Spice up your palate with this rich, exotic blend of cinnamon drenched chocolate, elevated gently by the warming kick of spicy chili flakes.
Ingredients: Organic Pu-erh, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Honeybush, Organic Cocoa Nibs, Organic Safflower, Organic Chili Flakes, Ground Chocolate* (sugar, cocoa-processed w/alkali, unsweetened chocolate, soy lecithin, vanilla), Natural Flavors
Leaf Type: Pu-erh and Honeybush blend (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Art of Tea
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 195°F
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
You all know how much I love tea, but my #2 favorite beverage is a nifty concoction called Mayan Hot Chocolate. It's nothing like the powdered mix many of us grew up with, instead it's made with whole milk, ground chocolate, cinnamon, and a blend of ancho, chipotle, and pasilla chilies. One sip of it warms you straight down to your toes and living in Wisconsin I need a beverage like that to get me through the winter (and this year apparently the spring.) When I saw that Art of Tea offered Aztec Spice tea, which contains many of the same ingredients as my beloved hot chocolate, I knew I had to try it.
What initially intrigued me about this tea, other than it's close resemblance to Mayan Hot Chocolate, is that it uses pu-erh for a base. Finding a pu-erh blend that I enjoy has been a lot harder to accomplish than I thought it would be. I've been searching for one that I could drink every day for the better part of a year. The problem is that most of the ingredients in pu-erh blends seem to clash somewhat with the deep earthy flavor, but when I saw the description I knew it was a match made in heaven. The ground chocolate and cacao nibs don't add a ton of flavor, instead they contribute a subtle sweetness and hint of chocolate. The flavor that takes center stage is the cinnamon. I found this a little disappointing because there is so much cinnamon that it tends to take over and mask the other flavors, including the little kick that the chili flakes add. Even though there is a little too much cinnamon for my tastes it's still an absolutely delicious blend. Although, if you aren't accustomed to the combination of chocolate and chilies together it may take some time to adjust to the different flavors.
Would I order this again? Yes! It puts most of the other spiced teas I've tried to shame. It is also my favorite pu-erh blend yet.