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 d
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I browsed through this rather than reading it.
This handsome book would look great on your, er, teatable, and it’s the sort of book that’s fun to pick up every once in awhile in a spare moment — say, while you’re waiting for your tea to steep.
Since Harney & Sons sells tea, this guide naturally steers you in that direction. But I found it’s applicable to similar teas that can be purchased from other importers.
What’s missing: A glossary.
While reading about tea is not as good as drinking it this book comes close. Harney gives a great introduction of how he got in the tea business and learned the trade. Then he describes the joys of drinking and what to expect by type. I’ve visited the Connecticut store and it was a joy – the tea is even better. if you love tea you will enjoy this book.
This is the first book on tea that I have read, so much of the information was new to me. Generally the organization is clear and helpful, although it is sometimes difficult to tell if the specific teas Mr Harney has selected were chosen because they are exemplary of their region or because they are unique. His descriptions of the teas are lively and aside from his overdependence on the words ‘lovely’ and ‘charming’, the prose is crisp and pleasant. He handles issues of British colonialism with
The copy I borrowed was a first printing and was printed with two inks: an typical black and a metallic yellow. The latter made tables, maps, and drop capitals difficult or impossible to read in certain lighting conditions where the metallic ink became all but invisible. I’m not sure if later printings have stuck with this (unwelcome) extravagance, but a more traditional ink would have been preferable.