Castleton Classic Darjeeling First Flush Black Tea (DJ 09/2021)

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Plucked at the peak of the Summer flush at the world-famous Castleton tea estate, these toasty and woody teas brew into a delightful light-bodied cup with fruity-floral notes
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  • 100% Certified Pure Darjeeling Tea under CTM No. DJ/590/27092016/T of the Tea Board of India
  • Invoice No. DJ 09/2021 exclusively available with Vahdam India
  • Unblended, Single-estate from one of the top Darjeeling tea-estate
  • Sourced Direct from the estate within days of plucking
  • Vacuum Packed and Sealed at source for garden-freshness & flavour
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About the Tea
Date of Picking/Harvest - 28th March 2021
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.
DJ 09
Summer/Second Flush
Medium Caffeine
About the Tea Estate
Castleton has a cult-like following amongst tea connoisseurs all over the world. It makes some of the most prized First Flush and Second Flush teas with a distinct character. It is the first Darjeeling tea estate to get the ISO 9002 certification, and is the birthplace of the famed Muscatel teas.
Darjeeling, India
5,000 ft
Tasting Notes
Appearance - Coppery, stylish leaves with a characteristic bloom, and a generous sprinking of tips
Aroma - Mellow and mid-bodied, with a well-rounded smoothness, enhanced with luscious notes of figs and raisins, citrusy nectarine around the edges, and a memorable finish of toated pinenuts
Taste - Mellow and mid-bodied, with a well-rounded smoothness, enhanced with luscious notes of figs and raisins, citrusy nectarine around the edges, and a memorable finish of toated pinenuts
Steeping Instructions

Water - 180ml Use O2 rich water, running stream or RO filtered.


Temperature 85-90 C / 194-212 F


Leaves 2g


Steeping 5 minutes


Condiments Add sugar or honey as per taste


To be served without milk.


Best Consumed - Hot

100% Pure & Unblended Darjeeling Tea.
Certified the Tea Board of India under the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. Darjeeling CTM Licence No. - DJ/590/27092016/T

Tea Board of India Licence


Darjeeling CTM Licence

Most of the Darjeeling being sold across the world is blended with other region teas to earn higher profits. Always choose a trusted source for your Darjeeling Tea with a valid CTM licence.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is First Flush?

First Flush is the first harvest of the season. In Darjeeling, the First Flush teas are harvested with the onset of Spring around the first week of March.

What makes First Flush Teas highly-prized around the world?

First Flush teas from Darjeeling are highly sought after by connoisseurs for their signature freshness and fragrance. The young leaves are deligtfully green with silvery tips, and make a sweet, light and decadant cup with a distint hue of Spring flowers.

What is so speical about Single Estate?

Unlike teas blended with teas from many estates, Single Estate teas are from a single tea estate and not blended with any other teas. VAHDAM'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 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 a 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3514 reviews
John de Leon
Excellent service and quality tea

Ordered Castleton first flush lovely quality Darjeeling exactly as expected I was a bit puzzled as to why a tea from India appeared to ship from the USA but still very satisfied will order again appreciate the vacuum sealed packages to ensure freshness

Bruce Allan
Great service

Great service, so nice to have good Darjeeling 1st Flush

Mr Robin Coulthard
Vahdam tea.

You won’t get fresher Darjeeling tea than Vahdam.


Wonderful invoice with all the characteristics I look for in a Darjeeling. I consumed my supply without deviation until it was gone.

Patrick M. Dierking

With a short steep, this selection brews up golden green and is very smooth. The scent of the dried leaves is somewhat intense but also sweet. There are lots of furry tips included in the mix. The flavor is half-way between a sweeter green and a later-flush Darjeeling. Meaning that I can tell that this is a Darjeeling (not true of all of the spring flush varieties from this region...)! Rating: 4

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Castleton Classic Darjeeling First Flush Black Tea (DJ 09/2021)

Castleton Classic Darjeeling First Flush Black Tea (DJ 09/2021)