- Estate: Satemwa Tea Estate, Malawi
- Year: Spring 2014
- Dry Tea Leaves: Dark and light brown tea stems
- Liquor: Crystal clear and dark golden
- Price: £10 for 50 Gr
Last month I’ve done something different and I’ve ordered some tea samples that were produced at Satemwa Tea Estate in Malawi. To be honest up until a year ago I was not even aware of the existence of such a country. Now I’ve had the pleasure to drink some of their exquisite teas. Malawi is a small country in southeast Africa with an estimated population of almost 16 million people. It’s the second largest tea producer in Africa following Kenya. In this post and following post I’ll review two white teas produced at Satemwa Tea Estate: Satemwa Antlers white tea and Zomba Pearls white tea. They were both ordered from What-Cha Teas.
First I start with Satemwa Antlers white tea which is a very unique, one of a kind tea. It’s nothing like other white teas I’ve tried so far. There are teas you like, teas you really like, teas you fall in love with and teas that vow you. The Antlers is the perfect example of the last category. What makes this tea stand out among other white teas is the fact that it’s hundred percent composed of stems which is generally looked down by tea lovers.
I brewed it as it’s instructed at What-Cha website by steeping 3-4 grams of tea at 80°C in a small teapot for 3-4 minutes. I did only two steeps since it’s fully composed of stems. Yet if you’re okay with fading flavor and aroma you can go for more infusions.
As soon as you take your first sip it hits you with its honey-like sweetness and lychee notes. It’s got no astringency or bitterness at all. It’s a soft and smooth tea which makes it very ideal for afternoons and evenings.
The lesson I learnt from drinking this tea is that I should never underestimate the value of stems. So far I kinda believe that it’s not possible to get a good quality of tea out of too much stems. With the Antlers I’ve been wronged.
In a nutshell, if you’re looking for new and exciting teas, this tea is just for you. In the upcoming post, I’ll review Satemwa Tea Estate’s Zomba Pearls white tea which is even more exciting than the Antlers. Stay tuned!