Coming from the Indian state of Assam, this black tea is loved by many for its rich, savory aroma and malty flavor. The name Assam comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Asom’ which translates into One Without Equal, a fitting name for this tea.
The growing of this tea began with the Bodo tribe of India but became popular when Scottish explorer Robert Bruce discovered some of the leaves growing in Rangpur, Assam on a trading mission. Since then, Assam has become one of the largest tea-producing regions in the world.
The rich flavor and deep-amber color of Assam Tea is a product of both the weather of the area as well as the unique production process. The Assam region is known for its tropical weather and its low altitude helps the plant grow quickly. Once harvested, the leaves are allowed to wither before going through fermentation for a designated amount of time.
Assam tea makes a great breakfast tea all by itself or you may find it frequently in different Chai blends. At the Hawthorn Tree, we carry Assam B.O.P. Organic. Broken Orange Pekoe (B.O.P.) designates a smaller, broken leaf. When crushed to make bagged teas, the tea is referred to as “Broken” (B).
Assam is typically steeped using 1-2 tsp tea in 8-12 oz of water at 185-195 ℉ for approximately 3-4 minutes.
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This is the first in our 365 Days of Tea Series. Join us at the Hawthorn Tree for a sample of our very own Assam Tea and stay tuned for more tea tidbits!