Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Joy’s Teaspoon
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.
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!