Friday, September 19, 2008

Treatise on Tea

The Treatise on Tea is a book written by the Chinese Emperor of the Song Dynasty in 1107.

Emperor Song Huizong was a great connoiseur of tea with masterful skill in tea ceremony, often engaged in tea tasting and tea competition with his subordinates in Song Imperial Court. Emperor Huizong's favourite was white tea.

Emperor Huizong provided the most detailed, vivid and masterful description of the Song dynasty technique of tea spotting competition. The Emperor also laid down seven criteria for
tea competition.

Emperor Huizong's ''Da Guan Cha Lu'' is a key document for understanding the most sophisticated tea ceremony in Chinese history. It stands as the monumental treatise on tea after Lu Yu's ''The Classic of Tea'' .


* Preface
* Places of Origin
* On Climate
* On Picking Tea
* On Steaming and Pressing
* Manufacture
* Assessment
* White Tea
* Grinding
* Tea vessel
* Tea brush
* Tea Cake
* Tea spoon
* Water
* Tea Spot
* Palate
* Aroma
* Color
* Storage
* Brand Name
* Non official product

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