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A type of black tea, Assam tea is known for its sultry, malty flavor, vigorous body and bright color. It is more commonly known as breakfast tea, or Irish breakfast tea. If you’ve ever sipped an English black tea, the chances are good that it was made with Assam leaves.
The broadest definition of Assam tea includes all teas crafted with the assamica variety of the Camellia sinensis tea plant. Assam tea is named for the region where it comes from in India, Assam, close to the borders of Bangladesh and Burma, along the Brahmaputra River. The Assam region is known as the largest tea growing region in the world, with a very long season. Our Assam tea is pure and unblended, see how to steep our tea below.
How to Steep Assam Tea
Tea Select a high grade Assam tea for your first cup and add a tablespoon of tea per 8 ounces of water. Avoid constraining vessels, like tea balls or small infuser baskets, to allow the leaves to fully develop flavor during steeping.
Water Like other black teas, Assam prefers a higher brewing temperature to extract the best essences of the darkly fired leaves. Bring your good quality water to a boil and be ready to infuse your tea straight off the boil.
Time Over-infusing an Assam can lend your tea an unpleasant bitterness that eclipses its spectrum of malty flavors. Take care not to over-steep and begin with an experimental time of 3 minutes, increasing if you find you're not extracting enough character from the leaves.
Besides breakfast time, Assam teas are also an excellent base for chai, as its intense flavors can hold its own with the chai spices. For these same reasons, Assam makes an ideal companion to milk and sugar, for those who take them. Experiment with your own taste preferences as you explore one of the tea world's most historically significant plants.
Assam tea plantation, India
Ancient Indian Spices is a mission-driven seasoning company to help support small farmers in the US, Mexico and India. Our seasonings are exceptional quality, whole spices that are pan-toasted which intensifies their flavor, bringing out the aromatic oils and adding complexity to their taste by layering in a warm, toasty flavor. Ancient Indian Spices is demystifying Indian cuisine and cooking! Your purchase helps us support US-based farmers by purchasing their products for our seasonings and support Indian farmers through our sales.
Ancient Indian Spices offers exceptional quality seasonings such as chai masala, chaat (snack) masala, various regional curries, golden turmeric, tikka, tandoori, kormas, organic Indian teas, select Indian spices such as asofoetida, Himalayan pink salt, Indian long peppers, and gift sets.
Our family has deep roots in India (especially South India) and we enjoy making fresh Indian food at home. A few years ago we began selling our homemade spices to help nonprofits, schools and farmers. It took off from there and now we're in specialty food markets, at food and wine events, at farmers markets, and of course online. Deborah (mom) is the owner of the company and our son, Anil, has been making spices since he was five. Now he's twenty and is our Master Spice Maker who roasts, grinds and oversees production of our seasonings. Rob was born and raised in south India and has an affinity for that type of food and spices. He's our spice teacher. We all share a deep commitment to our planet and it's caretakers-especially farmers. Purchasing our products directly from small farmers in the US helps us support farmers in India and Mexico through our sales. So every time you purchase our products you help support farmers. Thank you!
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