Castleton Estate 1st Flush Darjeeling DJ-17

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 17 oz / 500 ml

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One of the better teas of the 2010 season. The golden-copper colored cup has gentle hints of pineapple that complement the floral notes. A well balanced first flush Darjeeling that yields layers of flavor nuances with every sip. FTGFOP1 CH

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One of my tea traditions includes always buying one Darjeeling first flush from Upton’s every year. This year I tried the Sungma, but I also got a sample of this Castleton Estate.

It’s hard to make a choice to buy a tea when the description is only 1-2 sentences long, and there are 10+ first flushes to choose from! I wonder how other people make their choices. For me, I usually look at price (not too cheap, not too expensive), leaf size, and keywords like “fruity” or “sweet” :)

I love the smell of a fresh Darjeelings. That unique biscuity smell is worth the ticket price alone! And this tea is both fruity and sweet. I would’t say “pineapple” like the description indicates, but it has a nice sweet/savory balance, like plum or peach cobbler, or shortbread cookies with plum jam. Yum!

Well, I can proceed with the month of May, now that I’ve had a taste of first-flush DJ. This is a tea tradition I’d highly recommend!

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2036 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 57 of 2018 (no. 413 total).

It didn’t bowl me over as an iced tea, either, though it was pleasant enough.

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This was 2014th pick given to me in a swap and I must say that it was a rather disappointing 1st flush tea, regardless of time elapse between plucked and drank. Drinkable, but not wanting to sip through this again. This tea misses out on all the high notes that give a tea its name and fame.

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Light amber color. Medium viscosity. Very smooth going down. Good mouthfeel. Not too much acidity or tanins. Excellent afternoon tea. Think you’d want to go with something darker for a wake-me-up morning drink.

Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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