2012 First Flush Margaret's Hope SFTGFOP1

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 5 g 15 oz / 443 ml

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From Mariage Frères

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

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Could it be that this is actually better now that it’s aged a little bit? It could be that or the fact that I have been seriously working on my over-leafing habit. Either way, it was kind of too tannic for me at first. This is quite nice, but I don’t know if I’ll order this again soon. It’s pretty pricey for something that I don’t really love, but maybe it’s worth it for someone who loves First Flush Darjeeling Teas.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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400ml of water at 195F
1 heaping tablespoon of tea
Steep for 3 minutes
1/4 teaspoon of highly refined sugar

If you don’t like the grassy green taste of Darjeeling teas, then you may want to skip this one. The grassy taste is very pronounced in this tea, and it is immediately evident at the first sip. It is not astringent though and I happen to like the taste of this tea and year after year, it’s been a perennial favorite. The very small amount of sugar I add, takes the edge off the green taste.

If you can get over the initial taste, you may realize this tea is full of body and character. It stays smooth to the last drop. There is a slightly minty(?) note to this tea which is reminiscent of a light clove taste.

What I like about Spring Darjeelings from Mariage Freres are the different flavors each one has to offer. Some are nuetral, some are complex, some are light, and this Margaret’s Hope has a strong grassy flavor.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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