Assam Loose Tea
Assam Loose Leaf Black Tea - Assam Tea Origin, Ingredients and Preparation
Assam tea finds its roots as a variant of the Camellia sinensis var assamica plant grown in and indigenous to Assam, India. This part of the world receives a lot of rainfall, with high temperatures making it a living greenhouse optimal for plant growth. It's introduction to the European market happened in 1823 thanks to a Scottish adventurer Robert Bruce, who sadly never got to see its formal addition to European records. Similar tea was grown in China for centuries prior to this and is only different in quality and location of its growth. Assam tea is typically grown at or around sea level. Commonly used as a breakfast, Earl Grey and Chai tea, Assam tea is a brisk, bold, black tea known for being bright and having a malty flavor.
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The classic way to prepare Assam loose leaf tea is to first start with boiling water. You will need about a cup of water to start with (8floz), bring that up to approximately 208 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, put in 1.5 teaspoons of Assam loose leaf tea into a teapot with a strainer and add your hot water. Let that steep for five minutes and then remove the leaves. You can now pour your tea into your favorite mug and enjoy!
For a stronger tea, add more loose leaf to be steeped versus merely steeping for longer, which will leave your tea with a more bitter flavor.
Assam Tea Benefits
As with most teas, specifically from the Camellia sinensis plants, Assam tea provides a high number of polyphenols. These polyphenols act as antioxidants in the body when consumed and may actually help prevent diseases and neutralize free radicals. This helps cells deal with damage and even can help with inflammation. In addition to this, Assam tea may also promote brain, heart and general immune health even preventing certain cancers. Disclaimer, while more research and evidence is needed to substantiate the solidification of these health benefits, Assam tea for quite some time and to this day is still used as an all-around health drink with many benefits.
Is assam the strongest tea?
Assam loose leaf tea is a fairly strong tea and has quite a high caffeine content. In fact, it may be at the top tier for its caffeine content falling only behind Assam orange pekoe, Assam CTC and coffee. Assam loose leaf tea comes in at 60 to 112mg/ cup, compare this to a cup of coffee which is at around 90 to 150mg/ cup.
What does assam tea taste like?
The taste from Assam tea is an interesting one. While it is a black tea, so it does have some of the bitterness, it is also full bodied, brisk and malty. The maltiness comes from being grown in such a tropical climate. It has been described as dark, rich and even "jammy" by some of our customers.
What is Assam Milk Tea? Make Assam Milk Tea for best flavor and taste (Organic English Tea Store Brand)
Assam milk tea is simply a tasty drink that consists primarily of assam tea and milk. We found a lovely recipe that is bound to knock your socks off (unless of course you are barefoot). This batch serves one, so to serve two, simply double the ingredients.
- 1 Tbsp of English Tea Store Brand Assam Loose Leaf Tea
- Sliced Ginger
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 2 Cloves
- 1/2 cup of Milk
- 3/4 cup of Water
- Sugar or Honey for Taste (optional)
- Pestle and Mortar
- Put all spices into mortar, minus the ginger, crush and grind them up. This is going to add to the aroma of your Assam tea, bringing out some wonderful flavors.
- Mix water, spices, tea and ginger into a saucepan, bringing to a boil with consistent stirring, preferably with a wooden spoon.
- Add milk and honey or sugar to mixture, stirring, allow to simmer for another two minutes.
- The color of the mixture will go from a milky color to more of a brown one, this is how you know it is done. Go ahead and remove from the heat, strain tea leaves, pour into your favorite teapot and mug and voila! You are done.
All of our tea is Fair Trade-certified, registered as U.S.D.A. organic and QMI-certified organic.