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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 24 Mantra Organic

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India
Dec. 9th, 2018

I bought this tea as a grey market item from a nearby Indian grocery store. Lately, I've tried and enjoyed a number of teas from Indian brands and this one is no exception.

As far as appearance, the dry CTC "crumbs" are larger and slightly lighter in color than those of most other CTC teas. The brewing tea reminds m...

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79 / 100

A fairly typical Assam of slightly-above-average quality. This was one of four teas we tried on our recent visit to Socra Tea Detroit, a great cafe and tea shop that I recommend checking out if you're in the area.

I've now tried three teas from Tonganagaon estate, a tea garden in upper Assam that seems to produce sm...

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75 / 100
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Assam from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India
Nov. 3rd, 2018

A nice earthy aroma. Deep amber liquor. Strong malty flavor.

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70 / 100
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The aroma has a slight earthy with hint of chocolate smell. Taste is clean without a strong after taste, slight hint of honey, smooth and mild. Nice amber color. I made it 'strong' with heaping teaspoons and 5 minute steep. This will be easy to drink all day. I never use milk or sugar.

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40 / 100
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Assam Black Tea Bags from Mana Organics

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India
Oct. 16th, 2018

The flavor of this tea reminded me of something from my first sip, but what eluded me for quite a while. It wasn't until I actually sat down and read the official description that I finally figured out what it was. The Mana Organics website indicates that it is "a blend of malt and sweet." This description couldn't be ...

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Assam

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
38
15 Ratings
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
35
5 Ratings
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
19
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
54
4 Ratings
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Assam Organic Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Assam
Region:India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
34
3 Ratings

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Assam TGFOP Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
64
3 Ratings
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Barooti Assam (Broken Leaf with Golden Tips)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
54
4 Ratings
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Imperial Assam (Tea Bags)

Brand:Hampstead Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
52
3 Ratings
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Pure Assam Tea Bags

Brand:Taylors of Harrogate
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
40
3 Ratings
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Assam

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
38
15 Ratings

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