Review: Canton Tea Co. Castleton Moonlight First Flush Darjeeling

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Thumbs up!"sweet and mild, with hay or subtle grassy notes being followed by a pleasing combination of fruity and sweet notes. "
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I have been on quite the first flush Darjeeling kick lately, so I was more than happy to sample Canton Tea Company's Castleton Moonlight First Flush Darjeeling. The leaves are large and mostly intact and actually much resemble the minimally processed leaves of a white tea. The aroma is fresh and strong, with hints of muscatel, citrus, and a honey sweetness coming through. I followed Canton's tea preparation recommendations and steeped the leaves for three minutes in 195-degree water. The liquor is a pale yellow color. As far as flavor goes, this is a mild Darjeeling that I would describe as not overly pungent in the flavor department. That's not to say that it is flavorless, but rather that no real sharp notes or strong flavors came through. The overall profile is sweet and mild, with hay or subtle grassy notes (very subtle, nothing like a vegetal green tea) being followed by a pleasing combination of fruity and sweet notes. This is a smooth and easy-drinking brew, and something that could easily work its way onto a short list of favorite Darjeelings for any seasoned Darjeeling fan.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Castleton Moonlight First Flush Darjeeling, 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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