Review: Tavalon Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling

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Not Great"When it was cooled, the tea was a bit more tolerable, with honey and muscatel notes evident. Still, however, the bitterness was overwhelming. This tea definitely needs some sugar to tone down the astringency. "
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tavalonmargaretsMargaret's Hope Darjeeling is a fairly well-known Darjeeling tea, but one that, until today, I had not tried. I was quite looking forward to this brew. The dried leaves had a clean, muscatel aroma and a thin and wiry appearance. I brewed this tea using conventional black tea methods of infusing the leaves in boiling water for a few minutes. Sadly, the result was disappointing to me. I found this tea to be overly bitter, to the point where I would call it harsh. In fact, the astringency took front and center stage and didn't allow me to focus on any of the other qualities of the tea. Although Darjeeling is often coined the "champagne of tea", I failed to see any connection between the strong and harsh flavor of this tea and any champagne-like qualities. I ended up putting the teacup down after just a few sips because I really didn't want to pursue this brew further. A few hours later, the tea had cooled to room temperature, and I decided that rather than just tossing the liquid, I would attempt this one again. When it was cooled, the tea was a bit more tolerable, with honey and muscatel notes evident. Still, however, the bitterness was overwhelming. This tea definitely needs some sugar to tone down the astringency. As this is my first experience with Margaret's Hope Darjeeling, I can't attest as to whether this was a particularly bad harvest or batch, or if the bitter flavor is a trademark quality of this tea. I do not mean to bash this tea, as I am sure that for some people the crisp bitterness really hits the spot. This is one of those teas that just wasn't for me; when I am in the mood for a Darjeeling, I know of several others that are more appealing.

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One Response to “Review: Tavalon Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling”

  1. Jessica R. Says:

    I have to agree with Vanessa here that it was a bit too bitter but I think it was due to the water temp. My first brew of this tea was at the 212 degrees just as their tea sommelier suggested and it came out way too bitter for me. However my 2nd brew was at 190 and it came out beautifully. My husband enjoyed the first brew better but then again he’s likes everything bitter…

    My Rating: 10/10

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