Aztec Sweet Chili from Yogi Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Herbal/Spice

Where to Buy:  Yogi Tea

Company Description:

As your senses rejoice with our flavorful Aztec Sweet Chili™, picture yourself at a lively fiesta as the sun sets over the enchanting Mexican landscape. This spirited blend combines the intensely rich aroma of cocoa with the invigorating spice of organic cayenne, prized by herbalists for thousands of years for its gently warming and energizing properties. The traditional Ayurvedic blend of organic ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove supports the nervous system while invigorating and cleansing the body. It all adds up to a tea that’s sure to revive your spirit and refresh your energy.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Taster’s Review:

Interesting… yes, that is how I would describe this tisane:  interesting.

I must admit that I was a little disappointed by this tea.  That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it – I did!  It just isn’t quite what I expected.   Based on the description of this tisane, I expected it to be a spicy chocolate-y blend.   However, I found the anise to dominate the cup and what I taste is… well, licorice.  Now, I love licorice – LOVE IT!  But, it is certainly not what I was prepared to taste when I brewed this tea.

As I said, the licorice flavor is strong.  It is sweet and has a pleasant sharpness to it, and tastes a lot like a piece of black licorice that’s been lightly dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with a masala blend of spices.  I am not getting a lot of the chili flavor – but there is a VERY pleasant peppery kick at the finish.  It is pleasantly warm – with just enough bite for interest.  There isn’t a lot of chocolate flavor here – just a teaser of chocolate – but I like how it adds to the overall interest of the cup.

It is a very delicious blend of sweet and spicy with an emphasis on the sweet.  I suggest adding a drizzle of honey to the blend to bring out the sweeter side of the anise (without the sweetener I found this to be a little too pungent for my palate).  A very nice, INTERESTING change of pace!

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