Assam tea has a story, a culture, an identity of its own. History of Assam Tea goes back to 1823 and is no less than an adventure tale. Robert Bruce, a Scottish adventurer, found the plant growing "wild" in Assam while trading in the region.
He saw that the “wild” plant was being brewed as tea by the local tribesmen. Robert’s brother later got the samples of the leaves and seeds examined. The plant was finally identified as a variety of tea in late 1830s.
Another very interesting thing about the Assam tea gardens is that they do not follow the Indian Standard Time. Yes, there is a story behind that as well. It all began during the British rule keeping in mind the early sunrise in the north eastern states of India. So, that is why the local time followed in Assam's tea gardens, known as "Tea Garden Time" or Bagan time, is an hour ahead of the IST.
Most popular and more abundant are the distinctive black teas from Assam. However, the region also produces smaller quantities of green and white teas. Assam tea is grown at or near sea level and is synonymous to the beautiful hues of the river Brahmaputra.
Often termed as a breakfast tea, it is known for its body, briskness, malty flavour, and strong, bright colour. If you need fresh, strong start to the day then Assam tea can be the perfect companion for the morning.
When in Assam you eat “tea”
“Saa” as in Tea and “Khabo” meaning eat, the expression for insisting or asking someone to have tea in Assam is “Saa Khabo”. It is the world's largest tea growing region and perhaps because of that, tea is not just a beverage, but a source of daily livelihood, something that gives them food, something that is “food” for life.