Malawi Antlers

Malawi Antlers Loose Leaf White Tea

10 reviews
Regular price $18.49
(46¢ per cup)

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Rather than being made from the leaves of the tea bush, this incredibly rare loose leaf tea is made from the velvety stem of finely plucked spring shoots. These antlers wonderfully express the unique terroir of this extraordinary tea garden. Only a few kilos can be produced each year.

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14 July 2022
Ardeth K.
United States

Flavorful through many steeping

I don’t find white tea or twigs very flavorful, most of the time, so I was surprised at how flavorful these twigs were. I ran out of day before I ran out of steepings on this tea. I really enjoyed it and was very glad that Rare Tea Co. introduced me to this tea I had never heard of before.

09 June 2022
Kathleen R.
United States United States

Wonderful all day tea

This tea is so flavorful, sweet and fruity. Every infusion gives a smooth taste. Do not wait to try it.

09 May 2022
United States United States


If you're looking for something different, I highly recommend this tea. It is smooth, satisfying and, I would say, sophisticated, if you can use that word about a tea. I get several infusions from it. Worth the price!

11 March 2022
David W.
United States United States

Very nice, unique tea

I think, while very different, Malawi Antlers has become my second favorite (I'm still a Lapsong Souchong fan). Antlers seem unique to me in the ability to infuse them so many times and savor the mellowing flavor over that time. And if you have a glass teapot, the Antlers are very different looking as they steep (being stems rather than leaves). -David

06 March 2022
United States United States

Nuanced tea that beckons again and again

This tea has an illusive, nuanced flavor, aroma and full mouth feel that keeps me coming back to brew and savor it over and over again. Sometimes it presents as stone fruit, fruity but much smoother than a Dan Cong, and other times a rich vanilla. Rare Tea's stems are thicker and tastier than the thin "African Antlers" sticks I once purchased from another well known purveyor.

Tasting Notes

Soft and elegant with remarkable flavours of peach and apricot.


Use 0.11oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water (3g per 150ml).


For the optimum infusion use 212°F (100°C) water.


Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.


You can infuse this tea up to six times. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

46¢ per cup based on 0.11oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water and 6 infusions.

One of the most remarkable things about Antlers is that they get better and better with each infusion. The water penetrates deeper into the stems and the flavour changes with each steep. The apricots remain, but a deeper, woody, umami taste gently reveals itself behind the soft, sweet fruit. It truly becomes more and more divine.

For the first infusion, use 3g per cup and add 150ml boiling water to soften the stems and steep for two minutes. But don’t worry if you overdo it. The woody stems take time and don’t contain much tannin, so leaving them for five minutes or longer won’t be at all disastrous.

You don’t need to re-boil the kettle between each infusion. Each cup will be cooler, but the stems will be softer. You may need to lengthen the infusion times as the stems start to exhaust, and reheat the water if it cools too much, but don’t give up on them. I’ve made eleven infusions from the same pot.

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