Beautifully illustrated... this definitive guide will appeal
to die-hard tea enthusiasts.
-- Library Journal
The reference work we''ve been waiting for has arrived: a
comprehensive but not-too-weighty, one-volume coverage of the
world''s teas, abundantly and beautifully illustrated with photos
of exceptional quality.
This second edition has improved and refined tasting notes with
updated content about non-herbal tea, the plant Camellia
sinensis. The book''s elegant design is a complete guide to
the world''s second most popular beverage -- only water exceeds tea
This book is now clearly the best book on this topic, concise
and authoritative with dozens of photographs and images of the teas
themselves, revealing the surprising variety of color and opacity
of each variety.
The book is an escorted tour of the world''s tea-growing
countries -- China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam
and East Africa. Readers discover how like a fine wine, it is
"terroir", e.g., soil and climate, that gives a tea its unique
The book includes varieties of black, green, white, yellow,
oolong, pu''er, perfumed, aromatic and smoked teas. Other topics
- An overview of the history of tea
- Tea families, varieties, cultivars and grades
- How tea is grown, harvested and processed
- The tea trade worldwide
- Timeline of the world history of tea cultivation
- Profile interviews with tea industry personalities.
The special features legions of tea drinkers will especially
- Local tastes and methods of preparing tea (e.g. macha)
- Tea ceremonies
- Tasting notes and infusion accessories
- Teapot recommendations
- Caffeine, antioxidant and biochemical properties of 35
- 15 gourmet recipes using teas
- A directory of 42 select teas.