Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling Black Loose Leaf Tea – 2nd Flush TGFOP is from the Himalayan foothills in India is medium sized whole leaves with lots of tips. Delicately astringent, bright cup with distinctive muscatel character. Hints of currant give an almost wine like taste to this fine tea.
Nestled in the hills below the soaring majesty of the Himalayas is the Darjeeling growing area of North east India. The name Darjeeling actually means “place of lightning” and describes well the bolts of lightning which accompany great monsoons that wash over the landscape every year. With elevations up to 7,000 feet above sea level, the combination of coolness and moisture produce a much lighter cup than neighboring region Assam.
During the 1930’s Margaret Hope Tea Estate was owned by Mr. Bagdon from London. His youngest daughter, Margaret visited with him on one trip and fell in love with the garden, the people and the Darjeeling area. She had hoped to return when older and manage the estate for her father but tragically fell ill on board ship during the long sail back to England and died shortly after. The estate was named in her memory.
The tea bushes at Margaret’s Hope are mostly from the Chinese variety of Camellia sinensis and grown at altitudes of 6 – 7,000 ft above sea level. Growth is much slower in the cool weather at this altitude producing limited crops. This leaf, almost green in appearance with a superb fragrance is a second flush picked during May and June which produces an incomparable quality of tea some would describe as nutty, others likening the taste to black currants or a fine Muscat grape.
However you would describe this tea the proof is in the tasting. You will find a bright cup with delicate astringency which is best appreciated ‘straight up’. When brewing any Darjeeling we find 3 minutes to be long enough for the first infusion, though you may wish to infuse longer for a more astringent and deeper tasting tea.
To enjoy our Darjeeling at its absolute best, serve in a pure white cup and please refrain from adding milk and sugar even though this may be your preference! 20 to 25 cups of tea can be made from 2 oz of loose leaf tea.
Steep this tea multiple times as loose leaf teas have far more flavor than traditional tea bags due to the superior quality and freshness. Tea strength is a personal decision, so please experiment to determine your preferences.
Use boiling water and allow your Darjeeling Black Tea to steep as little as 3 minutes or as much as 6 minutes. For each of the following steeps use boiling water and double the steep time. Darjeeling Tea can be steeped at least 3 times and depending on the steep times, as many as 5 times. Also, consider blending the first steep with the following steeps to balance the tea. If you do not want to drink all the tea, store in fridge for wonderful iced tea.
Store in a dry place.