(Estate Black Tea)
Country of Origin: India, Darjeeling.
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.
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.
Hot Tea Brewing Method
Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1tsp of tea for each cup into teapot. Add boiling water, cover and let steep 3 - 7 minutes.Add milk and sugar to taste. Acceptable to consume 'straight up'.
Iced Tea Brewing Method
Make as for hot but add extra tea. When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice.
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