Assam teas are grown in the lowlands, closer to the sea level. Tropical weather conditions prevailing here render the tea with a brisk flavor profile. The black teas produced in this region are renowned world over for their strong, bold, brisk, malty flavors and dark liquor making it an ideal pick for a breakfast tea world over.
here are few facts you would want to know about Assam Tea
- Assam is one of the only two places in the world (the other being Southern China) which has native tea plants.
2. Assam tea was discovered by a Scottish adventurer, Robert Bruce in 1823. He had observed the locals brewing the leaves.
3. Assam tea comes from the plantCamellia sinensis var. assamica and is different from the Chinese variety.
4. The difference between Assam tea and Chinese tea lies in the color of the tea. The Assam tea variety is dark green and has a glossy texture.
5.This variety is particularly famous for brewing black tea and is also known for its malty flavor.
6.Assam tea is grown along the banks of River Brahmaputra. It gets its distinct flavor because of the rich and sandy soil and the cool and sometimes humid climate.
7.There is a separate time zone that is followed in the tea gardens of Assam. Known as the Tea Garden Time orbagantime, it is one hour ahead of the Indian Standard Time. This practice was started by the British who had observed that days started early in this part of the country.
8.Assam tea is harvested twice in a year. The first harvest is called “first flush” and the second one is called “second flush”. The second flush tea is also known as “tippy tea” because the tea leaves have golden tips. The tea from the second flush is considered valuable because of its rich quality.
9.It is believed that many indigenous tribes of the region “eat” Assam tea by chewing the leaves.
10.Assam tea is regularly seen as an important item in any Irish breakfast, Scottish breakfast and English breakfast.
11. Assam tea’s flavor is stronger than its neighbor Darjeeling tea.
12.If you visit any tea garden in Assam you will see small white blossoms accompanying the dark green leaves.
13. While Assam tea is famous for the black variant, you will also find green tea and white tea plantations here.