2Kg Winter Palace Marzipan Rooibos Tea

2Kg Winter Palace Marzipan Rooibos Tea

Metropolitan Tea Company

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What a tea! Premium  Moroccan almonds give the German inspired marzipan a magnificent boost.  Rooibos and marzipan were meant for each other.

Luxury Ingredients: Rooibos, Papaya + Almond pieces, Natural flavors (Organic Compliant). **Allergen Alert-Contains Almonds**

Small Batch Blended and Packed in: Canada

Tea(s) From: South Africa / Thailand / Canada

Region(s): Cederberg / Petchabun / Quebec

Antioxidant Level: Low 

Caffeine Content: None - Caffeine Free Herb 

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.