Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP

(40 customer reviews)


  • Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope: one of the most celebrated tea gardens.
  • The greeny brown leaf produces a light, floral tea.
  • It has the distinctive muscatel taste of a really good Darjeeling.
  • Margaret’s Hope tea is probably the most famous of Darjeeling’s gardens.
  • The garden was established in 1865 by Mr Cruikshank beside the Balsun river.
  • The garden takes seriously its welfare responsibilities to its staff.

Darjeeling Margaret's Hope FTGFOP: from one of  the most celebrated tea gardens.

The greeny brown leaf of Darjeeling Margaret's Hope produces a light, floral tea with the distinctive muscatel taste of a really good Darjeeling. Margaret's Hope tea is probably the most famous of Darjeeling's gardens. The garden was established in 1865 by Mr Cruikshank beside the Balsun river. It rises to an altitude of up to 5000 ft. near to Kurseong. Tragically his daughter Margaret died on the long voyage home to England and he re-named the garden in the hope that he would be forever reminded of her. The Margaret's Hope garden takes seriously its welfare responsibilities to its staff and has improved housing, water supply and medical facilities. Infuse one teaspoon per cup of this celebrated tea with freshly boiled water for four minutes.
Excellent Darjeeling "Fragrant complex Darjeeling at a modest price. Has bags of Darjeeling character."
"This was our first foray into 'good' teas and it hasn't disappointed. This darjeeling was so different to our usual reasonable quality shop bought loose leaf darjeeling; not bitter if left too long, clear taste of flavour, wonderfully refreshing. A really good tea!"
Great tea "Darjeeling is probably the best of teas with a balance of freshness and depth and this tea does not disappoint. I have certainly not tasted better at this price range."

"An exquisite tea. I had never had such a good Darjeeling before, though I've sampled many. This is the tea that made understand that a whole world of better teas was waiting out there, unbeknown to me."
We enjoy this tea in the afternoon. "We like Darjeeling tea but have previously only bought it in the supermarket. There is a world of difference here. Lovely delicate flavour."

Subtle, delicate and elegant "It took a while to get used to this tea: I normally drink robust Assams and initially found this tea a little bland. But after judicious calibration [i.e. more leaves than normal in the pot] and letting it stand a full 5 minutes, its charm and subtlty emerged. Excellent with cucumber sandwiches."

Smooth "Very gentle subtle taste. A great buy."

The benefits of loose leaf tea

  • Darjeeling Margaret's Hope is a carefully sourced tea chosen for its distinctive, balanced flavour.
  • Loose leaf tea enables the full flavour characteristics of the tea to infuse.
  • The tea is chosen for its high grade which imparts the flavour and aroma characteristics for which this tea is best known.
  • A little patience is required when infusing large leaf grades but you will be rewarded with a superior, more balanced cup.

Which size to choose

  • There are several packing options: 60grams, 125grams and 250grams - the standard being of 125 grams in a packet.
  • You can select packets or a tin caddy with hinged lid which can be selected from the drop-down options.
  • Our silver-coloured packets are a triple laminate of paper, foil and cellophane, specifically designed for tea.

How to look after this tea

  • Store the tea with care: ensure it is stored air-tight, away from heat, light, moisture and strong aromas.
  • Our standard best-before is one year.

Delivery options

  • Our standard shipping is second class post unless you choose an alternative option.
  • Free UK shipping is available for orders over £30 and free first class post can be chosen for orders over £50.
  • At the checkout you may choose to receive a free, full-colour, eight-page guide to our tea.

For more information about buying our loose leaf teas see our page How to Buy the Best Loose Leaf Tea.

Additional information

Packing Option

125 gram packet, 125 gram tin, 250 gram packet, 250 gram tin

40 reviews for Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope FTGFOP

  1. John Hyde

    We enjoy this tea in the afternoon.
    Subtle, delicate and elegant

  2. Deborah Smith

    Excellent floral Darjeeling
    an amazing discovery

  3. David Phillips (verified owner)

    Excellent as ever. It doesn’t say on the packet which flush it is but I guess it isn’t first flush which is thinner and more astringent

    Perhaps my taste buds are changing with age but I always used to prefer Assam Harmutty but now drink Margaret Hope most of the time

  4. d.phillips (verified owner)

    5 star [rating panel isnt responding]. When I reviewed this tea 4 years ago I said it was my favourite tea. Ive tried several darjeelings since then and there isnt one I like more. This is probably as much to do with the plantations’s history and ethos as with taste; my palate isnt sophisticated enough to differentiate consistently.

    I think it would be fair to say now that it is one of my 2 favourite teas, the other being Nepalese Kathmandu

  5. Anonymous

    Great tea

  6. David (verified owner)

    Subtle, delicate and elegant

  7. Graham Monteith

    Service: Good service
    Vendor response: I am sorry to hear that the tin was dented. This is the first occasion we have heard of this problem. We do protect them with stiff corrugated card inside the padded outer bag. It also states ‘Do not crush’ on the label but realsie that unfortunately this could be seen as an invitation to a minority. If you would like us to send you a new tin of this tea please contact us.

