Monks Reserve-Castelton Estate

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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3 ratings
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Brand:Fresh Darjeeling Tea
Style:Darjeeling Oolong
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Darjeeling, India
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 30, 2009

Commercial Description

Extraordinary expression of balance. This reserve carries sweet floral elements,robust Darjeeling character and complex Oolong flavour steep after steep.

Brewing Instructions: (from Fresh Darjeeling Tea)

3 grams per cup, 85-90 C.
Steeping Time: 2 minutes for steep 1, 2 minutes for steep 2, 3 minutes for steep 3.

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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The most aromatic of the season Tasted so far. Truly Darjeeling
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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I don't know how to describe this tea. It tastes a little bit fruity, kind of peach-like maybe. It has a sort of smoky aroma. I don't think it's quite my cup of tea. It's a little too weird.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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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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