Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Castleton Moonlight Imperial

Last year I ordered some Castleton Moonlight Imperial,
Second Flush 2015,
from Thunderbolt Tea and I fell in love with it.
This year before leaving for our adventure in Europe
I ordered more knowing it would be here when I returned home.
The only difference is that this is a First Flush 2016.
I couldn't wait to compare them side by side.
Do you see any difference?
The fragrance was similar,
but the color was different.
The darker is from 2015.
The 2015 2nd flush was fuller bodied and smoother.
I wondered if that is because it had more sun to gain energy.
The 2016 1st flush was more lively and green.
Overall I loved them both, but think the next time I will order
the 2nd flush.  I prefer the fuller bodied flavor and the darkness of color.

When I started this evaluation I was thinking they were both
1st flush and was so surprised at the difference.
I know there can be a difference from year to year, but
didn't think this much.
When I re-read the packages I understood better why they were different.
Oh I do love Moonlight in my cup whatever the season or flush.
Thanks, Thunderbolt Tea.


Beatrice Euphemie said...

Interesting to compare the difference! Sounds lovely! x K

maribell Caban said...

Brilliant story! Loved the education you bring us Marilyn ~ Bravo!

Joy said...

There is a big difference, more than I would have expected. I'm glad they were both delicious.

Rosemary said...

Great side-by-side comparison of the 1st and 2nd flush.

Jeanie said...

When you talk tea, I always feel like I am in the presence of a master!