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No. 22 - Kenyan Blue Sapphire Tea

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Exquisite, full-bodied Kenyan flavor notes with light floral hints. The perfect tea for lazing about on a sunny afternoon.

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While the most famous sapphire in the world is the massive, 422.99 carat Logan Sapphire housed in the National Museum of History in Washington D.C., it certainly isn’t the oldest. In some remote corners of Africa legend gives that distinction to the stone set in the Ephod, or sacred garment, of the ancient Israelite tribe of Issachar. This stone is mentioned in the Book of Exodus as the sapir, believed by some to be the root word of the English word sapphire (although this is disputed by linguists). As the old tales tell it, this stone went missing from the tribe during the flight from Egypt, perhaps during the parting of the Red Sea. It was then smuggled out of Egypt and carried from one town to the next, traversing jungles and deserts until finally finding a resting place somewhere in the lush hills of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. Unfortunately for local treasure hunters, the exact whereabouts of the ancient stone, rumored to rival the Logan in terms of beauty, has never been found. Some say it is protected by leopards, others say by bolts of lightning that strike the ground whenever anyone comes near. Either way, the great Sapphire has never surfaced.

A visit to the Rift Valley would have you believing the lightening theory. Because of the unique weather conditions, the region is peppered by strikes on a regular basis. In fact, the name of one of Kenya’s most important tea growing regions, Tinderet, translates into English as The Place of Lightening. Tinderet also happens to be home to some of the finest teas in Africa. (Coincidence?) In homage to the legend of the ancient stone, we offer a tea worthy of carrying the Sapphire moniker. This orthodox production TGFOP is a shimmering example of the quality teas being produced on Kenya’s top estates. The liquor is bright and clean tending amber. The cup, second to none, exhibits a round, lightly malted body with sweet touches of astringency and bakey notes of jammy toast. As a means of representing the deep blue color of the Sapphire, we’ve added cornflower petals to the perfectly graded leaf for visual appeal and an added neutral, mellow, character.

What makes this tea even more superb is the fact that it was grown and produced under certification of the ETP, (Ethical Tea Partnership) and Fair Trade. (More on these organizations below.) Brew a pot and dream of the hidden riches of the past.

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Ingredients Black tea, Cornflower petals
Product of: Kenya
Region(s) Nandi Highlands
Antioxidants Ultra High
Caffeine Medium
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk Yes
Sugar Yes
Lemon Yes
Mint Yes
Organic No
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) Not Available
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) Not Available
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) Not Available
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) Not Available
Western Method (Water Amount) 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 212 F / 100 C
Western Method (Amount) 1 Teaspoon
Western Method (Time) 3-7 Mins (to taste)
Steeping Notes No