No. 113 Chikondi Beads

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
White Tea
Flavors
Burnt Sugar, Butternut Squash, Cookie
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Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 oz / 350 ml

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  • “I had this at work a couple of days ago, so the memory is a bit vague. Chikondi means love in Chichewa – a Bantu language spoken in Malawi. These beads hold their shape quite well. They hadn’t...” Read full tasting note
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Hand-rolled white tea with a delicate creamy note
pepper squash, cream, biscuit

Malawi

No. Infusions 2
Amount (tsp. / ml) 2 / 250 (4g / 8.5 fl oz)
Temperature 80 °C (175 °F)

Stunning in look and taste, this marvel of a tea from Malawi, stretches the limits of its white tea category. Withered leaves are carefully hand-rolled into little cocoons. Upon repeated infusions (!), the tea leaf unfurls like a butterfly´s wings for a sublime sunshine-yellow cup.

This rare tea comes to us from one of the original tea estates in Malawi, founded in early 1920’s. The production for these elaborate beads first begins in the field, through extremely careful harvesting. Young tea leaves are then placed gently onto a plate, so as to keep them flat and unwrinkled. When withered and smelling like honey-sweet white tea, the leaves are gently hand-rolled into little olive-hued cocoons. After several infusions, the cocoon opens, tea leaf wings unfurling like a fragrant butterfly. The cup is sunshine yellow, with a buttery sweetness, enchanting toasty and floral notes, and smooth, savory flavor.

NOTES
pepper squash, cream, biscuit
INGREDIENTS
Pure white tea
CERTIFICATION
EU Standard

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I had this at work a couple of days ago, so the memory is a bit vague. Chikondi means love in Chichewa – a Bantu language spoken in Malawi. These beads hold their shape quite well. They hadn’t unfurled fully by the time I was done with them, which probably means they still had some juice left in them. Using a 350ml mug has the downside of getting to enjoy fewer steeps.
This tea produces a light brass colored liquor with a distinctive biscuity flavor. Freshly baked langues de chat, a hint of burnt sugar and roasted squash. An interesting white tea for both looks and taste.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Butternut Squash, Cookie

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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