Assam Organic Black Tea ($2/oz)
Full-bodied Indian tea brisk with tremendous flavor tending toward juicy notes - all characteristics that make this a great morning tea.
GROWING COUNTRY: India
The Assam tea bush is a subgenus of Camellia Sinensis. This variety was found growing wild in the Assam province of northeast India in 1823, when the British East India Company was studying a proposal to grow tea in India. The idea was turned down for fears that India's production might endanger their China tea monopoly. Ten years later conditions had changed. The company's opium trafficking had angered the Chinese government and the British Crown overrode the objections of the East India Company and started a project to grow tea in India. By 1837 it was successfully cultivated in Assam, and in May 1838 a few chests were shipped to London (true organic tea grown before the advent of artificial fertilizers and herbicides). The first consignment of eight chests of Assam tea was auctioned off in 1839 heralding the advent of Indian tea in the world markets.
Tea continues to play an important political role in India's development. Not only do millions of people gather their main source of family income from the tea business, but in 1946 Mahatma Gandhi in his non-violent struggle for Independence is known to have taken tea to King George V at Buckingham Palace for their historic discussion on Indian Independence.