Laoshan Village Chai (summer)
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. For the summer, we take it a step further towards crisp and refreshing with coriander seed, whole vanilla bean, orange peel and saffron.
The result is a perfectly balanced, rich chai whose citrus notes and cardamom flavor balance out the ginger and cinnamon with a cooling taste. The sweetness is enhanced and drawn out by the fennel, coriander and saffron. This one is bold enough to enjoy with milk and honey, but subtle enough to drink without. Makes a great iced chai for the summer.