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Infused | Henrietta Lovell
Henrietta Lovell is best known as "The Rare Tea Lady". She is on a mission to revolutionize the way we drink tea by replacing industrially produced teabags with the highest quality tea leaves. Her quest has seen her travel to the Shire Highlands of Malawi, across the foothills of the Himalayas, and to hidden gardens in the Wuyi-Shan to source the world's most extraordinary teas. Infused invites us to discover these remarkable places, introducing us to the individual growers and household name chefs Lovell has met along the way - and reveals the true pleasures of tea. The result is a delicious infusion of travel writing, memoir, recipes, and glorious photography, all written with Lovell's unique charm and wit.
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sarahbellum
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9 years ago, I clutched my tea mug for hours after getting a frantic early morning call from my brother on the east coast: our dad was being rushed to the ER after suffering a heart attack and his prognosis was not good. I cried and I waited and I drank tea. I‘ve always loved tea, but it has held a special place in my heart since that fateful morning.
Read this beautiful ode to tea if you: ⬇️

sarahbellum ✅love tea
✅love travel
✅love memoirs
✅love learning about other people‘s obsessions
✅are in need of a comforting read
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sarahbellum A tiny warning about the audio: the author narrates and, at certain points, is almost whispering. I found it to be distracting and made the prose in those sections a little purple. A small critique for an otherwise very enjoyable listen! 3w
mabell I can‘t imagine! 💔 What a testament to tea that you were able to find comfort in it. 3w
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Avanders ♥️♥️ 3w
MaureenMc 💗 3w
jlhammar I have this on my shelves. Now I'm looking forward to reading it even more! 3w
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rabbitprincess
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Three stars for the writing and an extra half-star for the recipes.

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NatalieR
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As a tea lover, I was intrigued by this book. The author, a true tea lady, is highly knowledgeable about tea. She travels the world searching for the perfect tea leaves and talks in depth about the farms she visits. She shares recipes for her favorite drinks. The author talks about her personal life and struggles she endured with cancer. She narrates the audiobook and it‘s excellent! Her voice is so calming and conveys her passion for tea.

Nute Oooh, this sounds interesting! I am a tea lover as well.🙂 Traveling the world in search of perfect tea leaves…I‘d like to know the stories behind those journeys. btw…the coloring of your lily is stunning. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💛🧡 3mo
IuliaC Lovely review and photo! 3mo
NatalieR @Nute Thank you! 😊 Yes, very interesting! It also made me crave delicious cups of tea. ☕️🫖 3mo
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BiblioLitten
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Happy Diwali, y‘all! ✨🪔✨

#currentread #lights #booksaboutbeverage

xicanti Happy Diwali! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Diwali! 🪔 9mo
batsy Happy Diwali, wishing you and your family peace, joy and good health 🪔 💛 9mo
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Ruthiella Happy Diwali! 🕯 🕯 🕯 9mo
Reggie Happy Diwali! 9mo
BiblioLitten @xicanti @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @Ruthiella @Reggie Thank you so much and same to you! 🪔💛 9mo
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emz711
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You need a good cup of tea while reading this book! It was so delightful and non fiction semi-bio is not usually my jam. There was a little history on tea, British blending and how to dry the different types of tea. She awakened tea life in me when it's been dormant for a bit and now I want to go spend my money on some really good loose leaf!

(My loose leaf dealer - Gong Fu Tea in Des Moines, IA)

#tea #looseleaftea #green #steam

Moony Such a wonderful pic! Tea and reading is a perfect match ❤️ 1y
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SkeletonKey
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I burned through half of this audiobook today and I‘ll probably finish it tomorrow. Phew, such wonderful tea descriptions. Definitely going to purchase some of the teas mentioned when I finish.

Moony That sounds lovely. Perhaps it is also a book for @Silberloewe he likes tea, too. 1y
SkeletonKey @Moony - Highly recommend 🫖 1y
Silberloewe Yes it looks like a nice book! 😊🎀 1y
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umbrellagirl
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Has anyone tried her teas? Are they as good as they sound? I am so tempted by her descriptions.

LeahBergen Yes! I ordered some after I read this book. The Silver Tip Jasmine White tea is an absolute favourite and I HAD to try the Malawi Antlers White tea (it‘s very weird and very good). There is a little sample box you can buy and you get 10% off your first order when you sign up for her emails (they‘re not frequent and intrusive). Oh! And she always seems to offer worldwide free shipping around long weekends or holidays. 1y
SkeletonKey Uh oh, my tea supply is about to grow again. 1y
umbrellagirl @LeahBergen Those are the two I most wanted to try. The antlers sounded so interesting. 1y
umbrellagirl @SkeletonKey That‘s not a problem 😉 1y
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bookishdawg
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I love travel writing and the short descriptive chapters in this are like mini getaways. This is a must read for tea lovers too, as Lovell‘s passion for her craft shines.

readingjedi Love that cover - it looks like it's moving! 2y
slategreyskies I love this photo! :) 2y
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Lindy
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I constantly wanted to be drinking tea while reading Henrietta Lovell‘s memoir / globetrotting travelogue. She is eloquent on the subject of her passion. She is also candid about her health challenges—battling cancer after divorce. Some sleepless nights, she‘s “a shivering weed in an abandoned asphalt tennis court.” I learned from Lovell to use slightly cooler water on my tea leaves and to shorten the steeping. Best morning tea now.

