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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Teavana Loose Leaf Herbal Tea 'Azteca Fire'

Tea Information:
Tea: Azteca Fire
Type: Herbal Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Teavana
Purchase: Click image (affiliate link)
Teavana Azteca Fire Herbal Tea
Description: Everyone's favorite blend of chocolate and strawberries with a kick. This modern take on the ancient tradition of blending chili peppers with cacao stands the test of time. A spicy refreshment any time of day.
Ingredients: Crushed cocoa, apple, strawberry, chocolate pieces, safflowers and crushed red chili pods.

Steep Information:
Amount: 4.5 teaspoons
Additives: none
Water: full teapot, filtered, boiling
Steep Time: a little over 6 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: Chocolate covered strawberries
Tea Smell: chocolate covered strawberries
Flavor: chocolaty tea, hints of fruit with the end being a chili flavor
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: chili burn
Liquor: dark opaque brown, like coffee

The steeped tea has little chocolate bits that float around the top giving it a dirty look. There is also an oily sheen on the steeped tea. You don't smell the chili but it is certainly there when you drink it! Although the strawberry was a strong smell I missed it in the tea itself.

Post-Steep Additives: none

Resteep: much lighter brown coloring, no coco flakes or cloudiness or oils, still a chocolate covered strawberry smell. The body would now be a light body, taste is still primarily chocolate followed by chili. The chili is weaker (which is good as I am not a spice fan, MilitiaJim is) and the apple seems to come out a little.

MilitiaJim now finds it weak and sad, I think it's fine.

As I saw on Steepster I think mixing this tea into coco or chocolate syrup, or MateVana or My Morning Mate, I am skeptical about adding peppermint.

Rating: 2/3

This won't become a everyday staple here, but was a good tea.

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