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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594201382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594201387
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ever since the Boston Tea Party, Americans have never exhibited the same passion for tea that so many others in the world cultivate. Much of the tea consumed here is iced tea. Harney sets out to change American minds and educate their palates. Writing in language typically reserved for wine, Harney describes the distinctive tastes, colors, and mouthfeel of teas from each of the major groups: white, green, oolong, yellow, and black. He divides the green teas into Chinese and Japanese, and the black into Chinese and “British legacy,” a catchall term for teas from India and other remnants of the British Empire. He also recommends proper brewing temperatures and the appropriate brewing time for each tea variety. Harney’s comprehensive analyses of the differences among teas make this a noteworthy book for tea drinkers and a worthwhile reference tool for librarians. --Mark Knoblauch

About 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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Customer Reviews

Well written, simple, understandable language.
Thomas W. Thornton
I have a soft spot in my heart for Harney & Sons because I learned to love tea by visiting their tea tasting room in Millerton, NY.
Janice
I highly recommend this book to "curious" and experienced "tea drinkers".
Harald

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ralph White on February 12, 2009
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Michael Harney's new book is exceptionally attractive and will make a fine gift for any occasion. But the stunning beauty of this book is far from skin deep. It's clear that Michael Harney approached this project the way he, his Father, John, and his brother, Paul, approach tea making itself. He clearly wanted the book itself to be elegant, but he also required that it illustrate the dimensionality and substance for which his teas are known.

Let me recommend a creative approach to this book. Start with the Appendix, From Tree to Tea, The Chemistry of Tea. How, otherwise, will you know what tea even is? Then treat yourself to a very succinct, five page, History of Tea. Okay, now flip back to the front and read the Introduction. Here Harney tells what led him to the business and what led him to write the book. You come away assured that his credentials are exactly what you wanted in a guide to teas. Michael Harney is a tea person's tea person, the ideal personal trainer for teas.

The Guide to Tasting Teas is an eye opener. Who knew that there was something to be learned from examining the dry leaves? Who knew pot type affected a tea's taste? Who knew about filtered water, and the impact of brewing temperatures, and brewing times? Who knew what to look for in the liquor? Who knew what intelligence there was to gain from smelling the wet tea leaves after pouring the liquor off? And who even thought that there could be a vocabulary dealing with the nuances of a tea's body and flavor? In fact you'll know all of this before you get to page 17, which is where your tour of the tea world will begin.

Start with a tea with which you feel familiar, say a Ceylon Black Tea.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Janice on January 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have a soft spot in my heart for Harney & Sons because I learned to love tea by visiting their tea tasting room in Millerton, NY. This book is the perfect follow-up to that experience. Most of the book is devoted to tea tasting, and is designed to walk the reader through the process of preparing and drinking a series of related teas. The differences and similarities are described, which I find helps me focus on the subtleties of these special teas and heightens my enjoyment of them.

This book can pay for itself by helping you avoid buying expensive tea that you don't enjoy. Mr. Harney recommends other tea suppliers, in addition to his family business, several of which (including Harney's,) offer samples or small quantities for sale. It's a great guide to purchasing and experiencing samples, so that you only buy larger quantitities of the teas you most enjoy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason O. Walker on December 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
M. Harney's The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea takes you on a tea tasting. You pass through pages that describe must-try white teas to greens to oolongs to blacks. Yellow teas and pu'ers get mentioned as well. The Guide contributes to the discussion by relating notes on how the teas should look and taste, and the processing these teas undergo.

The merits of the tastings lie in the descriptors. While many tea descriptions play it safe by describing green teas as "grassy," Harney gives a more thorough account. That does not mean that you will appreciate the descriptors he gives, or agree with him on the choice of descriptors. It does, however, provide a starting point for the tea description conversation, and enable new tea drinkers to make better starting choices.

Demerits, as mentioned in several other reviews, is the complete lack of photographs. Photos of fresh, healthy, high quality dry leaf would go a long way in educating the reader. On the other hand, variations in lighting, preparation method, etc., make pictures of the liquid nearly useless. Another possible objection is the way the collection reads like a catalog of Harney offerings. While true to some extent, many of the teas also represent the tea classics. Like literary classics, you will broaden your tea-horizons whether you drink Harney's versions or from other high-quality sources.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Hoyt-McBeth on February 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I cannot do it the same justice as the first two reviewers, but I am in the middle of reading this thoroughly enjoyable book and the quality of writing, command of the subject, and passion for the product compelled me to comment.

This is a lovely book. I think Ralph White's suggested reading sequence is a good one. My only wish is that the publishers and/or Mr. Harney had included photos of all the teas.

Bravo Michael Harney!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph T. Marino on June 25, 2009
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This is an excellent book. Although it limits the teas that are reviewed, there is a broad enough range to give the reader an overview. The most fascinating aspect is how the author explains and intertwines the history of tea with the history of the nations involved. The author's descriptions of flavor and body of the brewed teas are very accurate. I have five books on tea. This is the best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jrk on September 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When given this book I feared a sales brochure. Instead what I found was an admirably systematic coverage of a wide range of essential teas, given almost entirely under both their standard origin and western names. It is easily the best introductory tasting guide I have seen. There is enough here for years of development of your personal tastes. It is excellently written, and beautifully typeset and presented. A delightful physical object for under $18.

(My only complaint: the Kindle version, which I'd love to have on hand for quicker reference, is MORE EXPENSIVE than the hardback--which I already own. Publishers need to grow up.)
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