|"It is a lovely, delicate darjeeling. The more you drink the tea, the more flavors you detect."|
Their Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling Black Tea is a first flush tea picked April 5th, 2014. Not many tea companies give the exact date, so I found this impressive. The tea was grown above 1800 meters in the town of Kurseong. Castleton estate, the plantation where this tea is grown, was established in 1885 and is known to produce some high quality teas.
The tea leaves are light green, as they should be for a first flush. First flush darjeelings are less fermented, causing the leaves to be lighter then the second flush. The leaves smelled grassy, sweet, and minty. I steeped 1 teaspoon in one cup of water at 200F. As the leaves steeped, more minty and vegetal notes emerged in the smell.
After 4 minutes of steeping I tried the tea. It is a lovely, delicate darjeeling. It is not a tea I suggest drinking with a meal or any additives. It is best to drink on it’s own to fully enjoy it’s delicate nature. The more you drink the tea, the more flavors you detect. It leaves a sweet aftertaste. After drinking half a cup, I noticed the typical musty flavor that is common for darjeelings. I tried this tea a second time, steeping it for 6 minutes rather then 4. I didn’t enjoy this tea as much the second time. More steeping caused the tea to become more bitter, less sweet and mellow. I definitely recommend 4 minutes of steeping time for this tea.
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