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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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Tonganagaon Broken from Harney and Sons

Style: Assam – Region: Tinsukia, Assam, India
Jun. 28th, 2018

Nice deep amber liquor, very pleasant aroma and taste. This is a great every day tea. Good flavor makes it easy to sip all day. I will be buying more in the future.

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74 / 100
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I specifically sought this tea out because it was from a region of Assam that is a little higher-altitude, and from where I hadn't previously tried any teas. Interestingly, it did taste a little more like a Darjeeling and other high-grown Himalayan region teas. Although I thought it was a very good tea, I liked it less...

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91 / 100
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This was a wonderfully smooth-flavored Assam, yet with good strength and complexity, and a great price. Thank you to Simpson & Vail for this sample!

Dry leaf, which is fine, curly, and has a moderate amount of golden tip, has an interesting aroma, initially there's a slight burned quality, suggestive of candle wax, ...

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75 / 100
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A subdued but rather strange Assam tea, muted in flavor and with a few off qualities.

This tea was kind of fascinating to review because I just tried a tea of a higher grade, from the same estate, from a different company, Simpson & Vail. I was surprised at how different the teas were. The difference of adding that ...

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75 / 100
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Nutty and flavorful, but still pleasantly smooth. A good Assam imo.

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Assam

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
75
15 Ratings
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Assam Gold Rain Black Tea

Brand:Teavana
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
39
5 Ratings
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Kalami Assam Indian Tea

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
88
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
62
4 Ratings
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Assam Tea

Brand:Frontier
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
36
3 Ratings

Top-Rated Assam

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Assam TGFOP Black Tea

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

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
88
5 Ratings
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Pure Assam Tea Bags

Brand:Taylors of Harrogate
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
83
3 Ratings
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Assam

Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Assam
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
75
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
62
4 Ratings

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