Livingstone's Twist & Dry
Grower: Satemwa Tea Estate
Tea Maker: Alexander Kay
Origin: Thyolo Mountain, Shire Highlands - Thyolo District, Malawi
Elevation: 1,000m (3,280ft)
Cultivation: Conventional - Herbicides only, no pesticides
Harvest Date: June 2016 (Summer)
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Bold, deep flavors. Notes of raisin, molasses, malt, and fragrant wood.
Round texture with a brisk, lingering finish.
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Livingstone's Twist & Dry is an oolong tea from Malawi. The leaves are hand-picked, then rolled to achieve a slightly darker oxidation than the Father Zambezi's Mission. The oxidation ranges from 20%-70%. The result is a darker, more fruity profile with a molasses sweetness. Oolong teas are the most difficult category to craft, and many "oolong" teas from new origins like Malawi tend to fall short. Livingstone's Twist & Dry demonstrates that even new origins can begin to develop their own oolong teas. The tea echoes some of the dark, fruity flavors of Taiwanese Oriental Beauty. The tea's small leaf cut and bold, brisk flavors make it an excellent fit for blending, iced tea, and cold-brewing.
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185F - 195F
Western Style brewing recommended. Use lower leaf:water ratio, steep for longer than usual.