- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 1 minute
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: 27Press
- Audible.com Release Date: November 1, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GDNXL4U
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19 Lessons on Tea: Become an Expert on Buying, Brewing, and Drinking the Best Tea Audiobook – Unabridged
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The basics of tea production, the wide range of tea varieties, and various aspects of brewing and serving tea are covered along with some interesting historical and cultural tea trivia. Even tisanes and the health aspects of tea are discussed.
The book is compact and the chapters are focused enough so that an index isn't really needed but a bibliography and footnotes would be helpful to readers wanting to go beyond the basics and explore any of the many fascinating aspects of tea in greater detail.
A copy was provided by the publisher for unbiased review.
I recently tried Pu-erh tea and really loved it so there are always new teas and tea blends to consider. It was interesting to learn that some tea plants produce tea for 40-100 years. This book also explains why you may prefer loose tea and why you might want to try Jasmine tea with Tupelo honey. I'm convinced.
Although I mostly drink Chai tea I did find myself getting curious about all the types of tea in this book that I haven't tried. I'd like to try Dragon Well green tea as it sounds delicious. While reading it was fun to find out who first added milk to tea and why you should never reboil water when making tea. I can highly recommend this book as it was a great education.
~The Rebecca Review
In that regard, this book is a very fair starting read for anybody interested in learning a little more beyond the basics of tea - and I can guarantee all beginner to intermediate tea enthusiasts will learn a thing or two from this piece. It offers a well-rounded starting point and brief look into the growing, cultivation, processing, sale, and proper preparation into the major categories of tea (green, yellow, white, oolong, pu-ehr, black and herbal).
It informs readers on some really pertinent facts about each type and presents brief histories, and some trivia, at the end of each chapter. It covers the basics of brewing and steeping methods, accessories, rituals, rarities, and the like. After reading through the entire book, I found myself recognizing popular blends and regional teas while browsing different tea shops where before I had no idea what they meant (for example, gunpowder green tea or lapsang souchong).
Where the book falls a bit short is in the writing, which is somewhat elementary and dull, and its only very brief coverage of other popular tea types like rooibos and yerba maté. The plus side is that it's a very quick read and well organized, packing a lot of information in a small amount of time, making it a great reference to carry around while looking for teas to try. The information presented in 19 Lessons... is fundamentally sound for anybody who wants a starting point to greater knowledge.
I can now take greater pleasure in the taste of the different tea varieties.
Thank you for this enlightenment.