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Summer Vacation! I was able to get this limited edition tea (from 2015!) from Ost in a cupboard sale. Thank you Ost! I’ve been happy with the few Steven Smith Teamaker teas I’ve been able to sample from my local grocery (err… all three…) so I’m excited to try this one, a Taiwanese oolong blended to taste like an ice cream flavor with input from Salt & Straw (my last trip to Portland, Oregon, I had a chance to have ice cream there, and it was the best; they had chocolate covered potato chip ice cream at the time, which just sang to my Idahoan heart).

The tea brews a lovely golden color and smells a bit like… butterscotch? Something about the buttery note of the oolong base plus something sweet and sort of caramelly all hitting my nose at once, I think. I wouldn’t peg the flavor as particularly reminding me of a vanilla ice cream, as I don’t think the flavors are coming off quite strong enough or creamy enough to really hit that spot, but the flavor is certainly unique and delicious. I rarely see oolong blends, especially ones done well, and in my opinion this is an oolong blend done well. The oolong base is rich and buttery, which compliments the sweet vanilla and sarsparilla notes nicely. The sarsparilla is particularly nice, it’s not too heavy but comes out toward the end of the sip and leaves a nice aftertaste. The tea still has that oolong floral element, and I get a bit of a floral softness toward the back of my tongue late into the sip, and I wonder if the jasmine is making the floral tones even more pronounced. I do love the floral notes in the tea, but wonder if that is what is making it not “read” quite as ice cream like to me?

Lovely tea. It’s sad this isn’t available anymore.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Sarsaparilla, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I wanted to try that one myself. Their limited edition teas are so good.

Lexie Aleah

Also wanted to try this one.

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Daylon R Thomas

I wanted to try that one myself. Their limited edition teas are so good.

Lexie Aleah

Also wanted to try this one.

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
-Tropical/pineapple/coconut
-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
-Tart/tangy/hibiscus/rosehip

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Hemp/CBD teas
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

Inventory:

My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/xjt9ptx3 . I am open to tea trades (within the United States only!) at this time. Note that I will not trade teas that I currently have in a quantity less than 50g (samplers, 1oz packages, etc.) or any teas that are currently still sealed/unopened in my cupboard.

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