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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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85 / 100
Picture of Duflating Estate FTGFOP1 Cl/Spl.

This is a very nice Assam with a complex and enjoyable taste. Pricey but good.

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87 / 100
Picture of Assam Malty Broken Herrentee

A remarkably smooth tea able to be brewed super strongly. This tea reminded me of Kenyan teas: it was strong and smooth, and not terribly aromatic, but with some of the qualities I like best in a tea.

This was the lowest grade of the three teas I tried from this company, and it was still surprisingly good. The leaf ...

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80 / 100
Picture of Bio Assam GFBOP Rembeng

A brisk Assam with a slight harshness, but also more interesting than most.

Thank you to my friend Janina for bringing this back to me from Germany! This was one of three Assams I sampled from Teekörbchen Gelnhausen, and it was good, and aptly described. It's also the first tea I've sampled from Nagaon, a district ...

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75 / 100
Picture of Mangalam Estate FTGFOP1 Cl.

A very nice assam - flavorful nutty (walnuts) and well balanced.

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60 / 100
Picture of Season's Pick Halmari Estate BP Assam

Solid Assam, with a woody flavor and some ironic tannins, but still smooth. Certainly worth the bargain price.

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Most-Rated Assam

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Assam

Brand:Two Leaves and a Bud
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
80
15 Ratings
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
42
5 Ratings
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
93
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
66
4 Ratings
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Assam Tea

Brand:Frontier
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
39
3 Ratings

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Assam TGFOP Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
98
3 Ratings
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
93
5 Ratings
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Pure Assam Tea Bags

Brand:Taylors of Harrogate
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
88
3 Ratings
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Assam

Brand:Two Leaves and a Bud
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
80
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
66
4 Ratings

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