    Richard Grey

  8. Anonymous

    Excellent Darjeeling

  9. Vcf

    We enjoy this tea in the afternoon.

  10. Mr P R Collins

    Service: High quality teas well packaged

  11. Sarah Lloyd Jones

    Product: It’s a terrific tea – I drink my darjeeling with milk so need the stronger ones. But it’s so expensive this year – I won’t be buying this often.
    Service: Great selection of teas and very good descriptions. Sensible packaging. Tea seems pricey this year, though.

  12. David Phillips (verified owner)

    Product: It took me a long time to get to like Darjeeling tea – and it was Margarets Hope that converted me to it
    Service: swift delivery

  13. John Michaelides (verified owner)

    Service: Quick despatch and fast delivery for some great tasting teas

  14. Philip Barber

    Service: I am a long standing customer, who is delighted with the service, the quality, that value and variety of their teas

  15. Philip Barber

    Service: I am a long standing customer, who is delighted with the service, the quality, that value and variety of their teas

  16. Philip Barber

    Service: I am a long standing customer, who is delighted with the service, the quality, that value and variety of their teas

  17. Lana (verified owner)

    An excellent surpirse

  18. Janet Litten

    Product: My favourite tea – a really delicate but distinct flavour – very refreshing and a real treat to drink.
    Service: Always a very swift service with orders met and fabulous tea delivered.

  19. Catherine Nichols

    Service: Very good selection of teas and prompt delivery.

  20. Josh Barling

    Product: Looked great in the tin cases and was a lovely touch having the leaflet with all the info.
    Service: Gave Grays a call and they were really friendly and knowledgeable. helped me pick the right products while giving me a lot of background on them

  21. Robert Dixon

    Service: very good service

  22. John Birdsall (verified owner)

    I’ve tried a fair few varieties of Darjeeling but this is definitely one of my favourites. It has a slightly ‘earthy’ taste that reminds me of ‘The Campbell’ from the East India Company. But it still has that ‘leafiness’ that makes Darjeeling so enjoyable.

  23. John Layton (verified owner)

    Product: good value for the price.
    Service: delivered and packed as expected.

  24. Jonathan Rippon (verified owner)

    Superb tea that has everything I want from a Darjeeling.

  25. Derek Smith (verified owner)

    I’m not always a fan of Darjeeling teas because they can be rather thin tasting but this is a hit with us. There’s a pleasant but subtle smoky taste to it – much less strong than a Lapsang Souchong but enough to make an interesting, unusual flavour. An excellent tea for breakfast or afternoons.

  26. Katherine Park (verified owner)

    Service: The tea did not arrive on time despite paying for first class post
    Vendor response: I am sorry that you were disappointed with our service. Your order was dispatched within two days by 1st Class Post. Post can however be slower than normal at this peak Christmas time.

  27. Douglas John Upton

    Product: Only a couple of cups used as yet but tastes bright and gorgeous colour.
    Service: Excellent support, I misread the web page but was given excellent steers to put it all right. Raid delivery and well packaged

  28. Dmytro Lebed

    Product: Basic darjeeling tea with excellent taste.
    Service: Nothing to complain about. Excellent teas, good service.

  29. Mark Upton (verified owner)

    Service: excellent

  30. Christine Doyle (verified owner)

    Product: A new one for me and please bear in mind that I regularly drink Grey’s China green, so what I say about Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope will be coloured by my comparing it with Chun Mee Moon Palace. To me, Grey’s Darjeeling Margaret’s Hope has a sweet fruity aroma along with the famous muscatel favour, raisiny in my case. The liquor itself isn’t sweet and also has elements of astringency, maltiness and what I’d call earthiness. If this sounds strange the tea is wonderful. It’s favour lingers long and leaves a sparkling clean palate.
    Service: Smashing teas at affordable prices!

  31. phillip.wood-3569 (verified owner)

    Lovely delicate flavour, not too strong

  32. Carol Jardine (verified owner)

    Wonderful for afternoon tea.

  33. David Phillips (verified owner)

    Product: My favourite afternoon tea
    Service: The courier service is high quality and gets rid of problems of non-delivery by Royal Mail on the 2nd class post option

  34. Victoria Kinnersly

    Service: Direct and personal service, could not fault it

  35. d.phillips (verified owner)

    Ive always given Margaret’s hope 5 stars and it has always been a firm favourite. This batch tastes better than any Ive had before – fresh and with a great depth of complex flavour.

  36. B Ellis (verified owner)

    Delicious tea, prompt and efficient service.

  37. Anonymous (verified owner)

    A lovely, delicate flavour, very enjoyable

  38. Robert Dixon

    Service: Exceelnt range of teas, excellent service

  39. Liz

    Great tea

  40. Mr D F Nattriss

    Product: Still have not had my second pack of Margaret’s Hope, however you did tell me that it might be delayed!
    Quality first class.
    Your service is usually excellent and prompt!
    Service: Excellent

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