Caravan Tea is dried over burning pine needles. This 17th century process imparts a smoky note versus traditional air-drying.
The readied tea was exported via camel, with other spices, on the Silk Road enroute to the Russian Tsars.
Drying the leaves over burning pine needles evokes notes akin to smoke-peated whisky.
The Distillation captures the rich notes of the Lapsang Souchong leaf.
The botanicals of cardamom and long pepper carefully frame the character of our Distilled Russian Caravan Tea gin with a titillating smoke note.
Long-time vintners, lovers of spirits and enamored by gin, we began this journey to capture the essence of each ingredient to craft…spirits with spirit!
Using foragers and wildcrafters, we find our herbs at peak maturity. The ratio of each ingredient affects the synergy of the final aromas and flavors. A botanical mix that looks good on paper may not succeed, and only taste will tell. Wine generously allows you three to four weeks during the fermentation to get it right, while gin only gives you eight hours to bring out the individual character of the botanicals.
Our amazing journey has brought us to crafting spirits… We felt perfectly prepared for the challenge, after harvesting and bottling 48 vintages of wine in three countries.
botanicals are Indian Longpepper, Angelica, Lavender, Cardamom and (fixative) botanicals to stabilize the Black Tea