I saw this brand of ice cream at my local store and was intrigued by it. A tea based ice cream? Sounded a little weird, but, who knows? It could be delicious? I was able to get my hands on some of this ice cream today (Thanks, Mario!) and I decided to sample the Chamomile one first. The Chamomile flavor is described as "Notes of Apple and Honey from Egyptian Chamomile Flowers". Turns out that this Chamomile flavor was also a SOFI (Specialty Food Award) finalist! Pretty impressive! Now, how would this ice cream taste? We would soon find out!
I took the lid off the pint and noticed the light yellow/greenish tint to the ice cream. I also noticed that this pint was pretty frozen solid. While I was letting the pint thaw out a bit, I read the label and their story. They use only natural ingredients like hormone-free dairy, cage free eggs, organic cane sugar etc and when all is said and done, they incorporate loose leaf and herbal teas into the mix, too! My pint was sitting out for a few minutes and I then decided to take my first bite. Wow! Totally not what I was expecting (in a good way)! The base of this ice cream is a sweet cream flavor. I immediately got a nice hint/taste of the apple, too! It tasted kind of like an apple pie filling but more subtle. This ice cream was super smooth and had a great texture on the tongue. This pint came in at 880 calories so it is plenty rich but not super duper heavy. I'm not a big tea drinker, so I don't know exactly what I was looking for as far as a "tea" taste. I guarantee the stuff was in there though and it was mighty delicious! My last bite was just as good as the first and I finished off that pint pretty quick!
Overall, this is one of the more unique pints of ice cream I have ever sampled! The flavor is kind of hard to describe just because there is nothing else like it out there and its incredibly unique. I would definitely buy this pint again though and I would recommend you pick one up yourself! The complex flavors achieved while using natural, quality ingredients, make this pint a standout winner. No wonder they were nominated as a finalist for a SOFI award. They definitely deserve it! I can't wait to try out their other unique offerings!
Where Timothy Found It: www.tearrificicecream.com
Timothy's Grade: A