Darjeeling Margaret's Hope TGFOP1 SF

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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In memory of his prematurely deceased daughter Margaret, who had loved this garden very much, the proprietor Mr. Bagdon gave her name to the plantation in the early 1930s. Plants of the Chinese type Thea Sinensis are almost exclusively cultivated on this plantation. The slow growth of the shmbs at the cool, higher altitudes of the Himalaya forms the basis for high-grade and fully aromatic qualities! A sparkling, fully aromatic tea from the beginning of the second flush period with a full amber colored cup. The bouquet is aromatic, spicy and with a hint of sweetness.

Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving

Brew Temp: 203 to 212 degree F

Brew Time: 4 to 5 Minutes

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I placed an order last week through ESP Emporium because I got an Amazon discount deal. Do I need more tea? Of course! :D

Actually I don’t have too many SF darjeelings, so I thought I’d give this one a whirl. It was steeped in the infuser mug for around 3 minutes at 180F. The predominate notes here are woody with very light muscatel and peach flavors. It’s a bit more astringent than what I normally prefer in a darjeeling — I already feel my heartburn acting up a wee bit. I may try a shorter steep next time around.

Nothing special here for me, just an ok darjeeling…

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I just received my first order ever from ESP Emporium. It happened to include two different varieties of Darjeeling; Margaret’s Hope (SF) and Marybong Organic (FF). I thought it would be a fun experiment to prepare them side-by-side and compare and contrast them in my reviews. The text of my reviews for both teas will be the same but the score reflects how I feel about this particular tea.

First, let’s talk about initial fragrance. Margaret was clean and crisp with notes of pepper and grapefruit. (This is a second flush?) Marybong leaned towards being sweet and biscuity.

Margaret’s leaves were dark and crumbly while Marybong’s were a mix of older and newer, bright green leaves.

Both teas were prepared at the same time using the same steeping parameters.

The fragrance of Margaret was bright, crisp and citrusy while Marybong wasn’t very fragrant at all. I detected a bit of hops but not much else.

Finally, the taste. Margaret was initially very smooth but then you get this final punchy astringency. Quite a pucker! This has a really complex profile. Marybong, on the other hand, was more even tempered. It was mellow and was a consistent drink to the bottom of the cup.

Up until now, I had always considered myself a first flush kind of guy. Margaret has changed my mind. I really enjoyed the fragrance and complexity of flavor it offered over Marybong. However, Margaret might be too aggressive for some. For them, the consistency of Marybong would be a better choice.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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