|"Bold malty and floral notes that linger and taper off to a more mouth-cooling sensation at the finish - not unlike a peppermint tisane, but with a sweet kiss of honey and toffee."|
Upon first glance, there is a certain "wow factor" with the dried leaf - a veritable cornucopia of colors, sizes and textures ranging from flecks of bright green flat leaves to downy white tippy buds, wiry mahogany spindles to gnarled tan driftwood. The scent of the dried leaf is lovely and spicy.
A 4-minute infusion with sub-boiling water produces a fairly bright, golden yellow cup. The aroma of the liquor has a deepened, fuller/richer character - less spice and more caramel or burnt sugar, although not immediately "sweet". Immediate impressions on the palate are bold malty and floral notes, reminiscent of some very fine Darjeelings. These linger and taper off to a more mouth-cooling sensation at the finish, not unlike a peppermint tisane, but with a sweet kiss of honey and toffee. The flavors intensify as the cup cools, and I'm excited to bring this one home to concoct what I can only imagine will be a sublime pitcher of iced tea.
A second infusion of this tea seems subpar to the first but is entirely drinkable, and even expected/endorsed by Canton Tea Co. Many other Darjeelings take on a watered-down and off-flavored second infusion, while others result in superior cups to the initial steeping. This tea falls somewhere in the middle - less flavorful or exciting than the first, but still a nice cup.
— 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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