drank Four Seasons by Samovar
1848 tasting notes

Turned on Pandora, Spa Suite radio. Nice. Warm the tetsubin. Light the tea light candle.

Measure the leaves, change mind about basket wanting to give leaves more room, get confused about which basket, drop tea all over counter beside salt pig, which for the first time I have ever seen has salt around it on the counter. Sob! Wash leaves, discard the ones closest to salt pig.

Steep. Read reviews and realize you have used too many leaves and for too long. Sob! Drink anyway, not bad, but a ittle astringent. Steep leaves again briefly and add to tetsubin. Burn fingers on lid. Cast iron is very hot. Replace lid. Cast iron is STILL VERY HOT. I refuse to be undone!

The tea had a wonderful floral aroma as I poured the first water on the leaves, and upon steeping smells very vegetal, like something we call tender greens here in the South. With the second short steep added to the pot now the astringency is somewhat abated. Very nice tea. Lovely floral upper note. I shall endeavor to enjoy every sip. It was hard won.

Thank you, Quiltguppy! Today is prep day for school starting and I was determined to enjoy a little peace before I begin!

Ashley Bain

love Pandora! I will have to listen to Spa Suite.

gmathis

Ditto on the music choice … I forget they have pre-picked channels. (My choices lean toward the weird and eccentric.)

ashmanra

I am loving Pandora! I am fairly new to it, but Spa Suite was perfect for today. In all I ended up having about forty ounces of this. Youngest enjoyed it, too.

Gmathis: I think my taste in music is pretty eccentric, too. I went to a music school that focused on opera, but took a course in experimental techniques that allowed me to meet Bob Moog and participate in a 24 hour John Cage tribute concert. I grew up singing in churches and performing show tunes, but I love almost all kinds of music.

QuiltGuppy

Would you like me to send you more to try again? :D It’s not a problem!

Ashley Bain

have been and am currently listening to Spa Suite, it’s lovely.

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Ashley Bain

love Pandora! I will have to listen to Spa Suite.

gmathis

Ditto on the music choice … I forget they have pre-picked channels. (My choices lean toward the weird and eccentric.)

ashmanra

I am loving Pandora! I am fairly new to it, but Spa Suite was perfect for today. In all I ended up having about forty ounces of this. Youngest enjoyed it, too.

Gmathis: I think my taste in music is pretty eccentric, too. I went to a music school that focused on opera, but took a course in experimental techniques that allowed me to meet Bob Moog and participate in a 24 hour John Cage tribute concert. I grew up singing in churches and performing show tunes, but I love almost all kinds of music.

QuiltGuppy

Would you like me to send you more to try again? :D It’s not a problem!

Ashley Bain

have been and am currently listening to Spa Suite, it’s lovely.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five 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 and oolongs.

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