The Spirit of Tea

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The Spirit of Tea is a radical, unique departure from other tea books, touching upon tea's transcendental nature. While much is written about tea's healing benefits and curative properties, tea's mystical attributes get little attention. What is it that keeps us coming back to humanity's favorite beverage after water?

Featuring the six classical categories of tea—white, yellow, green, oolong, black (or red in China), and puerh—Murphy explores controversial aspects of tea's intrinsic qualities, myths about tea, new qualities of tea, practical information, history, and characteristics. This detailed narrative is informative and philosophical.