Assam, a state famous for its conservation of wildlife including the one horned rhino, is the largest tea growing area in the world. The high mountains and valleys of this region in North East India are sheltered by the eastern Himalayas. The high rainfall and the high humidity of the rainy season make the ground very wet. Local conditions, with rainfall of 200-300cm per year, but sometimes exceeding 10m in one season, and temperatures up to 96.8 degrees centigrade, resemble those of a vast greenhouse. These are ideal conditions for the plants so growth is vigorous from Spring to Autumn before the winter cold sends them into their dormant period. This region is renowned for the quality of the black teas it produces. A coppery liquor with a strong full-bodied, slightly sweet, malty taste.