Rukeri Rwanda Black Tea From Rakkasan Tea Company

Now that I have formally introduced my readers to the Rakkasan Tea Company in my recently published Company Spotlight post, I am pleased to showcase their Rukeri Black Tea, sourced from Rwanda.

The factory from which this black tea comes is a participant in the Ethical Tea Partnership, Rainforest Alliance, and Fair Trade. The tea bushes are grown at an average elevation between 5,500 and 6,500 feet (1,680 to 2,000 meters) above sea level. Rwanda’s mineral rich volcanic soil and climatic conditions make it an ideal location to grow high quality tea. The small African nation produces about 1% of the world’s tea.

You can purchase two ounces (57 grams) of this tea for USD $9.99 from the Rakkasan Tea Company website.

Let’s get to the review…

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Rukeri Rwanda Black Tea – Dry Leaves

The dry leaves have a uniform dark charcoal gray to black color. There are a few small, bare stems in the mix that have a light copper color. There are no obvious buds or tips in the mix. The mix consists of small to medium size leaf fragments, similar to that of a BOP grade. The leaves are fully oxidized, and machine rolled. The aroma has scents of malt, dry lemongrass, and a light touch of raisin.

Eight grams of dry leaves were placed in an eighteen ounce (530 mL) cast iron tetsubin teapot, and infused with 200°F (93°C) water for 3:00 minutes.

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Rukeri Rwanda Black Tea – Liquid

The liquid has a rich, amber-red color, perfectly clear and transparent. The aroma has scents of malt, lemongrass, and light touches of raisins and wild flowers. The body is full, with silky, fluffy texture, and a bright, lively energy. A pleasant twist of briskness and light bitterness round out the character. The taste has notes of malt, lemongrass, raisins, and a light touch of wild flowers. The aftertaste carries the lemongrass, light malt, and light wild flower notes.

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Rukeri Rwanda Black Tea – Infused Leaves

The infused leaves have a uniform copper brown color. The mix consists of small to medium sized leaf and stem fragments. The leaves are fully oxidized. There are no identifiable buds or tips in the mix, and a few totally bare stems. The aroma has scents of wild flowers, raisins, and a touch of lemongrass.

This Rukeri Rwanda Black Tea from Rakkasan Tea Company is the first tea I have ever experienced from Rwanda. Absolutely, it does have its own unique character, most notably in the texture and energy of the liquid. The silky, fluffy texture jumps into the spotlight, and a bright, lively energy holds the drinkers attention. The citrusy, earthy note of lemongrass is also fairly easy to identify. I can always appreciate a brisk quality in a tea, and this Rukeri Black Tea had a mild, yet unique briskness to it, which I find very enjoyable. Overall, this is a very nice black tea with a specific quality that I can only attribute to the growing conditions in Rwanda.

Thanks again to the management at Rakkasan Tea Company for providing this sample of Rukeri Black Tea! Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Nandi Hills Black Tea from Justea

Hello, friends and past readers of my tea blog! I know, it has been a long time, nearly two years since my last tea review post. Time flies, life happens, and unfortunately some hobbies must be put on the back burner of priorities. However, my passion for tea certainly did not stop over the past two years. I have continued sampling, buying, and exploring teas from new vendors and estates. I have definitely not lost my nose and taste for tea!

Over the past couple of months, I truly felt the calling to get back to this review blog. I have found that when I do not write reviews, the true quality of the tea is difficult to focus on. Thus, one cannot appreciate the more subtle characteristics of a tea. Considering all of the hard work that goes in to making high quality teas, I feel it almost disrespectful to not take the time to truly appreciate these products. So, here we are, about to fully appreciate another hand made, high quality tea.

Today’s review will focus on the Nandi Hills Black Tea, purchased from JusTea. JusTea is a vendor of only Kenyan small-holder grown and processed tea, offering teas in both loose leaf form and in pyramid bags. JusTea is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, are Rainforest Alliance certified, and Non-GMO Project verified. The JusTea website gives a wealth of information about their farmer partners, communities, and commitment to improving the lives of those who help create these unique teas.

Before I begin the review of the actual tea, I want to bring attention to the quality of the product packaging, and the attractive (although somewhat impractical for proper measuring) wooden teaspoon that is included with the purchase. As you can see in the photos below, JusTea wraps each tin in a very eye-catching, artistically designed fabric, which is also sourced from the same communities in Kenya. This is probably the most visually pleasing, attractive packaging of any retail teas that I have purchased over the years. It is a tea tin that can be used used decoratively in addition to it’s practical uses. The wooden tea spoon is also carefully hand made. The handle is very smooth, with the top area between the handle and scoop being decorated and wrapped with small beads of many colors. It is another visually pleasing aspect of the total product, although (as mentioned above) the scoop itself is not necessarily very useful in properly scooping or measuring the tea leafs, as the leafs are quite long and light weight. Regardless, the hand made teaspoons are still a welcome touch!

