Castleton Estate TGBOP Ch. First Flush (DJ-25)

This tea has been retired/discontinued. Formerly TD26.

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Darjeeling First Flush
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Darjeeling, India
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 11, 2018

Commercial Description

The greenish, broken leaf yields a cup with a pronounced sweet, floral aroma. The liquor has crisp, minty nuances, with a hint of spice and almond. The finish is smooth and mildly pungent when steeped for 1 to 1.5 minutes.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 212°F, 1-1½ min.

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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Very green character, even more than typical for a first-flush, both in the appearance of the leaves and the aroma. The cup is a deep amber color. The aroma is light and mostly floral, almost reminiscent of queen Anne's lace blossoms. On my second brewing I did detect a faint suggestion of spearmint in the aroma, and spicy undertones, suggestive of coriander. Very light aroma- and flavor-wise, possibly bordering on bland, but relatively full-bodied.

Upton recommends a single infusion of 1 to 1.5 minutes. Brewing for 1 min., I was able to get a second infusion out of the leaves by brewing for 3 min., and the result was actually more flavorful than the first, which was unusual for a broken leaf tea. This tea is so smooth and gentle, I think it is better to make a single, longer infusion. I also recommend using a fair amount of leaf. The greener, more oolong-like character tempted me to try slightly cooler (~195F) water--don't! This tea is better with boiling water as Upton recommends.

When brewed the 3 min. way, this tea is, in my opinion, outstanding, especially for a broken-leaf tea of this price.

This doesn't even resemble TD22, another broken-leaf first flush from Upton. That tea, although more flavorful than this one, has a heaviness completely lacking here. This tea is very light.

People who want a mild black tea might really enjoy this one.
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