Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tea Tasting Saturday #42 - Margaret's Hope Estate FTGFOP1 Musc.
My biggest question about Margaret's Hope tea wasn't what it would taste like but how it got its name! And this particular story appears on several web sites and has the ring of familiarity about it, in case you're like me and didn't remember how this tea got its name.
Category: British Legacy Black Tea
Purveyor: Upton Tea Imports
Dry leaf appearance: Varying bits of mostly dark brown leaf with a few lighter pieces scattered about.
Wet leaf appearance: Chopped greens.
Steeping temperature and time: 1 teaspoon of tea, 190 degrees, 4 minutes.
Scent: As with last week's Darjeeling, this one's dry tea scent reminded me of freshly cut wood, with a sharp, fresh scent. Once it was steeped, I also detected a sweet, almost fruity "grape juice" scent.
Color: Medium orange-brown.
Flavor: Despite appearing to have so much in common with the Singbulli Darjeeling from last week, this tea was a letdown. First, the flavor had an odd taste to it that I can't quite define. It was a faint but almost bitter taste which, again, I can only compare with what I think liquid wood might taste like! I also detected more astringency than I am accustomed to. The second cup, taken with milk, was tolerable, but only tolerable. (And I had wanted to like this tea because I like the name!)
Additional notes: This tea has something in common with Fanciest Formosa Oolong in that part of the tea's flavor comes from the fact it has been munched by leaf mites!
Next week's tea: Himalayan Tips SFTGFOP1 Second Flush