2018 Darjeeling Selim Hill Estate 1st flush black tea

Darjeeling 2018 1st Flush Selim Hill Tea Estate


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Selim Hill Tea Estate 1st Flush



Grade: FTGFOP 1 CL – EX-1
Appearance: the dry leaf shows pure Darjeeling leaf color that is abundantly sprinkled with buds – the silver tips. The combination of leaf and tip is in good balance to give the tea an elegant appearance.
Cultivar: China bush varietal and clonal tea leaf
Oxidation: approximately 75% oxidation
Wither: medium wither
Flavor: a bright, 1st Flush Darjeeling with abundant silver tips which gives this tea an exuberant and slightly astringent flavor
Aroma: clear and simple aroma – classic Darjeeling
Liquor: medium, golden-amber hued liquor


Darjeeling District, West Bengal State, India
100% Pure, Un-blended Darjeeling tea
High-grade leaf from a limited spring production

2018 1st Flush (March)


This tea was harvested at the earliest point of the plucking season in Darjeeling and it is a special,  limited production early spring tea. These teas challenge the tea makers to use all their senses and expertise to bring out the best of these micro-lot teas before the busy crush of the main spring harvest begins.

Use 1.5 teaspoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 1 infusion at 2-3 minutes
Water temperature should be 185°F-195° F


Tasting Tip:


This exquisite 1st Flush Darjeeling has so much flavor and full body that if you steep it for the traditional 2-3 minutes, it can likely be re-steeped to provide a second delicious cup.

Our goal this year was to procure more variety in 1st Flush Darjeeling teas than we formerly offered. The more traditional weather seems to agree with our current thinking and has helped to produce many delicious teas for 2018. We will have Darjeeling teas with a softer, less astringent flavor profile, and also ones in the more modern, ‘European’ style. So whatever style you prefer – or if you enjoy them all – this is a great year for tea, and Darjeeling in particular.


Bob selected Tea Trekker’s 1st Flush Darjeeling teas for 2018 pretty much at the normal time of the spring, and those deliveries have been arriving by air courier and by surface transport. Check the listings regularly for new additions, and also for the 2nd Flush teas in July!

Selim Hill is another reasonably new tea estate for Tea Trekker. With 87 tea gardens producing tea in Darjeeling, we will most likely never represent them all, However, we do like to introduce our Darjeeling enthusiasts to new gardens. We have become quite fond of the teas from this garden and use them extensively in blends and recommend the garden as a producer of classic Darjeeling teas.

This tea is plucked and manufactured in the early days of spring just as the main 1st Flush harvest begins. It is in the category of a limited production early spring tea and was made in a small quantity. The dry leaf shows the pure colors of expertly-manufactured tea leaf and is abundantly sprinkled with buds – the silver tips. While its appearance is more that of a culinary spice blend, it is indeed a fine Darjeeling black tea manufacture. The combination of leaf and tip is in good balance to give the tea an elegant appearance and an extremely smooth flavor.

Selim Hill teas are organic and the gardens feature extensive plantings of old China bush tea varietals, which we always look for; and this pluck also includes a good percentage of modern clonal varietals that provide an incredible backbone to the steeped tea. This mix of tea bushes, combined with the terroir of Darjeeling, give a clarity of flavor and a pure, Darjeeling taste to the tea.

When the dry leaf is first encountered, this tea has a gentle woodsiness and mossy element, which is most intriguing and desirable. We were impressed by the intense aromatic quality of both the dry leaf and the tea liquor. When the leaf is wet that woodsiness vanishes and is replaced by a soft aroma and confident Darjeeling presence. When we returned to re-steep the leaf or to just observe the leaf after a bit of time had passed since the tea was steeped, the aroma had a quite pleasant background aroma of fresh (garden) mint (not peppermint or spearmint, but the classic garden mint). This can be (and in this instance was) an indicator of a fresh, light style. The abundant amount of tips adds a buoyancy to the flavor and aroma that counterpoints the potentially sharp and slightly astringent nature of this tea. This tea is for those who like a Darjeeling that shows the brisker style, and may even benefit from the addition of a splash of milk. The leaf is evenly cut, has little green, and shows itself long and open when steeped. The liquor steeps to a clear and deep light amber. We could drink this tea all day!

Selim Hill is an organic tea estate located in Kurseong area and in Darjeeling district. It lies east of the Rohini Tea Garden and just south of the Giddapahar Tea Estate, two of our other favorite Darjeelings. The location of the estate is considered mid-level, and the gardens are perched on a hilly slope with varying elevations that rise up to some 3,500 ft and faces the mountain on its north..It is split into upper and lower segments and includes four villages. There are over 200 workers employed in the garden. Selim Hill was established in 1870.