Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world, and for good reason. The saffron spice is made from the handpicked stigmas of flowers, which must be carefully gathered and dried. It takes approximately 4,500 flowers to make even one ounce of saffron, making this rare herb even more costly than its weight in gold. When saffron is used in tea, this dynamic spice is blended with green tea, not only because it is such an expensive spice, but because it is so potent that only a small amount of saffron is required to enjoy its flavor. Our rich blend of saffron and organic green tea offers a rich, luxurious taste fit for even the most experienced tea connoisseur to enjoy.
This sophisticated blend of saffron and green tea is a true pleasure to taste. It is a unique and flavorful combination that makes an excellent addition to any tea lover's collection.
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Purchase: Buddha Teas
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 bag per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°F
Steep Time: 3-6 minutes
I don't drink bagged tea often anymore, but I do keep a few boxes on hand for when I'm traveling. I find it more convenient since there are no messy leaves to dispose of and no extra tea accouterments that need to be packed. It's especially handy for air travel. I've never had airport security stop me over bagged tea, but if I pack looseleaf in my carry-on TSA always finds a reason to inspect my bags (which depending on the screener, can cause quite a headache.)
For my trip to France last summer I stashed two weeks worth of assorted tea bags in my carry-on and my Contigo Travel Mug, then stopped by the Starbucks just past security for hot water. Having herbal tea for my 14 hour flight made it much more bearable. Other than being completely sleep deprived when we touched down in Paris, I was in complete heaven, although slightly disoriented from trying to speak a language I barely know.
Next time I'll make learning how to hail a cab my top priority. Live and learn.
It dawned on my recently that even though I've been hosting Tuesday Tea now for nearly two years, I've never reviewed a bagged tea. Today we're going to remedy that, but not with just any tea, we've got a saffron green tea from Buddha Teas. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. If I were to order it from Penzey's (my go-to place for spices) it would cost me $10-$16 per half gram jar, a full ounce can cost over $400. With a price tag like that it is almost always out of my budget, so I've only cooked with it a few times and I've never had it in tea.
Considering the high cost of saffron I was impressed with how much was in this tea. The bags are flecked with numerous small pieces, rather than entire threads, and impart a bittersweet flavor that is distinctly saffron. The longer you allow the tea to steep the more flavor you draw out from the saffron, but when steeping the tea for more than five minutes you start to draw out the some bitter notes. I don't particularly care for bitterness, so I prefer to stop steeping the tea around the five minute mark, once it has turned a brilliant yellow-orange color.
My Rating: 74/100
Would I order this again? Possibly. This wouldn't be an every day tea, but it does go remarkably well with curry based dishes like the Curry Chicken Salad I posted over the weekend.
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