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A Sip Of Perfect Peony White

A well-scripted account of the inception of tea gardens of Darjeeling

A Sip Of Perfect Peony White
A Sip Of Perfect Peony White
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Jeff Koehler (JK) is a gourmet travelling chef. His passion for the best food and beverage of any region has been manifest in his earlier works. His latest account of the worlds greatest tea in the aptly titled Darjeeling: A History of the World’s Greatest Tea is a well-scripted account of the inception of tea gardens in that part of India, the establishment of the brew as a global brand as well as the challenges that confront this handicraft today.

JK flits through history, adroitly skirting the issue that the East India Comp­any—that laid the foundation, and more, of the British Empire in India—was actua­lly the first official drug mafia. They carted all the opium out of India, clandestinely offloaded the cargo in hidden coves off the China coast, and returned laden with handmade Chinese tea to London.

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