Malawi Bvumbwe Handmade Treasure Black Tea

Tea type
Black Oolong Blend
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Carrot, Citrus, Creamy, Earth, Herbaceous, Kale, Malt, Pumpkin, Tannin, Vegetal, Wood, Citrusy, Herbs, Peppercorn, Wet Earth
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Stanisław Krzysztof Gurawski
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 oz / 160 ml

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  • “I believe I bought this tea in 2015, possibly because it was on sale and I wanted to try something from Africa. I couldn’t have known what I was in for. I steeped 5 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Very interesting tea from small farm in Africa. It is more of a oolong than black. The leaves are irregular in color, less or more dark. Taste is way too complex for a regular black. Still it...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So, this was supposed to be posted yesterday, but I was super busy, swamped even, with deciding what I am doing with my life. No really, yours truly might be going on an epic adventure pretty soon!...” Read full tasting note
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A hand rolled, lightly oxidised black tea which posses a wonderful sweet taste of ripe fruit with orange notes.

Sourced direct from Satemwa Tea Estate in Malawi who are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of great tea production while caring for the local environment, providing their employees a fair wage and contributing to the local community.

Tasting Notes:

- Smooth texture

- Sweet ripe fruit taste with orange notes

Origin: Satemwa Tea Estate, Malawi, Africa

Brewing Advice:

- Heat water to roughly 95°C/203°F

- Use 1-2 tsps per cup/small teapot

- Brew for 3-4 minutes

- Always remove the leaves from the water once the tea has brewed

- Re-use the leaves multiple times and increase steeping time with each subsequent infusion

- Best without milk

We always recommend experimenting with any new tea, to find the parameters which suit you best.

Packaging: Aluminium ziplock bag to best protect the tea from outside air, moisture and smell while also easily resealed.

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I believe I bought this tea in 2015, possibly because it was on sale and I wanted to try something from Africa. I couldn’t have known what I was in for. I steeped 5 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 10, 12, 16, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

Whoa! These leaves are massive and twisty. “Handmade” is right! Dry, they smell like alcohol, veggies, and dark rye bread. The first steep has notes of pumpkin, carrot, malt, earth, wood, and tannin. The second steep adds citrus and herbs and is strangely creamy. Something like cabbage emerges in the next couple steeps, and the liquor becomes even more astringent. By steep five, it’s a mix of pumpkin, carrot, cabbage, and other veggies over an earthy, woody base. These flavours persist into the eighth steep before fading into generic black tea notes.

This is one of the strangest teas I’ve reviewed so far. I struggled to pinpoint the flavours, and judging from the two previous reviews on Steepster, others have found it quirky and complex as well. A daily drinker this is not, but I enjoyed the experience.

Flavors: Carrot, Citrus, Creamy, Earth, Herbaceous, Kale, Malt, Pumpkin, Tannin, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
derk

Now I want to try this out of sheer curiosity.

Leafhopper

It’s definitely interesting! It’s been out of stock for a while, though their White Peony is available. I’d send you my remaining 5 g or so, but the shipping would cost more than I paid for the tea. :)

derk

Ha thanks for the offer. I understand.

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Very interesting tea from small farm in Africa. It is more of a oolong than black. The leaves are irregular in color, less or more dark. Taste is way too complex for a regular black. Still it possess astringency of African teas but with vegetable notes. I feel carrot, pumpkin, some herbs and spices. It’s worth giving a try. Don’t drink this tea hot. Let it cool down for few minutes and sip slowly. This way you will be able to adore its depth and complexity.

Flavors: Carrot, Citrusy, Herbs, Peppercorn, Pumpkin, Wet Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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So, this was supposed to be posted yesterday, but I was super busy, swamped even, with deciding what I am doing with my life. No really, yours truly might be going on an epic adventure pretty soon! No spoilers yet, because I do not have all the details and such, but I can safely say I am excited and a little scared. Unless something goes drastically wrong (like my computer explodes again) it won’t affect the blog long term, there might be a week or so where I don’t update, but I will be sure to let everyone know ahead of time.

Since I missed my What-Cha Wednesday review, this will be a rare What-Cha Thursday! Today it is time to revisit the country of Malawi with Malawi Bvumbwe Handmade Treasure Black Tea, I was really blow away by their Antler and Peony White Teas, so I am super excited to dive into the Satemwa Estate’s Handmade Treasure Black Tea. For a while I was rather apprehensive about trying new black teas from Africa, a few nasty run-ins with some particularly dirty tasting Kenyan black teas unfairly soured me on the whole continent for a while. Really, quite narrow minded of me, but they were really gross. Anyway, onto more pleasant things, like these lovely twisted dark leaves! The aroma is pretty rich, blending notes of an oak brandy cask with roasted peanuts and yams, and a touch of loam and spice. Something about the way this tea smells reminds me of home, not any homes that I have lived in, but a feel of ‘home’ yes people, this tea smells like a concept to me.

After steeping the leaves (they get rather huge post steeping) and giving them a good sniffing, I am pleasantly surprised by the fruity notes that have now shown up. It has the oak wood and slight earthiness of the dry leaves, but now with a blend of cherries and orange zest with a hint of cocoa, oh yeah, and a spice finish. A little like allspice and a little like nutmeg, with a faint sweetness to go with it. The liquid has a lot more of the spice notes, definitely allspice with pepper, and a tiny hint of nutmeg. There are also strong notes of cocoa and cherry, with just a delicate hint of orange zest and distant flowers.

The tea has a definite briskness to it, and is quite bright, the texture is light and it really livens up the mouth, kinda like liquid sunshine for a morning wake up, without being really overbearing. I am really picky about how brisk and astringent I like my black teas, and not just because they tend to give me a belly ache, I find when they are really intense they are just too overbearing, much like some people find mint too much or flowery teas. I like my black teas (more traditional western style ones, not the delicate Chinese reds) to have just a little bite to them. The taste is both robust and sweet, blending creamy notes of cocoa (bordering between milk and dark) and peanut butter, with earthy notes of sweet potatoes and woody notes of oak. The finish is a delicate mix of cherries and orange zest with a citrus aftertaste that lingers. I feel this tea has the potential to be a really iconic morning tea, proving once again that the Satemwa Tea Estate has some mad skills.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/06/what-cha-malawi-bvumbwe-handmade.html

Cwyn

Awesome, well written piece here!

TeaNecromancer

Aww thank you :D

masked185

Now I’m really curious what you’re going to be doing :D

TeaNecromancer

Ok, I can give a little away, Ben, two of my friends, and myself are moving…but instead of across town like originally planned, possibly across country ;)

But it is not definite and there is so much planning to do

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