Assam Tea Basics

One of the best black teas around comes from one of the wettest areas on this wonderful planet we call home: a region of India called Assam. A large river, the Brahmaputra, fed by snow melt off the Himalayas, accounts for some of the moisture. Monsoon rains that fall from May through June account for …

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New Year’s Tea Time Resolutions

By A.C. Cargill Another year is approaching its end, along with some great tea adventures. And what a year it was! New tea blends have titillated tea drinkers’ tastebuds. New tea blogs, with postings from really serious tea professionals as well as tea enjoyers, have opened up tea horizons to the whole world. New teapots, …

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Ah, Assam!

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a full-bodied cup of rich Assam tea, especially as the days get chillier. The flavor complements a wide variety of foods, from hamburgers to lasagna, from morel mushrooms to Mexican foods, from pecan pie to Crème Brûlée, and much more. For me, it’s especially good with a tasty …

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Fall Is Just Around the Corner

By A.C. Cargill The temperatures are still in the upper 80s, the grass still needs to be mowed, the leaves on the trees are still a glorious chlorophyll-induced green. So why do I have that “fall feeling”? It’s an undeniable urge to rake leaves (gasp!), start planning for Halloween, cook up a nice acorn squash …

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Tea Blends vs. Single Estate Teas: Part Two

In Part One, I likened the flavor and drinking experience of blended teas to a symphony--many elements working in harmony for an immersing experience. If drinking a blended tea is like listening to a symphony, then drinking a great single estate tea is like listening to a virtuosic soloist. With single estate teas, you get …

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Black Tea Spotlight: Assam

There are three major tea-growing regions in India. Nilgiri; the least known, Darjeeling; which mostly produces high-end premium tea, and Assam; a region best known for producing robust black tea in sufficient quantities to make it the world's largest tea growing region. The state of Assam is located in northeastern India. It holds the distinction …

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