Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"This tea has plenty of flavor, and a complex one at that. The sweet flavors seem to make their appearance first, leading the way for the muscatel notes that lingered on my tongue for a good while. "|
This offering from the well-known Castleton Estate offers classic Darjeeling flavor. The dry leaf is thin and small, tightly rolled and wiry. The dry leaves have a sweet and fresh chocolatey-muscatel aroma, but the scent is not very strong (although the Tea Emporium website describes this tea as strongly smelling of dates and chocolate). I used one teaspoon of leaves per cup and brewed the leaves in boiling water for three minutes. The tea is a dark tan color with a weak aroma. With the mildly-smelling dry leaf and the faintly-smelling brewed tea, I was a little concerned that this tea would have a sub-par flavor. However, that turned out to not be the case. This tea has plenty of flavor, and a complex one at that. There are sweet notes of fruits and chocolate balanced by a pleasantly astringent muscatel note. The sweet flavors seem to make their appearance first, leading the way for the muscatel notes that lingered on my tongue for a good while. This tea is a medium-bodied tea that is refreshing and easy to drink. It is a nice self-drinker, needing no doctoring in any way. While my overall review of this tea is positive and I would happily drink it again, I feel like the current price of this tea ($22 for 100 grams) is a bit steep. However, if this is within your budget, you may want to give it a try.
— To purchase Tea Emporium Castleton Muscatel FTGFOP-1 Second Flush, 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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