Previously I reviewed Satemwa Antlers white tea from What-Cha Tea which is an extraordinary tea. In this post I’ll review another great white tea, Zomba Pearls, from Satemwa Tea Estate. Simliar to Satemwa Antlers this one is also very unique tea and it’s a must-try for tea lovers.
First thing you will like about this tea is its pearl-shaped tea leaves. Particularly those who like Chinese Jasmine pearls will fall in love with this one. It’s not as tightly rolled as Jasmine pearls yet it takes more than a few infusions to get tea leaves unfurl. For this reason I suggest you to use a glass teapot in order to enjoy the dance of tea leaves as they unfurl. You are gonna love it!
I brewed it as it’s instructed at What-Cha website by steeping 3 grams of tea at 80°C in a small teapot for 3-4 minutes. I did four brews until tea leaves unfurl almost fully. You can easily get more than four infusions although both flavor and aroma started to fade away in third and fourth infusions.
It tastes sweet as you expect from any good quality white tea. What distinguishes this tea from other white teas it’s tangy cucumber taste which is not something I’ve come across in other white teas I’ve tried so far. It’s very sweet tea with no astringency. The lingering after taste is smooth and delicate as well.
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!
I could not have pointed out Malawi on the map until I came across the video below. The video is about tea production in Malawi and importance of tea for Malawi people who work very hard to make end meets.
Malawi is a small country in southeast Africa with an estimated population of almost 16 million people. It’s the second largest tea producer of tea in Africa after Kenya; selling tea mostly to the UK and South Africa. Beside that it’s the pioneer of tea in Africa, production first starting in the 1880s. Tea is one of the top main export items, sustaining livelihoods of many Malawi family.
Although I drink too much tea, at least some friends of mine claim so:), I’ve never tried Malawi tea. It’s mostly CTC production black tea. Another tea on my wish list! How about you? Have you ever tried Malawi tea?