by: Gter Burkhardt
Players: 2 - 5
Age: 12 +
Stock Number: 344
In 1835, the British East India Company leased theregion around the location of the modern-day city of Darjeeling.
The British had more than a strategically placed trading post in mind because of the favourableclimate, they wanted to build a sanitorium there as well!
That climate, which was to bring relief to sanitoriumvisitors, can be thanked for one of the most sought-aftertea varieties in the world: Darjeeling. Tea connoisseurs from around the globe treasure the extremely fine andflowery aroma of the First Flush, the first harvest of the years new growth. But the many flavours of teas fromthe following harvests are also unsurpassed.
For a long time, only traditional black tea was produced in Darjeeling. In the meantime, however, other teas areexported by the region, teas produced by differentfermentation techniques. So these days, for example, Green Darjeeling is not the rarity it once was.
To make the tea varieties more distinguishable, as wellas making other Regions which chiefly produce othertea varieties playable via alternate playing area setups (shown at the end of the rules), the tea crates in the game are black, green white and red for black tea,green tea, white tea and Pu-Erh, sometimes also calledred tea, respectively.
While searching for the best teas, the players cross the entire region and assemble the largest shipmentspossible for each individual tea variety. The latest teasto be loaded are always worth more victory points thanthe older ones, as tea connoisseurs naturally prefer thefreshest cargo. But preferences for individual teavarieties also bring the players victory points whileloading shipments.
The game ends as soon as one player has reached 100 victory points.