Margaret's Hope Classic Summer Chinary Black Tea (2021)

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Apricot, Astringent, Muscatel, Raisins, Wet Rocks
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 9 g 20 oz / 591 ml

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  • “I’m a big fan of Margaret’s Hope second flushes, and this one did not disappoint. We recently installed a new water softener at our house. Since installing the water softener, I’ve noticed a...” Read full tasting note
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Known for producing splendid high-quality teas, the revered Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate has revealed one of its most iconic teas, the classic summer Chinary black tea. A summer blend with an experience like no other, beginning with luscious peaches, the flavor gradually recedes and reveals the classic wet wood notes interlaced with delectable tropical fruity notes akin to cantaloupes. Lingering stone-fruity flavors greet the palate towards the end, making it a delightful mellow journey, and living up to its mark.

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I’m a big fan of Margaret’s Hope second flushes, and this one did not disappoint.

We recently installed a new water softener at our house. Since installing the water softener, I’ve noticed a diminished quality to my teas, so I wanted to experiment with this tea that I am familiar with.

I brewed this on two separate occasions. The first time, I brewed using filtered tap water that had been run through the softener (which uses salt to soften the water) and allowed the water to come to a boil. The second time, I brewed using spring water and stopped the heating process just before reaching boiling.

Both occasions revealed the usual astringency and muscatel flavor of the tea, but the flavors were much more pronounced with the spring water. I also had the flavors of apricots and wet rocks with the spring water — flavors I was expecting and hoping for. Neither of these flavors came out with the filtered, softened tap water, but there was a very strong taste of raisins with the softened water.

I am glad I ran the experiment with the water, as it helped me to realize what I am missing when I use the softened, filtered tap water. I think the naturally-occurring minerals in unsoftened water add so much to the tea. I am going to avoid using softened water going forward and try out various waters to find the ones that add the most to my tea experience.

Anyway, this tea is as excellent as it has been in previous years and am looking forward to enjoying it again all summer long.

Date of “Packing” (unsure about picking): May, 2021

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Muscatel, Raisins, Wet Rocks

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 9 g 20 OZ / 591 ML
ashmanra

Didn’t enjoy my first Darjeeling because I wasn’t making them right, mostly. But a second flush Margaret’s Hope was the first one I enjoyed, so it has a special place for me. Still my favorite.

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