Assam tea is from the region of Assam in India. The distinctive malty flavor of the tea can be attributed to the warm tropical weather of plantations growing at or near sea level. Unlike highland teas such as Darjeeling and Nilgiris, bright colored Assam tea is strong, bold and malty. The Assam region receives 250 to 300 mm of rain per day during the monsoon period. When Assam tea was first discovered in 1823 growing wild by Robert Bruce, a Scottish adventurer, the tea was found to be of a unique Camellia sinensis variety different from Chinese Camellia sinensis var. sinensis.