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Young Mountain Tea 1.5 oz ($0.27/cup) Organic Assam Black
Young Mountain Tea Tea 1.7 oz ($0.42/cup) Organic Assam Black
Young Mountain Tea 1.5 oz ($0.27/cup) Organic Assam Black
Young Mountain Tea 1.5 oz ($0.27/cup) Organic Assam Black
Young Mountain Tea 5 oz ($0.20/cup) Organic Assam Black
Organic Assam Black - Young Mountain Tea
Young Mountain Tea Tea Organic Assam Black
Assam tea region india - young mountain tea

Young Mountain Tea

Organic Assam Black

$8.99

Size:
1.5 oz ($0.27/cup)
5 oz ($0.20/cup)
1 lb ($0.13/cup)

Organic Assam Black | A Robust Black Tea

Taste: Plump raisin & malty cereal

Origin: Assam, Northeastern Indian tropics

Tea Maker: Chardwar Estate

Infusion Suggestions: 

Steep 1 0.5 Tbsp /2.5 g  |  8 oz  |  210° F  |  4 min

Steep 2  8 oz  |  210° F  |  5 min

Certifications: USDA Organic

Contains Caffeine

Assam Black tea is India’s signature morning cup: strong, bold, and full-bodied enough to handle milk and sugar. It’s the classic tea used for chai and to craft Earl Grey. We source ours from the Chardwar Estate, a garden leading India’s post-colonial approach to tea.

Taste: The strength of Assam Black tea is legendary. Its rich and bold body is balanced by fruity and  malty top notes, coming together to make the classic cuppa. The British pioneered new processing techniques with Assam and used the region’s black teas in the world’s first Earl Greys. English Breakfast was traditionally a blend of different Assam teas. We find this tea the ideal pairing for any sweet treat, especially those with dairy. Lovers of English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and those in search of a top-quality chai base will likely enjoy this one.

Production: Assam’s large leafed plants, tropical climate, rich mineral deposits, and nine-month growing season make it the most productive tea growing region in the world. Tea makers have to race to keep up with the plant's growth, processing tea night and day as the plants flush round after round of new tea leaf. The large size and strength of the leaf in the clones used for Assam Black requires that tea makers work the material much harder than other tea types to allow all the tea’s qualities to be fully expressed.    

Region: Assam is the world’s most productive tea region. Deep in the tropical jungles just off the mighty Brahmaputra River, the low-elevation tea plants are incredibly prolific and have larger leaves than the mountain varieties. The British built Assam and, along with it, the foundations for their global tea empire at an unbelievably quick speed. Within 40 years of establishing the first plantations, India overtook China as the largest tea producer in the world. Today most Assam teas end up in tea bags. The leaves go through a multistage processing technique known as CTC (cut-tear-curl). Breaking the leaves into the smallest bits, the abundance of surface area makes the leaf particles release all their flavor notes in a single steep. In contrast, the orothodox style of production used to make Chardward’s Assam Black Tea keeps the tea more in tact, setting the stage for more robust and well rounded infusions.

Tea Makers: The Chardwar Estate is one of the projects taken on by Tea Promoters of India (TPI), a unique Indian-owned company working to change the Indian tea industry from the inside out. TPI was one of the earliest adopters of organic and biodynamic practices in Assam, and also one of the first to advocate for women’s education among Assam’s tea workers, including reproductive health. TPI has a tradition of purchasing traditionally colonial tea gardens, then reinventing them to benefit the local people and soils. Chardwar fits that mold. In 2015, when Chardwar was on the verge of failure, TPI purchased the garden and has been reviving it and the nearby community ever since. The name Chardwar translates to "Four Doors" and is a nod to a story about the garden offering four doors to heaven.

Impact: Tea Promoters of India, the India-based owners of this tea garden is dedicated to imagining a better future. They were one of the first companies in Assam to consider what a post-colonial model of tea could look like. Their efforts pre-date the fair trade concept, and, in fact, fair trade certifiers have based their standards off of practices that began at TPI’s gardens. Today, TPI is actively involved in supporting the development of new supply chains to bring emerging tea makers’ wares to the worldwide market. 

