The flavour of this is more delicate, floral and ephemeral than Murchie's other 2nd flush Darjeelings, Darjeeling Estate and Darjeeling Pure.

1st Flush means that this tea come from the first plucking of tea after the plants come out of winter dormancy and the ensuing spring rains have finished.

The leaves are quite green (for a black tea), producing a light cup with delicate flavour. This particular 1st flush is quite smooth and creamy, not spicy. It is bright, with a light astringency which leaves the mouth dry and extends the flavour.

This is definitely a tea for the connoisseur!

Origin: Darjeeling, India

Grade: FTGFOP1 (Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe 1)

Caffeine Caffeinated
Cup Strength Medium
Origin India
Tea Format Loose Tea
Type Black

Mild but Excellent  Review by  ['Edmonton West']

A pale and mild tea, but excellent flavor. A tea to warm but but not overpower you. I like the tea it is very good.

Posted on 2023-04-21

Well Worth the Money  Review by  ['davej']

My wife and I both like this tea very much. It is light, but has an enduring flavor. It's a bit more expensive than the other Darjeeling teas, but worth the extra loonies. I believe this tea will be the next choice for my "tea of the month" rotating tea tin. I brewed 9g for 600ml for 5 minutes at 208 degrees. Dave

Posted on 2021-05-02

Champagne Plus  Review by  CAStouch

From now on, this is my favorite darjeeling. The delicate flavor is unmatched in my travels in Canada, England, and the Continent. Please try this - you will be delighted

Posted on 2021-04-07

Chasing Spring  Review by  lastmountain

I have not been the same ever since bringing home some loose tea purveyed on Piccadilly and being served that tea by my 90 year old mom in her bone china tea pot. I've increasingly developed a bit of tea addiction . I am a tea neophyte---for sure. So I humbly submit that this 1st Flush Darjeeling from Margaret's Hope is all that the experts say. It is 'spring in a teacup'. Since is is minus 27 in Edmonton today, that's a good thing. The tea's golden orange hue is beautiful to behold. The first cups were delicately floral. And yes...the flavour lingers. Subsequent cups revealed a rich fruity flavour---"tones of muscadet"---that were sublime. Very special indeed! Thank you Murchies!

Posted on 2018-02-05

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Flavour Profile Guide

Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.

Tea Strength Ratings

This rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.

Light/Delicate Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour
Medium Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup
Medium-Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness
Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well
Very Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee               Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness

Coffee Ratings

We rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.

Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:

Light Roast           More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker
Medium Roast           Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess
Dark Roast           Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal

Body is the term used to describe how the brewed coffee feels in your mouth:

Light Body           Easy to drink with little lingering flavour, ‘thin’ or ‘clean’ feeling on the palate
Medium Body           Heavier, creamier mouth-feel with more lingering flavour
Full Body           Rich, full-mouth feeling: hits all of the palate and lingers

Brewing Guide | Murchie's Tea & Coffee

Tea Brewing Guide

Different types of teas should be brewed according to certain times and water temperatures to bring out their best flavours. Use this guide as a starting point, and then experiment until you find the perfect brewing method for your favourite tea.

Based on approximately one level teaspoon (2.5g) of loose tea or one tea bag per 6-8 ounce (180-240ml) cup. For stronger flavour, add more tea. Brewing for longer may increase the strength of the tea, but will likely also cause bitterness.

Brew times shown in minutes.

Coffee Brewing Guide

The simplest methods for brewing coffee are drip coffee, pour over and French press. These guidelines are a starting point; modify the ratio of coffee to water, the grind, and brewing time to your taste. If your coffee is not strong enough, increase the proportion of coffee per cup of water, grind the beans finer, or allow them to brew longer – or any combination of these factors. If your coffee is too strong, simply do the opposite.

Drip coffee or pour over method: hot water is gradually poured over coffee grounds and slowly drips through

  • Fine to medium grind coffee
  • 1.5 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water
French press: coffee grounds are ‘steeped’ in hot water, and then a filter presses down the grounds, allowing the finished coffee to be poured off
  • Coarse grind coffee
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup (e.g. 4-6 tbsp for a 4-cup French press)
  • Pour about 1/3 of the water over the coffee grinds; wait about 30 seconds and then pour in the rest
  • Wait 4-5 minutes, then push down the plunger to separate the grounds from finished coffee, and enjoy!

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