All VAHDAM® India Darjeeling Teas are sourced directly from the plantations within days of harvest, cleaned & vacuum sealed at source in India to preserve freshness & aroma. The teas are then shipped directly to our fulfillment centers in the United States and then delivered to your doorstep. Experience tea, as fresh as in the gardens.
Summer / Second Flush
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About Castleton Estate
The iconic Castleton tea estate enjoys a cult-like status amongst tea connoisseurs. Located at 5,000 ft., teas from Castleton have always been prized for their signature flavour. It was in Castleton that the first Muscatel tea was made in 1985.
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Castleton Muscatel Darjeeling Second Flush Black Tea (DJ181/2022)
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Dark-tan and coppery, with noticeable tips - stylish and well-made
Toasty and sweet, with an almost caramel and honeysuckle hue and subtle woody notes
Bright and deep amber, there is a distinctly rich vibrancy in the cup that is matched with a good-body and sweet astringency on the palate, with amazingly clear notes of ripened tropical fruits at the edges, tapering off with lovely and lingerting tones of muscatel grapes.
Water – 200ml Use O2 rich water, running stream or RO filtered.
Temperature 90°-100° C/ 194°-212° F
Add 2g Leaves
Steeping 5 minutes
Condiments Add sugar or honey as per taste
To be served without milk.
Best Consumed - Hot
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Second Flush?
Second Flush is the second harvest of the year. In Darjeeling, the Second Flush teas are harvested at the onset of Summer. Plucked during the peak in months of May and June, Second Flush teas are renowned for their full-bodied and crimson-golden cups, with a mellow sweetness and distinct fruity flavours.
What makes Second Flush teas highly-prized around the world?
Second Flush teas from Darjeeling are highly sought after by connoisseurs for their signature fruity flavours and rich cups. It is also during the Second Flush that the elusive and exclusive MUSCATEL teas are produced at select tea estates for a short period of about two weeks.
What is so special about Single Estate?
Unlike most tea blends that contain teas from from multiple estates, Single Estate teas are sourced only from one particular estate, and generally from one particular section of the estate of either China or Clonal bushes. Also, most Single Estate teas are from a specific season - First, Second or Autumn Flush.
VAHDAM® India's Single Estate teas also mention Invoice No. and Date of Plucking of the teas - identifying the exact lot that is available only with VAHDAM® India and no one else!
Are these really from the famous Darjeeling tea-growing region?
Yes! All 100% pure Darjeeling teas come with the Tea Board of India's DARJEELING TEA logo. This logo is allowed only for 100% genuine and authentic Darjeeling teas and is a guarantee that you are buying certified Darjeeling tea.
How are the teas packaged?
After sourcing our teas directly from plantations within hours of harvest, we bring them to our state-of-the-art tea facility in New Delhi, India. The teas then go through rigorous rounds of cleaning, sorting, quality testing to remove any impurities/dust/foreign particles. Post 10+ quality checkpoints for leaf size, aroma, liquor, flavors, etc., these are vacuum-packaged in opaque aluminum-lined bags using sophisticated machinery. These vacuum bags are then stored in a dehumidified, temperature-controlled warehouse which ensures that the teas remain garden-fresh and maintain their character. Further, required quantities are packed in smaller vacuum-sealed packs which are boxed in the retail boxes and then sent over to our own delivery centers located in various parts of the world.
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This product is made in a facility that processes tree nuts, mustard, sesame and milk.