One type of tea making I always admire is hand-rolling. While some teas are small and round, I loved the natural and oblong shape of this tea!
Description: “This Malawi-grown white tea is loving hand-picked & rolled, for a bright yellow cup that is light, buttery, sweet & floral.”
Instructions: 1-2 Perfect Spoonfuls of tea | 475 ml (16 oz) of 90℃/195℉ water for hot tea or 295 ml (10 oz) for iced | Steep for 3-5 minutes
Review: What that drew me to this tea was really the long handmade shape of the pears. I had tried something like this before in the past from High Noon Tea Co., but it was a green tea compared to a white.
I really liked how you can tell that they were all hand-rolled and each one was slightly different. They reminded me of little cocoons. The smell from the dry pearls was faint, but it was sweet and floral, with some underlying grassy notes.
I steeped these for 4 minutes, which was in the middle of the suggested infusion times and while the leaves had expanded, the pearls did not fully unfurl. However, the fragrance from the wet pears and amber liquor was not what I expected and was deep and roasted! It reminded me more of an oxidised tea, like a black tea.
The liquor was smooth with a nice earthy note. It reminded me of bread and caramel, with a lovely malty sweet flavour. It ended off sweet with a lingering hay note that I originally expected from a white tea. I noticed afterwards that the DAVIDsTEA website suggested steeping this gong-fu style over multiple infusions. This is something that I will have to try in the future (4/5 rating)!
- Type: White tea
- Origin: Africa
- Caffeine: Unknown
- Ingredients: Green tea, natural roasted butter flavouring
- Other: Kosher, fair trade,
- Company: DAVIDsTEA
The question of the post: Have you tried tea from Malawi before?
Edit: Nicole from Tea for me Please including my review in her February 3rd – February 9th Friday roundup! Make sure to check out some of the other tea posts that came out that week!