Margaret's Hope FTGFOP 1 CH SPL Darjeeling

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Margaret’s Hope. Isn’t that a nice name? Shades of a young wife standing on her widow’s walk with sea spray blowing in her face waiting for her true love to sail back home…

…which has little do to with this really fine, fruity and grapey Darjeeling. I have maybe just enough (courtesy of the lovely jacquelinem) to try a small pot’s worth chilled, which I’m thinking would be elegantly refreshing.


Ummm, I hate to break it to you, but Margaret hoped to run the plantation for her dad one day, but died as a young teen on the ship back to England. Legend says that when it is time to pick the tea, her ghost walks through the big house in India and the curtains flutter as she passes through. Her Dad renamed the plantation in her honor. Sniff. Sniff.

This may all simply be excellent marketing! LOL!


When I get time, I’ll write the novelization :)


ashmanra, thank you for the story! I had never heard it!


Uh oh we have another story teller in our midst! Come on!

I finally found where I first saw the story, and it was here on Steepster all along!

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1112 tasting notes

Leaves are much greener than I was expecting. They smell really good, too. Earthy and sweet.

WOW. I was not expecting to like this one as much as I am! I have only had one single estate Darjeeling (but it was a second flush) and I was underwhelmed. THIS, though! Fruity, complex grape like wine, oh so delicious. This took me totally by surprise. I am intoxicated!

I prepared it a little cooler and for less time than the shop recommended, and I like it very much this way. I can see it being a bit too astringent brewed for longer or with hotter water.

I did take it with a little sugar like the Germans :) Delicious!

I’m so excited! I have another type of tea which I love!

I made a second cup with these leaves and the leftover water in my kettle, and it was less muscatel-ish but even fruitier.

I have to get back to my LTS (Local Tea Store) and get a nice sized pouch of this!!!

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