Thyolo Moto Malawi

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Thyolo Moto is a uniquely African version inspired by Lapsang Souchong tea from China. In this African context, Satemwa harvested the teas by hand, then let it fully oxid, and is smoked with guava wood to give it its distinct smoky, wooden flavour. The overall flavour notes for this tea are smokey, malty, oak, and cedar as well as smoothness and softness that is very pleasant.

Character: Enchanting, Distinct, Pleasant

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Taking a break from the more froufrou French teas I’ve been drinking lately. Though to be fair, yesterday’s almond orange flower water pastry tea was not all that froufrou.

This tea arrived in my sampler box from the Quebec Online Tea Festival/ Festival du The Quebec. One of the few black teas, just saying.

The dry leaf is hardy and wiry. The leaves are longish.

I was rather surprised that this is smoky: medium smoky, in my humble opinion. The smokiness is juxtaposed with like a honey sweetness, a winning combination.

And oddly enough, it is the second tea I am seeing here today smoked on guava leaves. Who knew?

Really rather lovely. Smoky, sweet, full-bodied, malty. Easy to drink.

I will have no difficulty finishing off this packet of tea.


Another one! Neat! I have a feeling I like this method.

Evol Ving Ness

Yeah, I am really enjoying this tea. I’ve been drinking it all day. Smooth. And another bonus is that it seems near impossible to oversteep.


Good to know! Going to need to check out this one sometime in the new year..

I also appreciate how this tea’s name clearly states the country of origin. Mariage Freres was all “this is from Southern Africa”. I cried geography tears lol

Evol Ving Ness

Geography tears—lol!

Also, it seems that the boxes are still available. :)

Evol Ving Ness

I am particularly enthusiastic about the caramel infused with tea though, honestly, everything so far has come as a welcome surprise. (though I am not a huge fan of the RTD teas.)


Mmm… did you get the “Découverte” one? It’s extremely tempting.

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, yes, I did. Though this tea is from the grand cru sampler. Each one is quite tempting in its own way. And I felt that I was behind on my matcha experience, so I got that one too. /facepalm/

There are cool surprises in these boxes, ie. things I didn’t really know I wanted until I got them. :)

If you decide to get one/some, try the KELLY15 code for 15% off. It probably still works.

Evol Ving Ness

The last time I was in Montreal, I discovered quite an amazing range of tisanes. I guess it is a thing there. Not that I am that much drawn to them normally. However, they are so delicious. These boxes have a nice variety of them: floral and foresty. Another perk.


I too am behind in my matcha experience.. I am you here, but in the past, and I’m determined to repeat the same mistakes/happy accidents.

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