During the 1930s the garden was owned by Mr. Bagdon who lived in London but visited the tea garden regularly. He had two daughters. The younger daughter named Margaret; who when she saw the tea garden fell in love with it, hoped one day she would have an opportunity to return. Sadly she fell ill on board ship during the return trip to England and died soon after. In her memory, her father changed the gardens name to Margarets Hope. It is believed that she visits the estate bungalow from the western side, coming through the main guestroom and leaving from the study through the verandah to the tennis courts. Many guests have claimed to have felt and even seen her apparition gently looking over them as they sleep.
The bushes at Margarets Hope are almost entirely the Chinese Jat (genus) accounting for the green leafed tippy appearance of the manufactured leaf and the superb fragrance. Because the tea is grown at such high altitudes and in relatively cool weather the bushes do not grow quickly, and as such the production is limited. The best time of the year for quality is during second-flush (end May - end June). During this time Darjeelings are incomparable to any other tea in the world. The fragrance and taste is a complex bouquet that reaches right out of the cup. Some would describe the taste as nutty; others find it reminds them of black currants, but most often it is described as similar to the taste and fragrance of muscat grapes.
Most often enjoyed straight up, but still good with a gentle splash of milk.
Some people like to add a little honey.
Make as for hot, but add extra tea - double the amount of tea per cup is recommended.
When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice and then serve.
For a smoother taste experience.
Place the tea in a jug and add cold water.
Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge)
Strain and enjoy.
Country of Origin: India.
Grade: TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flavoury Orange Pekoe).
Altitude: 3500 to 7000 feet above sea level.
Cup Characteristics: Good body with a classic muscatel character.
Infusion: Bright tending light.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea.
Antioxidant Level: Very High.
Caffeine Content: Medium.
Great daily Darjeeling Verified Purchase
My favourite darjeeling to have as a 'daily' tea. We have it as both a breakfast and evening tea in slightly differing strengths. Works equally well. Wonderful well rounded flavour with a gorgeous aroma.
Grant Fuller | Rustington | August 2023
Lovely tea Verified Purchase
Excellent tea. And always prompt despatch by Simply Special.
Peter Knight | Cornwall | June 2023
Love this nice Darjeeling tea
Happy with this tea, it has the classic lovely delicate dry Darjeeling taste.
Dani Rosenhammer | Glossop | December 2022
This is proper tea, to be enjoyed daily in a pot with an equal measure of Keemun
David Hopson | Chichester | September 2022
A fine single estate tea with a distinctive taste that is Darjeeling
An excellent example of what Darjeeling tea should taste like
Peter Kennington | Bolton | August 2022
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