Assam tea is a black tea from the Indian state of Assam, known for its strong, malty flavour and deep colour. It is often used in breakfast blends, as it is a good source of caffeine and can help to wake you up in the morning.
Assam tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, where the leaves are picked and then processed using a method called “orthodox processing.” This process involves withering the leaves, rolling them, and then oxidising them. It is this oxidation process that gives Assam tea its characteristic flavour and colour.
Assam tea is a versatile tea that can be enjoyed in many different ways such as in both hot and iced tea.
Initial taste: Slightly sweet and fruity, with hints of caramel and chocolate.
Midtones: Complex, with notes of spice, earthiness, and smoke.
Aftertaste: A lingering hint of sweetness.
Body: Full and robust.
Use fresh, cold water that has been filtered and boil to 90-96°C and add 1 teaspoon of the tea to 250ml (8oz) of water. The tea should be steeped for 3-5 minutes (Please note that steeping it for too long will make it bitter). Once the tea has steeped for the desired amount of time, remove the tea leaves from the water.
Assam tea is best enjoyed hot, but it can also be enjoyed iced.
Possible Side Effects
Assam tea is considered safe in moderate quantities. You should, however, consider:
- Caffeine: Assam tea contains caffeine, which can cause side effects such as anxiety, insomnia, and headaches in some people.
- Tannins: Assam tea also contains tannins, which can bind to iron in the body and make it harder to absorb. This can be a problem for people who are already iron deficient.
- Fluoride: Assam tea can also contain fluoride, which can be harmful in high doses. The amount of fluoride in tea varies depending on the source of the water used to make the tea.