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The Mother of Tea

In the world of tea, there is a saying that water is the mother of tea. The metaphor may be a bit odd, but it conveyed a crystal clear message about the importance of water quality to tea. Zhang Dafu of the Ming dynasty wrote in his Essays form My Straw Hut with Plum Blossom, "It is up to the water to fully unleash the quality of the tea, Superior water is able to bring out die best of tea, making a less-than-superior tea superior. If the water is less than superior, the best tea leaves won't make excellent tea."...