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Assam, India

Wikipedia: Assam | Official Government Website: assam.gov.in 
Updated: Dec. 31, 2014 

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About Assam, India | Tea-Producing Regions of Assam, India | Styles of Tea Produced in Assam, India | Best (Top-Rated) Assam Teas

About Assam, India

A tea plantation with large-leaf tea plants and numerous scattered tall treesA tea plantation in Sonitpur district of Assam; note the large leaf size. Photo by Amlan Basumatari, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Assam is a region of India famous for its black teas. As of 2008, Assam accounted for about 55% of India's tea production.[1] Assam produces only a tiny portion of green and white teas--less proportionately than a number of other regions that have historically only produced black tea.

Assam teas are generally produced from a different cultivar of the tea plant, called the Assamica cultivar, contrasting with the teas from the Darjeeling district. The Assamica cultivar has larger leaves, in contrast to the smaller-leafed variety used in most Darjeeling and also most Chinese black teas. The same cultivar used in Assam tea is also grown in other regions, especially in lowland regions, including Thailand.

Most of the tea grown in Assam is grown at a low altitude, giving it a distinctly different character from the tea grown in Darjeeling and other high-altitude regions. One notable exception is Kopili estate, located at a higher altitude.

Assam has had a problem with militants; in 2001, according to the chief of police in Assam, most funding for the groups had been cut off, but the tea industry was the single remaining source of funding for the militant groups. In the past, cities and towns had faced extortion by these groups.[2]

References:

1. Floods ravage India's northeast, thousands homeless, Reuters India, Jun 17, 2008.


2. 'Tea companies still financing militants' , The Hindu, Mar. 18, 2001.


Tea-Producing Regions of Assam, India

Styles of Tea Produced in Assam, India

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Assam, India.

Best Assam Teas

The notion of the "best" Assam teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Assam, India, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Assam

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Assam
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
47
14 Ratings
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Mtn High Chai

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
31
10 Ratings
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Chai (Organic Tazo Chai)

Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
75
7 Ratings
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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
59
7 Ratings
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Golden Chai™ - Spiced Assam Black Tea

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
49
6 Ratings

Top-Rated Assam Teas

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Assam TGFOP Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Assam
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
3 Ratings
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
83
5 Ratings
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Chai (Organic Tazo Chai)

Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:Chai / Spiced Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
75
7 Ratings
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Pure Assam Tea Bags

Brand:Taylors of Harrogate
Style:Assam
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
66
3 Ratings
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Aged Earl Grey™ - Bergamot Black

Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Earl Grey Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
59
7 Ratings

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