Camellia sinensis var. assamica ...from the foothills of the eastern Himalayas; a large river valley with some high peaks; home of the largest tea producing area of India: ASSAM
Now, a lot of Assams tea is low quality mass- market CTC tea bag stuff where farmers and pickers are being payed next to nothing, only to produce a bitter tasting cup.
Fortunately, there seems a shift towards the speciality tea market... a slow shift, if you will, but a strong one nonetheless.
Tasting these High end Assam Teas is a treat! With so many different styles and flavours available, it's only a matter of time till this region start to reveal its true strength: Quality over Quantity