REVIEW: Rare Tea Company – Lost Malawi


Tea and origin: Black tea from the Satemwa Estate on Thyolo Mountain in Malawi
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There are some wonderful developments going on in the African tea industry right now, and from what I can tell, the Satemwa Estate is one of the leading innovators. This is the first time I’ve tried one of their teas that is not part of blend. Read on to see what I think.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of broken leaves that have a fresh, sweet aroma. When the dry leaf is added to warmed crockery, it exposes a malty aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark brown liquor with a slightly sweet aroma. It is a full-bodied tea that has a moderate amount of astringency. The flavour of the liquor has a malty body and a sweet finish

Infusion tips: Infuse two to three minutes with 85 to 90C water to drink without milk. To drink with milk, infuse three to four minutes with 85 to 95C water. Letting the water cool a bit is highly advised. You will get two (possibly three) infusions out of this tea

Conclusions: This tea has characteristics that I associate with many east African teas, but it isn’t overloaded with strong tannins that require half a pint of milk to tame. While this tea is good without milk, I think a splash of milk rounds out the flavours and makes it richer. If you like Kenya Milima, this is a tea you should try. However, compared to most Milimas I’ve tried, this tea is smoother, although it has the body and astringency to make it a solid breakfast cuppa

Retail price: 50 gram tin for £6.50


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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