Malawi has the oldest plantations in all of Africa, with some bushes dating back to the 19th century. Therefore this makes Malawian teas richer and deeper than those produced from Kenya.
Malawi's tea industry developed in the 19th century, around the same time that the coffee crop in Sri Lanka failed. At that time, coffee planters moved away from Sri Lanka and moved to Malawi and started planting tea.
The soil in Malawi is a rich red, and the tea "liquor" takes on the same vibrant hue. Malawi teas are renowned to buyers around the world for their deep red colour.