Assam black tea has a special flavor and aroma that makes it a hot commodity and looked for by tea-enthusiasts from near and far. This classic from Assam boasts a full bodied and malty flavor that make for a tea rich in taste and bright in color.
This top notch beverage has both a 1st and 2nd flush. The 1st flush is known for a soothing aroma with a deep flavor. The 2nd flush gives Assam black tea its top calibre as it yields to what is known as a well-known "tippy tea" a black tea with gold colored leaves. Its the 2nd flush that has a less bitter experience than that of the 1st, making for a crisp and sweet flavor.
Assam black tea is typically mixed into many blends, commonly known to be found in the popular "breakfast" variety of teas. Moreover, Assam tea is included in English Breakfast tea, Scottish Breakfast tea, and Irish breakfast tea.
This brew receives its name from the place of origin, Assam, India. Along with Southern China, it has the claim of being the only area on the globe with tea plants as native to that land. Assam, located in the lower area of the Eastern Himalayas, specifically located in the middle of the borders of Burma and Bangladesh, near the Brahmaputra River, is famously known as the Earth's largest regional manufacturer of the black variety of tea. This sandy albeit deep earth that is found in this place, combined with warm, humid monsoon fuelled summers and dry, cool winters give this area the special attributes which are perfect for manufacturing of this world famous tea. While the Assam region is normally affiliated with the black variety of tea, tiny quantities by comparison, of both green and white tea are also made.
Assam black tea is known for having revolutionized the globe for tea fans as its fame grew. The tea was found by the Western world in the 19th century as travelers and traders founded a trade route from Europe to India. Early colonials were so impressed by the tea that they received gifts of leaves and seeds by local natives, in order to be taken back to Europe where its worldwide reputation blossomed. Moreover, it was the Assam Company that took it upon itself to begin the mass production and exporting of Assam black tea in the early 19th century, that in turn led to an explosion in this highly treasured commodity.
While it might not be as well known as the more renowned fellow patriot, Darjeeling, Assam's finest should not be mixed up with it, as the plants are very different and give way to very different consumption experiences. Whether you are beginner enthusiast of top notch teas or an experienced connoisseur, Assam teas have a special and enjoyable drinking experience to those that like top quality black teas.
About the author: Renata Jenkins has been a tea enthusiast since she was a young girl. Black tea has become a staple around the household and she enjoys it for it's health benefits and special, unique flavor.
By: Renata Jenkins