Packaging: Our teas come in resealable standup pouches with strong moisture and oxygen barriers. All our pouches are made with at least 20% post-consumer recycled milk jugs and water bottles. They are infinitely reusable although not recyclable. They are essentially high-end resealable bags. After you have finished your tea, wash and reuse them to store your car snacks, carry your favorite trail-mix on a hike, or even store odds and ends such as art and craft supplies, batteries and toiletries.

Customer Reviews

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DIY Chai Glory

Ever since moving to the middle of the woods, we’ve been fiending for some delicious chai tea. I’ve been experimenting with different blends and still had a little Young Mountain Black Tea that I bought from a farmer’s market in Portland years ago. When I ran out of tea, I looked up Young Mountain’s site, bought a pound of Assam and have created my own little chai factory. Reading one of their blogposts I’ve been keeping a pot of water with black pepper, cardamom, clove, anise, cinnamon and ginger available to boil. Then when I’m ready for some chai, I boil and ladle over a teapot with a couple Tablespoons of this great tea. The result is a nice mildly floral and rich black tea that I combine with some homemade oat milk. I’ve been filling up a thermos and completely bypassing coffee. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who needs a solid and flavorful black tea base.

J
J.T.
Yum!

Love this tea. My 1st time ordering from Young Mountain but I'll be back!

M
M.S.M.
Assam Black satisfies!

Just as described. A delightful drink by itself, or in all the other ways you drink your robust black tea! I'm thinking, due to its price and deliciousness that this is my new go-to to take to work in my glass tea tumbler. Also, I do love the dedication to building up the tea growers and their workers.

J
J.A.
"Budget Tea" is More Than a Bargain

This is one of the least expensive black teas at Young Mountain, but having had a few cups of it already, I am very happy with the flavor. It may not be as smooth as two other Young Mountain black teas which I love, but this is far and away superior to generic black teas from the market. I'm very pleased with this tea, not just because it's a bargain, but it holds its own as far as flavor.

M
M.V.
Assam Black

I drink lot of Indian style chai. The Assam black tea is just great for making my chai.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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(8)
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s.A.
DIY Chai Glory

Ever since moving to the middle of the woods, we’ve been fiending for some delicious chai tea. I’ve been experimenting with different blends and still had a little Young Mountain Black Tea that I bought from a farmer’s market in Portland years ago. When I ran out of tea, I looked up Young Mountain’s site, bought a pound of Assam and have created my own little chai factory. Reading one of their blogposts I’ve been keeping a pot of water with black pepper, cardamom, clove, anise, cinnamon and ginger available to boil. Then when I’m ready for some chai, I boil and ladle over a teapot with a couple Tablespoons of this great tea. The result is a nice mildly floral and rich black tea that I combine with some homemade oat milk. I’ve been filling up a thermos and completely bypassing coffee. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who needs a solid and flavorful black tea base.

J
J.T.
Yum!

Love this tea. My 1st time ordering from Young Mountain but I'll be back!

M
M.S.M.
Assam Black satisfies!

Just as described. A delightful drink by itself, or in all the other ways you drink your robust black tea! I'm thinking, due to its price and deliciousness that this is my new go-to to take to work in my glass tea tumbler. Also, I do love the dedication to building up the tea growers and their workers.

J
J.A.
"Budget Tea" is More Than a Bargain

This is one of the least expensive black teas at Young Mountain, but having had a few cups of it already, I am very happy with the flavor. It may not be as smooth as two other Young Mountain black teas which I love, but this is far and away superior to generic black teas from the market. I'm very pleased with this tea, not just because it's a bargain, but it holds its own as far as flavor.

M
M.V.
Assam Black

I drink lot of Indian style chai. The Assam black tea is just great for making my chai.