Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Le Palais des Thés Cinnamon Black Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: puerh tea, natural cinnamon essence
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker
Liquor: very dark, almost black

I'm terribly behind on tea reviews and this one has been calling to me for months. Sorry about the wait +Palais des Thés! Even though the weather is warm now, the comforting cinnamon spice really hit the spot. The base puerh was very dark and earthy but a little one dimensional. In the case of flavored tea, that is not necessarily a bad thing. A big, complex puerh would not have allowed the cinnamon to shine through. I did find myself wishing that there actually cinnamon here rather just the natural essence. Cinnamon bark when added to tea not only adds taste but it also changes the texture. This blend was enjoyable but that definitely would have stepped things up a notch. I wouldn't add milk to this one but a touch of sweetener could make the cinnamon essence pop a bit more.

Cinnamon Black Tea sample provided by Le Palais des Thés.