We had the great pleasure of working alongside Tony Tellin, tea master at Steven Smith Teamaker, and his incredible team to develop a Limited Edition Maker's Blend designed with the cocktail in mind. Named after our co-founder Lucas' newborn baby girl, Astoria, the tea is inspired by a walk through Portland on a warm summer day and the great Italian amari that we find ourselves sipping after a long shift at the bar. We wanted to create something that deserved a place on any back bar and worked well in a variety of cocktails. The most prominent ingredients are cascara (the husk from the coffee cherry from our friends at Water Avenue Coffee), rose, bourbon soaked vanilla beans, chicory root, blackberry leaves, cassia and Aviation bitters by Portland Bitters Project. The result is a complex versatile blend that works well on its own over ice, mixed with milk for a tea latte and, of course, in cocktails.
This limited edition tea is available for purchase in string tie containers here on Steven Smith Teamaker's website, and bars/restaurants may purchase special food service cases by emailing Smith directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We cannot wait to share this blend with you all and hope you enjoy it! Here's a cocktail recipe to try with it as well by our co-founder Daniel Osborne.