Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
A Darjeeling from the Margaret’s Hope Estate that has a delicate tending astringent cup with the distinctive ‘Muscatel’ character. Hints of currant create an almost wine-like taste. A bright tending light cup of tea.
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I do love Darjeeling from the Margaret’s Hope Estate. To me, it’s one of those Darjeeling teas that are a perfect example of what Darjeeling should be. The cup is light and crisp, the muscatel so well-pronounced, and a sweet, wine-like finish. Delightful!
This Margaret’s Hope 2nd Flush from Culinary Teas tastes remarkably fresh. The flavor is indeed wine-like, and since I’m not much of a drinker of alcohol – wine or otherwise – I have to say that I’d prefer a cup of this Darjeeling tea over a glass of wine any day.
The sip starts with a sweet, fruit-like taste that develops on the palate from a sort of generic “fruity” taste into a more well-defined muscat grape flavor, and by the end of the sip, has become more like a black currant. Throughout the sip, I notice other flavors too including some wood notes and hints of spice. The finish brings astringency that gives it a dry sort of sensation much like what you’d experience from a dry wine. The aftertaste is reminiscent of a sweet grape taste.
An excellent Darjeeling!