As I mentioned in my last post, I’m hoping to write more comparison posts, and this tea seemed perfect since I have two teas from the same producer, Satemwa Tea Estate in Malawi, Africa.
Description: “The raw tea leaves are handled with great care, as any flaws or defects will damage the tea. Because the leaves are sun-dried, Thyolo Peony can only be crafted on sunny, clear days (not during the rainy season).”
Instructions: Brew a heaping spoonful or 3g at 85-90 C°/ 185-195°F, Gongfu or Western style
Review: I gravitated toward the Satemwa Tea Estate because I’ve tried teas from Malawi in the past and really enjoyed them. I purchased a white (top) and green (bottom) tea since they came from the same region, Thyolo. Based on the recommendations (I asked for further clarification through direct messaging on Instagram), I decided to brew both teas using Western style. Additionally, when steeping, I measured 3 grams of white tea verses using a “heaping spoonful” as I always had less than 3 grams and I wanted to be able to assess the tea as fairly as possible.
The Thyolo Peony had fragmented dry leaf pieces that ranged from light green to dark brown with a sweet floral smell. After a 2 minute infusion, the wet leaves were mostly reddish and green in colour with a strong sharp cut grass and vegetal smell, and some earthy, musky and medical notes.
The liquor was a pale golden yellow colour with a fresh and vegetal smell. The taste starts off with a honey sweetness and transformed into a floral, vegetal, and hay profile. When cooled, the liquor had a mellow flavour that leaned fruity, like bananas, similar to the Jingning Yin Zhen white tea, from Camellia Sinensis. The cool liquor left some dryness at the end of the sip.
While it was reminiscent of other white teas like the Jingning Yin Zhen, I found it had a stronger taste. The Thyolo Peony would pair nicely with something more delicate or desserts. I ended up paring it with a mango cake which brought out the sweet fruity notes in the tea (3.5/5 rating).
- Type: White tea
- Origin: Malawi, Africa
- Caffeine: Unknown
- Ingredients: White tea
- Company: Tea Rebellion
The question of the post: What white tea have surprised you in the past?