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Sampling pu-ehr tea

Image of a tea disk of pu-ehr tea at This House of Books, your community-owned, independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, MontanaI love Indian tea, particularly fully oxidized tea made from the Camellia sinensis var assamica plant. I adore the rich tastes and brisk mouth-feel of teas grown in Assam and Darjeeling.

—What I Am Reading Now Department: Wildlife Photography

I had a chance to take a closer look at Jack Ballard's book on photographing wildlife. This is really a good book on the subject. 

Holiday Catalog

Banner for holiday catalogs for This House of Books, your community-owned, independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, Montana

Good News!

Our holiday catalogs are out! Actually, they've been here for a while, but we wanted to wait until folks had a chance to completely celebrate Thanksgiving before we announced it.

Lisa Densmore Ballard presentation

World class skier Lisa Densmore Ballard, presented her most recent book, Ski Faster! Guide to Racing and High Performance Skiing .

Evaluating traditional tea

Tea tasting can be simple. When you are deciding which tea to buy, there are just a few things to consider.

  • Does the tea smell good?
  • Does the tea look good?
  • Does the tea taste good?
  • Does the tea feel good in your mouth?

On the simplest level, do you like it? If you like it, it is good.

We have pages dealing with the sensory experience of drinking tea.

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