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I have tasted the teas of a dozen different countries on their own soil, from the youthful green plant of Japan to the hard compressed brick of Tibet, and from the mellow mature herb of China to the mild soft growth of the Indian Nilgiri hills. We would have done well had we travelled together, Chang Tai--my fellow scribe across the centuries--and myself, for we could have matched tastes and scribbled lines with mutual understanding and inborn passion for this nectar of the gods. But why, in the pages of what purports to be a philosophic writing, do I thus refer to tea?

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6: The Profane and The Profound > # 193

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