Darjeeling Castleton First Flush 2014

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Astringent, Dry Grass, Spices, Sugar, Vegetal
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 19 oz / 550 ml

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We selected this Darjeeling Castleton Estate First Flush, plucked in 2014, for our February Dark boxes. The appearance of this tea is that of small neat leaves with plenty of black and green colour. Once brewed, this tea produces a bright light liquor with a strong chalky muscatel flavour and a hint of spice. The speciality of this tea estate is muscatel tea and this impacts the flavours that are found in their first and second flush teas, such as this particular one. It is really great to find muscatel flavours in a first flush Darjeeling and this tea does not disappoint. Muscatel flavours are present but without being overbearing. This coupled with low astringency and dry chalkiness of this tea means that this tea can really be described as having a champagne-like character!

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I’m not 100% sure that this is the 2014 one but possibly as this was purchased from someone on here within a year or two. I do apologize that I cannot remember who this one is from, everything ends up in a ever growing bin labeled “try me!”.

This brewed up a light green-yellow. I did add sweetener which ended up bringing out almost a juicy texture/feel. This has a touch of grassy-ness to it and it’s dry. It makes for quite the enjoyable cup!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I love a good Darjeeling, for I crave that muscatel flavor. I saw this and the main flavor notes were “muscatel”, so I knew that I needed to try it. The dry leaf are small dark green and silver curls and strands. They have a light white grape scent and some vegetal scents. I brewed these up western in my teapot. The liquor comes out a pale opaque bronze. The aroma from my cup is pure bliss. Then, I actually tasted it. I think this tea may have been idle too long, for the main flavors seem to be diminished. This brew had a spice and astringent background, and at the forefront, a light wood with almost sugarcane flavor. I did not catch any muscatel flavors. The brew was not airy and light. actually, it was quite firm for a first flush. This was a fairly decent tea, but it was not what I was expecting or looking for. I enjoyed what I had, but I will continue my search for the “champagne” I crave.


Flavors: Astringent, Dry Grass, Spices, Sugar, Vegetal

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Doug F

I do find that the first flush darjeelings, which I love, can lose something after a year.


Yeah, that’s what I suspected. I should have jumped on it earlier…


I am always on the hunt. I had one harvest that was unnamed/ unbranded darjeeling first flush, and it was oh so good. The taste was crisp and refreshing.


I’ll definitely check this out :) I’ve heard good things of this company.


wow they’re local for me!


you should go there. im so jelly!!!


they are on IG too.

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The first thing I noticed about this tea is that it is very dry, with a wine-like, or muscatel flavor. When I hear Darjeeling tea referred to as the champagne of teas, this is exactly the type of tea I picture. It has many of the same characteristics of a quality champagne.

You can read the full review on my blog:

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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