This most exciting of rare black teas from the renowned and family run Satemwa Estate is likely the world’s only Southern Hemisphere first flush. Malawi's cool winters characterised by Chiperoni mists that bring chilly drizzle in from Mozambique are stressful to the bush, creating conditions similar to the lower elevation gardens in Darjeeling.
The tea has a beautifully sweet and nutty aromatic quality with great length and smoothness of flavour and deeply intense grassy notes. Best without milk.
More about The Satemwa Estate: It's a third generation family business, employing more than 2000 local workers who are provided with education and health services to help raise standards of living. They have a big focus on the environment too, and they’ve developed wildlife corridors - strips of forest between fields - as homes to an array of flora and fauna. In 2007 Satemwa became the first Fairtrade registered tea estate in Malawi, and this was followed by UTZ and Rainforest Alliance certifications soon after.
Food pairing: An exquisite treat on its own, or with fresh fruits like apples, apricots, strawberries, delicate sweet treats, nuts and grilled fish.
Brewing instructions: 1-2 teaspoons of loose leaf or 1 pyramid bag. 2-3 mins at 90-95ºC. Just turn your kettle off before boiling if you don't have a temperature controlled kettle.
Ingredients: Black Tea. Contains Caffeine.
Until at least the end of June, £1 for every large loose leaf pack sold will be donated to Regenerate-RISE, supporting vulnerable isolated elderly including supply boxes due to Coronavirus.
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