Continuing through the samples from Satemwa Tea Estates, today I will be reviewing the Satemwa OP1 black tea. For more information on Satemwa Tea Estates, please visit their homepage by clicking here.
Let the journey begin…
The dry leaves have a light brown to dark brown color, with a few silver tips in the mix. The leaves are mostly medium to large fragments, with a few leaves appearing to be whole and quite large. Most of the leaves are nicely rolled, but some appear to have not gone through or been missed in the shaping process. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a light dried fruit hint.
Five grams of dry leaves were placed in a 9.4 ounce (280 ml) Tokoname teapot. Purified spring water was heated to 195°F (90°C). The leaves were infused for two minutes (1st infusion), two minutes thirty seconds (2nd infusion), and three minutes (3rd infusion).
The first infusion produced a liquor with a lively golden-orange color, clear and transparent. The aroma was sweet (honey) and floral (orange blossoms). The body was medium, with a smooth texture. There was a moderate briskness to the taste. Other taste notes include a light malt, floral (orange blossoms), light citrus, and mineral (wet stone). The aftertaste was lightly sweet and floral.
The second infusion produced a liquor that was significantly lighter than the first infusion, with a golden-yellow color. All aspects of the tea lightened significantly. The aroma is lightly sweet, and the floral scent is more dominant. The body lightened some, and the brisk character has dissipated. The taste is floral and lightly sweet, with the mineral note remaining.
The third infusion produced a very similar liquor to the second infusion. There was not much of a further decline in aroma or taste.
The infused leaves were either a dark forest green color, or a light copper brown. The leaves were mostly large fragments, with more than a few whole, unbroken, and quite large leaves. A few bare stems and twigs were present in the mix. Stems showed a two leaf and small bud pluck. The aroma had the scent of fresh wet forest floor, and a light floral hint.
The first infusion of the Satemwa OP1 was very enjoyable. The sweet and floral aroma and taste, with the moderate briskness and smooth feel, made the first infusion a true pleasure to sip. The first infusion does not need any additives or help in offering a great drinking experience. The steep decline from the first to second infusion left me a bit underwhelmed with the second and third infusions. However, I had no trouble finishing the second and third infusions. They were simply not nearly as tasteful and aromatic as the first infusion. The appearance of the leaves, both dry and infused, were impressive.
I am looking forward to comparing the Thyolo and Satemwa OP1 teas from Satemwa Tea Estates to the Kangaita OP black tea from Mount Kenya. I hope to get to that comparison tomorrow. Thank you to Satemwa Tea Estates for providing this sample of Satemwa OP1 black tea. Cheers!