In the northeastern state of Assam in India, along the Brahmaputra River grow the hearty, malty Assam teas. The heavy rainfall and hot, humid day time temperatures in this area create the perfect green house like environment for growth, as well as helping to create the unique taste found only in Assam teas. Their distinct flavor can be enjoyed "as is"; however, Assam teas are often used in conjunction with other teas to create numerous blends, specifically breakfast teas.
These twisted, slightly tippy Assam black tea leaves from northern India are zestful and invigorating. They produce a deep copper colored cup, with a malty, mellow and full bodied flavor. Assam is truly the Bordeaux of tea!
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
Assam teas complement foods such as chocolate, spiced desserts, meat, strong cheeses, fish and more.
Chocolate Pots with Tea
4 oz semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1 ½ cups cream
1 Tbsp Assam tea
1 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Place the chopped chocolate pieces in a bowl.
On the stove, bring cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the tea, sugar and cinnamon. Stir, cover, and let the tea steep for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, uncover, return to the stove and heat until bubbles start to form.
Remove from the heat and pour the cream mixture through a fine strainer onto the chocolate pieces.
Stir mixture until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
Pour into small teacups or glasses and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until set.
Serve with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.
||soft and smooth
|I will describe this as a classic Assam, not too bold and not too weak, but soft and smooth. Only the fifth Assam I have tried, and the second from S&V. I want to try others from S&V. I havent found my favorite yet.|
||My cup of tea
|I love black teas, especially strong, rich black teas and this one fits that description perfectly. Great malty flavor, could drink it all day. I also tend to like a touch of honey in my tea but this one is worth drinking on its own. I also dont like to get too crazy about brewing temperatures and times. More like: boil water, add tea, drink. And this was perfect without all the high maintenance. Black tea lovers will find a gem in this one.|
|- CAROL LYNN RIVERA, NJ|
||This tea is a winner!
|This tea has a lovely aroma and brews to a beautiful deep color. I really enjoyed this tea with a splash of milk and some sugar. I recently ordered six tins of tea and this is one of my favorites. Ill be sure to order this one again!|
|- Coral, ME|
||nice assam, hints of honey
|Good price for this assam. Not as bold as some other assams or tea but has a unique foreground taste....like a delicate slight very slight honey taste....I dont normally care for sweetness in my morning teas but make an exception for this.|
||A New Favorite
|I am new to the large variety of teas out there and this was my first time trying a true Assam tea. I can honestly say, of the 14 flavors I got in my first shipment, this had to be my favorite. It has a nice bold flavor and is incredibly smooth and delicious. Im glad to see there is a decaf version as well. I will be ordering more for sure.|
|- Shawn Pearson, AZ|
||A Tea For All Occasions
|I have loved black tea for most of my life, but I didnt realize until recently that Assam is my favorite. This Assam is very well rounded and goes well with anything I eat, is perfect any time of day, and is far superior to any other Assam I have tasted from other tea sellers. I find the taste best when brewed for 3 minutes and it makes a fabulously dark cup of amber heaven. I will continue drinking this Assam while I slowly taste my way through all the Estate teas offered!|
|- Karen Budisin, NY|