Review: Tea Emporium Castleton Moonlight

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Thumbs up!"This is a rather complex flavor profile- while fruity notes seemed to be most prominent, I also picked up on honey, chocolate, and flowery notes. All combined, the flavor is smooth and sweet yet brisk, and without any hint of astringency or bitterness. "
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According to the Tea Emporium website, this second flush Darjeeling from the Castleton estate tea has a rather interesting origin, with the leaves being harvested early in the morning from the highest elevation section of the garden, withered for 48 hours, and then hand-rolled by "15 women workers". The appearance of the dry blend is quite exquisite, with a variety of shades of white, brown, green, and even silver in the tips, all making an appearance. The dry blend appears more like a first flush than a second flush. I prepared a big cup of this tea using 2 teaspoons of leaf and about 15 ounces of water, then steeping the leaves in boiling water for about three minutes (the Tea Emporium website states that you can brew this for five minutes, but I opted for a more conservative three minute time instead). For a second-flush tea, the color of the liquid is a bit paler than I expected, being a shade of chestnut brown instead of a darker shade. The tea is pleasantly fragrant and the flavor that follows is rich and enjoyable. This is a rather complex flavor profile- while fruity notes seemed to be most prominent, I also picked up on honey, chocolate, and flowery notes. All combined, the flavor is smooth and sweet yet brisk, and without any hint of astringency or bitterness. This is a self-drinking tea that requires nothing be added for an enjoyable cup. I must admit that I drank this tea faster than I should have, simply because it was so tasty and easy-drinking. I look forward to the next cup of this, and would recommend this to others looking for a great example of a second-flush Darjeeling. This is a bit pricy, at $32 for 100 grams, but if you are able to splurge, you will be pleased with this purchase.

— To purchase Tea Emporium Castleton Moonlight, 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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