Whether you read for pleasure or to gain knowledge (or both) I think you will like this book by Jeff Koehler. I’ve read it twice.
“A fascinating portrait of the region and a story rich in intrigue and Empire, full of romance, it illuminates the historic, arcane and changing world of this celebrated tea.” Amazon.
It’s not just about tea though
It’s about India and Britain and real characters in this wonderful setting, the tea estates of Darjeeling.
Here is a sip of Jeff Koehler’s writing:
“The mighty Brahamaputra River cleaves Assam in half …”
“Waffling on a decisive course for action the Tea Committee hedged it’s bets …”
“Summers in the Darjeeling hills are hot and dry, the sky generally cloudless but not vibrant: azure with a cataract of haze.”
If you were to pair this book with a cup of Darjeeling, or Orange Pekoe, you would not go wrong.