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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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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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70 / 100
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It was a bit of challenge to describe the aroma. I finally decided on 'sweet pine'. There is a 'wood' aroma with a definite 'sweet' under tone. The liquor is a deep amber color, malty. I'm not catching any 'peppery' after taste. A decent Assam. Good price for a good tea.

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85 / 100
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India
Mar. 30th, 2019

Ahmad Tea provides some of the best values in entry-level loose leaf tea out there.

Their Kalami Assam beautifully exemplifies all that we adore about Assam teas. The leaf aroma is malty, earthy, and slightly vegetal.

I used 1 tsp per cup infused for about 4 minutes. Brew is richly brown and copper in the cup. ...

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90 / 100
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Assam Melody from Adagio Teas

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India
Mar. 19th, 2019

One of my favorite non-blended teas, the base tea for breakfast teas (in my opinion.)

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85 / 100
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea from Ahmad Tea

Style: Assam – Region: Assam, India
Mar. 7th, 2019

Based on the previous reviews, I bought a pound box of this tea. Most of what I could say was already said by Alex in their spot-on review. I find that I get the best cup of tea by allowing it to steep for ten minutes or so.

Even with such a long steep, the bitterness is understated for an Assam. Though the tea gets...

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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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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

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

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