BellocqTea • No. 18 Afghani Chai
Although know from the modern eraas the site of the Great Game— the political and militaryexpansion between Europe and Russia in Central Asia— Afghanistan holds a rich cultural history reflected by its ethnic and geographic diversity. A hallmark of Afghan cuisine know world-over is the country's penchant for black tea and cardamon.
The fine folk at Bellocq Tea in Brooklyn pay the perfect homage to Afghan hospitality with their No. 18 Afghani Chai— the beautiful blend of black tea and green cardamon. The maltiness of the tea is cut by ginger, star anise, and clove spices that leave a lingering excitement to the palate.
In North America, chai tea is typically associated with milk, but Bellocq Tea's Afghani Chai is perfect brewed alone— or with a bit of fresh ginger and honey for extra taste. It is especially a go-to tea for these spring days in New York City that dance between warmth and chill.
No. 18 Afghani Chai Brewing Notes by Bellocq Tea
Quantity: 1 Teaspoon Per 8oz
Water Temperature: 205ºF
Brewing Time: 4-6 Minutes
Bring cold, fresh spring water to a boil.
Remove from heat, set aside 30 seconds, and proceed.
Apply the same quantity as you would with regular steeping. Bring water to boil. Add tea (and fresh ginger) and boil for 3 minutes. Add milk and boil for an additional 2 minutes. Strain and add sweetener.