Every brand of corned beef is seasoned a bit differently. Some have loose spices in with the meat and juices. Some brands just include a packet. Cheaper brands often don't include enough spice or they provide poor quality spice packets. I include my own seasonings in this recipe. It sounds like a lot but the result is not overpowering and it is quite savory. The meat will not taste at all like cinnamon, in fact if you don't say anything nobody will ever know you used the stick but it will taste amazing!