MALAWI GREEN DRYER MOUTH
Satemwa Zomba Estate
Country of Origin: Malawi
Shipping Port: Durban via Lilongwe and Johannesburg
Grade: Natural Dryer Mouth
Altitude: 3000 to 3500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Dryer Mouth
Cup Characteristics: Excellent green tea flavor with light floral notes. Reminiscent of spring in Tuscany. Finishes with
a palate pleasing fullness.
Infusion: Bright, tending green
Ingredients: Luxury green tea
What most people know of African tea comes from Kenya, a country that
over the years has developed a reputation as the “Tuscany of Tea”. The
reputation is well deserved. Kenya’s tea country features rolling hills,
spectacularly beautiful vistas and vast swaths of immaculately groomed
tea estates producing some of the finest teas in the world – it’s truly
spectacular. So it’s no surprise that travellers flock to Kenya’s
estates to sip, slurp and sample garden fresh tea, nor is it surprising
that Kenyans consistently fetch such high prices at auction - the
country has a good name.
So why has nobody heard of Malawi’s teas? The short answer is…branding.
Kenya didn’t develop its reputation overnight. It took years of branding
and marketing on the part of the Tea Board of Kenya for the country’s
teas to be looked at seriously in the tea-drinking world. Unfortunately,
in Malawi such a marketing push has never taken place. So what gives?
Well, there are a number of factors to consider. For one, Malawi is
landlocked, meaning that it is much harder for teas to make it to market
– so, there is simply less of it around. Another reason may be the
history of political instability in the country. Over the years
politics, sadly, have played a part in slowing down economic endeavors
in the country
The irony of the situation (the delicious irony you might say, since
we’re talking tea,) is that Malawi is seen by many as the birthplace of
African tea. Depending on whom you talk to, tea was planted in Malawi
before Kenya. As well, it isn’t as though Malawi doesn’t have the
romance or history associated with Kenya. As a small example, the
country’s first major European contact was with David Livingstone, of
“Dr. Livingstone I presume,” fame on the north shore of Lake Malawi in
1859 – it’s a very historic place. Most importantly, it isn’t as though
fabulous teas aren’t produced in Malawi. Take this Satemwa Zomba Estate
Dryer Mouth Green for example. This unbelievably smooth green with its
mellow notes of honey is on par with the finest greens made in Kenya, or
China, or Japan for that matter. Buy Malawi tea! We’re happy to help
get the word out there. Tell everyone you know.
Hot tea brewing method: Green tea is often steeped in lower temperature
water and used repeatedly. The secret is to use water that is about
180°F or 90 °C. Place 1 teaspoon of leaves in you cup and let the tea
steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment -
do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low -
add more water. Alternatively, bring freshly drawn cold water to a
rolling boil. Add desired quantity of loose-leaf tea to your teapot.
Infuse with freshly boiled water, cover and let steep for 3-8 minutes in
accordance to desired strength.