With the amount of tea that is consumed by Indians every day, it’s hard to swallow the fact that tea was brought in India by the British, though since then India has become a hub of tea production.

Today, India is one of the largest producers and consumers of tea in the world, with about 4 percent of the country’s national income coming from it. Assam and Darjeeling are amongst the chief tea producing regions in the country.

Finest quality blends are produced in these regions and are consumed extensively not only in India but also in foreign countries. Though the regions of Assam and Darjeeling are adjacent geographically, the variation of the climate and method of cultivation is what makes the difference in the essence. The distinct flavor and aroma of these blends from Assam and Darjeeling have craze all-round the globe.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Darjeeling is one of the most exquisite places India has to offer in terms of tea-producing regions. Whereas Assam is known for its largest tea plantation area spread across 216200 hectares and is the only region in the world apart from southern china to grow its the native tea plant.

But what makes them so in-demand and authentic? Let’s dig deeper to find out more about them. We are breaking down the differences between the them, to let you be the judge.

  • Location

The climate of Darjeeling is much colder; it is cultivated at the foothills of the Himalayas which is what makes the Darjeeling tea infused of its unique aroma. The altitude where Darjeeling tea is grown plays an important role in its flavoring.

While the tea in Assam is cultivated on lowlands, the rich clayey texture of the soil along the Brahmaputra River combined with the Assam climate makes it so favored that out of the 900 Million kg tea that is produced in India 600 Million kg comes from here.

  • Flavor

Darjeeling tea is slightly spicier than Assam tea, to experience its original taste it is advisable to have it without milk or sugar.

On the other hand, Assam tea has a stronger flavor and tastes better with milk and sugar.

  • Appearance

Both Assam and Darjeeling produce black tea, though the Assam tea is said to be darker and redder in color than the Darjeeling variety, Assam Tea has deep and rich amber color. The leaves of the Assam tea bush are dark green and glossy while the Darjeeling is thicker in the cup and dark orange in liquor with distinct flavors.

  • Availability

Assam tea is easier to grow and stronger in flavor, which makes it accessible to a larger part of the crowd. The region of Assam is also considered larger than Darjeeling and the harvesting season of Assam tea is longer resulting in more tea production.

While Darjeeling produces its amount of tea the majority of tea comes from Assam.

  • Price Difference

Darjeeling teas are produced in smaller quantities and because of the difficulties associated with its production; Darjeeling teas are more expensive than Assam teas. Also, another factor that makes the Darjeeling tea costlier is their harvesting season is shorter than Assam tea.

Wrapping up

With all said and done it comes down to preferences, while Darjeeling tea is believed to be richer in quality, taste, aroma, and flavor, ultimately, If you are someone who likes the taste of good old chai, then it is likely that you will go with the traditional Assam tea.