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I’ve had the second and third infusions of this tea. I increased the steep time by thirty seconds for the second infusion and another thirty seconds for the third infusion. I preferred the second of the three, but it wasn’t a “knock your socks off” tea. It was very good, but not something that I have to eventually have in what I foresee as less than ten teas in my cupboard – especially at the higher price of this tea.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Peter

As you may know, Darjeeling has been a prized black tea, known by many as the “champagne” of teas. When properly brewed, Darjeelings yield a thin-bodied, light-colored tea with a floral aroma. and a musky spiciness referred to as “muscatel.” Note that Darjeelings are not 100% oxidized (typically 90%), so they are not fully black teas and have oolong characteristics – and are not as bold as other blacks.

The Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling comes from a tea estate that gets its name from a memorable story. A tea planter was visiting his estate in India the early 1900s with his daughter Margaret. She fell in love with the tea gardens hoped to return one day and spend the rest of her life there. However, on the voyage home, she tragically died at sea. Her grieving father named the estate Margaret’s Hope in memory of his daughter and her dream.

The Darjeeling from Margaret’s Hope has also been reported to age well, developing a welcoming sweetness with a more subdued Darjeeling scent over two to five years. This particular leaf is graded FTGFOP, Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, a very high grade of tea leaf sought by tea connoisseurs`. Hence, it’s higher than average price.

For a bolder-tasting Darjeeling, you might consider our Organic Darjeeling, which has a much strong flavor profile.

Peter Martino, CEO
Capital Teas, LLC

Travis-Hts

Thanks for your input, Peter. I use a Breville tea maker, so I expect that my teas generally should be “properly brewed.” I did make the effort to clean my tea maker well yesterday and today, so I’ll try the Mararet’s Hope again soon.

I noticed that one of my green teas was a little brown in color, especially after the second infusion. So, I’m hopeful that I"m back to a better cup of tea now. I’ll post more comments later in the week.

I’ll also consider the Organic Darjelling. Thanks again for your information.

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Peter

As you may know, Darjeeling has been a prized black tea, known by many as the “champagne” of teas. When properly brewed, Darjeelings yield a thin-bodied, light-colored tea with a floral aroma. and a musky spiciness referred to as “muscatel.” Note that Darjeelings are not 100% oxidized (typically 90%), so they are not fully black teas and have oolong characteristics – and are not as bold as other blacks.

The Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling comes from a tea estate that gets its name from a memorable story. A tea planter was visiting his estate in India the early 1900s with his daughter Margaret. She fell in love with the tea gardens hoped to return one day and spend the rest of her life there. However, on the voyage home, she tragically died at sea. Her grieving father named the estate Margaret’s Hope in memory of his daughter and her dream.

The Darjeeling from Margaret’s Hope has also been reported to age well, developing a welcoming sweetness with a more subdued Darjeeling scent over two to five years. This particular leaf is graded FTGFOP, Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, a very high grade of tea leaf sought by tea connoisseurs`. Hence, it’s higher than average price.

For a bolder-tasting Darjeeling, you might consider our Organic Darjeeling, which has a much strong flavor profile.

Peter Martino, CEO
Capital Teas, LLC

Travis-Hts

Thanks for your input, Peter. I use a Breville tea maker, so I expect that my teas generally should be “properly brewed.” I did make the effort to clean my tea maker well yesterday and today, so I’ll try the Mararet’s Hope again soon.

I noticed that one of my green teas was a little brown in color, especially after the second infusion. So, I’m hopeful that I"m back to a better cup of tea now. I’ll post more comments later in the week.

I’ll also consider the Organic Darjelling. Thanks again for your information.

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I’m a long-time tea drinker with experience mostly with tea bags and lots of iced tea. In early 2011, I purchased a Breville tea maker and started trying several loose leaf teas.

I’m enjoying learning more about teas and developing my favorites. I’ve discovered that the Breville makes a great cup of tea and suspect I enjoy most of the teas I’ve tried much more because of the quality of tea the Breville brews.

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