Castleton Floral Spring CL 2023 First Flush

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Black Tea
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Flavors
Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Green, Green Beans, Herbaceous, Honey, Lemon, Nuts, Orange, Pepper, Spices, Sweet, Vegetal
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “This is a clonal first flush that I included in my 2023 order because of its name. (Giving pretty names to Darjeelings seems to be common, and “Floral” is fairly restrained as things go.) I steeped...” Read full tasting note
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This is a clonal first flush that I included in my 2023 order because of its name. (Giving pretty names to Darjeelings seems to be common, and “Floral” is fairly restrained as things go.) I steeped about 4 g of leaf in 150 ml of 180F water for 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 minutes.

The dry aroma is of honey, citrus, florals, spices, and herbs. The first steep has notes of honey, spring flowers, lemon, orange, pepper, herbs, and green veggies. There’s some crispness and astringency, though it doesn’t detract too much from the citrusy florals. The next steep is also herbaceous, lemony, and floral, with a nice sweetness balanced by green veggies and a bit of astringency. The third steep has a pronounced honey note, less florality and citrus, and a harder hit of astringency and veggies. I also get some nuttiness and green beans, though I may be detecting that flavour because I’ve been drinking a lot of green tea. The final two steeps are predictably astringent, but with enough honey and florals to be drinkable.

This is a nice Darjeeling, but it doesn’t reach the heights of some of the other Thunderbolt first flushes in my opinion. Using less leaf cuts down on the astringency but also on the flavour, and it’s hard to find a balance. Still, this is a smooth, sweet, floral, citrusy FF that I enjoyed finishing.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Green, Green Beans, Herbaceous, Honey, Lemon, Nuts, Orange, Pepper, Spices, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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