We’ve been eagerly awaiting the new first flush Darjeelings of 2016, especially from Castleton Tea Estate as we were so happy with the previous crops we’ve had from them. And 2016 spring crops surely do not disappoint! Darjeeling Castleton First Flush 2016 is a high grade (FTGFOP1) tea that delivers all the best traits that First Flush Darjeelings are famous for with an extra special muscatel twist.
Castleton Tea Estate is located next to the town of Kurseong, which translates as the “Land of the White Orchids”. The estate is very well known for its muscatel teas while also producing very fine first and second flush teas. Most of the tea plants here are from China and the Estate employs orthodox tea processing methods where the leaves are hand plucked and then carefully processed using mechanised equipment to ensure uniformity of leaves. The altitude of the tea estate ranges from 1,000 to 2,300 metres so there is a wide variety of growing conditions for different tea types and grades.
This Darjeeling Castleton First Flush, plucked in spring 2016, has neat small leaves with plenty of black and green colour as well as silver tips. Once brewed, this tea produces a bright golden liquor with a pronounced mineral and muscatel character. These characteristics are most welcome in this Darjeeling Castelton First Flush, as coupled with the floral lightness of a spring tea they make for a superb marriage of flavours. Champagne-like style is certainly an apt way of describing this fine tea. The balanced flavours are predominantly mineral, chalky and muscatel-like with floral and elderberry notes.
Darjeeling Castleton First Flush 2016 black tea is best brewed at 90°C for 3-5 minutes according to your taste. It can also stand at least one more infusion. Best taken without milk to fully enjoy the muscatel character and complexity of flavours of this fine tea.
It is also great paired with food, such as seafood and fish, very much like champagne. The champagne-like character of this tea makes it one of our all time favourites for us here at Curious Tea!