16 Tasting Notes
A good formosa-style flavored oolong. The initial steep is floral, almond and cherry scented. There’s some sumptuous and dessert-like about the scent.
MF did a great job with the flavoring – it’s not overpowering, and all but disappears on the second steep.
Yes, this tea is more tannic than most Darjeelings…it’s bold, a deeper amber than other SFTGFOP’s I’ve had from Mariage Freres. The first year I had it – I think 2010? – it was more floral, rose-hinted almost – but I haven’t perceived that rose note in the last two years.
I usually brew Margaret’s Hope at 5 degrees f lower than boiling because of the higher levels of tannins.
A flavored darjeeling…light body, lightly favored – honey-vanilla with a touch of something floral. Very pleasant if you’re not into strongly-flavored teas.
I didn’t get any bergamot, but they may have changed the flavor in the last year.
I’ve tried a few sencha sakuras (this one, Den’s – quite awful version – and Mariage Freres) and this one is my favorite. The cherry blossom add an almost spice-like floral flavor, deep. The sencha itself looks to be fukamushi (darker green, more “broken” than an asamushi)
I hope they’ll have it in stock soon.