Assam vs. Oolong: A Comparison of Two Popular Types of Tea

Assam and oolong tea are two types of tea that originate from different regions and have unique flavors and characteristics.

Assam Tea

Assam tea is a type of black tea that is grown in the Assam region of India. It is known for its strong, bold flavor and full-bodied, malty taste.

Assam tea is often used as a base for blends and is also enjoyed on its own.

It’s also common for consumers to add milk and sugar to Assam tea.

assam black tea
Assam Tea: Image by farmerdir of PixaBay

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea, on the other hand, is a partially fermented tea that is grown in the Fujian province of China and other parts of Asia. It has a more complex flavor profile than black tea, with notes of fruit, flowers, and nuts.

oolong tea
Oolong Tea


The key difference between Assam and oolong tea is the way they are processed. Black teas like Assam are fully oxidized, which results in a darker, malty tasting tea, while oolong teas are only partially oxidized.

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson is the founder and chief editor of the Professional Tea Taster.

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