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India's tea history began in the early 19th century when the British sought to develop an alternative to the then Chinese tea monopoly. Liberal spying on Chinese methods and advances from the Industrial Revolution accelerated the development of the local tea industry. Today, India is the world's second largest producer, specializing in full-bodied black teas.   

The two principal growing regions in India are Assam and Darjeeling, both located in the far east of India. Assam is the largest tea growing region in the world and primarily produces crushed tea used in tea bags. Tea estates in Darjeeling took an opposite tack, focusing instead on low yield, premium grade teas. Today, Darjeeling stands as one of the premier tea growing regions in the world.