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Margaret's Hope 2nd Flush Darjeeling FTGFOP1 "White Delight"

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Edit tea info Last updated by Patrick M. McLeod
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  • “Have been doing thunderdome rounds between 2 Uptons at a time. Drank this yesterday afternoon when Steepster was down, comparing it to Upton's Margaret's Hope 2nd flush muscatel (DJ-191). ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I can only offer an educated guess for this tasting note since, in my haste for tea, I used this sample at 1tsp/cup instead of the recommended 2tsp/cup-3tsp/cup. The result was a thin pot of...” Read full tasting note
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From Upton Tea Imports

A wonderfully smooth selection that possesses the lightly sweet and smooth quality of a fine white tea, as well as classic muscat notes of an exceptional Darjeeling tea. With a splendidly balanced cup, light pungency, and fresh aroma, this is a superlative offering from one of the most respected estates in the Darjeeling district.

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Have been doing thunderdome rounds between 2 Uptons at a time. Drank this yesterday afternoon when Steepster was down, comparing it to Upton’s Margaret’s Hope 2nd flush muscatel (DJ-191).

Predictably (given its name) much lighter, a goldish color. The smell is a little grassy and more herbal than the Margaret’s Hope Muscatel, and the leaves look it, too—longer, greener. This is a nice change of pace for darjeelings—it’s like a cross between a 1st flush Thurbo darjeeling (or a Nepali like a Fikkal) with white tea, one with jasmine. It’s very delicate. I like it, but I’m not sure I prefer it over, say, a 1st flush darjeeling. It’s very floral in a gentle way without being terribly sweet. Actually, as it cools it begins to taste sweeter and nuttier…the longer I drink this the more I like it. I don’t think given where I am general flavor preference-wise right now it’d be a regular tea yet, but I would happily order it in small doses and occasionally enjoy it when I want something light and feminine like a white but also am jonesing for my regular darjeeling fix.

Towards the end I appreciate more and more how it’s rather smooth, almost slightly creamy. Kind of has a sweet almond thing going once tepid.

General notes, not comparing just these two but for the whole day’s darjeeling-a-thon (I compared two Thurbo 1st flushes and later two Thurbo 2nd flushes and then moved on to the Margaret’s Hopes):
In general, at first while piping hot both of these seem gentler in terms of “darjeeling characteristics” than the 2nd flush Thurbo I liked best among all the Thurbos (1st and 2nd flushes). It would probably be a good idea at some point to compare the White Delight with my favored 1st flush Thurbo from earlier and decide which I like best—I have a feeling it’d be the Thurbo.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I can only offer an educated guess for this tasting note since, in my haste for tea, I used this sample at 1tsp/cup instead of the recommended 2tsp/cup-3tsp/cup. The result was a thin pot of Darjeeling, but one that showed the tease of a fine Darjeeling muscat backed by the slightest hint of sweetness. I look forward to making a proper pot of this and giving it a proper review!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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