All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. How the leaves of the plant are processed and their level of contact with oxygen determines the type of tea. The more processing the leaves go through, the darker the leaves become, resulting in a distinctive color and taste characteristic. There are four main varietals of tea: black, green, white, and oolong. Tea contains substances called flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidant polyphenols. Antioxidant polyphenols help protect the body's cells from damage due to harmful molecules called free radicals. Regardless of the processing method, black, green, white and oolong teas all contain polyphenols. In fact, tea ranks as high as or higher than many fruits and vegetables in the ORAC score, a score that measures antioxidant potential of plant-based foods. Black tea is a varietal of tea that has been cultivated for centuries. It is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties. During processing, the leaves are heavily oxidized and fermented Our black tea is made from fresh leaves, hand processed under high humidity to promote carefully crafted oxidation, and then oven-fired which turns the leaves a dark, coppery color to yield a superior complex and authoritative flavor. It has higher caffeine content and is stronger in flavor than the other tea varietals.
Average Customer Rating
This tea tastes like red hot candies. It smells like it too. It wasn't what I expected, but after taking a few more sips I enjoyed the tea. This tea is sweet and hot and is an acquired taste.
2/2/13 | Katie, panama city, FL
I love this tea, excellent cinnamon flavor combined with the satisfying boldness of the quality black tea. A wonderful afternoon tea
11/18/11 | Laurie, San Diego, CA
I've looked high and low for the perfect cinnamon tea. Most are too spicy (anise?) and don't taste very much like cinnamon. This one is perfect. It tastes like cinnamon (which really shouldn't be so hard to find in a cinnamon tea, but IS)! It's so naturally sweet that you don't need sugar (this from a girl who LOVES to put sugar in her tea), but isn't so sweet that those who don't usually put sugar in their tea (my sister) mind the sweetness (she loves this tea, too!). My friends have one by one tried this tea at my house, and they always leave with the name of it and this website's address. Usually, they purchase two canisters at a time. It's that good. If I had to commit to one tea for the rest of my life, this would be the one.
8/4/10 | Rebecca, Schertz, TX
BEST TEA EVER!!
I purchase the loose cannister of Vienna Cinnamon on a regular basis. I occasionally try other teas but nothing compares. I absolutely love the flavor and aroma of the tea. I have it every morning and if it weren't for the caffeine, I would have it every night too.
3/11/10 | Kim, Medicine Hat, Canada
Truly the cream of the crop
I love Tea Forté and the whole Dolce Vita line, but this one, is truly the cream of the crop. The warmth and the velvety smoothness of this tea is trully something special to share with people you love. The perfect hint of sweetness, not overwelming in it's spice and the color it is truly is the perfect balance. A warm cup of this tea while watching snow flakes fall hold something magic. You'll fall in love with this tea as I have!
11/17/09 | Jonathan, Montreal, Canada
I was floored by this tea! I was never expecting it to be one of the best teas I tried from Tea Forte; I imagined the cinnamon flavor would be pretty simplistic and nothing to swoon over, but I was wrong. The best part is I don’t have to waste any extra honey or sugar on it because it’s so naturally sweet that it’s perfect as is, which really surprised me. If you’re new to the site and overwhelmed on what to try first, this would be a great choice. The flavors are very strong and warm, so it’s perfect on a cold day! Whenever I brew it, it fills up the entire room with a wonderful, soft smell, too. If you enjoy cinnamon, you HAVE to try this tea!
10/12/09 | Kristina, West Chester, PA
My favorite Tea Forte tea! No better way to start my day then a cup of vienna cinnamon tea!
5/15/09 | Katie, Bedford, MA
The caffeine level in a cup of tea can vary by tea type, steeping practices and even the particular tea harvest. We use the following designations as guidelines for the caffeine levels of our teas:
Robust, high caffeine teas; 50-100mg
Lower caffeine teas with shorter steeping times; 30-50mg
Tea/herbal blends with less than 30mg
Decaf tea retains a tiny amount of caffeine
Herbal teas are 100% caffeine free
These steeping guidelines produce the best results for our palates. Use them as a guideline, but you may certainly experiment and find the best results for yours.