Tea: History Terroirs Varieties
Tea: History Terroirs VarietiesCamellia Sinensis

Tea: History Terroirs Varieties

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An illustrated guide to understanding the nuances of the tea plant as found around the world.
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The chemical make-up and subsequent taste of tea is influenced mightily by its locale and production methods. The owners of Montreal's Camellia Sinensis tea shop have produced an important book to help students of tea understand the unique plant's origins more fully.

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(39 Ratings, 38 Reviews) Average Rating:
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A good book on tea with excellent pictures
Joan (United States) 6/24/2016 10:49 AM
I bought this book because I was interested in learning more about tea. I wanted to better understand how tea was produced, the differences among different types of tea, and what makes good tea good. This book mostly satisfied these interests. _Tea_ reviewed production methods for each type of tea as produced by each major tea producing country, especially China, Japan, India, and Taiwan. The sections on China and Japan were excellent. _Tea_ stepped through key tea producing regions for each country, describing what tea was produced and how, tea culture, and sometimes how the climate affected the tea. Some history of tea cultivation was given for each country. This book fell a little short in explaining what made good teas good. _Tea_ briefly reviewed the CTC method of production, greatly emphasized orthodox methods, and associated CTC processing with lower quality teas. I guessed that the particle size due to CTC processing lead to faster leaching of bitter components, which would not be extracted from whole leaves under similar steeping conditions. I guessed that CTC was also associated with machine harvesting, which impacted tea quality. However, _Tea_ did not directly corroborate these guesses. This book contained some pleasant content beyond my primary interests. The preface was written by Francois Chartier, Sommelier. _Tea_ contains lots of great tidbits from a tasting perspective. (1) Tasting notes for notable teas from each terroir. (2) A guide to tasting tea with good instructions, tips, visual aids, and a taste wheel. (3) Tea preparation tips, including advice on tea pots (e.g. material of construction, Yixing teapots, kyusu teapots), infusion temperature and time, and different techniques of preparing tea (e.g. gaiwan, matcha with bamboo whisk).
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Gift to a friend
Viveret Steele (United States) 6/24/2016 10:46 AM
Bought it for a friend and they loved it.
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Absolute must for anyone looking for an in-depth tea book on new and exotic teas
Jen W. (United States) 6/24/2016 10:45 AM
As a tea enthusiast, this is a fantastic book for non-beginners. It is detailed and provides a ton of interesting information on exotic teas that you wouldn't find at a Starbucks. Many of the books I looked at were too introductory and few actually provided this level of detail with glossy images and tasting notes. I highly recommend this for any tea connoisseur.
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Five Stars
Romeo IS (United States) 6/24/2016 10:42 AM
Best book about tea!
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Five Stars
Amazon Customer (United States) 6/24/2016 10:41 AM
I love it!