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Tea-Blending as a Fine Art

Tea-Blending as a Fine Art


Walsh, Joseph M. Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1896. First Edition. Blue cloth. 8vo. 151pp. 4 full-page plates. 15 illustrations throughout. Corners and spine lightly bumped. Overall a very good copy of a very scarce book.

Victorians are drinking so much tea, they're changing the way it's sold!

In this, the first published treatise on tea-blending, Walsh puts forth what we'd now refer to as a "artisanal" approach to tea selection, blending, and preparation. Also includes chapters on tea classification, testing, selling, advertising, and even government standards for tea. Basically, this book contains all the information you'd need to start a tea shop - including a reminder not to "spit on your floor or allow others to do so." Helpful! And gorgeous illustrations to boot! A very sweet, very scarce volume. Cheers. ☕

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