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Margaret's Hope Moonlight Darjeeling

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An unusual white tea Darjeeling from our favourite estate.

The region of Darjeeling is best known for its uniquely delicate black tea, but we thought you might like to try this unusual variety of white tea from one of our favourite tea gardens, Margaret's Hope Estate.

Extending across an area of roughly 3000 km2, Darjeeling is one of the smaller tea-growing regions. Nonetheless you'll encounter significant variation in taste between different Darjeelings depending on the particular tea garden, the age of the leaves and the method of processing. While most of the harvested leaves undergo a lengthy process of oxidation to achieve the qualities of a black tea, in this particular case the youngest spring leaves and buds are carefully dried to limit the oxidation process, preserving their light, floral qualities while maintaining the muscatel sweetness of a good Darjeeling. Depending on the weather at the time of picking, the drying process can take up to four days under careful supervision.

White tea is starting to gain the same popularity as green tea: it's high in a number of important antioxidants including EGCG, the compound reputed to rejuvenate the skin and relax the mind. We love white tea for its sweet, refreshing taste - it's perfect in the heat of summer, when the clear, clean flavours prove wonderfully cooling.

  • Tea Type

    White Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Sweet, Muscatel

  • Tastes like

    Sublimely sweet with a hint of rich muscatel

  • Food pairing

    Something light so as not to overpower the tea, such as scallops

  • When to drink

    Full moons and misty mornings

Brew the perfect cup

Add two teaspoons (around 4g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed 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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“I’m a big fan of our Mango & Bergamot – the coloured petals look lovely against the green tea leaves, and I like to store it in glass sweetshop jars on my kitchen shelf.”

- Marie Laure, Covent Garden Store Manager
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