No. 01 Rogue Whiskey Barrel Black Tea

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From Steven Smith Teamaker

“A toast to teamaker Tony Tellin for this unique “single malt” from Lover’s Leap garden in Nuwara Eliya. Dry-aged in genuine Rogue spirited oak whiskey barrels, it is re-fired for a complex aroma of honey and pears with a sweet, slightly smoky flavor. Drink neat in a cup or Mason jar. Non alcoholic.

Ingredients: Vintage Lover’s Leap full leaf black tea from Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, aged in American white oak whiskey barrels. Travels well in a flask."

Per liber-teas:
“…this tea was created in limited quantities and is most likely no longer available.”

In fact, this tea is not currently listed on their black tea webpage:

Perhaps if enough tea lovers contact [email protected] • (503) 719-8752 • (800) 624-9531 this unique tea may be offered again.

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I made it a point this morning to get up early and make the trek to Smith Teamaker’s brick-n-mortar shop to pick up some of this. I thought it’d be a perfect gift for my dad. Unfortunately, they were sold out of it. Luckily, they had just enough left for me to sample a pot. The black tea base was a Nuwara Eliya Ceylon given a couple months rest in a white oak whiskey barrel. The result was a bright amber liquor with a woody/smokey foretaste, a floral middle, and a winy/whiskey-like aftertaste; toasty but not bitey. This stuff is habit-forming.

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Oh. I really shouldn’t type the thoughts that came into my mind just reading the name of this.

Geoffrey Norman

Should I even wager a guess?


I daresay you wouldn’t get it exactly…but you’d certainly get the general idea. Will this be available on their website, do you know? It’s not there now (I assume because they’re out of it).

Geoffrey Norman

It was a limited edition item. Only available on walk-in.


A little bit of my soul just died.

Geoffrey Norman

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I would add this to my permanent collection if I could.

Thanks to LiberTeas for the sample! I thought it would be a good kick in the butt this morning, but it’s much more than that!

Smooth, not bitter, and sweet! A great whiskey aftertaste – but the sweetness of the whiskey. Great body in this tea. I’m drinking with no additions – it doesn’t need any. Although… I think it would be a great iced tea with a hint of sugar. And a splash of whiskey.


I don’t see this one on their website! Anyway this looks like a great reason to visit Portland! :D


This was a limited edition tea that was not available on their website, only in their store.

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Oh… wow! A few weeks ago I was able to get to Steven Smith’s Tea Shop in Portland, and they only had 2 packages of this (they may have had more stashed away, but only two out on the shelf). I greedily grabbed one because it was the tea I had hoped to find there.

And, yes, I’m only just now trying it. What can I say, I have enough tea to fill the pacific ocean.

This is so good. So very very good. I should expect no less from the rock star of tea (Steven Smith, of course). Anyway… did I mention this is good? Yes, it’s very good.

A full-length review is forthcoming…

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This sounds amazing! Especially since they put it in the Rogue whiskey barrels. Rogue cures some of their beers in the liquor barrels and they are fabulous. I can only imagine what this tea is like.

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