Late Tang Tea

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Tea, as one of the most important tax revenues since the late Tang Dynasty, always occupies a significant position in China’s political and economic history; however, tea can also be understood in terms of social and cultural history. Members of the Ming elites had already regarded matters related to tea as a kind of specialized art. During late Ming period, the paramount interest of the connoisseur was taste and the singular ability to summon experience and knowledge in the appreciation of tea. “Taste” here not only refers to its sociological meaning, which emphasizes on personal and cultural patterns of choice and preference associated to social relations and dynamics between people; but also means gustatory perception, the sensory impression
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