Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate, First Flush Tea - China Special
This outstanding First Flush tea from Margaret’s Hope Tea Estate has once again proven why they are the best tea estate in Darjeeling. The first flush tea is made from special China bushes and. The tea has a delicate floral, fruity flavour – it’s perfect for those who love a light yet flavourful brew.
Leaf Grade: FTGOP1 (Special China)
Dry Leaf: Lightly-rolled greenish-black leaves.
Aroma: Sweet fruit and strong honeysuckle notes
Colour of Liquor: Bright Yellow
Flavour of the Tea: The liquor is sweet, well balanced and smooth tasting. It starts out on a brisk floral note, which lingers well into the middle. Look for floral notes around the edges.
Compliments: Steamed seafood, salads with creamy dressing, tropical fruit, and cheese.
Brewing Instructions: Always use fresh water. Bring water to near boiling point. Take one teaspoon of tea leaves in a cup. Pour the heated water and steep the tea for 4-5 mins. Adjust the time of brewing as per desired strength. Leaves can be steeped multiple times till it gives flavour.
Tea Master Recommendation: Best enjoyed without milk. Can add honey and lemon to taste. Always use fresh water. Do not use re-boiled water. The brewed leaves can be steeped multiple times with an increase in steeping time. Sip it when it cools down a little instead of boiling hot for enhanced flavour.
About the Garden:
Margaret's Hope Tea Estate is amongst the best Darjeeling tea estates and boasts of a very loyal clientele. The teas are most prized for their unique ‘muscatels’, comparable to sweet summer wines, with intense fragrant top notes of musk.one of the best tea gardens in Darjeeling.
Known to produce outstanding tea every year it has won many acclaims. Margaret’s Hope was earlier known as Bara Ringtong, it was established in 1830 and renamed Margaret's Hope in 1927 by the owner, Mr Cruikshank.
The recently opened Margaret’s Deck is the perfect stopover when you are going to Darjeeling, sit out on the deck and sip fresh Darjeeling Tea. The abundance of ferns and trees, the wildflowers and gushing streams, the velvety moss, lichens and orchids seem to beckon the China bushes to create some of the most exquisite teas.
Certifications: HACCP/ISO 22000 Quality Systems Certification FSSC 22000 Certified Rainforest Alliance Certified, ETP Certified