Review: Golden Tips Tea Margaret’s Hope (Clonal) First Flush 2012

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goldenmargraethopeThe 2013 First Flush teas have already mostly come into certain retailers, and I have already bought an obscene amount of Darjeeling. So I guess it's time to start clearing out all my 2012 Indian brews. This is a classic tea from a garden I'm always happy with, so I'm excited to try it.

I steep one heaping teaspoon in one cup 195° water for three minutes. The cup is remarkably simple, but brilliant. The classic Margaret's Hope flavours of muscatel and herbs are the main notes, though the herbal flavour is more prominent than the fruit, an aspect that doesn't bother me but may dissuade some people.

There's a winey acidity that balances the pleasant bitterness. At least, I would call the bitterness pleasant, but it is somewhat heavy-handed, even for a Darjeeling. Again, it's a note that some may be off-putting but it pairs nicely with the higher notes of fruit and wine, bringing the cup down to earth a bit.

I get a second steep, similar to the first, though somewhat simpler. Overall, this tea satisfies. It's not the greatest Margaret's Hope leaf I've ever had, but it's good, and it's very affordable. A definite would-buy.

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