Let’s get down to the true matter at hand, the Nandi Hills Black Tea.

The dry leaves have a dark bronze to black color. It is easy to determine that the leaves are hand rolled, as there is much variation to the size, shape, and general consistency of the leaves. There are some bare stems in the mix, and no apparent full buds or tips. The leaves have a course, dry texture, and break easily into fine crumbs. The aroma of the dry leaves include scents of toasted grains, smoke, dry wood, raw cacao, and raisins.

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JusTea Nandi Hills Black Tea Dry Leaves

Nine grams of dry leaves were infused for four minutes using purified water in an eighteen ounce tetsubin teapot.

The infusion resulted in a bright, reddish-copper color. The aroma had scents of toasted grains, pine, malt, and peppercorns. A medium body was complemented by a bright, lightly brisk mouthfeel. The taste had notes of toasted grains, pine, lemon, malt, and peppercorns. The aftertaste had lingering notes of pine and peppercorns.

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JusTea Nandi Hills Black Tea Infusion

The wet leaves have a range of colors from copper brown to dark greenish brown. The leaves have a soft, smooth texture, with slightly rubbery feel when trying to tear them. The fragments vary from small pieces to large, nearly full intact leaves. The pluck appears to be two leaves and a bud, although no buds can be located in the leaves. The leaves can be reinfused two or three times, and still produce a pleasant tasting infusion. The aroma includes scents of wet wood, grains, malt, and a very light floral perfume.

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JusTea Nandi Hills Black Tea Wet Leaves

The Nandi Hills Black Tea from JusTea is certainly a unique, well made black tea. This tea is lighter than any other black tea from Kenya that I have tried previously, and is perfectly enjoyable without any additives, such as milk or sugar. The bright, lively taste will give an instant boost of energy. If you think all Kenyan black teas are too strong and full bodied for your preferences, think again. The Nandi Hills Black Tea is closer in character to a mid-elevation grown Sri Lankan black tea than a Kenyan. As of the date of this review, JusTea is selling the 60 gram (2.1 ounces), beautifully wrapped tea tin with hand carved teaspoon, of the Nandi Hills Black Tea for $17.00 USD plus shipping.

As always, thank you for taking your time to read my review of the Nandi Hills Black Tea from JusTea. I welcome your replies, and look forward to getting in touch with my readers once again! Cheers!

Satemwa TSFBOP1 Black Tea from Satemwa Tea Estate

The subject of today’s review is the Satemwa TSFBOP1 Black Tea from the Satemwa Tea Estate, located near Thyolo, in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. I have covered Satemwa Tea Estate fairly well on The Tea Journeyman Shop page introducing Satemwa. To read more about this beautiful estate that makes some truly incredible and unique teas, please click here.

As a tea enthusiast makes their way through the vastly different world of teas that come from each country or region, they are destined to be faced with some terminology or grading abbreviations that are new to them. This is one of those times for me. It is the “S” in TSFBOP1 that is throwing me off. In India or Nepal, for example, you will find TGFBOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe). Satemwa puts silver tips in this grade, which makes me believe that their distinct grading may be Tippy “Silver” Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe. That is my guess. If anyone has the correct breakdown of the abbreviation, please feel free to comment on this post so that I may revise as necessary.

Before we get started, this is a reminder of the 20% off sale going on at http://www.teajourneymanshop.com/. The sale runs through 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, August 24th. Use coupon code TJS20% at checkout.

The sample packet has been opened, and a sweet scent of dried tropical fruit and citrus is being enjoyed already. Let the journey begin…

Satemwa TSFBOP1 Black Tea Dry Leaves
Satemwa TSFBOP1 Black Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves have a blend of black and copper brown colors, with a few silver tips and red stem fibers. All leaves and tips are small fragments, consistent with the BOP grading. The leaves are rolled. There are some bare stems, as well as stem fibers, in the mix. The leaves are very dry, and crumble easily. The aroma has scents of raw cocoa, dried tropical fruit, dried citrus, and spice.

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) porcelain infusion cup. Purified water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for 4:00 minutes.

My suggestions for at home brewing is to use three grams per six to eight ounces (180 to 240 ml) of water to be used. Heat water to 205°F (96°C). Steep the leaves for 3:00 minutes.

