Assam Tea is a black tea that takes its name from the area that it is produced in, Assam, India. The state of Assam is the world's largest region where tea is grown. Assam tea is mostly grown at or close to sea level and is known for its body, briskness, malty flavour, and strong, bright colour.
When people think English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast tea, they’re thinking of Assam. Strong, slightly tart on the tongue, with a malty body and beautiful amber colour, it’s the classic black leaf.
Although Black Assam doesn’t have the nutrients of green or white tea (due to oxidation), it’s still packed with immune-boosting antioxidants and vitamin B1. It is therefore a popular tea and widely available.
After drinking Assam tea, you'll experience is a boost in energy and an increase in mental alertness from the caffeine. A good proportion of tea drinkers especially enjoy this benefit upon waking up.
Research has suggested that Assam tea may promote health due to the tea's rich supply of plant compounds. It may also have anticancer effects. Studies on animals have noted that compounds found within black tea could potentially inhibit the spread and growth of cancer cells. Research in humans has observed associations between black tea intake and a reduced risk of certain cancers, such as lung and skin cancer.
Assam tea might also promote brain health according to early research. Assam tea contains certain compounds, such as theaflavins, which may be used as a treatment for degenerative brain illnesses.
Assam tea might also support immune function. Early research suggests that the polyphenolic compounds in black tea may function like prebiotics in your digestive tract. Prebiotics are compounds found in various foods that support the growth and maintenance of healthy bacteria in your gut. Healthy gut bacteria is an essential component of being healthy and fights harmful bacteria that can make you sick and unwell.
Assam tea may also promote a healthy heart, according to animal studies. These studies suggested that Assam tea may help reduce cholesterol and prevent the buildup of plaque in blood vessels.
In any case, whether you're drinking Assam tea because you love the taste, or because you truly believe in its benefits, you can grab some here! Sydney Tea's Organic Black Assam Tea is BOP grade (‘broken orange pekoe’), which means it’s finer, more pungent and better value.