We are excited to introduce our new limited-edition whiskey barrel-aged Assam tea blend, No. 90 Ode to Whiskey, now available in commemorative loose-leaf tins. This intoxicating blend was born from a very special collaboration with our neighbors and close chums at Westward Whiskey - located just across the street from us here in SE Portland’s industrial district.
An Uncommon Collaboration
Last April, the distillers at Westward Whiskey and our teamaker Ravi rolled two of their freshly used American oak whiskey barrels across the street to our doorstep here at Smith Teamaker headquarters. Ravi immediately cracked open the most recently used barrel (which still contained some leftover whiskey) and poured in 60 lbs of our choicest full-leaf Assam tea. He topped the barrel and then wrapped it to hold as much of the moisture in as possible for optimum aging in our temperature-controlled basement, encouraging the tea to absorb flavors of sweet malt, vanilla and roasted apple.