Did you know that Darjeeling's tea bushes can only be found in a marvelous landscape that's both breath-taking and has a huge religious value for the locals? Well, that's true! You can find them right at the core of the Himalayas, planted at the very top. They are waist-high, very, very green and cherished by "admirers" from all over the world. It needs to be said that these bushes produce only 1% of the country's tea, however, the experts call it the best tea in the whole universe, and that's why folks are ready to pay extra just to get that unique, one-of-a-kind flavor.
The brew is quite bright, and it tastes a bit like muskat, by the way. As for Darjeeling, a brand-new bestseller by Mr. Jeff Koehler, it's the perfect book for all the tea fans who want to learn everything about it, including how the Indians came up with the idea to plant it on top of the mountains, what it meant for the British Empire back in the day, when the country was their colony, and so much more.
This is not just a simple story about a very special tea: the author binds Darjeeling with all the significant events of the previous centuries, conspiracies, religions, mythology, and everything in between. The book talks about the voodoo farmers, the Indian rulers who did everything in their power to preserve and to perfect the trademark tea and the simple folks who played their part in this historical event.
There was a time when the farmers were selling this fine tea for a ridiculous price, but everybody was still buying it. However, later on, by the end of the 20th century, the industry pretty much collapsed, and the Darjeeling tea was almost lost to us forever...Why? Read the book and you'll find out!