Assam teas

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Two hundred kilometres from Darjeeling on the border with China, Burma and Bangladesh lies Assam with its more than 1,000 tea gardens. It was here on this plateau on the banks of the Brahmaputra that the wild tea plants (Thea Assamica), about 30 m high, were discovered around 1820. English planters began to cultivate the area, which was still covered by dense jungle. Today, almost a third of India's tea is harvested here. The climate is humid and warm. From April to September, torrential rains pour down and the thermometer reaches temperatures of up to 35 degrees. In this large natural greenhouse grows a tea that has shaped the tea habits of many nations with its strong malty character and dark infusion. Assam teas have a malty taste. The infusion is dark and is often refined with a little cream. Because of its spicy taste, it is often used as the basis for excellent blends. Assam tea forms the basis of all East Frisian blends.

Assam tea: the secret behind the strong taste

Do you know this too? You drink tea and it just tastes bland and boring? Then you should definitely read on, because Assam tea is the solution to your problem! We tell you what makes Assam tea so special and how you can best enjoy it. After this article you will not only know where the strong taste comes from, but also which varieties are available. And who knows, you might even feel like having a cup of Assam tea with a nice anecdote from India, the country of origin of this tea.

Here you will learn everything you need to know about this unique tea. Assam tea is known for its strong and spicy flavour, which comes from the sun-kissed tea regions of north-eastern India. With its characteristic aroma and deep colour, this tea is popular all over the world. Let's dive into the world of Assam tea together!
 

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introduction History of Assam tea Assam tea growing regions Manufacturing Assam tea Taste and aroma of Assam tea Conclusion

Introduction

What is the definition of Assam tea?

Assam tea is a variety of black tea made from the leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant, which is grown in the Assam region of northeastern India. The tea is characterised by a strong flavour and a dark colour and is often used as a base for chai tea or masala tea (also known as chai tea or chai tea).

Why Assam tea is a special tea?

Assam tea is not only special, but also one of the most popular teas in the world. This is mainly due to its crisp and malty taste as well as its dark colour. Assam tea comes from the state of the same name in north-eastern India and is grown there on the fertile Bös of the Brahmaputra river valley. The region offers ideal climatic conditions for the growth of tea leaves: hot summers with plenty of rain ensure that the plants can grow quickly. Another reason for the popularity of Assam tea is its versatility - it can be drunk pure or with milk or sugar. In addition, this tea is perfect for mixing with other flavours such as spices or fruits. Besides its distinctive taste, Assam tea has other advantages to offer: It contains caffeine, which makes it an ideal drink to fill up on energy in the morning or when an energy boost is needed in the afternoon. All in all, there are many reasons why you should try this exceptional Indian black tea!

History of Assam tea

Where is the origin of Assam tea?

The origin of Assam tea lies in the region of the same name in north-eastern India. The first tea plants were discovered there in the 19th century and since then production has continued to develop. The history of Assam tea is closely linked to British colonialism: During the occupation, the cultivation of tea leaves was encouraged to meet the demand for black tea for the European market. Today, India is one of the most important producers of black tea in the world, along with China and Sri Lanka - with Assam tea playing a significant role!

How Assam tea came to Europe

Assam tea is a type of tea that originated in India. The history of Assam tea dates back to the 19th century and begins with the discovery of a new plant species called Camellia Sinensis var. assamica. This species was first discovered in the northern part of India and was very popular with the locals because of its size and taste. However, it did not take long for the British to learn about it as well. The British government saw the potential of this plant for the tea leaf trade and began to establish large plantations. The cultivation of Assam tea quickly spread throughout northeast India. With the advent of the steamship, larger quantities of tea could be transported to Europe - an important step towards establishing Assam as an important variety among Europeans. Today, the majority of the world's black tea is produced from this area – thanks to its full-bodied flavours, it is still considered one of the best black teas in the world.

Assam tea growing areas

Where is Assam tea grown?

