2014 Castleton Maharaja First Flush from Darjeeling Tea Lovers


Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Darjeeling Tea Lovers

Tea Description:

Castleton Maharaja is one tea which we are sure you will not want to miss. After recording THE WORLD MOST EXPENSIVE TEA last season, they are back again with a BIG BANG!!!

Everything about this tea is perfect to make it a wonderful First Flush Tea. The dry leaves are well rolled and fine sorted. The initial appearance is very bright. When brewed for 4 minutes, it gives a beautiful bright yellow cup. The aroma will remind you that THIS IS A CASTLETON TEA, a very peach like sweetness with high flowery notes which tempts to have a sip immediately. The flavour is also very smooth, it starts and finishes very well. There is no sign of ‘harshness’ all you feel is a sweet floral flavour which lingers into your mouth for long. The aftertaste is very energetic and a bouquet of floral tone to it.

This tea has raised the standards of our First Flush Catalogue. Without any doubt, this qualifies for becoming the BENCHMARK TEA this season. A must have for every tea connoisseur.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a really delightful tea!  Then again, I’m not surprised.  I’ve yet to be disappointed by any tea that I’ve tried from Darjeeling Tea Lovers!

To steep this tea, I used my Breville One-Touch tea maker.  I measured 2 bamboo scoops of tea into the basket and then poured 500ml of freshly filtered water into the jug of the tea maker.  I set the timer for 2 1/2 minutes and the temperature for 195°F.  Then I let the tea maker do it’s thing, and when I returned a few minutes later, I had a pot of tea ready to enjoy.

The brewed tea is a light yellowish amber color and has a vibrant scent of peaches and flowers.  It’s a very inviting aroma.

And I’m happy to say that the aroma translates to the brewed tea!  This Castleton Maharaja has an amazing peach flavor that melds beautifully with floral notes.  Sometimes a tea’s floral essence can be a tad bit sharp but that isn’t the case with this tea.  It’s so smooth and sweet.  Not sharp or bitter.  There is very little astringency to this cup.  There is a slight dryness to the aftertaste which follows a really lovely sweetness.  The dryness seems to cleanse the palate a little, readying it for the next sip.  This is a tea that keeps you sipping, and it tastes so good that you don’t want to stop!

The sip begins with a sweet note that evokes a thought of a lightly sugared peach.  The peach flavors develop as the sip progresses and continue into the aftertaste.  As I reach mid-sip, I notice notes of flower and a slight woodsy tone in the distance.  The overall sip is very crisp and light and beautifully sweet.  It has that bubbly light flavor that you expect from a Darjeeling tea, but it’s much smoother than you might expect.

I am loving this Castleton Maharaja from Darjeeling Tea Lovers.  It seems like every time I try one of their teas, I’m bowled over with how good it is.  This company is one you should definitely try, especially if you’re one who is as fond of Darjeeling teas as I am.  You won’t be disappointed by anything in their collection!


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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