Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush

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Another classic ‘Moonlight’ grade spring black tea from Castleton. Castleton produces some extremely fine first flush teas and this one is for the true connoisseur. The long leaf ensemble of this tea boasts of select silver tips and makes for an aromatic and bright golden liqouring cup. The fruity sweet flavor with mild astringency traverses you to an orchard with young spring flowers bringing in the freshness of spring. A must have in your black tea collection.

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Usually I am griping about how much of a garbage pile my body is, with the Fibromyalgia and all the stupid allergies I have, but this once I am going to congratulate it on being awesome! Everyone in the house caught a nasty cold, and I live in a house full of Marvel Comics-esque Super Soldiers, so you know it is awful when they get sick. Guess who was the only person who didn’t get the cold…yep, me! I was up under Ben and Rita gaming and bringing their sick selves tea, so I know I got lots of exposure, and now that everyone is on the mend I think I am in the clear. Good job body, you got to be the healthy one taking care of people for once.

Today we are having our first look at Golden Tips Tea, an Indian tea company with a very respected history and legacy. Plus, when you get a package from them it comes in some very awesome wrapping!

I recieved several samples from them (yay! I needed more Indian teas on my blog!) and the first one I pulled out of the box was Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush, I did a little happy dance because I have become hardcore addicted to Darjeelings lately. Plucked in April of 2014, this FTGFOP1 Moonlight Grade first flush Darjeeling comes from the Castleton Tea Estate, which was first established in 1885. The aroma of the dry leaves is, as expected, quite delicious to the nose, there is a strong muscatel presence, blending fresh juicy grapes and a hint of the more honey sweet raisins. Also fresh hay, a touch of peppery nasturtium leaves, and a bit of freshly crushed parsley at the finish giving the tea a neat herbaceous touch.

The brewed leaves are surprisingly herbaceous with notes of parlsely thyme, and fresh broken leaves. Of course there are notes of muscatel, primarily fresh grapes and honey. At the finish there is a hint of distant wildflowers and hay. The liquid, well, that packs a sweet punch! Like fresh grapes and raisins with a pinch of thyme and a strong apricot undertone. Fun fact, thyme and apricot is wonderful together, I suggest mixing the two whenever possible.

Ok, so the taste, well, wow! One of the things I love about Darjeeling tea, especially first flush, is how the taste reminds me of Scuppernongs, the super sweet and juicy grape variant that I would eat fresh and sun-warmed from the vine during my childhood in the South. The muscatel notes are the notes of happy memories to me, so how can I not love it? The mouthfeel is smooth and light, there is more to this tea than muscatel notes, there is also a refreshing note of fresh lettuce and a bit of thyme. The finish is sweet honey drenched apricot that lingers into the aftertaste. A delicious tea that tastes like summer and sunlight, I certainly enjoyed every sip.

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I have fibromyalgia too and I can totally relate! Living in this fibro tortured body of mine feels like living inside of a broken down old house at times. Glad you dodged that cold.

I am crazy about Darjeeling tea too – My absolute favorite! Now that I have read your review, Castleton Moonlight Grade first flush Darjeeling will be my next must have Darjeeling! Liked your comparison to Scuppernong grapes, a sweet childhood memory of this Virginia boy.


Yay, glad to hear your body fought the power!


Yay I am glad that I am not the only one who ate Scuppernongs as a child. It was awesome, my grandparents had a fence that was covered in them, I would spend so much time eating them, I wish I could grow there out in Kansas City, or that moving back to the South was feasible.

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