The Indian state of Assam is situated in the North East of India. To its north is Bhutan, the state of Arunachal Pradesh and China, to the East, Myanmar and to the south Bangladesh. Assam is a vast valley with the mighty river Brahmaputra flowing through its heart, bringing life and fertility to the soils of the tea gardens along its banks. The river swells and surges depending on the season, during the monsoon it can be over 20 kilometres wide in places. You find Tea Gardens on both the North Bank and South Bank of the river.
Assam is a beautiful state with much forestation and dedication to conservation. In the famous National Park of Kaziranga you find the Great Indian one horned Rhinoceros, Tigers and Elephants. The park is bordered by and exists in harmony with many teas gardens.
The indigenous plant Camellia Sinensis Var. Assamica was discovered nearly 200 years ago in the 1820’s and by the middle of the 19th century tea gardens growing tea began to appear up and down the valley. Today Assam has over 700 commercial tea estates and produces in the region of 60 million plus kilos per year.
The tropical climate in Assam brings seasonal rains, sweltering heat, high humidity, lots of sunshine making tea production of Assam Tea a natural phenomenon.
Assam Tea is manufactured into many grades of tea, from large leaf Orthodox Teas to finer cut CTC Teas that go to market for blending into packet loose teas and tea bag products. We import all grades of teas and have a range of over 60 Assam Loose Teas along with our own Assam Tea Bags that we pack here at our Pluckley Factory. Assam Teas go into blending of English Breakfast Teas which, if you are a purist contain 50 percent Assam Original Teas and 50 percent Ceylon Teas. Assam also produces a small amount of artisan Green Teas, White and Oolong Teas, but these are very rare.
During the growing season Assam produces many flushes, the first flush in late spring followed by, second flush and mid season Teas. Assam Teas are noted for their strong, malty qualities.
Brewing Guide for Assam Tea
Use fresh boiling water (100 degrees), infuse the loose tea leaves for approximately 3 to 5 minutes for the perfect cup of tea. Assam Teas are generally drunk with milk, but on occasion can be served black with a slice of lemon.
Assam Teas we Recommend
Here are a few of our most popular Assam teas: Our house Assam Tea is very popular, it is a TGFOP grade Tea (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe). We also have many single estate Teas and would recommend: Behora, Tarajuli, Hathikuli and Keyhung. If you want to learn more about the history and health benefits of Assam read our Assam Article.
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