|"There are hits of hay, muscatel, lilac, and honey."|
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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