Here at High Teas we stock a great selection of fine Assam tea at all prices including many prized 2nd Flush teas. Assam tea is of course, the basis of the various blends marketed as Breakfast teas. Assam tea bushes yield a full-bodied brew with a rich malty flavour, strong and bright in colour.
We regularly try out and test our Assam teas for flavour, aroma, appearance and natural taste. We therefore enjoy the subtle tastes of these single estate teas before you do, ensuring that you get only that extra special taste that the real tea connoisseur is looking for… Why not try one of our Assam breakfast teas today - it could possibly become your new favourite tea.
Assam tea has a unique robust flavour. This is largely due to the dominance of the Brahmaputra river, a slowly meandering river which deposits a rich loam over the valley. The soil is deep and sandy and the area suffers a very hot steaming monsoon season, but of equal importance is a relatively dry and cool winter.
Assam is one of the most prolific tea producing areas in the world. It is harvested twice a year – "the First Flush" is picked during late March, whereas the"2nd Flush is the most prized "tippy tea". Tippy refers to a black tea with golden tips, denoting quality. This Flush is sweeter and more full-bodied and generally considered superior.
It was not until the early 1830's that the Assam bush began to be cultivated in North East India. With this product the British began to make inroads in tea cultivation in Assam (previously dominated by the China version of the plant. Nowadays, a hybridized version of the plant is the most successful. Exports soon grew, especially to London and the British Empire. Today there are over 600 Assam tea producing plantations in the Assam region.
We are now packaging the majority of our teas in black matte finish stand-up pouches. The matte finish outer layer gives them a distinctive old world look. Sizes available are 50g (new), 100g, 250g and 500g. Orders of 1kg quantities are either made up of two 500g pouches or with the suppliers original 1kg packaging.