Tea + Book Pairing (Pu’er)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

I received a free copy of this book from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I had an opportunity to read this book last year and I can tell you the title had me hooked from the start. I was in love with every single aspect of the tea experience.What I enjoy most about Lisa See’s novels is that she always does extensive research about her subject matter. Li-yan and her family are from the minority Akha tribe, poor, hardworking tea farmers. Despite their poverty, Li-yan and her family, along with others in their village, are driven by traditions and superstions.My favorite part of the book is when Li-yan is accepted into Pu’er school. A college exclusively devoted to the fine tea known as puer.I was amazed at how much there is to learn about the art of tea, especially the art of might I add magnificent) tea. Pu’er is a drinkable antique. I greedily devoured the passages about tea: tea picking, cultivating and tasting. See leaves a lasting impression on the beauty of tea throughout this novel.It’s an experience I will always love.  See leaves a lasting impression on the beauty of tea throughout this novel.Pictured here is my first gaiwan with my second infusion from a puer cake with an earthy flavor. I enjoyed a total of 6 infusions from this puer cake.

  • Puer Cake
  • Historical Fiction + Puer
  • Notes on puer
  • Notes on Gaiwan

Genre: Historical Fiction + Tea: Puer (aged tea)

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