Castleton Autumnal Wonder (2013) from Darjeeling Tea Lovers


Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Darjeeling Tea Lovers

Tea Description:


Clonal teas from CASTLETON TEA ESTATE have always been special and rare. One of the most difficult tea to source due to its high demand.

This tea comes from pure AV – 2 bushes which have been very finely plucked during the early mornings (before sunrise) when the dew is present on the leaves. The dew adds more prominent floral flavour to this rare tea. A tea full of fruity floral notes, the aroma of brewed leaves is enough to make your mouth water.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I absolutely LOVE the aroma of these dry leaves!  They are sweet and distinctly floral with notes of fruit.  The brewed tea smells a bit less floral and more fruity than the dry leaves.  There is a slight herbaceous note to the aroma as well, reminding me somewhat of basil.

I love the way the fruit and flower flavors meld.  The floral tones are softer in taste than the fruit notes, the fruit notes are profound!  There is a muscatel note (grape!) and hints of crisp apple and every once in a while, I swear I could also taste a whisper of apricot in there too.  The grape-y notes give this an almost wine-ish taste, complete with a slightly dry finish.  The dryness is not abrupt, it’s a smooth finish.

The floral notes are much more subtle, but they offer a nice sweetness to this as well.  The aforementioned herbaceous notes translate only slightly to the taste, and I notice these more in the aftertaste than in the actual sip.  I draw in a breath across the palate, and I experience a cooling sensation, as if I had one of those tiny mints.  (You know which ones I’m talking about, right?)  The palate feels clean after a sip.

If you’re a fan of Darjeeling teas, you really need to try some teas from Darjeeling Tea Lovers!  Their Darjeeling selections are top-notch, I’m always impressed with the teas that I try from them.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
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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