Appearance: Curled long leaf, whole spices noticeable
Aroma when Dry: sweet, fragrant spice
After water is first poured:. Buttery, sweet, hint of spice
At end of steep: light green
Time of day preferred: afternoon, evening
first notes: buttery, sweet, light spice, velvety, slight powder.
After adding milk: notes blend, tea gets milder, sweeter
As it cools? Notes open up, to almost a icing desert sweetness
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? Yes, a few oz milk, added at the end of steeping and first tasting.
Lingers? Yes, plain the sweetness stays, gets sweeter by the sip. almost floral notes.
Laoshan Village Chai
Chai is a wonderful thing. When the spices and tea are just right, there is something alchemical about the flavors with or without milk and honey. We set out to build a better chai, starting with the tea. We use our chocolatey, malty Laoshan Village black tea as the base, and build up from there with traditional additions like cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and peppercorn. We found that it wasn’t quite rich enough as a simple chai, so we added burdock root for a graham cracker sweetness, fennel for a lingering aftertaste, elderberry to deepen the flavors and finally, saffron strands to make the whole concoction perfectly smooth and creamy.
Ingredients: Laoshan Black Tea, Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Cardamom Seeds, Cardamom Pods, Peppercorn, Burdock, Saffron.