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Selimbong - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf

2021 First Flush

Selimbong - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf

Indian Black Tea

Light golden, with heavenly floral and fruit notes, this loose-leaf tea from the revered Selimbong estate is an exquisite example of a Darjeeling first flush.

From: Pokhribong, Darjeeling District, India

LOOSE LEAF
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The origins of our Selimbong 2021 Darjeeling First Flush


From the organic Selimbong tea estate comes this outstanding Darjeeling first flush loose-leaf tea. A high-grown tea from the Mirk Valley with an exceptionally light, sweet and floral flavour, Selimbong Darjeeling is best enjoyed mid-morning or in the afternoon for a delicate, refreshing cup.

Notable for its rolled green tea leaves featuring an abundance of silvery buds, Selimbong has a light golden yellow infusion that preserves all the wonderful subtle flavour components of first flush Darjeeling. A single-origin, spring-blossom tea, it offers a delightful, highly aromatic aroma of peaches and mint, with hints of pine that hark to its mountain origins in the foothills of the Himalayas.

This is an prime quality Indian black tea – with all the associated antioxidant health benefits – but with its light yellow colour, it almost resembles a white tea. That means it's at its best when served on its own, so we do not recommend adding milk, although a little squeeze of lemon and a drop of honey may enhance its flavour.

Read more about our Selimbong 2021 Darjeeling First Flush

Darjeeling first flush teas are harvested from March to April and revered for their floral, grassy qualities, leading to them being described as the 'Champagne of teas'. Located in the state of West Bengal, in northeast India, Darjeeling teas are grown at high elevations, up to 2,130m. The Darjeeling district is also renowned for its wide use of the traditional orthodox tea production method instead of the CTC (Crush Tear Curl) method used in mass production.

Selimbong Estate, which produces this small-batch tea, is one of the region's most historic tea gardens located in the Mirk Valley. Founded in 1886 at an altitude of 1800m on the Indo-Nepal border in the Mirk Valley, the estate has a reputation for producing teas of outstanding quality, and this 2021 Darjeeling first flush is no exception.


Similar black teas from India's Darjeeling region


One of the most eagerly anticipated times of year on the Indian tea calendar is the spring release of the first flush Darjeelings. Our tea tasters have sourced some of the district's best for you to try. Exceptional examples of the 2021 season include Goomtee, Margaret's Hope, Snowview and Upper Namring. You can compare these with a classic second flush Darjeeling from the Margaret's Hope Estate and the summer harvest. Happy sipping!

Can't decide which Darjeeling to try? Sample six of our 2021 Darjeeling first flush teas with a Discovery Pack. You can find out more about Darjeeling and what makes its flushes so special in our Tea Journal.

Ingredients


Pure Indian black tea

Tasting notes


The tea offers a pine needle and honey aroma and vibrant orange infusion. A medium cup with notes of plum, apricot and honey smooth mouthfeel.

Region


Darjeeling is the northernmost district in West Bengal, Eastern India. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is bordered by Nepal in the West, Sikkim state to the North, and Bangladesh on the South-eastern boundary. The eponymous city, 2,100m above sea level, is located on a long, narrow mountain ridge of the Lesser Himalayas.

Learn more about the Darjeeling Region of India

On a clear day, the city offers unparalleled views of Kanchenjunga (the world’s third highest mountain), and Mount Everest can also be seen from nearby Tiger Hill, which itself sits at 2,590m above sea level. The highest peaks in the district are part of the Singalila Ridge and reach 3,600m. Depending on the elevation, the climate is either Humid Subtropical (CFA) in the lower areas, or Subtropical Highland (Cwb) on the higher hills, with a Tundra climate (ET) on the higher mountains, and numerous microclimates along the steep relief.

The city itself enjoys a mild and temperate climate (Cwb), with average lows of 10°C in the winter, and average highs of 21°C in the summer. The summers are wet and overcast with high precipitation from May until September; and the winters are mild and clear. Winds are generally low throughout the year. The land between 1,000m and 2,000m is mostly used for cultivation: principally tea, but also rice, corn, wheat and cardamom. The slopes above 2,000m are covered in forests, with a mixture of semi-evergreen, temperate and alpine trees. The forest around the city of Darjeeling is home to rare, protected orchids.

The reserve forests are also home to small Indian civets, mongooses, badgers, as well as a conservation centre for the elusive and endangered red pandas. Teas from such altitudes are considered high-grown. Considering that Darjeeling is only 280 miles from Assam, it is remarkable that the two regions produce vastly different teas.

As well as climatic and topographic differences, soil quality varies. Whilst Assam is considered very fertile, Darjeeling soil is loose and poorly consolidated, with risks of landslides. But the steep slopes ensure efficient drainage, and the misty, wet summers with limited direct sunlight are ideal for the cultivation of the Camellia sinensis sinensis. The mild, dry winters also encourage a period of dormancy, so the new Spring leaves can burst with flavours (First Flush harvest).

How to brew

3g

3g

85°C

85°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 4mins

3 - 4mins

Selimbong - 2021 Darjeeling First Flush Loose Leaf

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