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Abla Pokou

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Cote d’Ivoire, c. 1730-1750 Madagascar vanilla, lemongrass & liquorice 

The bold citric power of lemongrass and the sweet tenacity of red honeybush recognise the strength of Queen Abla Pokou who led her people from war and famine into the peace and prosperity of Côte d’Ivoire. The poignancy of rose petals flow into the Comoé river spirits who demanded the Queen’s child in exchange for the safety of her people. A mother’s loss echoes through black pepper, liquorice root and ginger spice notes while the gratitude of the greater good rings out in the aromatic glories of
Madagascan vanilla.

Additional info

Ref. AQ0001

Brewing instructions:
8-10 minutes
1tsp of blend per cup
100˚C

Following the death of her brother, the Ashanti ruler in the 18th Century, Abla Pokou led her people to safety from Ghana to Côte d’Ivoire.  Having reached the river Comoé, she found that it was impassable. But when her soothsayer said that they must sacrifice what is most precious to calm the tumultuous waters, the queen declared: “More than a woman or a mother, a queen is above all a queen!” and took her only son from her back and dropped him into the river. Without shedding a tear, she crossed to the other bank with her followers, but then suddenly cried out “Ba ouli!” (“The child is dead!”) This cry gave its name to the Baoulé tribe that she led to peace and prosperity from Ghana to Côte d’Ivoire.