Margarets Hope 2nd Flush Darjeeling
Ingredients: Black Darjeeling Tea
Country of origin: Darjeeling India
Caffeine content: Medium
Antioxidant Level: Medium
Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy free, Sugar-free, No artificial colours or flavours
Preparation: 1 heaped teaspoon of tea. 100°C for 3-7 minutes
Description: Darjeeling second flush is known as the champagne of teas and this tea garden is know around the globe for producing some of the best. Grown in southern Darjeeling in the cool mountain breeze of the Himalayas this slow grown tea is a delight to the senses. The tea bushes (Thea Sinensis) were imported from China over 150 years ago. With a hint of muscatel sweetness, this delicate tea has a naturally light sweet finish that is aromatic and slightly smoky and spicy.
During the 1930's 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 garden's name to Margaret's Hope. It is believed that she visits the estate bungalow from the western side, coming through the main guest room 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.
Serving Suggestion: Liza enjoys this tea black and mild. Kit prefers his brew with a drop of milk. For iced drinks either cold brew overnight or brew as for hot but use more tea leaves to make a more intense flavour.