Assam Tea vs. Darjeeling Tea: Teas of India

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Difference between Assam Tea and Darjeeling Tea

Tea has been a regular favorite with people when they feel stressed out. It can also rejuvenate the senses apart from making one feel the passion of life. Various varieties of tea exist but it all depends on the taste of the drinker on what variety he prefers. Tea is now widely accepted in countries like America and adopted by even celebrities apart from commoners.

All over the world people love to take tea in one form or the other. They either consume it as black tea or tea with milk. Tea is also used as a welcome drink. It is offered to guests in many Asian cultures and even in Japan. Tea is also served in parlors. Other varieties of tea like ice lemon tea have also gained acceptance.

Indian tea is loved by people everywhere for its great taste. Tea in India is mainly grown in the eastern part of India in tea plantations. Darjeeling tea is quite loved by people all over the world including countries like United Kingdom and some countries that were a part of the erstwhile British Empire.

Assam Tea
Darjeeling Tea


Darjeeling tea was initially marketed as black tea. Assam tea is sold as breakfast tea like Scottish tea. The Assam tea has a redder and darker hue than the Darjeeling tea. The latter has a pale gold color.


The color of the Assam tea changes due to brewing which does not happen with Darjeeling tea.


Assamese tea is generally sold as the breakfast tea and common names of this tea are the English breakfast tea and the Scottish breakfast tea. Assam tea is produced in large quantities and it only ranks at the second number after tea produced in China and southern China.


  • Strength

    -The Assam tea has high strength as compared to the Darjeeling tea. Darjeeling tea has a lighter taste. Its taste has been described as a lighter muscatel owing to its spiciness. After drinking this tea, the drinker experiences a cool sensation in the mouth. On the other hand, Assam tea is known for its malty taste.
  • Costs

    -Your choice of tea also depends on your budget. Assam tea has low costs as compared to Darjeeling tea. The latter is grown in a terrain laid with bushes where it is tough to cultivate tea. This tea also does not have a longer harvesting season like Assam tea.
  • Growth

    -Darjeeling tea is produced in the Darjeeling region of West Bengal. Assam tea is grown in Assam. It gets water through rainfall which is about 10 to 12 cms. This state is the biggest tea producing region in the world. It is grown on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. The Darjeeling tea plant is grown at an altitude of 750-2000 meters in Darjeeling. The tea is produced in very low quantities of only 10 million kg per year.

Assam Tea and Darjeeling Tea Video

Which tea tastes best?
  • Assam Tea
  • Darjeeling Tea

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