If you shop online, you’d know there’s a vast array of online stores, blogs (hello!), review sites and subreddits dedicated to tea.
Cloud Nine Teas is part of the tea renaissance. Though we are Australian-based, and have our own knowledge and experience from time spent with tea growers and suppliers, we’re also plugged into other tea champions “across the pond.”
Take Canadian-based tea sommelier and tea writer Linda Gaylard, and her wonderful compendium of tea, The Tea Book.
Blog posts certainly have their place (obviously!), but there is still something reassuring about the presence of hardback books such as The Tea Book. This is a well-researched and engaging “coffee table” book typical of publisher Dorling Kindersley’s high standards.
The Tea Book brings together the author’s knowledge and experience of tea in one compact, readable volume. She condenses tea history, science and processing, country-by-country breakdowns of tea production and traditions, tea types and the health benefits of tea. And let’s not forget brewing techniques and a whole bunch of amazing tea- and tisane-based recipes. Most books about tea don’t actually come with recipes, but The Tea Book has more than enough to keep you busy!
There Are Books About Tea, and Guides to Using Tea: This Book is Both
Here’s a snapshot:
- Matcha the “wonder drink,” on pages 28 and 29 (pictured above)
- One of my favourites, on pages 50 and 51, a flavour wheel dedicated to helping the reader appreciate the multitude of flavours present in tea. It includes wonderful descriptors such as “barnyard,” “ocean air” and “cooked peas.” The secret to discerning individual flavours: drink lots of great tea!
- Then, on pages 66 to 71, explore the timeline of events in tea history, beginning with its mythical discovery by Emperor Shennong
- And over on pages 182 and 183, learn how to prepare an authentic-as-you’re-gonna-get masala chai. Then, chai fusions on pages 184-185
Books about tea are a dime a dozen, true enough. But The Tea Book stands apart. It captures the world of tea with passionate brushstrokes broad and detailed where necessary, without overwhelming the reader. In sum, it’s a straight-forward and easy-to-navigate read.
This makes it perfect for those moments between sips of whatever tea you’re drinking.
PS: Click here for Linda Gaylard’s website, The Tea Stylist.