Assam’s have a malty flavor with hints of honeyAssam teas are bold, flavorful and fantastic for those who love big flavors. Upon your first sip, you instantly taste the assertiveness of it while it almost smacks you with heavy notes of malt.
The reason for this is the climateAssam’s are grown in the Assam region in India, as I am sure you guessed by now. The Assam region boasts extremely hot temperatures that are either accompanied by rain or so much humidity that it feels like you are walking through a rain shower. It is from this soil that the tea plants draw from to produce a leaf that is significantly larger than normal. And since the leaves are so big, the tea farmers need to rush the tea through processing to capture the wonderful flavors they produce.
The faster the processing, the bolder the flavorIt is this fast withering that creates such an assertive tea. And you may have already tried an Assam, but not even realized it. Most gourmet Chai blends use Assam as their tea base since it can hold up to the strong spices. So if you love the bold and malty flavors of a good Chai, the odds are you will love Assam.
But don’t confuse bold with boringEven while they are assertive and bold, the best Assam’s have a highly sophisticated flavor. The matiness usually melds with a natural honey taste to create a wonderfully complex brew.
SummaryMuch like the malty taste of micro-brewed beer, Assams have a big and wonderfully complex taste that is hard to match. So, if you think that Ceylon teas are to thin tasting, this may be the perfect tea for you.
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