A Journey to the Tea Countries of China Including Sung-Lo and the Bohea Hills; with a Short Notice of the East India Company's Tea Plantations in the Himalaya Mountains: By Robert Fortune. With Map and Illustrations (Google eBook)

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John Murray, 1852 - Tea - 398 pages
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Page 95 - Prussian blue of a darker or a paler tint, placed beyond a doubt by a positive demonstration ; for Mr Fortune has forwarded from the north of China, for the Industrial Exhibition, specimens of these materials, which from their appearance, there can be no hesitation in stating are fibrous gypsum (calcined), turmeric root, and Prussian blue ; the latter of a bright pale tint, most likely from admixture with alumina or porcelainclay, which admixture may account for the alumina and silica found as stated...
Page 271 - rivulet garden tea." " Tea," says he, " is of a cooling nature, and, if drunk too freely, will produce exhaustion and lassitude ; country people before drinking it add ginger and salt to counteract this cooling property. It is an exceedingly useful plant; cultivate it, and the benefit will be widely spread ; drink it, and the animal spirits will be lively and clear. The chief rulers, dukes, and nobility esteem it; the lower people, the poor and beggarly, will not be destitute of it; all use it daily,...
Page 277 - Several men take their stations at the rolling table and divide the leaves amongst them. Each takes as many as he can press with his hands, and makes them up in the form of a ball. This is rolled upon the rattan table, worked and greatly compressed, the object being to get rid of a portion of the sap and moisture, and at the same time to twist the leaves.
Page 62 - I observed a noblelooking fir-tree, about sixty feet in height, having a stem as straight as the Norfolk Island pine, and weeping branches like the willow of St. Helena. Its branches grew at first at right angles to the main stem, then described a graceful curve upwards, and bent again at their points. From these main branches others long and slender hung down perpendicularly, and gave the whole tree a weeping and graceful form. It reminded me of some of those large and gorgeous chandeliers, sometimes...
Page 276 - Green Tea. — When the leaves are brought in from the plantations they are spread out thinly on flat bamboo trays, in order to dry off any superfluous moisture. They remain for a very short time exposed in this manner, generally from one to two hours ; this, however, depends much upon the state of the weather.
Page 274 - ... practice. Although this may generally be the case in the great tea districts, there are some exceptions. It is well known that the fine Moning districts near the Poyang Lake, which are constantly rising in importance on account of the superior character of their black teas, formerly produced nothing but green teas.
Page 121 - Pa3ony had been brought into full bloom. Several varieties of this plant were in full flower; and at this season of the year, when everything out of doors was cold and dreary, they had a most lively effect. Their blooms were tied up, to keep them from expanding too rapidly. All these things had been brought from the celebrated city of Soo-chowfoo, the great emporium of Chinese fashion and luxury.
Page 93 - Prussianblue had been. The gypsum, having been taken out of the fire after a certain time had elapsed, readily crumbled down, and was reduced to powder in the mortar. These two substances, having been thus prepared, were then mixed together in the proportion of four parts of gypsum to three parts of Prussian blue, and formed a light blue powder, which was then ready for use.
Page 93 - Prussian-blue, he threw it into a porcelain bowl, not unlike a chemist's mortar, and crushed it into a very fine powder. At the same time a quantity of gypsum was produced and burned in the charcoal fires which were then roasting the teas. The object of this was to soften it, in order that it might be readily pounded into a very fine powder, in the same manner as the Prussian-blue had been. The gypsum, having been taken out of the fire after a certain time had elapsed, readily crumbled down, and...
Page 261 - ... hands of the foreign merchant. Some, consequently, have a better reputation, and command a higher price than others. It does not follow, however, that the chop of this year, bought from the same man and bearing the same name as a good one of last year, will be of equal quality ; for it is by no means unusual for the merchant who prepares and packs the tea to leave his chests unmarked until they are bought by the man who takes them to the port of exportation. This man, knowing the chop names most...

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