CHOCOLATE CHAI TEA
A variation on a classic, this chocolate chai blend includes velvety rooibos and chocolate for a richer sweeter cup. Starting with the snappy bite of ginger and the citrus twist of cardamom, chocolate chai exudes decadence with every sip. Inherently sweet with spicy warmth, chocolate chai brings the dark richness of chocolate chips to the silky smoothness of rooibos tea. With two sources of antioxidants, this dessert tea promises to tantalize your taste buds and deliver warmth in the evening or a boost in the morning! It also has Rooibos. Rooibos has been consumed in southern Africa for centuries,& has become a beloved drink around the world (it is also packed with antioxidants!) Consider decocting this blend traditionally: Simmer this chai spice blend with milk & cream over sustained heat versus adding pre-heated water for an infusion. Strain the botanicals from your drink before sipping.
Ingredients: rooibos tea, ginger, green cardamom pods, chocolate chips, and chocolate flavoring.
Infusion Methods: Though tea balls and strainers are often used for tea that isn’t pre-bagged, ideal methods of infusing loose leaf teas employ strainers that allow for the tea leaves to completely unfurl and release their flavor.
Some tea enthusiasts dispense with using strainers altogether and drop leaves in the pot directly and then strain the tea when serving into cups (you can use a cup strainer). When employing this method be sure to pour out all tea or remaining liquid will get bitter from over-steeping.
Tea Strength: The strength and flavor of tea is a personal experience.
We aim to provide times and temperatures that reduce the risk of allowing the actual tea leaves (or other delicate herbs in blends) to taste bitter due to too much steep time or to get scorched from too much heat.
If you desire a stronger cup, we suggest using more tea rather than a longer steep time to minimize the potential for a more bitter flavor.
Storage: Teas should be kept in an airtight container away from light and heat. They will be at their freshest within the first 6 months.
Ideal Water Temperature: Water for white and green teas should generally be between 160 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit (not boiling) because the leaves are more sensitive and will burn, dissolving the tannin and making it taste too bitter. Oolong should be brewed between 180 and 200. And black and herbal teas should be brewed between 208 and 212 degrees (boiling). .
Serving Size: 2 grams tea per 8 ounces water (1-2 Teaspoons), however you can make it lighter or stronger to your preference.