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Assam

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Assam Tea

2nd flush Assam tea is the biggest, brightest, richest and most astringent tea made. It is the backbone to breakfast style teas of nearly all brand and quality although it is also used in many blends for body and top notes. Assam is less floral and has more bread or biscuit-like flavor than other origins, and is often described as malty or coppery.

In comparison, Ceylon teas have less body and astringency and have more minerality to their top notes. Darjeelings are floral and toasty and Keemun is sweet, softer and has more leather and spicy top notes.

We look for these characteristics when sourcing—thick, viscus tea liquors with pronounced astringency and malty flavor. While we are not as concerned with the leaf appearance as the liquor, the leaf has to be full and well sorted, with small to high amount of golden tip.

Shop for Smith Teamaker No.49 Assam or No.18 Brahmin

Assam Region

The Assam region is in Northeast India, bordering Myanmar and China, where the mighty Brahmaputra River flows and one may find the vulnerable one-horned rhinoceros. This region near sea level, with as much as 10-12 inches of rain per day during the monsoon season, produces teas that are full flavored, rich, and chewy with distinct characteristics of caramel and malt. The best teas from this region are plucked and processed in June and July, a harvest also known as the 2nd Flush.

Estates & Gardens

There are exceptions, but most of our teas come from estates located in the Jorhaut area of Assam and are south bank estates- meaning they are on the south bank of the Brahmaputra river. With exotic names such as Hattiali, Dikum, Hajua, Langharjan, Mackeypore, Rungagora, Doomur Dooling, Kobong, and Nokhroy, the estates conjure an exceptional nature that matches the tea.

Assam in Smith Teas

Assam creates the foundation for many of our black teas. It adds a boldness and bite, a flavor that cuts through milk and sugar to create a delicious cup. Assam features very prominently in Brahmin, our version of an English breakfast tea, where the Assam balances out the floral and succulent Ceylons and a touch of smoky Keemun. It is also found in our complex and spicy Masala Chai, where Assam tea is combined with a plethora of spices to be served with steamed milk. Feel free to look through our full list of Assam teas, including Exceptional Iced Tea, perfect for warmer weather.

School Education Retention Program

At Smith Teamaker, we have partnered with local non-profit Mercy Corps and are contributing funds to an educational program called SERP (School Education Retention Program). SERP provides free academic coaching to disadvantaged secondary school students in Assam, to prepare them for college. This summer, 40 of those students will be receiving scholarships to attend college as a result of the gifts that were given in Steve’s honor by way of The Steven Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. We will be making the trip to India this summer to recognize and celebrate with these students and their families.

Brewing Instructions

There’s really nothing easier than making a great cup of tea—if you start with great tea to begin with. Just click a number to start.

SIMPLE DIRECTIONS

Bring filtered water to a boil. Steep black teas and herbal infusions 5 minutes. For green, white and oolong teas, let water cool a bit to 190° and steep 3 minutes.

COMPLICATED DIRECTIONS

We know millions of words have been written about how, exactly, to brew the perfect cup of tea. So, if you do desire to make things more complicated, we suggest you follow the Simple Directions above while doing hard math problems in your head.

RIDICULOUS DIRECTIONS

If you’re truly fanatic about your tea, we recommend following the Complicated Directions above while riding a unicycle around your kitchen.

PERFECT ACCESSORIES

You’ll find a full array of Teamaker-tested and approved accessories here, including variable temperature kettles, one-touch teamakers, Matcha kits, Smith teapots, cups and coasters. Everything you need to become an expert Smith tea maker yourself.

BREWING TIMER

This handy timer is equipped with a gentle steep-alarm to alert you when your tea is ready.

  • 3 Minutes 1
  • 5 Minutes 2
  • Snooze
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  • FUN FACT NO. 02:

    In dog years, this 5-minute timer actually takes 35 minutes to make your tea.

  • To Pass the time

    Sit quietly, eyes closed, and meditate on something pleasant while you practice not peeking at the timer.

  • To Pass the time

    Hold the yoga pose Downward Dog for 3 minutes. Use the 5-minute timer to try standing back up.

  • To Pass the time

    Read a favorite poem. Think about it. Then read it again and see what you missed before.

  • To Pass the time

    Read and underline the steamy parts of War and Peace. Use the leftover time to sort laundry.

  • To Pass the time

    Imagine yourself flying blissfully over the tea gardens of Yunnan. At 4 minutes, look for a safe place to land.

1. Black & Herbal Infusions | 2. Green, White, & Oolong

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Numerology

Click any number1 to learn its secret significance2 to Smith Teamaker.

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1 Confucius says No. 18 goes very well with pi.
2 When used in random order with certain other numbers, these lucky numerals will yield a Megamillions jackpot. Go for it.

Tea Terms

Some common (and uncommon) tea terms. Tea, like wine, has its own vocabulary. You may wish to practice using one of these terms each day, until you can blend them easily into the flow of your conversation. Click on a term below to learn more.

A

Aroma

Astringency

B

Balance

Body

Botanicals

Bright

Biscuity

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Brew

Brisk

C

Character

Chewy

Colory

Common

Cowbell

CTC

D

Dandy

Delicate

Dull

Dust

F

Fannings

Fermentation

Fez-worthy

Flush

First Flush

Flat

Flavory

FOP

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Fussbudget

G

Grade

I

Intense

Invoice

L

Liquor

M

Manufactured

Metallic

O

OP

Orthodox

Origin

Oxidation

P

Plain

Pluck

R

Rolling

S

Second Flush

Strength

String-Tie

T

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Thickness

Treehouse

V

Varietal

Vegetative

W

Withering

Z

Zither