Margaret’s Hope is named after the estate owned by Mr. Bagdon who lived in London in the 1930s but visited the Indian estate 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 still 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.
The bushes at Margaret’s 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.
Ingredients From: India
Grade(s): TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flavoury Orange Pekoe)
Growing Altitudes: 3500 – 7000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
Cup Characteristics: A delicate tending astringent cup with the distinctive ‘Muscatel’ character. Hints of currant create an almost wine-like taste.
Infusion: Bright tending light
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea