Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"classic muscatel notes, as well as a strong fruit-like sweetness. It lacks any attributes that would make it stand out as exceptional, but it is good enough to satisfy any cravings for a basic second flush Darjeeling. "|
The official name of this tea is Margaret's Hope Tippy Clonal FTGFOP-1/DJ-178 Second Flush 2012. That is quite a mouthful, so please excuse me if I simplify things and call it Margaret's Hope Tippy Clonal. This is a Darjeeling tea from Darjeeling-based Tea Emporium. My sample came packaged in a foil-lined paper pouch which appears to do a good job of keeping the tea fresh and flavorful. The dry leaves were surprsingly rather weak in scent, so I hoped that this weak scent didn't translate into a poorly flavored cup. Luckily, that was not the case. I prepared the tea by infusing one teaspoon of leaves per cup of just-boiling water for three minutes. The tea that is produced is a reddish brown color and grows more opaque over time (as do many teas). I prepared a large pot of this tea so that I could sample half of it hot and let the rest cool to room temperature so I could later add some ice and sample this as an iced tea. It turns out that both the hot and iced tea versions are tasty, although I preferred the hot tea for this particular offering. The tea offers classic muscatel notes, as well as a strong fruit-like sweetness. The Tea Emporium website suggests that there are notes of pineapple, and while I didn't pinpoint the fruity flavor precisely as pineapple prior to reading that, I now taste the pinapple resemblance. This tea is a stand-alone drink and I would discourage adding anything such as milk or sugar to it. The flavor holds true in iced form, however because this tea has a rather heavy body and a lingering mouth-feel, I found that it wasn't necessarily quenching or refreshing like an iced tea should be. This is a sturdy Darjeeling tea that I would recommend as an everyday kind of drink. It lacks any attributes that would make it stand out as exceptional, but it is good enough to satisfy any cravings for a basic second flush Darjeeling.
— To purchase Tea Emporium Margaret’s Hope Tippy Clonal Black Tea, 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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