Delicate tending astringent with the distinctive 'muscatel' character.
Estate Black Tea
During the 1930's the garden was owned by Mr. Bagdon who lived in London but he visited the tea garden regularly. He had two daughters. The younger named Margaret; who when she saw the tea garden fell in love with it, hoping one day she would have an opportunity to return. Sadly, she fell ill on board the ship during the return to England & died soon after. In her memory, her father changed the garden's name to Margaret's Hope. the bushes at Margaret's Hope are almost entirely the Chinese jat (genus, accounting for the green leafed tippy appearance of the manufactured leaf & the superb fragrance. The fragrance & taste is a complex bouquet that reaches right out of the cup. Some would describe the taste as nutty; others find it reminds them of black currants, but most often it is described as similar to the taste & fragrance of muscat grapes.
FOR HOT TEA:
Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Even though milk and a dash of sugar help enhance the flavor character on this tea, it is perfectly acceptable to consume this tea `Straight Up'
FOR COLD TEA:
*One Quart* Place 6 teaspoons of tea in a heat resistant pitcher. Add 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water. Steep 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with ice water. Added steeped tea and fill with ice water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. (Please note: Top quality tea may cloud when iced (it is okay) due to their high polyphenol levels).