Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling (TGFOP1) from Joy’s Teaspoon

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Joy’s Teaspoon

Product Description:

A sparkling, fully aromatic tea from the beginning of the second flush period with a full amber colored cup.  The bouquet is spicy with a hint of sweetness.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve had several Margaret’s Hope Darjeelings in the past, but, it seems that the time between them is distant, and in the time of absence, I seem to forget just how good the Darjeeling tea from Margaret’s Hope estate really is.

The brewed tea has a delightful fragrance.  It has an overture of spice – clean and refreshing – with a mid-note of wood and a pleasant undertone of fruit-like sweetness.  This is one of those teas that you should inhale deeply before taking a sip to get full satisfaction from the tea.

A crisp, medium-bodied tea, this Darjeeling has an amazing flavor that is somewhat spicy in composition.  Not spicy-hot kind of spicy, but a savory, hint of pepper and woody spices kind of spicy.  There is also a sparkling fruit-like taste to it.   The finish is sweet with an aftertaste of fruit and pepper.  I’m also finding this to be only slightly astringent – not nearly as astringent as some Darjeeling teas can be.

This tea makes for a very pleasant afternoon tea.  A fine representation of what Darjeeling should be!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn’t drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn’t cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn’t cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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