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p. 27 The Ecology of Tea
p. 143 Japanese Matcha is beaten with a very fine bamboo whisk, the chasen
p. 185 The Worlds 50 Best TeasTaiwan: Bao Zhong
p. 231; AppendixTasting Table.
p. 26A vast green and undulating expanse pnctuated by tall shade trees is typical of Sri Lankan plantations.
p. 142 Tasting - How we express our sensationsThe tea-tasters vocabulary
p. 184The Worlds 50 Best Teas; Taiwan: Bao Zhong, Dong Ding, Gao Shan Cha, Dong Ding Antique, Jin Xuan, Bai Hao Wu Long, Oriental Beauty.
p. 230; AppendixTasting Table.
The Tea Drinker's Handbook
By François-Xavier Delmas, Mathias Minet, and Christine Barbaste

Size: 6 1/4" x 10 1/4", 
Cloth, 240 pages
200 illustrations in full color
Published 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7892-0988-7
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A tasteful guide that explores the pleasures of tea through word and image.

In a skinny-no-whip-mocha-latte world The Tea Drinkers Handbook is a refreshing return to Americas tea-drinking roots... This book is an informative resource and a tasting guide for tea lovers. -- Tea & Coffee magazine

The Tea Drinkers Handbook is an educational and comprehensive guide to all things tea. The handbook is a gorgeous hardcover filled with 200 illustrations and full-color photographs. It not only educates on the cultivation process—it also lists the worlds 50 best teas by country.... Everything you could ever want to know about tea is in The Tea Drinkers Handbook. This is a lovely gift for anyone who enjoys tea and would like to learn more about the art and ecology of tea drinking. For me, this book is a fantastic reference as well as a fascinating read. -- GourmetByMail.com

In a skinny-no-whip-mocha-latte world, The Tea Drinker’s Handbook is a refreshing return to America’s 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 Drinker’s Handbook is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in all things tea. The founders of Le Palais des Thés, 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 Thés 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 world—complete with tasting sheets—and include comments and advice for each. And with 200 illustrations, The Tea Drinker’s Handbook informs and instructs with both fascinating text and alluring images.

François-Xavier Delmas is founder of Le Palais des Thés. His in-depth knowledge of tea-producing regions and his exceptional tasting skills make him one of the leading experts in his field. Mathias Minet is a taster. He joined Le Palais des Thés ten years ago and co-directs the business with Delmas. In 1999, he and Delmas founded L’École du Thé, a school for would-be tasters. Christine Barbaste is the author of Thé à Paris in the series Paris est à nous (Editions Parigramme).

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