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The Tea Road

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This is a very nice book about ta trade between China and Russia. It is a little difficult to read and requires a lot from the reader so you should not be in a hurry when you read it. The book came in 2003 and can be hard to come by but there are a few shops that still sell it. Martha Avery who wrote the book has lived in both China and Mongolia, which is evident when she has a good knowledge of the area she describes and also have access to a lot of unusual facts sources. The book also contains a lot of exciting Russian images from the late 1800s and a few rare maps that describe the caravan route between China and Russia. Martha Avery also has a manuscript of a second book that describes tea’s long road through Russia, but I suspect that this will never be published. Paperback: 230x170mm ISBN:...

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Assam Branch Indian Tea Association 1889-1989, Centenary Souvenir

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One of the more unusual books in my bookshelf is this commemorative publication issued in connection with Assam teorganisations centenary. The journal is about 100 pages and contains besides the usual member information a lot of memory articles written by various members. Some of these are personal and quite funny while others take up the topics of Assam during World War II, and transport development. Unfortunately, it smells pretty bad, most of my Indian books about tea I have tend to do...

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The Beauty of Chinese Yixing Teapots: And the Finer Arts of Tea Drinking

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This book, The Beauty of Chinese Yixing Teapots: And the Finer Arts of Tea Drinking, written by Lim Kean Siew came out in early 2001. It is not so thick, 154 pages but contains amazing photos of the author teapots. For some reason I bought it when released and now it barely settling for money. Sure, there are many other good books about Yixing pots but this is unique. A foreword written by Yue Yao Ming does not make things worse. So, if anyone has a copy of you are welcome to contact...

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All about te

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This book, which is divided into two very heavy volumes, gather all the knowledge about tea. At least up to 1935 when it was published by “New York, The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal Company”. In this amazing work of 54 chapters and 1143 pages William H Ukers summarizes the history of tea and all the scientific, technological, social and artistic aspects. The book is relatively easy to read and contains a lot of nice illustrations and stunning maps. Of course, it is hopelessly outdated when it comes to today’s tea industry but if you are interested in tea’s history and culture, there is still no better book. It is still available as reprint from Martino Publishing. However, note that there are two editions of this, one that came out a few years ago that is 17.8 x 25.4 cm and costs 125 dollars and a new one that is 21.6 x 27.9 cm and is a little more expensive, $ 145 plus shipping. The quality of the images in this reprint is obviously not as good as the original edition to be according to the publisher become “quite well”. If you want an original must be prepared to pay between five and ten thousand. Since this book was written, it has come out some other very good books about tea, especially in the late 1960s, but nothing that comes close to the “All About Tea”. The content of the first valume is The subject in brief Book I – Historical aspects 1- Tea in the beginning 1-9 2 – China and the ch’a ching 10-22 3 – Introduction of tea into europe 23-35 4 – Introduction of tea into england 36-48 5 – Introduction of tea into america 49-65@ 6 – The world’s greatest tea monopoly 66-85 7 – Golden age of the clipper ships 86-108 8 – Tea’s conquest of java and sumatra 109-132 9 – The far-flung kingdom of india tea 133-172 10 – Tea’s triumph in ceylon 173-203 11 – Tea propagation in other lands 204-216 Book II – Technical aspects 12 – Commercial teas of the world 218-221 13 – Tea characteristics 222-267 14 – Cultivation and manufacture 268-296 15 – Cultivation and manufacture...

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The Great Teas of China

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Great Teas of China is written by Roy Fong, one of the driving forces behind the Imperial Tea Court. Roy is perhaps a little categorical in his views about tea but very knowledgeable and has also developed some of the best tea I...

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Feng Huang Dan Cong

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This book was published in Chinese a few years ago and is about at Feng Huang Dan Cong or Phoenix Oolong. I have not been able to figure who wrote the book,but I suspect it is Yao Guo Kun, President of the Chinese International Tea Culture Research Institute. Im Shan is working on a translation of the book into English. Meanwhile, one can find a lot of information on Imens blog, Tea Obsession , and her shop, tea habitat , in Palos Verdes. The book is extremely thorough when it comes to this tea and to get a feel for the content, I have included an example of the first translation that is about a single tree. ”Song Zhong #2 – Song Varietal #2 Song Zhong #2 is also called Song Zhong Jai Dan Cong – Little Song Zhong. It’s propagated from a natural hybridized seed of Song Cha Da Ciao Peng Dan Cong – Big Thatched Shed, hence the name Little Song Zhong. Song Cha Da Ciao Peng died in 1928. Located at 116°38′38″ longitude, 23°58′19″ latitude on a hillside facing northeast, 950 meters above sea level, in a tea garden behind Feng Huang Da An village. It was property of Feng Huang Tai Ping Temple from 1660-1952. During the Land Reform Movement in 1952, this tree was assigned to Mr. Huang Yong. It was then owned by Da An production team from 1958-1980. It’s under the care of Mr. Huang Nian Qing in 1980-1997, Mr. Huang Ai Guo from 1998-2000, Mr. Huang Bao Guo since 2001. This tree is propagated sexually, age 347 years old, 5.56 meters tall, spread out tree body, tree crown is 5.6X6.5 meters, main trunk is not visible after additional soil, 6 split branches at ground, medium branch density. Leaves grow slanted upward, long oval shape, 7.8 centimeters in length, 3.7 centimeters in width, smooth surface, flat leaf body, shiny dark green, medium thickness, 9 sets leaf vein, round pointy leaf tip, slightly wavy leaf rim, 24 pairs small, shallow and blunt saw teeth. Sprout growth is strong, spring sprouting begins around Spring Equinox, picking begins 15 days later, dense new growth of light green color with small amount of white down. New...

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