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It’s nearing what would be my Yia-yia’s 93rd birthday, so I’ve been thinking about her and decided to have a Greek saffron tisane before bed tonight. In the process of convincing my aunt to let me have her last bag of this rose and pineapple saffron tea, she told me the town of Kozani (where the saffron is grown) is located near my Yia-yia’s village. Exploring more when I got home, Google Maps told me that Kozani is a mere 70km (or 1h drive time for Americans) from there. It’s a pleasure to have a sense of place and family while drinking this.

The bag smells of mostly saffron with hints of apple and hibiscus. Steeping the tea, it comes to life, a pleasant saffron red with a tinge of that hibiscus magenta. The aroma wafting from the mug exhibits a wonderful balance of the ingredients.

Despite this being touted as rose and pineapple, I find that the rose is only a light complement to the fruity flavors present. The pineapple is more of an unripe green pineapple taste like that of a feijoa, also known as a pineapple guava. The hibiscus adds a delicate tartness, not dominating the flavor by any means, and the licorice an almost imperceptible sweetness. Saffron offers what I think is a savory quality. The other ingredients, like apple, rosehips and orange peel seem to aid in the balance. The orange peel does leave an oily sheen on the liquor but I don’t notice any slickness in the mouth.

Overall, the body is light and easy to sip. Combined with the fruity and lightly floral quality, this is a really pleasant drink and I think one that could possibly win the hearts of hibiscus and licorice haters. I imagine this would be amazing iced. This tea is not only available in Greece but also on Amazon for a hefty price, so I will have to wait until my family’s travels to Greece next summer to acquire some more. I would be happy to send some out to fellow Steepsters if I can manage to get a good quantity.

Σ ’αγαπώ πάρα πολύ. καληνυχτα κούκλα μου.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mastress Alita

This sounds delicious.

lizwykys

Oh! I’ve had Krocus Kozanis tea before! I found it in my local (Greek) supermarket some time ago, and had forgotten because I haven’t seen it lately. I need to track it down again, and I definitely want to try this flavor! (I also used to live about an hour and a half from Kozani, though I haven’t visited there.) If I find it, I can see if it’s possible to mail you some to tide you over!

derk

That’s very kind of you to offer. If you come across the brand again, let me know how much a box costs and maybe we can figure out how much shipping would be. I would be happy to mail you something in return from the states that you’re craving.

lizwykys

Sounds lovely! :)

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Mastress Alita

This sounds delicious.

lizwykys

Oh! I’ve had Krocus Kozanis tea before! I found it in my local (Greek) supermarket some time ago, and had forgotten because I haven’t seen it lately. I need to track it down again, and I definitely want to try this flavor! (I also used to live about an hour and a half from Kozani, though I haven’t visited there.) If I find it, I can see if it’s possible to mail you some to tide you over!

derk

That’s very kind of you to offer. If you come across the brand again, let me know how much a box costs and maybe we can figure out how much shipping would be. I would be happy to mail you something in return from the states that you’re craving.

lizwykys

Sounds lovely! :)

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Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes. I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Won’t buy again.
59-1: Lacking several elements, has off flavors, lacks flavor, or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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