bet it’s better b/c all my dislike on this one stemmed from the decaf tea base!

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193 tasting notes

Had a cup of this after getting home from work tonight. Had a good second full time day but I am tired!!!! It is a hard adjustment going back full time after working for the past year and a half a very reduced part time. But I love my job and am thankful for it! Just have to get used to getting my butt moving earlier in the morning and working a full day.

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I wish that I could give QuiltGuppy a HUGE hug for sending me this tea! Her generosity has put to rest a long running tea mystery involving an unmarked grey clay urn, the most incredible cinnamon tea I’ve ever tasted, and my crazy friend Rachel.

First, you shall have a story. I once had a friend named Rachel who was a sane(ish) individual. Rachel was from NY and she would go back home for the holidays every year. We would exchange gifts after the holidays, and one year she gave me an unmarked grey clay urn with the most fantastic cinnamon loose leaf tea inside. I asked where she purchased the tea and she said, “An Asian place in NY”. What?! That’s not an answer! But, I let it go and I figured that I’d ask again another day.

I did ask again. Rachel became more and more vague until she eventually began to deny that she’d given me the tea at all. Now, that’s just crazy! I eventually gave up asking and I resigned myself to parceling the tea out as if it were gold. I kept the tea in a special “safe” place in the cupboard. Safe until one day it fell over, rolled out, and smashed on the kitchen floor. Destroyed! My favorite tea ever was gone and crazy Rachel wouldn’t tell me where she’d bought it. I was so upset!

Decaf Hot Cinnamon Spice is my beloved anonymous cinnamon tea reincarnated. Its wonderful sweet spicy flavor fills my heart with joy. This tea has a name and I can buy more! I can’t thank you enough QuiltGuppy :)


Cyber hug received! :) I’m so glad I could help you find your fave tea’s reincarnation. This is available in a loose version, too, and as Harney’s is in NY, maybe this actually is your tea!


What if? I don’t know why crazy Rachel had to be so sketchy about it!
I’m so excited about ordering this tea :)

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1759 tasting notes

This was lovely!! bravo Harney, bravo!
Thank you to QuiltGuppy for sending me a sample (ages ago, but I’ve been neglectful of my sample pile)
I was worried that the cinnamon would be too much but it isn’t at all. Just right in fact! The orange and spice mix easily together, creating such a seamless transition that I can’t find where the citrus part begins.
If I didn’t already have cinnamon heart, I’d be pining for this one to be sure! but practicality has me by the neck little sigh (If I use the star, it will bold half my msg because I used that feature above!)
The second steep brought out the plastic again, so I won’t comment on that. Argh!
Now I wish I’d saved it to try with milk. Mmmm…

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188 tasting notes

I love love love cinnamon and spiced teas… so after reading some reviews on the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon, I went for it in the decaf version to try and avoid a little caffeine in my day.

The smell in the tin is amazing! Sweet and cinnamon.. Yum! My first attempt at drinking this blend left a little disappointment. I was expecting something near red hots in a cup.. as some had expressed in their reviews. I get more black tea in smell and flavor after it’s brewed. I usually like black teas, but the flavor of this one carried through all the cinnamon and I was hoping the tea to be an undertone. It’s a good cup… just not amazing. The black tea flavor did mellow a bit as it cooled, but still very present.

Maybe I need to mix up the contents of the tin a little to make sure all the goodies haven’t settled to the bottom. Then we’ll see if I’ll change my impression after I’ve tried that… Hoping so.. I was so excited about this tea.

I’m tempted to try the herbal version and the regular version sometime to see if they are more of what I was envisioning.


There has got to be something wrong. Did this come off a store shelf? Thinking maybe its old or exposed to too much heat/light. This should be almost over the top spicy.


K S Thanks for commenting back. I was wondering if i had read all the tea logs/comments on it wrong.

I ordered it directly from Harney & Sons on their Cyber Monday sale. I would think that’s about as fresh as one could get. I will give it another try and if I feel the same way I may write them a comment and see if they had an odd batch. It certainly smells cinnamon enough.. Just wish the cinnamon was stronger than the black tea flavor.

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9 tasting notes

This stuff is fantastic! I’d have to agree that the decaf version is missing a bit of the sparkle of the original, which just has a little extra something, but it’s just as sweet and deliciously spicy, and not too fiery to be approachable. It has so much cinnamon that there’s constantly a fine dust on the tin (that also happens to taste AMAZING >.>) It’s naturally very sweet, too much sugar actually takes away from it. I’ve drunk the regular version unsweetened and it was delicious, but the decaf is good with just a tiny spoon of sugar.

I also would have to disagree that it tastes like big red or red hots, I never liked those, and I love this stuff. It’s VERY cinnamon, and it is sweet, but it’s not cinnamon candy flavored at all to me. It has other things going on with the deeper clove and tea flavors, which are a bit better in the original version.

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58 tasting notes

Delicious, with a strong, spicy, cinnamon flavor and a lovely sweetness.

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I have a caffeine sensitivity, so I’m stuck drinking only decaf tea. The packaging on this tea seems to have changed since the tin is now light brown. It is titled “Decaf Hot Cinnamon” and contains decaf black tea, orange peel, natural & artificial cinnamon flavor, cinnamon, cloves.

It’s been a good 15 years since I drank a cup of the old stand by Good Earth spiced black tea that you could buy in their restaurants. It’s a dead ringer for my memory of that tea. (The company has since changed hands and I imagine the recipe for their teas have changed over the years.) And like that tea, you aren’t drinking this for the quality of the black tea, but rather for the rather brutal kick of cinnamon and clove that comes with it. There’s nothing subtle about this tea, that’s for certain! Perhaps it will mellow in the canister over time. For what it is, it’s great. I don’t always want to be dragged out to the back 40 and cudgeled with an oversized cinnamon stick, but when I do, I know what tin to open.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 15 OZ / 443 ML

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Sweet, spicy, and delicious! I enjoyed it with a splash of milk and took the tea bag out after ~5 minutes.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet

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