Assam tea is a black tea grown in Assam, India, derived from a plant called Camellia sinensis var. assamica.
Robert Bruce, a Scottish adventurer is credited for the discovery of Assam tea in 1823.
It has a distinctive malty flavour with a bold and invigorating character.
Assam tea produces a beautiful ruby-amber hue and is a particular favourite for use in breakfast teas like English breakfast tea & Irish Breakfast tea.
Assam is one of the only two places in the world, the other being Southern China which has native tea plants.
There is a separate time zone, followed in the tea gardens of Assam known as the 'bagantime' or Tea Garden time, which is one hour ahead of the Indian Standard Time.
This practice was started by the British who had observed that days started early in this part of the country.