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Tea Books Reference, & Research
Jason & Lindsey's Favorite Books:
- Book: Tea - A User's Guide ^ by Tony Gebely ^
- Comment: "Tony covers all the bases of every kind of tea, including all the rare to attain tea. Jason used this a checklist, having nearly tried all teas in this book, but only needing to try a few more to complete the checklist."
- Book: The True History of Tea ^ by Erling Hoh ^ and Victor H. Mair ^
- Comment: "An honest literary account of the major eras of tea with a focus on the important-to-know aspects of tea history, tea drinking, tea wisdom, and tea humor."
- Book: The Tea Book ^ by Linda Gaylard ^
- Book: The Story of Tea: A Cultural History & Drinking Guide ^ by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss ^
- Comment: "In depth knowledge and wisdom from the tea trekkers journey through history and from around the world and into the various markets of India, China and Japan. They got you covered."
- Book: Tea Enthusiast's Handbook: A Guide to Enjoying the World's Best Teas ^ by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss ^
- Comment: "Easy introduction from the trekkers of tea, with a focus on the major types of tea ; with high quality pictures, detailed descriptions, and some tidbits of wisdom found in their more comprehensive volume. (Also an easier checklist to accomplish than Tony Gebely's above)"
- Book: Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic ^ by Jinghong Zhang ^
- Comment: "There is no better feet-on-the-ground academic account of pu-erh tea and all of its facets; with journeys into the jungle towns of Yunnan and the fashionable culture of pu-erh in Hong Kong. A special section about the poetic nature of the pu-erh drinking chivalrous knight-errant who desires freedom and seeks to fulfill righteous ideals ^.
- Book: Japanese Tea: A Comprehensive Guide ^ by Simona Zavadckyte ^
- Comment: "Short but comprehensive book about the basics of Japanese teas without missing anything important. Simona covers areas where other authors missed some important specifics concerning Japanese tea."
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Jason & Lindsey's Favorite Tea Shops:
Donghe Tea ^
★★★ Guangdong, China ^
- Expensive Specialty of Most Popular Collectable Brand of Pu-erh Dayi TaeTea
Bana Tea Company ^
★★★★★ USA located ^
- Best Quality Pu-erh Teas
- Recommended in the book: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane ^ by Lisa See ^
- Comment: "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is a must-read fictional, but accurate, book on pu-erh tea that brings to life the tea trees, the women who cherish and guard them, and the journey of their leaves from ancient obscurity and into a booming modern health and culture phenomenon. Plus deep wisdom and insight into the meaning of pu-erh."