I was really excited when this tea came out around October, but it’s been sitting in my untrieds box for months.
The dry leaf is wound into oblong shapes that make me think of cocoons. They’re irregular in size, and not tightly wound like most pearl tea. The smell is hay with an intense freshly cut grass note.
I steeped five pearls in 80C water for 4 minutes. The liquor has a medium gold colour and a faint smell. Taste, this has some sweet, hay like notes at the front of the sip, but then quickly develops a cool, juicy vegetal flavour, akin to cucumbers and iceberg lettuce, with a hint of zucchini.
I’m drinking this hot, but my mouth really wants to try this cold – the cool veggie notes just seem like they would be so well suited to an iced tea.
The pearls have barely started to unwind. Rather than hot steep another cup of this, I think I will throw them into the fridge to do a cold brew overnight, and we shall see what the results are.
Very tasty, and I think my favourite of the Malawi teas I’ve tried from What-cha.
Flavors: Cucumber, Freshly Cut Grass, Hay, Lettuce, Zucchini