This book brings us the history of a beverage that some may think of as ordinary, but is actually not ordinary at all. In fact, it highlights a sometimes forgotten, yet crucial part of this plant’s history.
It was hard for me to put this book down. The details and descriptive style of the writing made me feel like I was right there traveling with Fortune as he covertly navigated into the Zhejiang and Anhui provinces, and later into the more distant Wuyi Mountains and Fujian province.
For tea enthusiasts, I highly recommend this book. It’s like a true espionage book, but with the topic of tea at the core (a win-win in my opinion). Another benefit is all the history and tea education that is provided throughout.