Darjeeling - Margaret's Hope Estate, 2nd Flush Tea
Internationally renowned Darjeeling teas come to us from the area in and around Darjeeling, a Himalayan town in the state of West Bengal in eastern India. The soil and climatic conditions that exist here create teas that are treasured for their exquisite taste. Often referred to as the "Champagne of teas", Darjeeling teas are so prized that the government there created a special logo that certifies that the teas bearing this logo were actually grown in this beautiful mountain terrain. These teas have a complex and delicate flavor that marries well with custard, eggs, grilled fish, curries and fresh fruit.
Originally established as Bara Ringtong in 1830, the garden came to be known as Margaret's Hope Estate in 1927. Margaret was the daughter of the tea estate owner and, as the story goes, she fell in love with the garden. Before traveling to England Margaret promised to return; unfortunately she contracted a tropical disease and passed away on the voyage. Her father renamed his estate to honor the memory of his daughter and her love for the land.
The Margaret's Hope tea bushes are almost entirely Chinese jat which accounts for the green tippy leaf appearance and the superb fragrance. The leaves yield an amber cup with a true Muscat flavor found only in rare Darjeeling teas.
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
Darjeeling Tea Spice Rub for Fish
4 Tbsp. Darjeeling Tea, finely ground
3 Tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp turmeric
In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients. This rub can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to 1 month.
||A Very Fine Tea
|With a name like Margarets Hope, how can one not love this tea? This is a very special tea and seem to stand out alone. I am new to fine teas, and there may be better Darjeeling that I have not tasted yet, but I find myself craving for it the first moment I wake up. It is my first cup in the morning and one to savor slowly. It tastes floral with the typical muscatel flavor for a second flush. Love it!|
|- Francesca, NY|
||Margarets Hope Darjeeling
|We found this fine tea at Simpson & Vails original CT location and have enjoyed it ever since. From the aroma, color and wonderful flavor including the muscatel aftertaste we have found this tea most fits our mealtime or in-between desires perfectly.|
|- M/M Michael Hanna, NY|
|This is the most delicious Darjeeling tea in the world--and its not easy to find. Its worth what it costs! Simpson and Vail always has it, and its always fresh and delicious!|