What a lovely chai!
First steep was WAY too strong for me. All ginger, nothing else. But then I oversteeped, being at work and all. Boo!!
Second steep is more balanced, and actually allows the Pu-er and orange to peek out. Rindy. Yum!
It’s nice and warming, and spicy. Not getting any berry yet, maybe that will happen in my third cup :)
Overall, this reminds me of DTs ginger puer, only this is far more complex and yummy!
Mucho thanks to the lovely Azzrian for this cuppa.
Rating: High eigties/low nineties. Not sure exactly where just yet!
Spiced Elderberry Pu’er
Orange and pu’er are a classic and predictable combination. In honor of the deep berry complexity of the 2008 Xingyang nuggets that we used as the base, this tea has dark sweet elderberry, a touch of orange peel, flowery hot galangal, and spicy ginger. Together, the result is a tea that is thick and complex, but still tastes like it could be straight up pu’er. The berries and spices only bring out the natural qualities that high end pu’er already has.
Ingredients: 2008 Xinyang nuggets shou pu’er, elderberry, orange peel, galangal, ginger