The Tea Drinker’s Handbook

December 12, 2013 - Comment

In a skinny-no-whip-mocha-latte world, The Tea DrinkerGÇÖs Handbook is a refreshing return to AmericaGÇÖs roots in tea-drinking. Though tea is one of the most-consumed beverages in the world, second only to water, it is far from mundane. For both the lifelong tea drinker and the recent convert, The Tea DrinkerGÇÖs Handbook is an indispensable reference

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In a skinny-no-whip-mocha-latte world, The Tea DrinkerGÇÖs Handbook is a refreshing return to AmericaGÇÖs roots in tea-drinking. Though tea is one of the most-consumed beverages in the world, second only to water, it is far from mundane. For both the lifelong tea drinker and the recent convert, The Tea DrinkerGÇÖs Handbook is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in all things tea. The founders of Le Palais des Th+¬s, a retail chain known for the high quality of its selection of teas, have traveled for over twenty years to plantations all over the world in search of the rarest teas, and the result is this handsome and enlightening book. This is the first guide written under the Le Palais des Th+¬s brand. In addition to ten shops in France, there are stores in Brussels, Oslo, Tokyo, and Beverly Hills, and their products are sold at Bergdorf Goodman.In this impressive and comprehensive guide, we rediscover tea, its cultivation, and all of its richness and complexity. In addition to being an informative resource, this book is also a true tasting guide for tea lovers. The authors open our eyes (and introduce our palates) to tea-tasting, as they list the top fifty teas of the worldGÇöcomplete with tasting sheetsGÇöand include comments and advice for each. And with 200 illustrations, The Tea DrinkerGÇÖs Handbook informs and instructs with both fascinating text and alluring images.

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jiemakel says:

I bought 30 books on tea just to find out the best and this was it There are just so many things that are great about this book compared to all the others on my shelf.The most important is that (contrary to many others) the book is extremely well edited and thought out. This makes a huge difference. First, the book contains almost no fluff. It’s all essential information, including much that is not available in any of the other books I’ve read. Even better, the thought put into structure and sharpness also makes the information much easier to digest and absorb.The final polish is that (again contrary to many other books on tea) all the information is accurate. And if seldom the authors don’t delve into all the details, they still manage to stay away from generalizations. For a novice reader, this is extremely important. I’ve seen too many people get the wrong impression on some aspect of tea just because a tea book without sufficient attention to detail printed information pertaining for example only to a particular type of…

Christopher Barrett "Evil Corgi" says:

(Updated 4/16) One of the best educational tea books on the US market ~ Update: I have added one new tea book: which I now consider to be equal to the book this review is about, perhaps better in some ways. It is inserted below.———-I have purchased and checked out from the library several educational books on tea. This is the book I consider the best of the bunch. First I will list the other books and mention a few positives about those, then I will describe why I felt this to be the superior text. – 5 starsThis text would be worth purchasing for the pictures and the scientific analyses contained within. The caffeine chart alone makes one ponder the myth that white and green tea have lower caffeine than wulong and black tea. Funny considering two of the highest caffeine concentrations are in Japanese…

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