Reviews

Satemwa Estate Zomba White Pearls

Country of Origin: Malawi
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: gold

When Satemwa Estate reached out and offered to send some samples, I jumped at the chance. I previously reviewed their White Antlers, sent to me by +Tea Journeyman Shop, and I was really impressed with how well they treat their workers when I met them at World Tea Expo. The leaves are hand rolled into little cocoons. They were not quite a pearl since the shape was more oblong but it was close enough. I used eight pearls in my two cup teapot and that seemed to be the right balance. The taste was incredibly complex with a ton of sugar cane sweetness. Fruity notes filled the mid-palate and finished in a unique creaminess. Their description likens it to lemon meringue and I can definitely see that connection. I enjoyed three consecutive infusions and it only grew sweeter each time. Once unfurled, the leaves were quite large and mostly whole. This tea is a great example of the things that are being accomplished in growing regions when the focus is shifted from CTC production. I think we will see some amazing things from Malawi in the coming years.

Zomba Pearls White Tea sample provided by Satemwa Estate.

A photo posted by Nicole Martin (@teaformeplease) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:19am PST

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.