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Great Queen's Marzipan - 2 oz (56 g, approx. 19 cups)

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Product Description

What a delectable tea! Premium Moroccan almonds give the German inspired marzipan a magnificent boost. Catherine the Great of Russia loved the sweet taste of marzipan which was made famous by the artisans of Palermo who molded the confections to resemble fresh fruit. Our blend marries the unforgettable flavors of rooibos, papaya and almond pieces. Rooibos and marzipan were made for each other. What a great way to crown any holiday meal. Long Live the Marzipan! ALLERGEN ALERT - CONTAINS ALMONDS OR NUT ESSENCE

Additional Information and Ingredients

Ingredients From: South Africa
Region: Cederberg
Shipping Port: Cape Town
Grade: Choice Grade #1
Altitude: 1500 - 2500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Fermentation turns the leaves from green to deep red and gives a slightly sweet note.
Cup Characteristics: What a tea! Premium Moroccan almonds give the German inspired marzipan a magnificent boost. Rooibos and marzipan were meant for each other.
Infusion: Reddish orange to full color (depends on brewing time and quantity used)
Antioxidant / Caffeine Level: Medium / Caffeine Free herb
Luxury Ingredients: Rooibos, Papaya & Almond pieces, and Natural flavors.

So what exactly does a tisane that blends South African Rooibos with Moroccan almonds and marzipan have to do with an 18th century Russian palace? Great question. It‟s a long and convoluted tale.

St. Petersburg's Winter Palace was commissioned by Catherine the Great and built between 1754 and 1762. As it goes, the architect that was charged with designing the opulent structure, with its 1,786 doors and 1,945 windows, was an Italian named Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Rastrelli, knowing nothing of Russia or Catherine the Great, naturally wanted to bring the comforts of home with him to his new city. For the architect this included the sweet taste of Marzipan, or in Italian Marzipane, made famous by the artisans of Palermo who molded the confection to resemble fresh fruit. In particular, he loved a special
version made with Moroccan almonds, imported to Sicily via Tunisia. In his traveling chests he stockpiled enough to last him through his first season.

Unbeknownst to Rastrelli his patron, Catherine the Great, was also a lover of Marzipan. However, owing to her German descent, she was born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst, it was typically the Germanic version of the sweet treat she craved. One day while casually enjoying a papaya shaped piece of Marzipan after lunch, Rastrelli was spotted by Catherine in the hall. Rastrelli offered her some of his dessert, Catherine acquiesced and offered him…well…we don't really know much after that.

What a great way to crown any holiday meal or reward yourself with this truly royal treat!

Preparation and Food Pairing

Use 1 heaping tsp per 8 oz cup of boiling water. Steep for 3-7 minutes. The longer the steeping time the stronger the brew.
Food Pairing:
A great dessert tea - pairs famously with chocolates, caramel, custards.

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  1. another favorite 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Dec 2013

    Adding this delicious tea to my "favorites" list, which is growing by leaps and bounds! The almond smell is the first thing you notice when you open the pouch and you can't wait to taste your first cup. It certainly brings to mind the sweet almond taste of marzipan as the name suggests. There are pieces of real almonds in the bag! Loved every drop.

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