Assam tea is mainly grown in the northern region of India, also known as Assam. This region covers an area of about 78,000 square kilometres and borders Bhutan to the north and Bangladesh to the south. The unique geographical location of the area contributes to Assam tea being one of the best teas in the world. The humid air from the Himalayas meets the warm monsoon rains here, creating the perfect climate for growing this exquisite variety. There are several thousand plantations in this area, covering a total area of around 4000 km, each with its own character and producing different flavours. However, the majority of Assam tea is still grown by small farming families who have passed on their knowledge for generations - which gives this special tea its authenticity. All in all, it is not only the specific climate or soil conditions alone, but rather the centuries of experience of Indian family farms that make this excellent quality possible!

Special characteristics of the areas where Assam tea is grown 

Assam is known for its tea plantations that produce some of the best tea in the world. The region has a rich history of tea cultivation and there are many important tea estates here. One of these estates is Dikom Tea Estate, one of the oldest and largest plantations in Assam. It is located on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and covers more than 1000 hectares of land. The garden produces high quality black tea with a strong taste. Another important garden is Mancotta Tea Estate, a family-run business for generations. Organic farming is practised here and the company places great emphasis on sustainability in all aspects of its production. The Khongea Tea Garden is also one of the most important gardens in Assam. With its high mountains in the background, it offers spectacular views as you walk through the rows of green plants or take part in tastings. Other notable names include Nahorhabi Tea Estate and Doomni and Harmutty - all famous for their exquisite shades of flavour in their produce. Collectively, these outstanding plantations have helped to maintain Assam's reputation as a leading producer of high quality black tea – not only within India but worldwide!

Making Assam Tea

How is Assam tea made?

Assam tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which grows in Assam, a state in north-eastern India. The harvest time for this tea variety is from May to September. The freshly picked tea leaves are first sorted and then treated with steam or rolled to release the aroma. Then fermentation takes place for about 2-4 hours at a temperature between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. After the fermentation is finished, the leaves are dried and then sieved. This process produces various grades of Assam tea: from the finest quality (FTGFOP1) to coarser grades such as BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe). The finished Assam tea is characterised by its strong malty note and intense aroma - perfect for a strong breakfast tea or as a base for chai latte drinks. All in all, the production process of Assam tea is a complex procedure, which, however, produces incomparable taste experiences. A moment of pleasure of a special kind!

Differences to the production of other teas

 
Assam tea is made from the Camellia sinensis var. assamica plant, which is grown in the Assam region of India. In contrast, green tea and oolong tea, for example, are made from the same plant, but from different varieties. Another difference lies in the way they are processed. Assam tea is fully oxidised and steamed, which gives it its characteristic strong flavour and dark colour. In contrast, green tea and oolong tea are only partially oxidised or not oxidised at all, which gives them their milder taste and lighter colours. Harvest time is also an important factor in the production of Assam tea. The best leaves are harvested during the second harvest period in summer, while other teas can be harvested at other times of the year. Overall, there are several differences in the production of Assam tea compared to other teas such as green tea or oolong tea.

Taste and aroma of Assam tea

Description of the taste and aroma

Assam tea is known for its strong, malty and full-bodied flavour with hints of honey or fruitiness. The aroma is often described as earthy and spicy.

How to enjoy Assam tea

Assam tea is a real treat for all tea lovers. Its strong flavour and dark colour make it one of the most popular black teas in the world. But what is the best way to enjoy this tea? First of all, you should make sure that the water has the right temperature – about 95 degrees Celsius is ideal for Assam tea. Then steep the loose packed tea for a few minutes, depending on how strong you like it. If you like to drink your Assam with milk, add it only after the infusion has finished brewing - this preserves the flavour of the tea and does not cover it up with the taste of milk.

Conclusion:

  1. Powerful aroma: Assam tea has a strong and powerful aroma that is appreciated by many tea drinkers.
  2. High caffeine content: Assam tea contains a higher caffeine content than many other teas, making it a great choice for those who need a quick source of energy.
  3. Versatility: Assam tea can be enjoyed neat or with milk or sugar, and is suitable for a variety of occasions such as breakfast or afternoon tea.
  4. Cultivation in India: Assam tea is grown in the Assam region in the north-east of India, an area with ideal climatic conditions for the cultivation of tea. Many tea lovers appreciate the history and tradition behind the cultivation of Assam tea in this region.

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