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