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"Spirit of Tea" by Frank H. Murphy
A radical departure from other books about tea, touching on tea's transcendental nature. Around this theme, which pervades the narrative, Mr. Murphy builds a thorough treatment of more conventional information about tea and the history of its cultivation, the six classical groupings, the distinctive aromas and tastes of each group, methods of steeping, and even the botany of tea.
The author discusses tea's psychoactive qualities and describes its heretofore undocumented mystical attributes, paying close attention to the effects that particular varieties have on one's spirit. This book covers both the healing effects of tea and the consequences of overindulgence, suggesting helpful remedies for the latter. Mr. Murphy's personal experience enriches the work throughout: it is infused with the author's reverence and love for his subject.
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