First Flush – Green Tea
The two leaves-and-a-bud from Selim Hill, that makeup the pickings of the First Flush contain the most antioxidants or catechins. The Green Teas they give birth to are a rare combination of salubrity and luxury.
Experience the Original Flavour of Darjeeling:
- Plucked, packed and dispatched from the source
- High in Antioxidants
- Healthy caffeine levels
- Prepared in limited batches
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During the winter dormancy, Selim Hill fertilises and prepares itself for the coming of Spring. And Spring appears like a glorious hornbill, with the coming of March. The bushes develop a dark green texture and the leaves begin flushing as they rise towards the heavens. The season is still cool and breezy, and the freshness can be felt in your cup.
Silver, greenish in colour. Our leaves are rough, long, and bold. Like a Persian carpet, the inconsistency of our leaves is a mark of the authenticity of our product.
Lime greenish fading into the white cup.
Delicate, floral notes, and fresh-cut-field aromas.
Selim Hill will dispel all your notions about the bitterness of green teas. Our green teas are not only healthy, and bursting with antioxidants, but also have a positively sweet aftertaste.
Nurtured by the Selim Hill Forest, your First Flush teas are grown under the shadow of the bamboo groves of the famed Andheri Section, home to the roving elephants of the region. Very rare are the Green Teas that are produced in Darjeeling during this season.
Add 2 teaspoons (2.5 g) and steep hot water for 5 minutes. Brew and enjoy the Original Taste of Darjeeling.
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The Tea Journey
Your tea’s journey starts with the scouting and plucking of leaves as they begin flushing with the onset of Spring every year. The nimble hands of the ladies who pluck your teas at Selim Hill tea estate disguises the gruelling and difficult task that this is. Pluckers carry upto 20 kgs of leaved on their shoulder everyday and walk for miles on end searching for the two leaves and a bud that makes Darjeeling Tea; or as they refer to it: Dui Path, Ek Suiro.
Every day’s pickings are weighed and brought indoors, and then they are put into the boilers. Unlike our Black Teas, the Green Teas are meant put into a boiling chamber where steam interacts with the fresh leaves. After the boiling process, the tea leaves are spread on a trough and water is sprinkled to cool and freshen up the leaves faster.
Rolling : After the tea leaves have been withered for 8-24 hours, the dried tea leaves are put intothe rolling machines. This step ruptures the cells of the leaves, initiates oxidation, and gives it the ultimate shape that you see in your Dorje pouches. The rolling of tea leaves at Selim Hill tea estate’s heritage factory takes place in Britannia machines which are at least a century old. It is here that the true magic of bringing out the flavours of Darjeeling tea, takes place.
After an hour or so of rolling the tea leaves, they’re fermented in large trays. The cooling process develops the aroma and flavour for the tea. it is then immediately put into a large drying oven that heats it at high temperatures to produce the final product.
We ask our partners at Selim Hill Tea Estate to do a careful hand sorting of your teas instead of breaking the leaves or letting any metal touch the final product. The inconsitency of our teas, adds to the authenticity of the product
P. S. We taste our teas every day to ensure that only the best cups reach you.