tea is an international drink, both in terms of its origins and popularity, and has a colourful and fascinating story to tell. this handsome illustrated reference is a guide to all the major varieties of tea - favourites such as Darjeeling, Assam, Earl Grey, as well as the more acquired tastes of Lapsang Souchong, Keemun and Nilgiri, and some beautiful and unusual rarer teas. the main part of the book is a directory of teas grouped by country of production, and subdivided by region, then by tea type. there is a brief introduction to each tea-producing area, accompanied by a map showing the main tea-growing areas. the countries covered are: China Japan Nepal India Sri Lanka taiwan Georgia Kenya Malawi Each individual tea is illustrated by close-up photography of the dry leaf, wet leaf and infusion, with an accompanying description of characteristics and brewing tips to enjoy the variety at its best.
Jane Pettigrew became involved in the world of tea after opening her teashop 'Tea-Time' in Clapham in 1983. She is author of Tea-Time Recipes (1991) and The Social History of Tea (2001). She speaks at conferences around the world and appears regularly on television and radio. She is Managing Director of St James's Teas Ltd.