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The Castleton Estate in Darjeeling's Kurseong South Valley is among the world's most celebrated tea gardens, famed for its superb Second Flush variety.
The combination of altitudes between 1000 and 2300m and the high proportion of original China tea bushes creates a far superior a Second Flush far superior to most other estates in Darjeeling. While First Flush Darjeelings picked between March and May are famed for their sparkling taste and clarity of cup, the Castleton Second Flush has a greater complexity with the strong fruity notes of a more mature leaf. As well as the famous Darjeeling muscatel - a taste we'd compare to sweet white grapes with a warm hint of spice - you'll also pick up smooth notes of peach and even a slight nuttiness in the first sip.
If you ever have a chance to visit the Darjeeling, make sure you take the rattling Toy Train up to Kurseong and hop on the bus to Castleton. An architectural folly on the hill has the appearance of a castle, and the different sections of the gardens have names rather than the usual numbers. There's Bhalu Khop (bear cave), Jim Basha (a man's house is his castle), Dhobitar (washerman's clothes line) and Baseri (resting place). One tip - bring waterproofs.
Floral, Fruity, Muscatel
A dramatic muscatel sweetness with notes of ripe peach
A full afternoon tea would be perfect
Early afternoon, in the lull between lunch and tea
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.
Darjeeling by Christina on 3rd September 2016
Really superb tea, great flavour, perfect morning brew. This tea is why Darjeeling has such a strong reputation as being the perfect cuppa, you will never get anything like this tea in a supermarket, it is like a fine expensive wine, with great complexity and balance. Worth the price IMO.
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Tea plantations were first introduced to India by the British in the 19th century. Britain had originally relied on China for their tea supplies, but their breakthrough came when the Scottish explorer Robert Bruce discovered tea plants growing wild in Assam. However, that didn’t stop the British from stealing Chinese tea cuttings to plant in the Himalayan region of Darjeeling, and the finest Darjeelings are still cultivated from the original China-Jat bushes. Despite its rather dubious beginnings tea is now an integral part of Indian culture, with sweet, milky chai sold on every street corner.
The Castleton Estate was first founded by Dr Charles Graham in 1885. We've given our exeptional Castleton Darjeeling the number 885 to mark the date.
Although most associate tea with North India, it's well worth discovering this sublime, carefully crafted variety from South India's Nilgiri Hills. Kala Moti translates as black pearl', producing a fragrant fruity brew with a slightly nutty finish. Rich yet still refreshingly light, it's a tea to take without milk to enjoy its subtle layers of flavour.More Details
This distinctively delicate Darjeeling grows in the foothills of the Himalayas, picked early in the year when the leaves are still young. Laced with the crystalline sweetness of a muscatel wine, this is a tea to toast the first day of spring.More Details
“I’m a big fan of our Mango & Bergamot – the coloured petals look lovely against the green tea leaves, and I like to store it in glass sweetshop jars on my kitchen shelf.”- Marie Laure, Covent Garden Store Manager
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