Monday, December 23, 2013

Do You Tea? Darjeeling Chai

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of spices
Ingredients: Darjeeling black tea, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, black peppercorns, cloves, and vanilla
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper
Liquor: deep reddish brown

I just love finding local tea blenders. Do You Tea? is based a few cities away from me in Hoboken and I was excited to see their table at the Not Yo Mama's Craft Fair. If you are in the area, they always have the most unique gifts and crafts. This one grabbed my attention because it seemed to be the only one that my boyfriend Jason was interested in. It also combines two of my favorite things, Darjeeling and Chai. I loved the big chunks of cinnamon sticks as that is not often seen. The taste was rich and spicy with a very subtle sweetness. It didn't quite have the bite of a tradition Assam base so it made for much easier sipping. That being said, it was definitely still bold enough to stand up to milk and sweetener. I have a feeling that the 2oz tin I bought will be gone very quickly.

Darjeeling Chai purchased from Do You Tea?