Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Taking Tea Around the World
A sample of a tea bag of Saffron Tea was sent to me the other day.This Iranian tea, not readily available in the United States, was shared by a member of a tea list to which I subscribe. Familiar with saffron flavoring in cooking such as Spanish rice and PA Dutch Pot Pie, I was interested in sampling this unique tea. The written words Saffron Tea Bag on the back of the bag, and the pictorial directions, reading from right to left, were the only discernible markings. After a 2 minute steeping time, this brewed a rich reddish brown tea with the unique fragrance associated with saffron. The company website proclaims the tea to have an exotic aroma and seductive flavor. Although a smooth tea, to my taste, there was a bit of astringency noted and a lingering aftertaste. This would not be my everyday 'go to' tea, but it did provide a unique interlude on a snowy afternoon. Thank you for sharing Boris.