Tea: Monks Reserve-Castelton Estate

A Darjeeling Oolong from Fresh Darjeeling Tea

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

Picture of Monks Reserve-Castelton Estate
Brand:Fresh Darjeeling Tea
Style:Darjeeling Oolong
Region:Darjeeling, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:3 View All

Review of Monks Reserve-Castelton Estate

AromaFlavorValueTotal
6 of 105 of 55 of 567 of 100
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Like the other teas I've tried from Fresh Darjeeling Tea, this tea is completely unlike anything I've ever tried! It is also the only Darjeeling oolong I've had that is rich and full-bodied.

Brews a dark color, darker than some Darjeelings I've seen classified as "black" teas. Malty, with a savory quality to it, and a faint hint of smokiness. Gentle flavor, with very little bitterness or astringency. Robust and full-bodied, but oddly, I find the cup gets lighter and fresher tasting as I drink it. A few vegetal tones emerge in the aroma.

I enjoyed this tea much more when making multiple brief infusions. If you steep it too long it can be a bit overwhelming even though it is not bitter. I like using a first infusion of one and a half minutes or less, and subsequent ones slightly longer. This tea retains an astonishing strength of aroma with each subsequent infusion, and thus offers outstanding value.

I can see this tea quickly becoming a favorite for people who enjoy teas with a savory quality.

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