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Margaret's Hope - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

2021 First Flush

Margaret's Hope - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

Indian Black Tea

Light, fruity and floral, this micro-batch Margaret’s Hope tea from the 2021 spring harvest shows why Darjeeling is often known as the ‘Champagne of teas’.

From: Kurseong, Darjeeling District, India

LOOSE LEAF TEA
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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.

Read more about this Darjeeling tea


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.

Ingredients


Pure Indian black tea

Tasting notes


The tea offers a mellow citrus and floral aroma and light golden infusion. A light cup with tropical fruity undertones and spring flowers notes with brisk muscatel mouthfeel.

Region


Darjeeling is the northernmost district in West Bengal, Eastern India. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is bordered by Nepal in the West, Sikkim state to the North, and Bangladesh on the South-eastern boundary. The eponymous city, 2,100m above sea level, is located on a long, narrow mountain ridge of the Lesser Himalayas.

Learn more about the Darjeeling Region of India

On a clear day, the city offers unparalleled views of Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest mountain), and Mount Everest can also be seen from nearby Tiger Hill, which itself sits at 2,590m above sea level. The highest peaks in the district are part of the Singalila Ridge and reach 3,600m. Depending on the elevation, the climate is either Humid Subtropical (CFA) in the lower areas, or Subtropical Highland (Cwb) on the higher hills, with a Tundra climate (ET) on the higher mountains, and numerous microclimates along the steep relief.

The city itself enjoys a mild and temperate climate (Cwb), with average lows of 10°C in the winter, and average highs of 21°C in the summer. The summers are wet and overcast with high precipitation from May until September; and the winters are mild and clear. Winds are generally low throughout the year. The land between 1,000m and 2,000m is mostly used for cultivation: principally tea, but also rice, corn, wheat and cardamom. The slopes above 2,000m are covered in forests, with a mixture of semi-evergreen, temperate and alpine trees. The forest around the city of Darjeeling is home to rare, protected orchids.

The reserve forests are also home to small Indian civets, mongooses, badgers, as well as a conservation centre for the elusive and endangered red pandas. Teas from such altitudes are considered high-grown. Considering that Darjeeling is only 280 miles from Assam, it is remarkable that the two regions produce vastly different teas.

As well as climatic and topographic differences, soil quality varies. Whilst Assam is considered very fertile, Darjeeling soil is loose and poorly consolidated, with risks of landslides. But the steep slopes ensure efficient drainage, and the misty, wet summers with limited direct sunlight are ideal for the cultivation of the Camellia sinensis sinensis. The mild, dry winters also encourage a period of dormancy, so the new Spring leaves can burst with flavours (First Flush harvest).

How to brew

3g

3g

85°C

85°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 4mins

3 - 4mins

Margaret's Hope - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf Tea

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