Margaret's Hope 2024 First Flush Darjeeling Single Estate Loose Leaf Tea


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Nestled in an exclusive corner of Darjeeling and elevated high in the Himalayan foothills, the climate in Margaret's Hope encourages the slow growth of their tea bushes. Over the long, cool winter months the ancient tea bushes hibernate and store up all their flavour, so that when spring begins and the plants burst back into life, they provide an intense, crisp flavour. The first leaves of the season, the ‘first flush’, is something that can never be replicated again during the rest of the year. 

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  • Full Description

    The first flush of this slow-grown, high-altitude Darjeeling tea is harvested in late March annually. The harvest lasts for just a few weeks every year, with the young, fresh leaves quickly picked and whisked away for Whittard customers to enjoy. Only 500kg is available, making it the finest and most exclusive tea release of the year.

    With a fresh, crisp aroma and a delicately fruity flavour, it’s the perfect example of what makes First Flush Darjeeling the finest tea. Serve in a glass teapot so you can enjoy the tea’s glorious golden hue as the silver-tipped leaves unfurl…

    • Origin: India

    • Tea type: Black

    • Number of servings (using 1tsp/ 3g per cup): 100g  = 33 cups

    • Brewing temperature: 85°C

    • Brewing time: 3 - 5 minutes

    • Production date: 26.03.2023

    • Ideal for using with:  Glass Pao Infuser MugChelsea Glass Teapot with Infuser and Infusers & Strainers


  • Ingredients

    Black Tea

    Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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Margaret's Hope

Planted out in this lovely location, about a century ago, the unusual name 'Margaret's Hope' was given to the garden in 1927, by the owner Mr. Cruikshank. His daughter, Margaret, enchanted by the beauty of this garden, was deeply attached to the place. Before leaving for England, she promised to return. Unfortunately, she died of a lethal tropical disease on board the ship, never to return.

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Thus, her dream remained unfulfilled and her father christened the garden in her memory. Earlier the garden was known as Bara -Ringtong. Two pretty rivers flow through the estates. The teas grow at elevations of 915 metres to 1830 metres and are predominantly China bushes. Margaret's Hope, is as romantic a place as its name suggests.

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We've given our Margaret's Hope First Flush Darjeeling the number 865, to mark the founding date of the world-famous estate in 1865. 


The Margaret's Hope plantation is nestled in an exclusive corner of the Himalayan mountains, deep in the region of Darjeeling. Elevated up to 1830m above sea level, the cool mountain air encourages slow growth of the tea bushes which encourages the leaves to develop a more intense flavour. Many of these ancient tea bushes are over 150 years old and have been carefully cultivated to create this exquisitely crisp tea.

Store in a sealed jar or tin, such as our Fill-Me-Up Tea Caddies.

How to Make

1 tsp loose tea

200ml water

  1. Pop 1 tsp of loose tea per cup into a Pao mug or teapot with an infuser
  2. Pour in 200ml water per cup heated to 85 degrees
  3. Wait for 3-5 minutes
  4. Remove infuser and enjoy
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2 tsp loose tea

100ml freshly boiled water


Fruit or mint to garnish (optional)

  1. Add the loose tea to a refillable teabag or an infuser and place in a cup or heat-resistant glass
  2. Pour over freshly boiled water and brew for 15 minutes. Remove the teabag/infuser
  3. Top up with plenty of ice
  4. Garnish with fruit and sprigs of mint if desired
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