Nothing warms you up in the wintertime quite like a cup of hot tea, at least when a bourbon isn’t an option. And now let’s imagine, you were to combine the two. That’s the miracle recipe behind these barrel-aged teas from Steven Smith Teamaker.
Founded in 2009 by the co-founder of Stash in 1972 and Tazo in 1994, Steven Smith Teamaker was begun and now posthumously named after the famed Steven Smith himself.
These two offerings are a couple of their more unique blends, one of which – Varietal No. 628 – was inspired by the legendary smoked tea from the misty Wuyi mountains of China. A delicate, full leaf black tea smoked with pine needles, then scented in a Westward Whiskey barrel to impart oak, caramelized sugar and bright notes of whiskey. This limited edition tea comes in a 2 ounce pack of loose tea inside a hand-numbered black box, perfectly suited for gifting.
The other – Varietal No. 302 –is a subtle and slightly roasted yaupon tea, made from the only naturally caffeinated plant native to North America. Scented in a Stone Barn Brandyworks apple brandy barrel to impart fruit and wood complexity. Yeehaw. This limited edition tea comes in a 2 ounce pack of loose tea inside a hand-numbered black box, perfectly suited for gifting.
Bottoms up, mates.