The origins of our 2021 Margaret's Hope Darjeeling First Flush Tea
A delicately processed Darjeeling tea with sweet and floral notes, Margaret's Hope is an exceptional black tea from one of the West Bengali region's best-loved estates. Boasting a crystal-clear golden yellow infusion and a fresh, fruity aroma accented with stunning muscatel notes, this sublime single origin Indian spring flush can be enjoyed at any time of day.
The exquisite tea leaves of our revered Darjeeling 2021 first-flush loose leaf tea from the Margaret's Hope tea garden are plucked immediately after winter when the plants are bursting with succulent flavour. A look at its fuzzy rolled green leaves with silvery buds is enough to convey the quality of this hand-crafted, micro-batch tea. Only the most tender white snowy buds were used for this tea, which is available only in limited quantities.
This FTGFOP1 (Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe grade 1) tea is a good example of why Darjeeling first flushes are often called the 'Champagne of teas'. They're highly sought after for their unique floral aromas and fresh, clean taste of muscatel, which is why we recommend enjoying their light, delicate flavours without milk.
About Margaret's Hope Tea Estate
Margaret's Hope Tea Estate produces some of the most exquisite teas in India, if not the world. Located in the lower Kurseong subdivision of Darjeeling, the garden was established in the 1870s by a British man, one Mr Cruickshank, only 30 years after the introduction of tea farming in the district.
Two rivers flow through the plantation where tea bushes -– mainly of the Chinese Sinensis variety of the Camellia sinensis tea plant – grow at altitudes of 950-1,900m. The tea estate is famous for its natural beauty. As well as offering breathtaking views across to the Himalayas, the plantation is surrounded by ferns, trees, wildflowers, gushing streams, velvety moss, lichens and orchids.
The team at Margaret's Hope maintain the garden with environmentally friendly practices in mind, as evidenced by a thriving population of salamanders that occupy a lake within the garden.
As for the name? The story goes that when Cruikshank's daughter, Margaret, visited the tea garden, she fell in love with its stunning natural beauty and vowed to return. However, after Margaret died aboard the ship sailing her back to England, her heartbroken father renamed the garden Margaret's Hope in her honour.
Other black tea suggestions from Darjeeling
Darjeeling's charismatic teas are highly sought after, so our tasters have carefully chosen a selection of the best for you to enjoy. These include 2021 first flush teas from the celebrated Selimbong, Upper Namring and Snowview tea estates. You can compare these with a classic second flush Darjeeling from the Margaret's Hope Estate and the summer harvest.