Malawi Smoked Black Tea
If you've never had a smoked tea, and even if you have, Thyolo Moto is a must-try. This rich black tea is smoked over guava wood, adding a light, fruity smoke flavour that will really hook you. If you've had a lapsang souchong and found it too strong, this tea will really delight. I fell madly in love with this tea as soon as I smelled it... I have traveled through Africa on a few occasions, this tea instantly transports me back with a sense memory of the sweet-smelling wood fires that is ever-present in rural areas.
Gongfu style: 90-95°C water, ~5g tea to 100ml water. 1st steep: 15 seconds, then add 5 seconds each subsequent steep.
Western style: 90-95°C water, 2g tea to 100ml water (this is approx. 1 tablespoon for a large mug). 1st steep, 4 minutes, then add 1 minute each subsequent steep.
Meet the Grower:
Satemwa Tea Estate, led by Alexander Catchart Kay
Established in 1923, Satemwa’s own third generation tea maker, Alexander Kay has been crafting and cultivating their teas with love and passion for his artisanal tea. In the nearly 100 years that Satemwa has been cultivating tea plants, they have made it a priority to improve the standard of living for their employees and their families.
Satemwa Tea Estate are trailblazers in Malawi to ensure the health and improvement of their tea workers' lives. As part of Satemwa's social responsibility program, they are able to provide a number of welfare services, which are available to both the estate's staff and workers, and their families.
Satemwa has great community programs, such as The Satemwa Clinic, which provides professional medical services, a primary school for families, community policing programs, and even a competitive soccer team. They are happy to be in close interaction with nature and work closely with their staff in a CSR (Corporate and Social Responsibility) program to protect the nearby forest and wildlife. Satemwa also works with sustainable wood and stoves that conserve firewood to dry the tea and are developing different solar and energy saving initiatives for the processing of their teas.
From their unique terroir, Satemwa is able to produce some unique orthodox white, green, oolong, black and dark teas. Experimenting with different local cultivars and playing around with some traditional and new processing techniques, with trial and error and loads of tasting, they have produced great and unusual teas. The typical cultivars, the unique climate and the specialized processing techniques make these teas exceptional. They are also Fair Trade Certified, UTZ+ and Rain Forest Alliance Certified.