Malawi Antlers

Malawi Antlers Loose Leaf White Tea


Regular price $18.49
(46¢ per cup)

158 in stock

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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Tasting Notes

Soft and elegant with remarkable flavours of peach and apricot.

Quantity

Use 0.2oz of leaf per 5.5 fl oz of water (3g per 150ml).

Temperature

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

Time

Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.

Infusion

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 0.2oz of leaf per 5.5 fl 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.

The Satemwa Estate

Malawi

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