Waking up to a cup of hot tea? That’s like a ritual for most Indians every morning. One cup of tea is not just refreshing but is filled with antioxidants which boost your immunity and helps combat heart attack cancer. Did you know that tea, which is one of the most loved beverages, is mainly produced in India, Sri Lanka, and China? Talking about teas, Assam tea is considered as one of the best teas in the world. It is a common man’s beverage. Assam tea has its very own history which is quite interesting. Today, let’s explore the rich aromas of Assam tea in Nainital with us.
The Contribution of Britain
During the rule of the British East India Company, East Bengal and Assam became the most fertile lands in the British Empire. The East Bengal Delta was considered the ‘rice basket’ of the Indian subcontinent. The Assam valleys fed by the great rivers were home to vast tea plantations and became famous for the production of high quality Assam tea in Dehradun.
The British East India Company, competing with the Dutch Company and the French Company which were outgunned by its superior might, was to become the most influential trading enterprise of its time.
The British East India Company also acquired military and administrative functions in the administration of the vast Indian territory.
Camellia Sinensis Assamica: A Different Tea Plant
Botanically, Camellia Sinensis Assamica is different from the typical Camellia Sinensis of China and surrounding areas. The leaf is larger and thicker. It has a very full flavor and is generally very suitable for black tea processing. Here are its characteristics:
- Assam tea in Roorkee is considered a full-bodied tea. If it is of high quality, the liquor has a bright, dark amber-red color and is clear.
- The aroma can have different nuances but should always be very fragrant, full, sweet with a hint of tobacco, malt and honey or even fruity and spicy notes.
- The flavor is slightly tannic, with a pleasant bitter note. In the flavor of a high quality Assam tea in Nainital, one can find notes of chestnut honey, sometimes citrus.
- The sensation on the palate is a roughness that gives way to a taste that explodes in a thousand nuances. It’s perfect for winters just like our Maharani Green Tea Super Saver Pack.
How to Prepare Assam Tea in the Perfect Manner?
Assam tea in Roorkee is suitable for breakfast, or with the accompaniment of biscuits, cakes and sweets in general.
- To prepare a perfect cup of Assam tea, use water at 95 degrees and let it steep for about 4 minutes.
- The amount of loose Assam tea or Green Tea 200 gms (2 pack of 100g) varies between 4 and 5 grams per cup.
- If you prepare Assam tea in a large teapot, of about 1-liter, remember to add a few extra grams of loose leaf tea.
- It is common to say “one teaspoon for each cup and one more for the teapot”.
Assam tea in Dehradun goes well with creamy milk or lemon slices and can be sweetened, although we recommend drinking it pure at least the first time!