By Jeff Koehler
Darjeeling's tea trees run throughout a legendary panorama steeped with the non secular, the sacred, and the picturesque. Planted at excessive elevation within the center of the jap Himalayas, in a space of northern India certain by way of Nepal to the west, Bhutan to the east, and Sikkim to the north, the linear rows of exceptional eco-friendly, waist-high shrubs that coat the steep slopes and valleys round this Victorian "hill town?? produce just a fraction of the world's tea, and not more than one percentage of India's overall. but the tea from that constrained crop, with its attribute vibrant, amber-colored brew and muscatel flavors - soft and flowery, hinting of apricots and peaches - is mostly thought of the easiest within the world.
This is the tale of ways Darjeeling tea all started, was once key to the most important tea at the globe less than Imperial British rule, and got here to provide the highest-quality tea leaves wherever on the earth. it's a tale wealthy in heritage, intrigue and empire, filled with adventurers and not going successes in tradition, mythology and religions, ecology and terroir, prepared with a backdrop of the looming Himalayas and drenching monsoons. the tale is ripe with the imprint of the Raj in addition to the modern clout of "voodoo farmers?? getting international checklist costs for his or her tremendous teas - and it all starting with probably the most audacious acts of company smuggling in heritage.
But it's also the tale of the way the spiraled into decline by means of the tip of the 20th century, and the way this edenic spot within the excessive Himalayas seethes with union unrest and a violent independence fight. it's also a front-line struggle opposed to the devastating results of weather swap and a long time of harming farming practices, a struggle that's being fought in a few tea gardens - and, astonishingly, gained - utilizing radical methods.
Jeff Koehler has written a desirable chronicle of India and its such a lot sought-after tea. mixing background, politics, and reportage jointly, besides a suite of recipes that tea-drinkers will love, Darjeeling is an essential quantity for fanatics of micro-history and tea lovers.
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