Ice Cream Royale

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong, Organic Egyptian Chamomile, Sarsaparilla, Sea Salt, Sugar Crystals, Vanilla Extract
Flavors
Butter, Vanilla, Cream, Milk, Rice Pudding, Almond, Amaretto, Chamomile, Creamy, Floral, Pineapple, Seaweed, Sugar, Sweet
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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Your perfect anytime treat. Rich, buttery-tasting oolong tea from Taiwan swirled with French sugar pearls, chamomile petals, amaretto, and double fold vanilla. Like getting a scrumptious ice cream sundae, every day of the week.

TASTING NOTES:
Butterscotch, piña colada, nori

Ingredient:
Milk oolong, candied sugar, sarsaparilla root, chamomile petals, amaretto, double fold vanilla extract, and sea salt.

PREPARATION
For maximum enjoyment, bring filtered water to 185ºF. Steep 1 sachet or 1 tsp (3 g) for 3 minutes and dream of sprinkles.

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157 tasting notes

Always a sucker for a dessert flavored tea, I initially balked at the price, but went for it in the last iteration because this flavor seems to sell out and isn’t always available. The scent of the dry leaf (and even while brewing) is very butter-forward. Like, seriously butter. A little vanilla sweetness is detectible as well. But upon tasing the brew, it’s very underwhelming. Heavy butter scent, super mild butter and vanilla taste. Really subtle. I may try brewing longer next time, because I feel confident that I did not underleaf.

Here’s the weird thing: I decided to have this tea after dinner with a couple of gingersnap cookies leftover from when I made a peach tart earlier in the summer. For whatever reason, taking a small bite of the cookie and then a sip of tea made it really delicious! Odd, since I didn’t think it would go together, but there’s an almost toffee-like aspect to the cookie that not only compliments but greatly enhances the dessert flavor of this tea. Go figure. So, a win, I guess? It was very enjoyable with the cookies, but the milky oolong base of this tea is a no-show.

Flavors: Butter, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I had been wanting to try out this blend for quite some time, and finally decided to take the plunge.

I ordered the sachets, as I know from past Smith Teamaker experiences that I really like their little box of neatly organized sachets. I was very annoyed to have received a box of 15 teabags, not individually packaged (the other box I ordered came in the traditional packaging and the website doesn’t state that they aren’t individually packaged like the rest of their products). This is a first world problem, I realize. But, having such a large collection makes it hard to drink through things quickly, and having a bunch of unwrapped teabags isn’t ideal for longterm flavor preservation.

That annoyance aside- this tea is good. Really good. Annoyingly good.

This is the creamiest, most delicious bowl of vanilla ice cream you’ve ever had. It’s a milk oolong cranked to 1000.

Ugh, it’s been a long time that I drank a new tea that I got this excited about.

Flavors: Cream, Milk, Rice Pudding, Vanilla

derk

“Ugh, it’s been a long time that I drank a new tea that I got this excited about.”

Feel that, maybe for a different reason than you. I don’t often have the freshest tea anymore due to my cupboard size.

Good to see you’ve found a tea that sparked joy!

AJRimmer

I always throw unwrapped tea bags into old tea tins to keep them fresh longer!

Martin Bednář

I do like individually packaged tea bags for two reasons. First of all, I collect them. Secondly, they keep tea fresher for longer time, as it was mentioned already. So win-win for me.

ashmanra

I have tiny zip top baggies I bought in a craft store but now can only find on Amazon. You could put them in those, plus they are handy for swaps or carrying about four teaspoons of loose leaf tea with you.

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I’m still into this one, and there’s finally an ice cream taste to it from the combo of vanilla, salt, amaretto, and milky jin xuan. I wish it were a regular instead of an overpriced limited edition.

But I’m going to go on a little gleeful ramble. I finally got to see Evanescence and Halestorm live in concert, in the flesh, and was thrilled. I’ve been obsessed with them since I was nine and have had a huge crush on Amy Lee for years, and yet, I have never been to their concerts. I had an opportunity to see them at the Machine Shop up close at a bar, but the kicker was that I was 18, not 21, and therefore not old enough to be there. This particular event was special because I have not gone out to do something for myself or with friend in three years, even before the pandemic, and I finally got to and see two of my favorite bands in person. I also got to see two of Lzzy Hale’s and Amy Lee’s duets, and both gave me goosebumps.

“Yeah, it’s perfectly reckless
Damn, you leave me defenseless
So break in
Break in”

My best friend went with me, and we both belted out the Evanescence lyrics by sheer impulse and after grueling weeks of teaching in December. Of course we were off key. Of course we got some glances, but of course, we weren’t the only ones singing our hearts out. Also, so many people broke out crying when singing My Immortal. Both my mom and I cried at the exact same time of the song, and both of us recorded our voices breaking “And I held your hand through all of these years, but you’ll still have all of me” in sobs.

So yeah, I had a cathartic weekend. I actually like Evanescence’s new album a lot. I know it won’t rival Fallen for many, yet I like that the lyrics have actually matured a little bit from stereotypical angst. The lyrics are still steeped in themes of loss, but they’ve moved in a direction towards coping. I’m going to cherish this memory as one of the most emotional one’s I’ve had in a while.

Mastress Alita

I also love Evanescence! (“Breathe No More” is a deeply personal song for me that I will always love dearly)

Daylon R Thomas

SAME! Hello is another good grief one.

CrowKettle

Evanescence was my first concert as a kid – luckily at an all-ages venue (and lucky to have a cool older sister)! Glad that you were finally able to see them and make such great memories! They’ve left a everlasting impression on me too :)

Tiffany :)

Oof. $45 for 4 oz or $25 for 15 sachets (https://www.smithtea.com/products/ice-cream-royale?variant=39540805861511)? I mean I spend thousands of dollars on tea and this tea does sound good but this seems a bit steep.

Daylon R Thomas

It is. I only get it if there’s a discount of at least 20%. Even then, it’s overpriced.

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