Considering Colin Schilling’s great-great-grandfather founded San Francisco-based Schilling Spice Company (now international spice line McCormick), it’s only suiting that his young Seattle cidery, Schilling Cider, launch it’s first cider collaboration with another leading spice establishment. By joining forces with Seattle’s MarketSpice, the 103-year-old specialty spice and tea shop in Pike Place Market, Schilling Cider has released their spring seasonal, Chai cider.

Laced with the potent aromatics of MarketSpice’s caffeine-free rooibos chai tea mix through both hot and cold extraction processes, the goal was to bring out subtle tannins along with spicy aromatics then to infuse into the cider and age for four months. Sweet spices and floral notes from the Chai are undeniable and backed by earthy rooibos, cashew nuts and intrinsic apple aromas. The palate is fully furnished in spice, tropical flavors and a wide apple mid-palate. The finish is spicy with fine-grained tannins and a juicy, spice-induced aftertaste.

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