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Royal Flamenco


TeaCha's Notes:
Inspired by the saffron and plum combination in this black tea, the Spanish music and dance style of the Flamenco came to mind. The plum dances like royalty and the saffron adds spice just like the dance. You can see the orange-red saffron tips in the dry leaves. While I am a huge fan of hot cuppas this blend really surprised me when I tried it iced. Wow! What a delicious treat. You will definitely be tapping your feet with this cuppa!

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Intense fruity plum flavors are united with saffron in this black tea blend. Slightly nutty quinoa flakes round off this taste excursion. Although saffron is not originally from Spain but came from Asia Minor. The Moors brought saffron or “az-zafaran” as they called it, to Spain in the VIII or IX century. Today almost three-quarters of the world’s production of saffron is grown in Spain, specifically in the region of Castilla-La Mancha.

Recommendation:

If serving this tea iced, consider using an extra 1 1/2 teaspoon of tea for every 6 – 8 ounces of water to provide more flavor. Melting ice will dilute the blend. You can also cold steep to maximize the flavor by filling a pitcher with the appropriate tepid water. Add the suggested amount of tea leaves either in a tea bag or an infuser and put the pitcher into the refrigerator for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Taste the tea and if it’s to your liking, remove the tea leaves and serve.

 

Origin:
Germany

Ingredients:
black tea (51%), apple pieces, currants, flavoring (celery seed oil), sweet blackberry leaves, quinoa flakes, freeze-dried pieces of plum, safflower

Western Infusion:
(1 1/2 tsp (6 gr) to 6-8 oz water)
4-5 minutes 203-212°F

Number of Western Infusions: 1

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