Review: Tavalon Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling

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Thumbs up!"This is a highly enjoyable tea when properly brewed, perfect for a morning cup or a re-energizing late afternoon or evening boost."
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tavalonmargaretsTavalon is a cool little company, the type of which could seemingly only exist in NYC. I'm looking forward to my next trip to the city so I can stop by their fantastic-looking shop. As I've stated several times in the past, I have a few passions in life, and music and tea happen to come high on the list. Apparently they do also for the proprietors of Tavalon, who host rotating DJs in the custom-built DJ booth right in their tea bar in Union Square, Manhattan. I'm always inspired by these types of folks, who quit their humdrum corporate jobs to do something they are *really* passionate about - and in this case, it's tea. However, I find their mission statement a bit odd, as they strive to find the finest teas from around the world but "cater them to the American palate" -- as if to say we Americans aren't savvy enough to enjoy exotic flavors?

The delicately sweet aroma of this tea in the bag is intoxicating. I found myself like a dangerous teenage gas huffer, with my nose in the bag for a good 5 minutes, trying to capture the scent as much as possible and getting bummed when it became less intense after several sniffings. If it wasn't such a waste of fine tea (or so pricey) I'd make a car freshener sachet out of this stuff.

I first brewed this tea at a slightly-lower temp (190-degrees) for just 3 minutes, and I found it to be very nice. My second cupping was at the sommelier's recommended full 212-degree boil for a full 5 minutes. I found the results to be quite bitter, and perhaps the reason why the sommelier's notes also recommend "with a bit of sugar"! My third cupping, I reverted back to the initial cooler brew temp and shorter time, and again, the results were very nice and smooth. I heartily recommend 190-195 degrees and a 3 to 3.5 minute brew time, tops.

Flavor-wise, Tavalon reports a musky flavor, which I find to be present behind oaky and very slight cocoa notes. Different flavors seem to touch each section of taste buds playfully, with even semi-sweet tones at times - especially sweet lingering in the aftertaste. This is a highly enjoyable tea, perfect for a morning cup or a re-energizing late afternoon or evening boost.

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