|"This tea is lovely. And it is delicate, fussy, and hard to classify"|
It turns out, I was foiled again. Though this tea gets its romantic moniker because it is, quite literally picked by the light of the moon, it's actually the lunar glow of the wee morning hours. Those, I am not interested in. However, if I had to get up at dawn to obtain a tea as fine as this, I might just do it.
Castleton is the estate where this tea is grown. The garden is high in the hills and once was only accessible by narrow gauge railroad! Inconvenient, but worth it. There's gold up there!
Castleton Moonlight must be one of the richest veins of gold in the area. Tea Emporium's website hints that people go through a lot of trouble to produce it. Not the least of whom are the " the 15 women workers of the garden" who hand roll the leaves in order to give it "a beautiful appearance."
This tea is lovely. And it is delicate, fussy, and hard to classify. Some call it a "white" tea. Tea Emporium refers to it as "not quite a Darjeeling, a bit more oxidized than Oolong." It tastes best brewed at 203 degrees Fahrenheit, or 8 degrees below the boiling point. See what I mean by "fussy?"
Plus, It costs around $10 per ounce, but it is well worth the money. While steeping , these leaves smell chocolaty and fruity. This finished product is a bright golden liquid that tastes both floral and astringent, yet finishes smooth and sweet. The flavor lingers like the faintest whiff of a fine perfume. I just don't know how leaves can do all that to my tongue. But I'm glad they do. I want to publicly thank the 15 women workers at Castleton and everyone else who helped bring this tea into my life. It has been a pleasure drinking it. I rate it a 10.
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