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Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

About Assam

Very dark loose-leaf tea with a few flecks of lighter orange colors interspersedA typical-looking loose-leaf orthodox Assam black tea. Photo © A Girl With Tea, CC BY 2.0.
Assam is a region of India and a variety and style of black tea. Although the region produces a small number of green teas, Assam green teas are very uncommon; when a tea is referred to as "Assam" it invariably means black tea.

Assam is further identified by means of production into CTC (Crush, Tear, Curl, a mechanical process) and orthodox (traditionally produced) tea. CTC tea is cheaper and infuses faster, whereas orthodox tea tends to be more expensive, more complex, and require longer brewing times.

Assam is produced from a large-leafed variety of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis assamica, a different variety from both Chinese teas and teas in the Darjeeling district of India. This variety, although associated with Assam, is sometimes grown in other regions. Assam teas have a unique flavor both due to the low altitude of the Assam region and the special variety of tea plant used.

The aroma of Assam teas is often described as malty. Most Assam teas are described as strong and powerful; Assam is one of the most common ingredients in breakfast blends and strong black tea blends, particularly Irish Breakfast and Ostfriesen tea. However, Assam teas are diverse and there are smoother and subtler black teas produced in this region as well.

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Assam Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India
Jul. 4th, 2020

Very good flavored assam tea. Perfect with milk.

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73 / 100
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Assam Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India
Jun. 2nd, 2020

Taylor's has/had a "Pure Assam". Does the absence of that adjective here make this one "impure" by default? :-)

Seriously, I don't know if "Assam Tea" is the same as "Pure Assam", repackaged and rebranded, or a parallel offering. It has been a few years since I tried and reviewed "Pure Assam", so I can't compare...

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68 / 100
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Assam Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India
May. 4th, 2020

The dry tea has almost no odor at all. The teabag smells slightly woody, which could either be from the tea or the paper. The tea looks to be CTC pellets that were ground up further. I wonder if the "Pure Assam" that this tea seems to have replaced was orthodox tea and that's the difference.

This tea smells tannic a...

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85 / 100
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Malawi TGFOP Balaka (Nr. 71) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Assam – Region: Malawi
Mar. 4th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours nearly clear copper brown with no sediment. Clear aroma of black tea leaves, with very subtle hints of orange. Bitterish flavour of pure black tea, with very mild floral hints. Complex and lingering palate, both creamy and slightly astringent, with mild acidic hints. A smooth drink, best e...

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88 / 100
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Dinjoye TGBOP from TeaSource

Style: Assam – Region: Dibrugarh, Assam, India
Jun. 17th, 2019

I was excited and curious to order from TeaSource, and this was one of the first teas I tried. I have been impressed with all of the teas I've tried, including this one.

The leaf is strongly aromatic and pleasant, mostly a malty smell, and it also gives off the sense that this tea packs a punch.

The brewed cup is...

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Assam

Brand:Two Leaves and a Bud
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
55
15 Ratings
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
89
7 Ratings
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
21
5 Ratings
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Barooti Assam (Broken Leaf with Golden Tips)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
55
4 Ratings
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Assam Organic Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Assam
Region:India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
46
3 Ratings

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Assam TGFOP Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
95
3 Ratings
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
89
7 Ratings
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Pure Assam Tea Bags

Brand:Taylors of Harrogate
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
75
3 Ratings
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Assam

Brand:Two Leaves and a Bud
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
55
15 Ratings
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Barooti Assam (Broken Leaf with Golden Tips)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
55
4 Ratings

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