2013 First Flush Margeret's Hope Darjeeling

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This wonderful Indian Darjeeling is the best first flush that we have ever had the privilege of tasting, and is available in very strictly limited quantities, so don’t miss out! We only have limited stock quantity of Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope First Flush of 2013 available, and it is already proving incredibly popular, so be sure not to leave it too late to buy.

Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope First Flush comes from the very first picking of the first flush of the April harvest, is only 30% oxidised and was fired just once, making this tea as unique and unusual as it is delicious.

This fantastic tea is light, bright and incredibly refreshing, offering base notes of muscatel grapes and providing a clean, crisp finish to savour.

Margaret’s Hope is one of the five famous tea gardens of India, and is a name that all connoisseurs of top quality Indian black teas are familiar with.

Margaret’s ‘hope’ to return to her beautiful tea garden may never have been fulfilled, but the consistently top quality teas that her garden produces in perpetuity have served to honor her memory in the most fitting way. Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope First Flush 2013 really is the jewel in their crown, and just one sip will soon convince you of this! Make sure you don’t leave it too late to order, as stock of this amazing tea is in strictly limited supply.

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1723 tasting notes

This is the second year of first flush darjeelings I’ll have tried. The dry leaf is quite dark overall — there are some silvery buds and green leaves, but not the high proportion some first flushes have. The scent is clearly fruity, though, with a strong muscatel note. It’s like summer in a cup!

I gave this 2.5 minutes in boiling water, which is slightly less than recommended. The resulting liquor is a peachy gold, with the same muscatel note found in the dry leaf. To taste, I can detect notes of stone fruit (peach, apricot) in the initial sip, followed by a floral flavour that’s almost perfumey. It’s rounded out with the development of the characteristic muscatel flavour, and is very slightly astringent.

On the whole, it’s subtle and juicy, and makes for a refreshing drink on a warm spring evening. Darjeelings are definitely something I’ll continue experimenting with — my enjoyment of them hasn’t waned yet!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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