At first I was very much underwhelmed by this one. But the more I drank it, the more I liked it. The finish I found to be too tannic and bitter. I do think I may have over-leafed this one, and that may be the reason for the harsh aftertaste. I’m giving this a hopeful rating, but I will knock it down if using less leaf doesn’t improve the finish.
2012 First Flush Margaret's Hope SFTGFOP1
PREMIUM TEA ESTATE
Inaugurated in 1865, this romantic garden rises almost 2000m in altitude.
Leaves: mineral and forest-like colours (shades of grey, brown, green)
Nose: exhales a bouquet both floral (peony) and fruity (loquat)
Liquor: yellow, clear and intense; in the cup, a dialogue occurs between the profusion of floral and fruity tones and the tannins that structure and prolong their flavour. The liquor evokes almond, green Muscatel grape and Indian blood peach rounded out by a note of candied fruit. A surprisingly long and vivacious finale combines smoothness with the woody characteristics of its terroir.
A passionate harvest