Review: Culinary Teas Margaret’s Hope 2nd Flush Darjeeling

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Thumbs up!"The flavor was full-bodied, but with a nice fruitiness and a hint of ripe grapes."
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Picked in the summer, second flush Darjeelings are known to have a bolder, more full-bodied taste than the lighter first flush ones. For my first brewing, I decided to try 90 degrees (rather than 95) to avoid any possible bitterness. After a three minute brewing time, the resulting cup had a dark orange color, and a pleasant, nutty scent. The flavor was indeed full-bodied, but with a nice fruitiness and a hint of ripe grapes. (Darjeelings are often described as having notes of “muscatel” – a sweet-tasting variety of grape.) A second, four minute brew at the same temperature produced a lighter cup which was actually a little too light on flavor.

I decided to try brewing some fresh leaves at 95 degrees for four minutes, and was pleasantly surprised to find that there was still no bitterness. The flavor was smooth and rich, with the same fruitiness as my first attempt, but a bolder overall taste. It turns out that my fear of bitterness was unfounded. I recommend a 95 degree brewing temperature for this tea, as it brings out its full flavor.

This is a good breakfast tea. Its bold flavor and richness, with a subtle complexity resulting from the balance of nutty, fruity notes, make it a great tea to wake up to.

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