Winter Palace Marzipan Flavoured Rooibos Tea
Available Sizes : 100g or 500g
What a tea! Premium Moroccan almonds give the German inspired marzipan a magnificent boost. Rooibos and marzipan were meant for each other.  [ View more details ]
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Winter Palace Marzipan Flavoured Rooibos Tea

  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Region: Cederberg
  • Shipping Port: Cape Town
  • Grade: Choice Grade #1
  • Altitude: 1500 - 2500 feet above sea level
  • Manufacturer 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.
  • Infusions: Reddish orange to full color (depends on brewing time and quantity used).
  • Ingredients: Luxury Rooibos, Almond pieces, Natural dried papaya, 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. Unbeknownst to Rastrelli, Catherine the Great was also a great lover of the men-folk. One day while casually enjoying a papaya shaped piece of Marzipan after lunch, Catherine spotted him in the hall. It was love at first sight. Rastrelli offered her some of his dessert, Catherine acquiesced and offered him…well…we can’t go there. In the end, the Winter Palace was completed a little behind schedule perhaps, but at least the architect had a smile on his face.

As in the immortal words of Jack Palance: “Believe it or not”. To celebrate the fortuitous nature of this historical meeting we’ve blended this fantastic herbal tea with Rooibos, almond pieces, dried papaya and natural flavors. Enjoy the almond-like flavors of love.

200 ml (about 7 ounces) of brewed Rooibos contains the following nutrients:

Iron (Fe) - Essential for transport of oxygen in the blood - 0.07 mg per 200 ml.

Potassium (K) - Assists certain metabolic functions - 7.12 mg per 200 ml.

Calcium (Ca) - Necessary for strong teeth and bones - 1.09 mg per 200 ml.

Copper (Cu) - Assists certain metabolic processes - 0.07 mg per 200 ml.

Zinc (Zn) - Necessary for normal growth and development of healthy skin - 0.04 mg per 200 ml.

Magnesium (Mg) - Assists a healthy nervous system and other metabolic processes - 1.57 mg per 200 ml.

Fluoride (F) - Necessary for strong teeth and bones - 0.22 mg per 200 ml.

Manganese (Mn) - Assists metabolic processes and bone growth and development - 0.04 mg per 200 ml.

Sodium (Na) - Necessary for fluid and acid-base balance - 6.16 mg per 200 ml.

  Tea Ingredients

Luxury Rooibos Almond Pieces Naturally Dried Papaya Pieces Natural Flavours ( Almond )      

Hot Tea Method

Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of rooibos for each cup i

Iced Tea Method

(to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of rooibos into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the Rooibos. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the Rooibos into the serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.


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