What is Assam tea?
Assam tea is produced from the Camellia Sinensis plant and is traditionally grown in the north-eastern state of Assam in India. This is one of the largest tea-producing regions in the world. Assam has a high caffeine content and is often marketed as a breakfast tea, as an alternative to coffee. When fresh Assam tea leaves are harvested and dried, they undergo a fermenting process which stimulates a chemical change in the leaves. This creates the unique taste of the tea.
Where did Assam tea originate?
Cultivated and used in tea blends by Indian tribes for centuries, Assam originates from the eponymous region of India. It appeared in Europe in the early 1800s when Scottish adventurer Robert Bruce visited the nation and sent samples of the tea home. The British East India Company set up the Tea Committee to verify Assam tea as a commercial product in 1834 and within just a few decades, it quickly became one of the most popular cultivars.
What does Assam tea taste like?
Assam tea has a bold, rich flavour with a malty taste. As one of the stronger varieties of black tea, it has a deep amber colour and is often used in breakfast blends.
Do you drink Assam tea with milk?
Since it’s quite strong, it’s often paired with milk and sugar to soften the intensity of the tea.
Does Assam tea contain caffeine?
Just like other varieties of black tea, Assam contains a certain amount of caffeine. In general, a cup of Assam tea contains between 50-90mg of caffeine. A cup of black coffee, by comparison, contains around 100-150mg.
How to brew Assam tea
If you prefer your tea black, you should prepare it in the same way as any other traditional tea. Place around one tablespoon of loose leaves in a cup or a tea infuser, and pour over 90-95 degree water, or water that’s just off the boil. Leave for 3-5 minutes, but don’t over-steep as this can lead to bitterness. Strain the leaves and either drink as is or add milk and sugar to taste.
What are the benefits of Assam tea?
There are several benefits to drinking Assam tea, including an increase in mental alertness, a reduced risk of cancer, and polyphenols which boost your immune system and overall health.
Why you should trust our Assam tea
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