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
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