So I picked up a big box of Assam tea at this middle eastern store. I thought I was buying a box of dried whole tea leaves as one would normally expect, but upon opening it, I found they were actually little granules, like instant coffee grounds. Like instant coffee, I thought they would dissolve, but when I poured hot water on it, they didn't dissolve, but sat on the bottom of the cup.
I've never seen tea sold this way as 'granules'. Is this common? Is this a middle eastern thing? What exactly are they, anyway, shredded leaves rolled up as balls, or worse, processed tea sludge made into pellets? Are they considered better or worse than the kind of inexpensive tea that's shredded up in tea bags? Would like someone to educate me on this form of tea.