Review: Thunderbolt Tea Castleton Special China First Flush

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Thumbs up!"The deeper amber color of the tea is calming and identifiable as a Darjeeling, only with a silkiness and deeper complexity that I don't usually find in other darjeelings."
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thunderboltchinafirstflush.jpgThe Darjeeling First Flush Teas from Thunderbolt tea is described on their website as a light tea with "a taste that is buttery, nutty and a hint of fruity aroma reminiscent of avagadro" "with a complex character".. and a "sweet and lingering" aftertaste. I don't understand the reference to avagadro but agree with the descriptions of buttery nuttiness. The dried brown and green bits and pieces are sweet and fresh-smelling. The reference to butteryness comes out here in it's smoothness. When steeped, the leaves become earthy and slightly vegetal, definitely nutty and pleasant. The deeper amber color of the tea is calming and identifiable as a Darjeeling, only with a silkiness and deeper complexity that I don't usually find in other darjeelings. In previous Darjeeling sipping experiences, I can almost smell the dryness and a bit of astringency, as though the tea were begging for a bit of sugar and milk to soften and balance it. The nutty taste is evident from the first sip and deepens into a fragrant complexity that I can't quite place. Their description refers to a fruty aroma; I can see that, though it's not any identifiable fruits thankfully but more like a sense of fruit. This tea is very easy to drink. The medium body, intriguing aromas seem heavy, but transform into a sweet pleasant aftertaste with a very light touch of dryness that suits it well. The website suggest adding sugar to taste, but I like it just fine without. I can see how the addition of milk and sugar would turn this into a cup of creamy deliciousness; the flavors are strong enough to hold its own against other additions, but I like the simple elegance of this tea unmasked. Very nice.

— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Castleton Special China First Flush, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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