Review: Mark T. Wendell First Flush Darjeeling 2012 Castleton Estate

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Thumbs up!"There are hits of hay, muscatel, lilac, and honey."
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A rumour circulated earlier this year that first flush Darjeelings were going to be, for lack of a better word, unremarkable. Apparently the weather in India didn't cooperate particularly well, so the first harvest wasn't supposed to be anything special, but this... This is fantastic. If this is indicative of this harvest, then it's far from disappointing.

The leaves are uniform green, black, and silver. They're listed as a Special Chinal Clonal varietal and graded as FTGFOP1. I steep at 195° for three minutes and get an absolutely brilliant cup. There are hits of hay, muscatel, lilac, and honey. I get a second steep on par with the first, full-flavoured with the same variety of notes and a fabulous texture.

I've had enough years of flush teas that I have certain expectations from some gardens, Castleton being one of them. They have yet to disappoint me, and this is another tea that meets my standards. It's bright and brilliant, a perfect tea for spring. It prepares the palate for the new harvest, which I don't think I'll be finding disappointing, after all.

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