Black tea similar to Assam?
I love Assam teas – the full body and full flavor is perfect in the morning with some milk and sugar. Problem is that I probably consume too much assam and I’d like to switch it up every once and a while.
I’ve been trying to find a substitute for this tea in the morning to no avail and was wondering if anyone has ideas? I need cut back a little bit my consumption of Assams b/c I have a history of kidney stones and this tea has been known to contribute (the jury is still out on this one). I do know that I was drinking a ton of Assam around the time I got my first one but I was also eating alot of shellfish so who knows.
I’ve tried Keemun, Orange Pekoe, Pu-erh and some others.
There are some pretty decent Kenyan teas that are similar in style to assams but I am afraid that your consumption of any tea in large quantities will leave you prone to kidney stones.
Thanks – it seems that there really isn’t a ton of solid evidence in this, so I’m a bit skeptical. I mean wouldn’t there be a huge problem in Eastern cultures with kidney stones & consumption of tea?
Yo, I had 2 kidney stones in 6 months when I wasn’t a tea drinker! Stress caused the stones! So, I’ll drink tea and so far so good. No stress. I’d rather the stones than give up tea. I was cautioned on overdoing the kale and spinach more than anything else. (Big veggie eater!)
From what I have been told it is kind of a perfect storm thing. You just happen to add lots of ice cream or other irritating foods along with your tea. Tea alone won’t do it. In the East they have a very low consumption of dairy. The dairy combined with tea is suppose to increase your chances. So just don’t ice cream binge to much.. lol
I’m a big fan of Assam and I’ve found some of the Yunnan/Dian Hong to be similar. I drink a lot of black tea but have yet to be plagued with kidney stones. Knocking wood…
Good quality Ceylons are similar in “heft.”
Just wanted to say orange pekoe is a grade of tea not a type. If you get a chance watch the good eats episode tru brew 2. Its all about tea and a great education.
A good Nilgiri is a nice substitution for Assam.
OH… and yep… Chef8489 is correct.
Asides from the Kenyan already mentioned above, I find Ponmudi tea to be quite similar. Very malty, in a good way. Here is where I got mine:
I like Black tea’s from Nepal. Fruity and yammy and delicious. Some of the best I’ve tasted although…I have my top 5 black tea’s that tend to be chocolaty.