Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tea Review: Guava Smoked Thyolo Moto (Tea & Whisk)

Guava Smoked Thyolo Moto
Tea & Whisk
Type: Flavored Black
Origin: Malawi, Thyolo District
Product Description: Thyolo Moto is a black tea from Malawi. The tea leaves are handpicked, and allowed to fully oxidize to create a black tea. Afterwards, the finished tea is smoked over guava wood to impart an incense-like, smoky flavor.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaf aroma is heavy with smoke and reminds me of savory smoked foods.

The bright red-orange infusion has a bold smoky aroma with notes of baked tropical fruit underneath.  The taste is smoky and intriguingly salty (a phantom flavor- there is no salt) with a fruit-sweet finish and little to no astringency.

I was pleasantly surprised to be able to distinguish the taste of the black tea within the smoke.  Though this tea was ideal for my tastes at three minutes, it could easily be steeped longer for good results.  The best flavor is in the first cup while a second infusion is less complex yet still enjoyable.

This tea was purchased by me.

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