Hmmmm. So yesterday I said this was a sip down, and in a way it was because I threw away the packaging for this tea. There is no way I am tossing these leaves, though, until every last bit of goodie is wrung out of them.

It started raining last night and has rained all morning so far, and will probably continue. I am having some quiet time alone today as hubby and kids go to church and I stay home with the puppy.

What else can you do on a quiet, rainy morning but make tea? :)

This is the second steep of these leaves and this is one of those teas where subsequent steeps are best. I suppose I could do a quick rinse of the leaves, but the first steep is enjoyable as well and I don’t want to waste. This second steep, though, is really excellent. When the timer went off for me to pull out the basket, I walked into the kitchen and was hit by this marvelous aroma.

Today’s steep has none of the astringency of the first steep and is lighter and more delicate. It is slightly floral but also has a mild walnut flavor. I am glad I used the huge tetsubin because I will definitely want lots of this, and I anticipate making yet another pot since hubby and my bestie will be joining me for tea later.

K S

I’m always curious when others mention using the leaf again the next day. How do you keep your leaf overnight?

Bonnie

I lay mine out to dry, but then I live in a dry climate so they dry in 20min.

ashmanra

LOL! Don’t gross out! When I pull the steeping basket out of the pot I put it in a cup on top of the stove and there it stays! I read a thread once that said the leaves should be kept wet, which I found counterintuitive, and some people said they put theirs In the refrigerator, but many just leave them out and make sure to use them within 24 hours. I don’t know what the best way is, but I haven’t gotten sick and my tea isn’t gross, so it seems to be working. :P

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K S

I’m always curious when others mention using the leaf again the next day. How do you keep your leaf overnight?

Bonnie

I lay mine out to dry, but then I live in a dry climate so they dry in 20min.

ashmanra

LOL! Don’t gross out! When I pull the steeping basket out of the pot I put it in a cup on top of the stove and there it stays! I read a thread once that said the leaves should be kept wet, which I found counterintuitive, and some people said they put theirs In the refrigerator, but many just leave them out and make sure to use them within 24 hours. I don’t know what the best way is, but I haven’t gotten sick and my tea isn’t gross, so it seems to be working. :P

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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