I was really excited when this tea came out around October, but it’s been sitting in my untrieds box for months.

The dry leaf is wound into oblong shapes that make me think of cocoons. They’re irregular in size, and not tightly wound like most pearl tea. The smell is hay with an intense freshly cut grass note.

I steeped five pearls in 80C water for 4 minutes. The liquor has a medium gold colour and a faint smell. Taste, this has some sweet, hay like notes at the front of the sip, but then quickly develops a cool, juicy vegetal flavour, akin to cucumbers and iceberg lettuce, with a hint of zucchini.

I’m drinking this hot, but my mouth really wants to try this cold – the cool veggie notes just seem like they would be so well suited to an iced tea.

The pearls have barely started to unwind. Rather than hot steep another cup of this, I think I will throw them into the fridge to do a cold brew overnight, and we shall see what the results are.

Very tasty, and I think my favourite of the Malawi teas I’ve tried from What-cha.

Flavors: Cucumber, Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Lettuce, Zucchini

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

My brain read the name as ‘Zombie Pearls’ and I had to do a double-take. :D


Haha I read it as zombie too. :)

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My brain read the name as ‘Zombie Pearls’ and I had to do a double-take. :D


Haha I read it as zombie too. :)

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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