Roll up, roll up! Welcoming the new “Tea of the Month” for May – an incredible pu’erh tea heavily flavoured with cinnamon. Added in: some orange peel and cloves, a little chinese black tea to round it all off. It’s like spending Christmas in Shangri-La. Ooh la la!
Cinnamon Heart comes from David’s Tea, a Canadian tea chain awash with good looking staff, (complete with asymmetrical haircuts and probably a few literary tattoos under the shirt sleeves), and, of course, great tea. Fortunately for me and unfortunately for my bank balance there is a David’s Tea store about five blocks from my home.
I warn you now, Cinnamon Heart is no girly, namby-pamby tea. The flavours and aromas are heavy, they pack a serious punch. You can lighten it up with milk to get a ‘fruit cake and cream’ kind of taste, or leave it as is, steeping it long and letting it get it blacker than black. If I brew it this way I pair it with a plate of unashamedly-foreign-and-out-of-season, sticky, freshly sliced mango.
This is the perfect tea to write with. It not only slaps you about the chops with that spicy cinnamon flavour but apparently pu-erh tea is great for stabilizing your blood sugar and lowering cholesterol. If only it would jump out of the cup and write a few pages for me.