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Margaret's Hope TGFOP Darjeeling Tea

Distinctive Muscatel character with slight astringency.
Luxury Black Tea - 2nd Flush.
Darjeeling, India.
3-7 Mins 1/Cup 100°C
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Margaret's Hope TGFOP Darjeeling Tea is a 2nd Flush Darjeeling with a distinctive 'muscatel' flavour and hints of blackcurrants  that create an almost wine like taste. Nestled in the picturesque hills of Darjeeling, India, Margaret's Hope Tea Estate has a rich history and a unique story behind its name. This enchanting tea garden produces some of the world's finest teas and carries a tale of love, loss, and legacy.

Geographical and Historical Context

Margaret's Hope Tea Estate is in the Kurseong Valley of Darjeeling. It is renowned for its lush green landscapes, rolling hills, and a temperate climate perfect for tea cultivation. Darjeeling has a long and storied history of tea production, dating back to the mid-19th century when the British East India Company sought to establish an alternative to Chinese tea. The region's unique terroir and altitude, ranging between 3,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level, contribute to the distinct flavour profile of Darjeeling tea, often referred to as the "Champagne of teas."

Establishment of the Tea Estate

Margaret's Hope Tea Estate was established in the 1860s by a British planter named Mr Cruikshank. The tea estate initially started as Bara Ringtong Tea Estate. In the early 20th century, the name was changed to Margaret's Hope. The estate spans 361 hectares and is one of the oldest and most revered tea gardens in Darjeeling.

The Inspiration Behind the Name

The story behind "Margaret's Hope" is tragic and heartwarming. In the early 20th century, Mr Cruikshank's daughter, Margaret, visited the estate and fell in love with the beautiful landscapes and the enchanting tea garden. She became deeply attached to the place and hoped to return to the estate someday. Unfortunately, Margaret fell ill on her voyage back to the estate. She passed away, never having the chance to revisit the tea garden she had grown so fond of.
In memory of his daughter and her love for the estate, Mr Cruikshank renamed the tea garden "Margaret's Hope." The name is a lasting tribute to Margaret's passion for the estate and her unfulfilled dream of returning to the enchanting tea garden.

2nd Flush Darjeeling Tea

Later in the year, between May and June, 2nd flush teas are picked. They are the leaves and buds that grow after the first harvest. The flavour of 2nd flush teas is more robust and full-bodied than that of 1st flush teas. This flavour profile makes them popular among tea lovers who like a stronger taste.

Muscatel Flavour

Darjeeling tea, often called the "Champagne of Teas," is a highly valued and sought-after drink because it tastes and smells so good. This tea is famous for its unique muscatel flavour, which has won over tea lovers all over the world. It is grown in the beautiful Darjeeling region of India. The muscatel flavour, which tastes like muscat grapes, is complex and hard to describe. It only appears in the second flush (harvest) of Darjeeling tea. For years, no one knew where this flavour originated, but recent scientific research has shown that the Tea Green Fly plays a dramatic role.
Researchers have found that the Tea Green Fly (Empoasca flavescens) is a key part of a biochemical process in the tea bush (Camellia sinensis) that makes the muscatel flavour. During the second flush, these tiny bugs, which are also called tea jassids, feed on the sap of tea leaves. This feeding causes the tea plant to feel stressed and, as a result, make certain compounds that contribute to the muscatel flavour.

TGFOP Leaf Grade

Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, or TGFOP, is a term for how tea leaves are graded. This grade means that the tea has a lot of golden tips, which are the young leaves that haven't opened yet and have a delicate flavour. It shows that Margaret's Hope 2nd Flush Darjeeling Loose Leaf Tea is high quality. If you'd like to learn more about how tea leaves are graded, head over to our article in the Tea Hub: Tea Leaf Grading

How to Prepare Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea

Loose leaf serving portion: Around 2.6g per 250ml cup
Water temperature: Boiling - 100° C
Brewing Time: 3 - 7 minutes


Try this refreshing Darjeeling Tea Smoothie as a new way to enjoy Margaret's Hope 2nd Flush Darjeeling Loose Leaf Tea:

  • Brew and let cool 1 cup of strong Margaret's Hope Darjeeling tea.
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries.
  • 1 ripe banana.
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yoghurt.
  • 1 tablespoon of honey.

Blend all the above ingredients in a blender until smooth, then enjoy right away.

Margaret's Hope TGFOP Darjeeling Tea is also available in Pyramid Teabags


Luxury Black Tea
Darjeeling, India. Grown: 6800 ft above sea level
Approx between 27- 35mg per cup
Orthodox Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Complex Bouquet, hints of currant and Muscat Grapes
Bright, light infusion
Distinctive Muscatel character with slight astringency
Light Bodied

Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea: Your FAQ Guide

Discover everything you need to know about Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea with our comprehensive FAQ guide. We've gathered the top most frequently asked questions your customers might ask!

What is the flavour profile of Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea?

Answer 1: Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea has a distinct flavour profile that includes a delicate balance of fruity, floral, and muscatel notes. The tea has a bright, golden colour and a light, refreshing taste that leaves a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth.

How is Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea produced?

Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea is produced using traditional methods, which involve hand-plucking the tea leaves, withering them, rolling, fermenting, and drying. This careful process ensures that the tea retains its unique flavour and aroma.

What are the health benefits of drinking Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea?

Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea contains antioxidants, which may help protect the body from free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, it may help improve digestion, boost metabolism, and provide a natural source of energy.

How should I store Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea?

To maintain the freshness and flavour of Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea, store it in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight, moisture, and strong odours. Ideally, the tea should be stored at room temperature.

What is the best way to brew Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea?

To brew Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea, use fresh, filtered water and bring it to a boil. Steep the tea leaves for 3–7 minutes, depending on your preferred strength. You can adjust the steeping time and water temperature to suit your taste.

Can I add milk and sugar to Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea?

While Margaret's Hope Darjeeling Tea is traditionally enjoyed without milk or sugar, you can add them according to your personal preference. However, adding milk or sugar may mask the tea's delicate flavours and aromas.

What is the history behind the name "Margaret's Hope"?

The name "Margaret's Hope" dates back to the early 20th century, when the estate's British owner, Mr Cruikshank, named it in memory of his daughter Margaret, who fell in love with the beautiful tea garden but tragically passed away on a return voyage to the tea garden.