Castleton Muscatel (2nd Flush) from Darjeeling Tea Lovers

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Darjeeling Tea Lovers

Tea Description:

CASTLETON MUSCATEL is one of the finest muscatel teas that we have come across this season. This tea has been made from selective leaves that come from PURE CHINA BUSHES at an altitude of 6200 ft above sea level which is ideal for the MUSCAT FLAVOUR.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Every time I go to open a new pouch of tea from Darjeeling Tea Lovers, I am so excited for what awaits me.  The teas I’ve tried from them so far have been absolutely incredible, and this one is also amazing.

This has such a crisp flavor … there are actually faint notes of mint in the background!  The muscatel is a very forward flavor.  Sweet and fruity with a fair amount of astringency.  The cleansing astringency is somewhat dry and plays to the muscatel notes quite nicely, giving it an almost wine-like finish.  In the aftertaste I notice a far off in the distance hint of mint, but otherwise the aftertaste is very clean.

I find this to be a very enjoyable cup of tea – usually with Darjeeling teas, I find that they make a really nice afternoon cup because they aren’t overly energizing; they tend to be more of a calming, relaxing cup of tea.  But I find this particular Darjeeling to be more invigorating … I could easily start the day with this!  The flavor is very vibrant!

If you are a fan of Darjeeling Teas, you really MUST try the teas from Darjeeling Tea Lovers.  Every single tea that I’ve tried from them has been a superb example of what Darjeeling tea should be – and while that definition seems to get broader and broader for me the more I drink Darjeeling, it is one I don’t mind redefining, because I keep finding more to love about Darjeeling – thanks to this company!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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