I opened my pack of Aztec Spice – Art of Tea to the deep aroma of cinnamon and chocolate. Like a dark perfume. The tea leaves looked beautiful both dry and after steeping. The dark color of the Pu-erh tea leaves, cinnamon and cocoa nibs combined with the pop of color from the honeybush.
What is Aztec Spice?
The Aztec people were certain ethnic groups of central Mexico. (Wiki) The Aztec and Mayan used Cocoa as a sacred drink. It was brewed with various spices and drank unsweetened as part of ceremonies.
There is also a drink called Mayan hot chocolate which seems to be inspired by this spice mix.
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/90°C
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
I followed the recommended brewing method. For the first steep, I let the tea leaves infuse for 3 minutes. The liquor was a dark color. The key flavor was definitely the cinnamon. I was expecting a bit of heat from the chili flakes but unfortunately, that punch of additional flavor was missing.
I did a second steep and this time I let the tea leaves steep for 5 minutes.
The additional few minutes of infusing were what this tea needed. The flavor of the tea was bolder and it finished with that slight hint of spice.
This is one of those drinks that you can enjoy in solitude. Aztec Spice from Art of Tea took me back to NY 2015 in London. Noble and I had visited a fun fair called ‘Winter Wonderland’. That’s where I first had Mulled Wine. And I fell in love with the drink. Aztec Spice by Art of Tea reminded me very much of the strong but warm flavors of Mulled Wine.
The Aztec spice – Art of Tea would qualify to be included in the tea for special occasions category.
Tea Body: Full
Tea Finish: Smooth
Tea Flavor: Mildly Spicy
Art of Tea was kind enough to send me a mix of handpicked loose leaf teas and tea bags to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.