LeahBergen I really enjoyed this book (and I have even ordered some of her tea. The Malawi Antlers tea is so cool!) 2y
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️I know the water shouldn‘t be actually boiling for coffee. Is this her advise for tea too ? 2y
Lindy @Cathythoughts Lovell describes why different water temperatures are best for different types of loose tea. She has a good rant about why tea bags are bad, then acknowledges that they are the only form of tea that needs boiling hot water to extract flavour. 2y
Lindy @LeahBergen I think it was you that brought this book to my attention. Her teas sound very special. ☕️🌱❤️ 2y
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Lindy
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In 18th-century London, tea was known as scandal water.
[Samuel Johnson]: “tea is a liquor not proper for the lower classes of the people, as it supplies no strength to labour, or relief to disease, but gratifies the taste without nourishing the body.”

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Scandal Water 😅 2y
batsy That's really interesting considering the connotations of the phrase "spill the tea" i.e. getting the real story/gossip! 2y
Lindy @batsy Good point! I hadn‘t thought of that expression. 😊 2y
Lindy @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira Being an avid tea drinker, I find the label funny too. See @batsy ‘s comment above. 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira @batsy 😮 totally. Great meaning connection! 2y
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Lindy
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I could single out the rooibos, knowing that scent so particularly. It was like the violins soaring in a full orchestra of smell.

Centique That is a GLORIOUS bloom. I feel like I could smell it through the screen! 2y
Catherine_Willoughby I hope this my flowers next Spring 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira What an powerfull metaphor! If you‘ve ever seen the violins soar from the balcony, the bows all up in the air, in an instant, this is it 🎻 🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻 2y
Lindy @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira Yes! 🎻 2y
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Lindy
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I can picture this scene very well... and I can smell the cigarette smoke too.

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LeahBergen
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Currently reading:
I‘m loving this book, so far! 💚

Currently brewing:
Jasmine Silver Tip (Silver Needle) white tea. 🍵

BookNAround Isn‘t it a pretty cover too? 2y
TheBookHippie Ooooo 2y
merelybookish That cover is gorgeous! 2y
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BookishMe Beautiful setting befitting that gem 2y
umbrellagirl I need to read this! 2y
catebutler I love how we are so similar in tastes and likes. ☺️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm What a stunning cover ✨ 2y
emilyhaldi Loving this little tea tray situation you have going on 2y
BiblioLitten Oh I have this on hold! So excited to read this. 🤩 2y
LeahBergen @BookishMe Thanks! 🙂 2y
LeahBergen @umbrellagirl I think that you (with your love of tea) will really enjoy it. 👍🏻 2y
LeahBergen @catebutler I know!! 😘😘 2y
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi Thanks! It‘s a cheese/bread board made from an old wine barrel. It comes in remarkably handy for so many things. 😆 2y
LeahBergen @BiblioLitten It‘s so good! I have to stop every chapter or two to raid my tea cupboard and try a different tea. 😆 2y
TheBookHippie Looks good! Stacked it 🤣🤷🏽‍♀️ 2y
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BookNAround
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Sometimes there‘s a day of book mail that‘s just more gorgeous than other days. Today is one of those days. Free Ozzie paw doing the Vanna White thing.

Julsmarshall Love the Ozzie paw! 2y
RealLifeReading Some beautiful covers there! 2y
LeahBergen I have Infused, too! ❤️ 2y
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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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Also in January, I've traveled with Henrietta Lovell, discovering tea farmers from all around the world.
While I enjoyed her passion for tea, it was sometimes overwhelming with information, and I wish it was organized chronologically or thematically.
I really liked the little recipes she gives along the book to prepare some of the teas, or to prepare tea cocktails ;)

LoverOfLearning Gorgeous cover! 2y
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Jen2
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Wonderful

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Amiable
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Congratulations on your milestone, @Librarybelle ! And thanks for the opportunity to enter your #200KGiveaway. The tagged book is the most recent one that I added to my TBR because I am a huge tea lover!

LazyDays What a lovely tea set!😍 3y
Librarybelle Thank you! Sounds like a great choice! 3y
LeahBergen It‘s on my TBR, too! 👍🏻 3y
Amiable @LeahBergen I usually try to wait until a book comes out in paperback to get it, but I might break my rule on this one! 3y
LeahBergen @Amiable It looks like it‘s such a nice edition in hardcover. Yep, we NEED it. 😆😆 3y
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