Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Satemwa Estate White Bvumbwe Peony

Country of Origin: Malawai
Leaf Appearance: large, mixed greens and browns
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: deep gold

How is it that I grabbed the Broken Special Pekoe version of this tea first? I didn't realize that I had these big, beautiful leaves waiting for me. I couldn't resist snapping a picture for Instagram before preparing it. They bore an uncanny resemblance to a pile of fall leaves that's ready to be jumped into. They practically came back to life as the tea steeped. They were large and mostly whole with plenty of visible buds. In the cup there were sweet notes of honey. Hints of peach popped up in the mid-palate and became more pronounced as the tea cooled. The mouth-feel was smooth and buttery without any astringency. I had three full pots of this tea but probably could have squeezed out a few more. +Satemwa Tea & Coffee's white teas almost always impress me with their staying power. I like to leave just enough water to cover the leaves in between infusions. This helps to maintain the flavor over the course of a few pots.

White Bvumbwe Peony sample provided by Satemwa Estate.

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