Darjeeling - Margaret's Hope Estate, 2nd Flush

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Black Tea
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Bread, Red Wine, Caramel, Grain, Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Musty, Straw, Toast
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
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Boiling 180 oz / 5323 ml

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Internationally renowned Darjeeling teas come to us from the area in and around Darjeeling, a Himalayan town in the state of West Bengal in eastern India. The soil and climatic conditions that exist here create teas that are treasured for their exquisite taste. Often referred to as the “Champagne of teas”, Darjeeling teas are so prized that the government there created a special logo that certifies that the teas bearing this logo were actually grown in this beautiful mountain terrain. These teas have a complex and delicate flavor that marries well with custard, eggs, grilled fish, curries and fresh fruit.

Originally established as Bara Ringtong in 1830, the garden came to be known as Margaret’s Hope Estate in 1927. Margaret was the daughter of the tea estate owner and, as the story goes, she fell in love with the garden. Before traveling to England Margaret promised to return; unfortunately she contracted a tropical disease and passed away on the voyage. Her father renamed his estate to honor the memory of his daughter and her love for the land.

The Margaret’s Hope tea bushes are almost entirely Chinese jat which accounts for the green tippy leaf appearance and the superb fragrance. The leaves yield an amber cup with a true Muscat flavor found only in rare Darjeeling teas.

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A fairly complex tea. A hay biscuit bread flavor with red grape or red wine flavor. That’s what I can remember. Tasted a little bit old.

Flavors: Bread, Red Wine

Boiling 2 tsp 180 OZ / 5323 ML

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1049 tasting notes

And now we’re back to Darjeeling for a little while. I polished off the last of this prior to going to work this morning, so I have been getting a feel for this tea for the last 3-4 days. I have to say I really like it.

Prior to infusion the leaves show a dark green with delicate aromas of grain, must, and Muscat grapes. After infusion, the resulting liquor is a dark golden amber. Aromas of Muscat grapes, toast, grain, straw, honey, malt, caramel, and must are evident on the nose. In the mouth, notes of caramel, toast, malt, and honey quickly give way to notes of grain, must, and straw. Pronounced Muscat grape notes pick up just before a balanced, layered finish of straw, honey, toast, malt, and grape. Bitterness and astringency are mild to moderate.

I really like this Darjeeling. It is a little rough around the edges, but it displays quite a bit of depth while remaining approachable. Compared to the Dooteriah Estate Darjeeling offered by Simpson & Vail, this tea is not as smooth, but is more complex and displays greater character overall. I could get used to having this around the house.

Flavors: Caramel, Grain, Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Musty, Straw, Toast

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