Satemwa TSFBOP1 Black Tea Infusion
Satemwa TSFBOP1 Black Tea Infusion

The first infusion produced a liquor with a lively reddish-amber color, clear and transparent. The aroma is sweet, with scents of malt, wet forest floor, and citrus. The body is full, with a thick, smooth texture. The taste has notes of malt, citrus, light earth, and light wood. The aftertaste is sweet and brisk, and clean feeling is left in the mouth.

Satemwa TSFBOP1 Black Tea Infused Leaves
Satemwa TSFBOP1 Black Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves are mostly copper to reddish-brown, with a few greenish-brown leaves. The leaves are all small fragments. There are few bare stems, and a few tips in the mix. The leaves have a soft, smooth texture. The aroma has scents of citrus, light tropical fruit, malt, and wet forest floor.

This Satemwa TSFBOP1 Black Tea is worthy of taking more seriously as a possible future product at The Tea Journeyman Shop. This is a full bodied, robust black tea that is as close to perfectly balanced as I have found in full black teas. It is not overwhelming enough to need milk added, such as many Assam black teas, but is definitely heavy enough to take milk well. I believe that this tea could suit the preferences of many people, such as drinkers of English or Irish Breakfast teas, Assam teas, low grown Ceylon black teas, Keemun Hao Ya, and Yunnan Golden teas, among others. Honestly, I wish I would have given this product a more proper analysis when I first received these samples, because it would already be available at http://www.teajourneymanshop.com/! Well, it may soon be available anyway. I will keep you posted.

Thanks to Satemwa Tea Estates for the sample, and it was another excellent experience from one of my preferred estates. Cheers!

Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP) Black Tea from Kangaita Tea Factory

This morning I needed a strong, full bodied tea to give me a boost after a night of minimal sleep. Looking through my current selection of samples, the Kangaita FOP Black Tea from the southern slopes of Mount Kenya certainly has the reputation of providing a rich, powerful taste.

Let the journey begin…

Kangaita FOP Black Tea Dry Leaves
Kangaita FOP Black Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves have a uniform dark brown to black color, with some copper color in the stems and veins. The leaves are rolled, and are all small to medium sized fragments. There are few bare stems, and no twigs in the mix. The aroma is sweet (cocoa), and very lightly floral.

Five grams of dry leaves were placed in a 9.4 ounce (280 ml) Tokoname teapot. Purified spring water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for three minutes.

Kangaita FOP Black Tea 1st Infusion
Kangaita FOP Black Tea 1st Infusion

The first infusion produced a liquor with a deep orange-red color, clear and transparent. The aroma is sweet (malty), lightly floral, with light citrus scents. The body is full, with a rich and mouth-filling texture. The taste is lively, with notes of malt, citrus (lemon), and a very light floral note. The aftertaste is sweet (malty), with a respectable persistence.

Kangaita FOP Black Tea 2nd Infusion
Kangaita FOP Black Tea 2nd Infusion

The second infusion produced a liquor with a significantly lighter orange color. The aroma, body, and taste lightened significantly, but maintained the same general scent and flavor descriptions. I decided to pass on trying the third infusion. This second infusion was easy to drink, but lost much of it’s character.

Kangaita FOP Black Tea Infused Leaves
Kangaita FOP Black Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves have a uniform copper-brown color. The leaves are all small to medium sized fragments. The aroma is sweet (malt), floral (wet flowers), and had a light fruity or jammy scent.

The first infusion of the FOP black tea from Kangaita Factory definitely accomplished what it was intended to do, provide a strong tasting tea to perk me up on a slow morning. I really enjoyed the first infusion. The second infusion was not bad in any way, just a steep drop-off in character from the first infusion. This is certainly a perfect black tea to use in a higher quality Breakfast blend tea. I look forward to blending this with some of the Keemun Hao Ya and lower elevation Sri Lanka teas on the morning after my next sleepless night. This black tea tastes perfectly fine without additives, but I assume that throwing a splash of milk in with it can make a very smooth and energizing beverage.

Thank you to Dafina Tea Traders for providing this sample of FOP Black Tea from Kangaita Factory in Mount Kenya. Cheers!

Satemwa OP1 Black Tea from Satemwa Tea Estates

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…

Satemwa OP1 Black Tea Dry Leaves
Satemwa OP1 Black Tea Dry Leaves

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).

Satemwa OP1 Black Tea 1st Infusion
Satemwa OP1 Black Tea 1st 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.

