Review: Canton Tea Co. Margaret’s Hope Silver Moon

Black Tea, Canton Tea Co., Darjeeling Tea, Single Estate Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"This is an interesting tea with a subtle smokiness that sets it apart from most other Darjeelings."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.9/10
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I have sampled quite a few different Darjeelings this year, including three different Margaret's Hope flushes. It takes about 1/18 of a second for me to realise this is different from the Second Flush Margaret's Hope I've already sampled. I knew it would be different if for no other reason than the fact that I had the other one shortly after harvest, so it was much fresher. However, the leaves of this tea are much larger than either the Margaret's Hope I tried before or most average Darjeelings. They're quite colourful and smell typically like a muscatel-like Darjeeling.

Three minutes, 195 degrees. The cup has a creamy, fruity scent that is milder than I expected. The crisp citrus and muscatel flavours give the tea a full-bodied feel, yet it manages to be incredibly smooth. This is an interesting tea with a subtle smokiness that sets it apart from most other Darjeelings, including its more fruity, muscatel Margaret's Hope counterparts.

The five-minute second steep is largely similar to the first, though it is somewhat smokier. Its robust second steep is as atypical to second flush Darjeelings as the rest of this tea's characteristics. I prefer both steeps as they cool down somewhat, as it tames the tea enough to keep the heft but mellow the mild harshness. It may be worth noting that I prefer to drink my tea as hot as possible without scalding my mouth, so my slightly cooled may be your average.

This was a delightful tea and a pleasant surprise to my expectations. It's firmly in the 'would buy' category, as I believe are all the samples I have tried from Canton Tea Company.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Margaret’s Hope Silver Moon, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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