This second edition has improved and refined tasting notes with up to date content about non-herbal tea, the plant Camellia sinensis. The book’s elegant design is a complete guide to the world’s second most well liked beverage – only water exceeds tea consumption. The authors own the Camellia Sinensis Tea House in Montreal and trip the world working with growers of the most efficient tea. This book is now clearly the most efficient book in this topic, concise and authoritative with dozens of their own photographs and images of the teas themselves, revealing the surprising variety of colour and opacity of each and every variety. The book is an escorted tour of the world’s tea-growing countries – China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam and East Africa. Readers discover how like a fine wine, it’s ‘terroir’, e.g., soil and climate, that gives a tea its unique characteristics. The book includes varieties of black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu’er, perfumed, aromatic and smoked teas.Other topics include: An overview of the history of tea; Tea families, varieties, cultivars and grades; How tea is grown, harvested and processed; The tea trade around the world; Timeline of the world history of tea cultivation; Profile interviews with tea industry personalities. The special features legions of tea drinkers will especially enjoy are: Local tastes and methods of preparing tea (e.g. macha); Tea ceremonies; Tasting notes and infusion accessories; Teapot recommendations; Caffeine, antioxidant and biochemical properties of 35 teas; 15 gourmet recipes the usage of tea; A directory of 42 make a selection teas.