Satemwa OP1 Black Tea 2nd Infusion
Satemwa OP1 Black Tea 2nd Infusion

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.

Satemwa OP1 Black Tea 3rd Infusion
Satemwa OP1 Black Tea 3rd Infusion

The third infusion produced a very similar liquor to the second infusion. There was not much of a further decline in aroma or taste.

Satemwa OP1 Black Tea Infused Leaves
Satemwa OP1 Black Tea Infused Leaves

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!

Side by Side: Poabs Organic FOP Black Tea and Satemwa Thyolo OP1 Black Tea

Today, I have two black teas from two Rainforest Alliance Certified, Fairtrade estates in two different continents. The first product is the FOP black tea from Poabs Organic Estates in Kerala, southwest India. The second product is the Thyolo OP1 black tea from Satemwa Tea Estates (Thyolo Mountain) in the Shire Highlands of Malawi, southeast Africa.

Check out the website for Poabs Organic Estates here. Learn more about the Satemwa Tea Estates here.

Let the journey begin…

Poabs Organic FOP (Left) and Satemwa Thyolo OP1 (Right) Dry Leaves
Poabs Organic FOP (Left) and Satemwa Thyolo OP1 (Right) Dry Leaves
Poabs Organic FOP Dry Leaves
Poabs Organic FOP Dry Leaves

The dry leaves of the Poabs FOP have a uniform dark brown to black color, with little copper color. The leaves are medium sized, rolled fragments. There are some bare stems in the mix. The aroma is sweet, with scents of malt, brown sugar, and spice (pepper).

Satemwa Thyolo OP1 Dry Leaves
Satemwa Thyolo OP1 Dry Leaves

The dry leaves of the Satemwa Thyolo OP1 have a uniform black color, with little copper color in the veins/stems. The leaves are medium to large sized, rolled fragments, with a few leaves possible being whole. There are some longer stems in the mix, a few bare, others with small leaf fragments attached. The pluck appears to be two leaves and a small bud. The aroma is sweet, with scents of dark chocolate and dried fruit. The aroma reminds me of dark chocolate covered cherries.

For both samples, three grams of dry leaves were placed in a 5 ounce (150 ml) ceramic infusion cup. Purified spring water was heated to 205°F (96°C). The leaves were infused for three minutes.

Poabs Organic FOP (Left) and Satemwa Thyolo OP1 (Right) 1st Infusion
Poabs Organic FOP (Left) and Satemwa Thyolo OP1 (Right) 1st Infusion
Poabs Organic FOP 1st Infusion
Poabs Organic FOP 1st Infusion

The first infusion of the Poabs FOP produced a liquor with an orange color and a red tint, clear and transparent. The aroma was spicy (pepper), and lightly floral and malty. The body was medium-full, with a sharp, dry feel. There was a medium-strong astringency. The taste had notes of spice (pepper), mineral, and light floral. The aftertaste was lightly sweet and floral.

Satemwa Thyolo OP1 1st Infusion
Satemwa Thyolo OP1 1st Infusion

The first infusion of the Satemwa Thyolo OP1 produced a liquor with an orange color and a deep red tint, clear and transparent. The aroma was very sweet, with scents of dark chocolate and dried fruit (cherries). The body was full, with a round, silky, feel. There was a mild astringency. The taste was sweet, with strong notes of dark chocolate, fruit (cherries and raisins), with a light mineral hint. The aftertaste was sweet and lightly spicy.

Poabs Organic FOP (Left) and Satemwa Thyolo OP1 (Right) Infused Leaves
Poabs Organic FOP (Left) and Satemwa Thyolo OP1 (Right) Infused Leaves
Poabs Organic FOP Infused Leaves
Poabs Organic FOP Infused Leaves

The infused leaves of the Poabs FOP have a uniform copper color. All leaves are medium sized fragments, with some stems in the mix. The aroma has scents of spice (pepper) and light floral hints.

Satemwa Thyolo OP1 Infused Leaves
Satemwa Thyolo OP1 Infused Leaves

The infused leaves of the Satemwa Thyolo OP1 have a uniform dark brown-copper color. The leaves are mostly medium to large fragments, with a few whole leaves, and some long stems in the mix. The stems show a two leaf and small bud pluck. Some large fragments appear to be more mature leaves. The aroma has scents of cocoa, dark chocolate, and dried fruit (raisins, cherries).

