The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea

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Penguin, 2008 - Cooking - 226 pages
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The country's leading connoisseur presents a comprehensive guide for developing your tea palate.

The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea transforms tea drinkers into tea experts. Written by one of the country's leading tea professionals, The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea is an illuminating resource for tea drinkers interested in developing and refining their palate as well as their understanding of the complex agricultural, historical, and cultural significance of tea.

Drawing on his singular experience, Michael Harney masterly explores the full range of teas, revealing how each tea is distinctive, with a taste that derives from a precise combination of cultivation and production techniques, and influenced by the geography as well as its history. These lively profiles of diverse tea varieties--from delicate white tea to aged black puerh tea--include brewing instructions and vivid descriptions of the beverage scent, taste, and appearance; everything you need to become a connoisseur.

Tea has long been popular in the United States, but only recently have Americans treated this nuanced beverage with a deeper curiosity, more refined approach, and wider appetite. The Wall Street Journal reports that total U.S. tea sales are nearly four times what they were in 1990, and this growing population of discriminate consumers will celebrate the new vocabulary provided in The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea.

Unique in scope, candor, and accessibility, The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea will quickly become the classic reference and staple in the library of every serious tea drinker.
 

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User Review  - LudieGrace - LibraryThing

Borrowed this from Dianna for the week and found a book about the harvesting and production of the world's finest whole-leaf teas to make for an uncommonly soothing vacation read. I feel much better informed about types of tea and motivated to sample a bit more widely. Read full review

Contents

WHITE TEAS
17
CHINESE GREEN TEAS
29
JAPANESE GREEN TEAS
51
OOLONGS
75
YELLOW TEAS
97
CHINESE BLACK TEAS
103
BRITISH LEGACY BLACK TEAS
121
DARJEELING BLACK TEAS
127
BRITISH BLACK TEA BLENDS
167
PUERHS
173
THE FUTURE OF TEA
183
TeaTasting Menus
187
From Tree to Tea The Chemistry of Tea
193
Tea Through Time A Brief History
205
Tea Sources
211
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
213

NILGIRI BLACK TEAS
139
ASSAM BLACK TEAS
141
CEYLON BLACK TEAS
153
KENYAN BLACK TEAS
163

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About the author (2008)

Michael Harney has been the tea buyer and blender of Harney & Sons for twenty years. He travels to Asia and meets with tea producers from all the major tea countries looking for the season's best teas. He graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. He lives with his wife and their three sons in Salisbury, Connecticut.

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