I am a great Tea Lover and generally drinks about 7-8 cups of tea a day.For all the Tea Lovers out there like me,here is few lines describing the finest tea-’The Assam Tea‘
“Ek Garam Chai ki Pyali ho
Assam Tea Si Banane Wali ho
Chahe Thandi ho ya Garmi ho
Peene Layak Banani ho
Mil Jaye To Mil Jaye
Assam Tea To
Tara rum pum pum Tara rum pum pum… :-)”
P.S.-These lines are taken from a Song of the Film ‘Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega’ sung by ‘Anu Malik’(I so hate his Singing).
Assam tea(Camellia sinensis var. assamica) needless to say one of finest tea in India and arguably in the world is a black tea grown in Assam, India.With a distinctive malty flavor and a bold and invigorating character,Assam tea is a particular favorite for use in breakfast teas. English Breakfast tea and Irish Breakfast tea are both types of teas that are often partly or completely composed of Assam tea leaves.Assam tea possesses a beautiful ruby-amber hue.
Assam is one of the most prolific tea-producing regions in the world.Each year,the tea estates of Assam collectively yield about 1.5 million pounds (680,400 kg) of tea.The Climatic conditions of Assam makes it favourable for tea plantation,The climate varies between a cool, arid winter and a hot, humid rainy season—conditions ideal for it.
Assam tea is generally harvested twice,in a “first flush” and a “second flush”.The first flush is picked sometime during late March.The second flush,harvested later,is the more prized “tippy tea,”named thus for the gold tips that appear on the leaves.This second flush,tippy tea is sweeter and more full-bodied and is generally considered superior to the first flush tea.The leaves of the Assam tea bush are dark green and glossy and fairly wide compared to those of the Chinese tea plant.The bush produces delicate white blossoms.
Assam mainly produce Black Tea and there are two ways to produce it:-
- Orthodox-The tea produced using this method is of great value and nearly 80% of Assam Tea is produced using this method is generally for international market.
- CTC(Crush,Tear and Curl)-These teas are consumed in the most part of the Indian domestic market primarily because the method of preparing
tea in India is done by boiling leaves in a mixture of milk,water and sugar and the CTC teas produce a rich red color when they are boiled,thus adding a beautiful color which comes through the white of the milk but yet does not produce a bitterness (in that preparation).
So,this is all about Assam Tea,Moreover the tea gardens in Assam is also a delight to visit especially in Morning with a cup of Tea and the gentle breeze blowing around you,a feeling never felt before…. :-)