In terms of perfect locations for growing tea, the mountains of Malawi’s Thyolo district are right up there with the Assam Valley, Darjeeling, Fujian and Kenya’s Rift Valley. Conditions in the region are ideal – the soil is nutrient rich, sunlight is bright and there is enough rainfall to all but negate the need for irrigation. Thanks to these excellent conditions, teas grown high up in the mountains flush vigorously and develop exceedingly high antioxidant levels.
- HOT TEA: put 6-8 pearls for each 7-9 oz/200-260ml of water in the teapot. Pour freshly biled water over tea. Steep 3-7 min. Milk & Sugar are NOT recommended.
- ICED TEA: (1L/QT): 25-30 pearls into teapot. Pour 315ml boiling water on tea. Steep 5 min. Quarter fill serving pitcher with cold water Pour into pitcher straining tea. Add ice, top-up ith cold water, garnish & sweeten to taste.
From the first sip, we knew we had made the right choice in selecting the leaf to produce this Matcha. On the nose, the infusion is bright with hints of grass. The following poem, attributed to an unknown Malawian poet sums it up nicely: Your rocks Protect the soil from eroding;
Tea, coffee and rubber plants,
Thrive in your breeze,
Springs emanating from your eyes
Provide rivers which give us water.