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Margaret's Hope First Flush Darjeeling

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There’s a reason we return to Margaret’s Hope year after year…


Picture the scene: as the first spring rains spread across the Himalayan foothills, the Darjeeling tea gardens start to turn green in a flush of colour. The earliest harvest of the year is referred to as the “First Flush”, and is considered one of the finest teas to be produced worldwide.

Grown at a dizzying 4000ft, this year’s Margaret’s Hope First Flush was picked, produced and packed in early April. With a gloriously thick, sweet aroma and a delicately floral flavour, it’s the perfect example of what makes First Flush Darjeeling the “Champagne of Teas”: you’ll also catch that classic muscatel sweetness Darjeeling tea is famous for.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin


  • Tastes like

    Explosively aromatic, with a dessert wine sweetness

  • When to drink

    As the finishing touch to a special occasion

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

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Tea plantations were first introduced to India by the British in the 19th century. Britain had originally relied on China for their tea supplies, but their breakthrough came when the Scottish explorer Robert Bruce discovered tea plants growing wild in Assam. However, that didn’t stop the British from stealing Chinese tea cuttings to plant in the Himalayan region of Darjeeling, and the finest Darjeelings are still cultivated from the original China-Jat bushes. Despite its rather dubious beginnings tea is now an integral part of Indian culture, with sweet, milky chai sold on every street corner.

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