A delicately processed tea with sweet and floral notes. This is a wonderful tea from one of the best loved Darjeeling tea gardens.
The exquisite leaves of our revered 2021 First Flush Darjeeling tea from the Margaret’s Hope tea garden, are plucked immediately after winter when the plants are bursting with succulent flavour. Only the most tender white snowy buds were used for this hand-crafted micro batch tea, available only in very limited quantity.
This sublime spring flush Darjeeling tea boasts a fresh and fruity aroma accented by stunning hints of muscatel. With an intensely clear amber liquor, this is a truly exceptional tea to be enjoyed at any time of day.
Two rivers flow through the Margaret’s Hope garden where tea bushes - mainly of the Chinese Sinensis variety of the Camellia Sinensis tea plant - grow at an altitude of circa 3,000 - 6,000ft. The bushes are beckoned by the abundance of erns, trees, wildflowers, gushing streams, velvety moss, lichens and orchids that surround the estate.
The Margaret’s Hope garden produces some of the most exquisite teas in India - if not in the entire world - and is listed at the very top of all Darjeeling estates. The garden exists in balance with nature and applies forward thinking and eco-friendly production practises. Margaret’s Hope boasts the best natural habitat for salamanders in the entire region. The thriving salamander population is a symbol of the garden’s dedication to the environment.
Margaret’s Hope is located in the lower Kurseong subdivision of Darjeeling and has a fascinating backstory. The garden was established in the 1870s by the British man, Mr Cruickshank - only 30 years after the introduction of tea farming in the district. Cruikshank was inspired by the breath-taking views of the Himalayas. When Cruikshank’s daughter, Margaret, visited the garden, she fell in love with the abundance of natural beauty in the area and planned to return to the estate. Tragically, however, Margaret died of a tropical disease on the ship sailing her back to England. To commemorate his daughter, Cruikshank re-named the garden ‘Margaret’s Hope’.
Since the tragic death of Mr Cruickshank’s daughter, the garden has evolved into an internationally recognised tea manufacturer that continues to honour the vision of Cruikshank and the memory of the young Margaret.
Margaret’s Hope’s fine quality loose leaf teas are in high demand within the international tea market. The First Flush harvest remains an exclusive and sought-after Darjeeling tea, which imparts a unique, flowery aroma and a fresh and clean taste of muscatel.
Ingredients: Pure Darjeeling Tea.
Tea region: Margaret’s Hope, Darjeeling, India.
Region & Time of Harvest
This tea is harvested in spring in Margarets Hope, Darjeeling, India.