2016 First Flush Darjeeling Black Full-Leaf
Harvested from Castleton Estate Tea Garden in Darjeeling, India.
Plucking Date: March 26th, 2016
Lovers of the leaf, rejoice! The dormancy period is over and the Darjeeling hillsides are radiant with young, fragrant leaves. Rich in flavor, these prized leaves steep a delicate cup, sure to delight the senses.
We are excited to bring you this year’s first spring leaves from Castleton Estate Tea Garden in the southern Kurseong Valley in the state of West Bengal, India. This prestigious garden is located along the valley’s hillside at an altitude of 4,000 feet.
We selected this tea on site and air freighted it to ensure the freshest tea possible. Regarded as the ultimate tea experience, only limited quantities are available.
The Finest Muscatel
Castleton Estate Tea Garden was first planted in 1855 with China tea bushes. It has a reputation for producing the finest muscatel teas, using the orthodox method of processing hand-picked leaves. This elegant Darjeeling yields a bright golden liquor with a well-rounded, slightly floral and vegetal first flush character.
The Gallery Collection Artwork
Each year, our limited edition First Spring Darjeeling tea label features original artwork that captures the essence of this rare harvest. This year’s selection is from our citizen art contest chosen from multiple entries. This artwork was created by artist Julia Simon of Richardson, Texas. It is the fourteenth in a series from our Tea Gallery Collection. This design was inspired by the first, second and monsoon growing seasons in Darjeeling.
This pure, 100% Darjeeling tea is certified by the Tea Board of India.
More About This Product
Black Tea has less than half the amount of caffeine per cup than in a similar-sized cup of coffee. More about caffeine.
1. Fill the kettle with fresh, filtered water and heat to boiling. Let cool for 2 minutes.
2. Warm the teapot by swirling steamy water in it and then pour it out.
3. Place one teaspoon of tea leaves into your pot or infusing basket.
4. Pour 6 oz of water per serving over the tea leaves and infuse for three to five minutes. Experiment to find your favored steeping time.
5. Serve the tea. Avoid letting the leaves stew. Enjoy hot or let cool completely and pour over a generous amount of ice.
6. Add the used tea leaves to your garden. They make a healthy fertilizer for flowering plants.
First flush Darjeeling tea leaves from Castleton Tea Estate FTGFOP1 China special
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What our Citizens are saying about this great gift of the leaf...
Always top notch
First flush Darjeeling remains my favorite tea. I love how smooth it is and that it never gets too strong or bitter as it continues to steep. I add more hot water to the pot after pouring each of the first three cups to extract even more tea. This method yields 25-30 ounces for one teaspoon of loose tea. Even still, I go through several tins every year and always look forward to spring.
A fine cup
This year's Darjeeling makes a fine cup of tea. When I ran out, I had to order more. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a bulk option, so picked up two more tins.
Every year, I look forward to what TRoT brings to the First Flush Darjeeling table. Generally, I'm easy to please since I really like FF, but I'm also more than willing to be critical if the tea isn't up to par. Last year's variety from the Selimbong wasn't my favorite. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't the best I've had. This production from Castleton, however, is another story. I absolutely LOVE this tea. It's fruity, but not overpoweringly so. It's got a nice mild astringency about it, lending to a wonderful mouthfeel. Expensive? Yes, sort of, but this is quality tea that is well worth the expense. Recommended!