Margaret's Hope Muscatel Darjeeling 2nd Flush

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Butter, Lemon, Malt, Mineral, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Rose, Straw, Toast, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by eastkyteaguy
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Alright, I am finally back with another review. I took a break from the oolongs I have been working on to polish off a sample pouch of this Darjeeling. I have made it no secret that I am a huge fan...” Read full tasting note
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Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope Muscatel, 2nd Flush hails from the internationally renowned Margaret’s Hope tea plantation in India, which has a reputation that is second to none and has produced some of the world’s finest and most highly regarded teas. Our Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope Muscatel, 2nd Flush is one of the most distinctive and finest quality second flush Darjeelings available. Brewing up to a full-bodied cup with an intense, stronger than 1st flush flavor and aroma palate, Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope Muscatel, 2nd Flush has a delicate natural sweetness and light, clean finish that is aromatic, woody, slightly smoky, spicy, and has a hint of muscatel sweetness.

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Alright, I am finally back with another review. I took a break from the oolongs I have been working on to polish off a sample pouch of this Darjeeling. I have made it no secret that I am a huge fan of the teas from Margaret’s Hope Estate, so I had very high expectations for this tea. Unfortunately, this tea did not meet those expectations, but it was not a total waste. I found it to be a perfectly pleasant, serviceable Darjeeling.

I prepared this tea Western style. The first couple of times I prepared this tea, I only used a single teaspoon of leaf material and it tasted horribly flat and thin with virtually no aroma whatsoever. I began upping the amount of leaf I was using from there and found that 4 grams worked best for me. If you do not like stronger, heavier flavors, you can cut back on the amount of leaf used a little bit. Either way, a heaped teaspoon should do the trick. Anyway, I steeped 4 grams of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 205 F water for 5 minutes. Since I normally do not conduct additional infusions with Darjeelings, I did not do so here.

Prior to infusion, I did not pick up much of an aroma from the dry tea leaves. After infusion, I picked up delicate aromas of wood, straw, smoke, toast, nutmeg, and Muscatel. Given the name of this tea, I was expecting more of a recognizably grapey character. In the mouth, delicate notes of wood, straw, rose, toast, butter, malt, lemon, nutmeg, and smoke were underscored by minerals and a hint of Muscatel. The finish was buttery with mild malt, grape, and flower impressions.

As mentioned earlier, I was expecting more, so this tea was kind of a disappointment. I seem to not be the only person who feels this way either, as a cursory glance of previous reviews (when this vendor was still called Tealux) does not reveal warm feelings towards this tea. Still, there are worse Darjeelings out there, and I found that I could get decent results out of this one by playing around with the brewing parameters a bit. In the end, it didn’t blow me away, but I could still find some positive qualities in it. The name, however, still puzzles me. Why was it necessary to highlight such a minor component of this tea’s aroma and flavor profiles? I don’t get it.

Flavors: Butter, Lemon, Malt, Mineral, Muscatel, Nutmeg, Rose, Straw, Toast, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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