Harney & Sons Guide to Tea

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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 ...

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Overview

Read Michael Harney's posts on the Penguin Blog.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594201387
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 640,559
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction

How to use this book

A guide to tasting teas 9

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

Nilgiri Black Teas 139

Assam Black Teas 141

Ceylon Black Teas 153

Kenyan Black Teas 163

British Black Tea Blends 167

Puerhs 173

The Future of Tea 183

App Tea-tasting menus 187

App From tree to tea: the chemistry of tea 193

App Tea through time: a brief history 205

Tea sources 211

Bibliography 215

Index 219

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2009

    Worth its weight, especially at this price

    This is a tea book with a new purpose: teaching you how to taste teas so you can have fun while choosing the teas you want to stock at home. The book also gives extremely useful information about a number of specific teas/tea categories: for example, did you know you can brew a single teaspoon of puerh tea up to 12 times if you do it right? This detail alone will save you the price of the book in nothing flat.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    Windows on the world for tea drinkers

    This is a fantastic guide for all of us who've always enjoyed tea, but never bothered to become knowledgeable. . . guaranteed to improve your tea drinking experience

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

    The Perfect Book about Teas

    I love this book. It is informative, even scholorly, yet easy to understand. And it has information on every tea I could possibly think of, and quite a few others beside!

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about the tea they drink, or about tea they might want to try.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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