Assam Black tea comes from Assam Valley in India, which is on the border with China, Burma and Bangladesh. This full-bodied tea has a warm reddish color and a strong yet smooth taste. Black tea, called “red tea” in Chinese due to its bold reddish brownish brew, generally yields a bolder flavor and contains the most caffeine of all teas. Black tea is produced from mature leaves that are plucked early in the day and processed in 4 basic steps. First the leaves are withered- laid out for 8-24 hours so that the moisture from the tea leaves can be evaporated. Second they are rolled, which gives the leaves its form and appearance. Following they are fermented by placing them on an oxidation table, where the leaves turn black and lends its distinctive flavor. Finally the leaves are fired in large ovens at high temperatures.