Aside from the color of the leaves and liquors, these two black teas were vastly different in feel, aroma, and taste. The Poabs Organic FOP had a more spicy, floral aroma and taste, with a sharp feel. The Satemwa Thyolo OP1 had a sweet, fruity aroma and taste, with a silky, smooth feel. Comparison like this are a great way to smell and taste the difference that growing conditions have on the final product. It is also interesting to note that Poabs Organic Estates are known for their various types of pepper products, and the tea had a spicy, peppery smell and taste.

Both teas are highly enjoyable in their own rites. This was a great experience in comparing visually similar teas that turned out to be completely different in smell and taste. Thank you to Poabs Organic Estates and Satemwa Tea Estates for providing the samples! Cheers to both of your Rainforest Alliance Certified, Freetrade estates!

Handmade Treasure Variety Black Tea from Satemwa Tea Estates

Alright, a weekends worth of insurance work has been completed, and now I can finally get to the next sample from Satemwa Tea Estates. As I mentioned in my previous post on the Zomba white tea Pearls, Satemwa is located in the Shire Highlands in the “warm heart of Africa”, Malawi. Please take a moment to read my post on the Zomba Pearls to learn more about Satemwa, or visit their website here.

Sifting through the variety of samples, I see many attractive green and black teas, an oolong, and a puer. However, the Handmade Treasure Variety black tea sounds too good to ignore for any longer of a time. The sample packet has been opened, and the smell of bakey malt and appearance of long, finely twisted tea leaves has me very excited. Let the journey begin…

Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea Dry Leaves
Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea Dry Leaves

The dry leaves have a brown to black color, with some spots of orange-gold. The leaves are long, wiry, and hand-twisted. The longer leaves measure well over two inches (50 mm). Many of the leaves appear to be unbroken, and the ones that are broken are very large fragments. The aroma is very sweet and malty, with lesser scents of light brown sugar and spice.

Three grams of dry leaves were placed in a five ounce (150 ml) ceramic tasting infusion cup. Purified spring water was heated to 205°F (96°C). Leaves were infused for three minutes on the first infusion, three minutes thirty seconds on the second, and four minutes on the third.

Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea 1st Infusion
Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea 1st Infusion

The first infusion produced a very bright, lively, golden-orange color, perfectly clear and transparent. The lively color and appearance certainly suggest that the tea bushes used for this product are grown at high elevations. The aroma is succulent, with strong scents of ripe, sweet oranges and honey, with a slight floral hint. The body is medium, and the feel is very smooth, almost delicate. The taste has strong notes of ripe, sweet oranges, honey, and lesser notes of fruit blossom and mineral. The aftertaste is sweet, like light honey, and persistent.

Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea 2nd Infusion
Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea 2nd Infusion

The second infusion produced a lighter shade of golden-orange color. The aroma remains sweet and fruity, with light floral hints. The body remains medium, with a smooth feel. The taste retains the ripe, sweet orange and honey flavors, while the floral and mineral notes have become more potent in this infusion. The aftertaste remains sweet and persistent.

Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea 3rd Infusion
Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea 3rd Infusion

The third infusion produced a lighter color liquor, with a golden-yellow glow. The aroma has lightened, but remains sweet, fruity, and floral. The body has also lightened. The taste has lightened considerably, and balanced on the orange and honey flavors, making the floral and mineral flavors about equally as potent. Despite the lighter character, still a very enjoyable infusion. A fourth infusion may be pushing the limits of these leaves.

Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea Infused Leaves
Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea Infused Leaves

The infused leaves are a light brownish-green to copper color. These leaves do not appear to be as heavily oxidized as most other black teas. The leaves are quite large, most measuring well over one inch (25 mm), some over two inches (50 mm). There are some large buds attached to the two leaf and bud pluck. Nearly all leaves are unbroken, some attached to the stem. The appearance is impressive. The aroma is sweet and floral, with scents of light honey and orange blossoms. I added an additional photo of the two best specimens pulled from the infusion cup. These are beautiful leaves.

Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea Infused Leaves Closeup
Satemwa Handmade Treasure Black Tea Infused Leaves Closeup

There are a few companies and/or estates that any time I choose a sample of theirs to review, I know it is going to be a great experience. So far, I have one company from Taiwan, one from Sri Lanka, one from China, one from India, and now I have one from Malawi, that always exceeds my expectations. This Handmade Treasure black tea was another amazing experience. Every aspect was impressive. The appearance, aroma, and taste were packed with bright, lively energy. Despite the below freezing temperatures in Pittsburgh, I feel warm after drinking this tea. The warmth and energy from the Shire Highlands in Malawi can be truly felt in each sip. Another success from Satemwa Tea Estates! Cheers to all of the people there that make tea like this possible!