One of the most renowned of all Darjeeling estates, it is the crème de la crème of all Goodricke’s gardens.
It was planted in 1885 by Dr. Charles Graham. The slopes span Kurseong, Pankhabari and the Hill Cart Roads. Snow peaked ranges and soaring verdant hills encircle the garden. The predominantly China bushes grow at elevations of 915 metres to 1830 metres above sea level. The name Castleton has been derived from a building which looked like a castle and still exists in Kurseong. This ‘Bank Ghar’ belonged to a money lender who made this grandiose fort. The original name of this famous garden was Kumseri. Interestingly, departing from usual practice, the tea sections here, have been given names, not numbers. These names tell stories of adventure and are echoes of the past. Bhalu Khop (bear cave), Jim Basha (the erstwhile manager's domain), Dhobitar (washerman’s clothes line), Baseri (resting place). are some of the interesting section names.
Castleton is truly the abode of the Gods. Here, mountain, earth, sun, mist and dew, shed their gentle blessings to produce the world’s finest teas.
Castleton’s teas are prized by connoisseurs and royalty, whether in Japan, England or the Middle East and are available at the Castleton Tea Centre located across the factory on the Pankhabari road.
Goodricke’s have pursued Castleton’s fine tradition of excellence and have been the guardians of this treasure for many years. Since 1984, the garden has consistently achieved record prices.
It has fetched the highest world prices for these prized teas in the Kolkata auction centre, the oldest in the world.
Quality remains the quintessence of Castleton. The garden has been awarded the ISO9000/HACCP/ISO 22000 Quality Systems Certification, thus ensuring the legacy of excellence for the future.
Castleton’s teas, created from select and pure China bushes are exquisite and delicate. Fragrant like roses, golden like sun-spun amber, the teas are most prized for their unique ‘muscatels’, comparable to sweet summer wines, with intense fragrant top notes of musk.