Review: Azafran de la Mancha Saffron Tea Green

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Thumbs up!"The scent was indiscernible, but the taste was very clear...and also very unusual."
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Saffron has a 3,000-plus-year-old history all over the world both as a spice and an herbal remedy. Alexander the Great used it in a variety of ways, from a cooking additive to a battle wound healing agent. It was reintroduced to Spain (and by proxy, the rest of Europe) following the fall of the Roman Empire when Arabs made their way westward. Apparently, one of the areas it grew best in Spain were the fields of La Mancha - or so I surmised from the website information.

Other than it's use as a Mediterranean food colorant, I know little about the stuff. Nor have I tried any drinks infused with the flower. I don't have a basis for comparison as far as taste goes. I do know what green tea is like (to a point), and for a green tea (in bag form) this smelled lovely. It was a clean, aromatherapy candle-like aroma. Out of curiosity, I decided to tear the teabag open to view it's alchemic contents. Amidst the pulverized green tea leaves, there were small reeds of yellow and red. I assumed they were the namesake and source of the effervescence.

Since I had no website information to go on - nor a clear idea what I was dealing with - I had to guesstimate my brewing. Standard green teas brew best at around 170F for two or three minutes. A teabag, however, contains smaller particles that steep quicker. I went with the lighter end approach of one bag per 8oz of 170F water for two minutes.

After the two-minute mark, it infused to the brightest yellow I've seen in any teabag infusion. The scent was indiscernible, but the taste was very clear...and also very unusual. I don't mean that in a bad way either. On the foretaste, it was very clearly a green tea with a slight grassy kick and a buttery sweet note; not unlike a mid-grade matcha. The middle - though - possessed a floral presence not unlike the dry scent. Rounding out, the aftertaste gave a spicy sputter as it went down smooth. It's an alarmingly tasty green tea.

— To purchase Azafran de la Mancha Saffron Tea Green, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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