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drank Four Seasons by Samovar
260 tasting notes

This isn’t so much about the tea as it is about the teapot.

Wait, let me rephrase that.

This isn’t so much about the tea as it is about The teapot.

Yes, I got my Sorapot in the mail today, and yes, I love it. It is fabulous. It is divine. It is solidly-constructed, and it beautiful, and, for me, worth every single penny I spent on it. I have to give a major, major shout-out to our Steepster Overlords for having the thoughtfulness to include something like this in the Steepster Select cycle and I have to give some major, major props to Joey Roth for designing such a singularly exquisite piece. I have seen teapots that cost much, much more than this [and not just ancient ones – more contemporary ones, too] that I don’t think are nearly as nice, or as well-made. It’s fully functional, I think it’s breath-taking, and it’s made with thought. I can’t ask for much more out of something I’m going to drop a fair amount of money on.

I knew that this would be arriving soon-ish, so I saved my last little bit of Four Seasons for it. One, because I knew that it would look gorgeous as it opened up in the glass chamber, but most of all because I knew that the first tea I drank in this should be special. My BFF dropped by today, and we spent some time catching up, drinking tea, and watching Avatar [the TV show, not the movie – both are excellent, by the way]. She patiently waited while I took pictures, and we sipped on the tea while we chatted about what’s been going on in our respective lives.

It made for a really nice, really calming afternoon. Four Seasons is a versatile tea. It can be enjoyed in solitude, easily taking the center stage of your attentions with its subtle complexity. It’s a lovely companion when you’re sitting down to do some work with its thick yet light richness of flavor. It can swish and ripple softly in the background while you settle in to have a conversation with a friend. And it unfurls majestically in an extraordinarily designed, long-awaited metal and glass teapot.

And now, in a manner completely contrasting to the tone of this review [because I like to shake things up], I present to you: my Sorapot.
http://bit.ly/75ewf1

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teaplz

LOVE your new Sorapot, and LOVE that you LOVE it. That’s three loves. You can count them.

Also, I LOVE the video. The boyfriend says that the pot is “ballin’.” I’d have to agree.

Kitch3ntools

ur video was really cool :D

Carolyn

Breathtaking! (They should hire you to do their video promotions.)

Micah

The juxtaposition of that video and THAT song….. incredible.

And the teapot is gorgeous!

takgoti

@teaplz Aw, four loves and a ballin! I feel very special!

@kich3ntools Apple: making amateurs look cool since 1998. [Which I know is not when Apple was started, it’s when I consider the pro-tool reinventing to roughly have begun. Yes I am an Apple fangirl. I’ll admit it.]

@Carolyn Oh wow, thank you! Though really they’d need to hire iPhoto. It’s really not difficult to make the sorapot look good!

@Micah Hah, that was my favorite song this past summer. I would sooo annoy people with it. If you haven’t heard the whole thing you should go download it. There should be a link at the bottom of the post. And yes, the teapot is gorgeous. It can’t be right to love an object this much. I am completely failing at Carolyn’s previous mention of Buddhic detachment.

Kitch3ntools

@takgoti lol awesome! ive only used apples when i was in HS. nerd alert i do have an ipod touch (1st gen) that i had cracked b4 but it was a pain so i got the 2.0 update forever ago. there laptops always look so cool but i <3 my toshibas with Ubuntu on them! :D nerding over your video makes me want that teapot!

Katie Alberry

I love Four Seasons! One of the first teas I ever tried at Samovar and still one of my favorites.

How is the Sorapot? It of course looks gorgeous but my friend that serves tea said it is a little awkward to pour and is more about design than function…for the price of course.

takgoti

@kitch3ntools Apple geeks ftw! I have a Macbook Pro and I love it to death.

@Katie Alberry The day when I find an oolong that I like more than Four Seasons will be a review that will shake my tea log like an earthquake. And I love the Sorapot. There’s a slight learning curve, but Joey explains what to expect in the directions – the leaves back up against the perforated section when you tilt it, so the pour starts slowly. When air starts to push through it agitates the leaves and then it comes out like you’d expect. There was a little spillage the first couple of times I used it, but I’ve gotten accustomed to it. It’s definitely a teapot with which you have to pour confidently! Anyway, I have a couple of glass teapots, but none of them allow you to view the steep this beautifully, so I’ll be using it a lot, I imagine. I find it mesmerizing.

TeaCast

I always enjoy your quirky and somewhat sarcastic narratives :).

Katie Alberry

Sounds pretty reasonable then. I haven’t yet found a teapot that is completely flawless, and I suppose that is the beauty of tea. Even the imperfections can be charming.

takgoti

@TeaCast Hah, thanks!

@Katie Alberry Yeah, I agree. This is going to sound completely nerdy, but I almost feel like I “know” it better because of it. It’s just a little quirky, which is how I like most things in my life.

LENA

ok, your video was blocked at my office, so I’m just now getting to watch it. OMG! Total rockage! I’m thinking sorapot when my tax return comes through. yep…

takgoti

Aw, thanks Lena! I really love it a lot. And actually, just in case you and/or someone else ends up getting one and reads what Katie and I were talking about up there, I’ve found that tilting the cup towards it for the start of the pour helps a lot.

Anyhow, if it’s your style, I highly recommend it. It’s pretty magnificent.

Katie Alberry

Not nerdy at all! I feel the same.

Ricky

How does it handle rooibos / other really loose tea?

Mike

Amazing. So happy for you!

takgoti

@Ricky The holes are definitely bigger than your fine mesh or laser-cut infusing basket, so stuff definitely gets through. I haven’t tried any finer tea like rooibos yet [doesn’t seem like it would be as fun to watch], but I imagine I’d probably pour it through an infusing basket. A little extra trouble, sure, but I don’t mind it.

@Mike Thanks! I’m pretty happy, too!

Ricky

Rooibos would be very boring to watch, but we can’t discriminate tea. I’m sure rooibos would like the opportunity to float around inside a luxurious home such as the Sorapot.

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teaplz

LOVE your new Sorapot, and LOVE that you LOVE it. That’s three loves. You can count them.

Also, I LOVE the video. The boyfriend says that the pot is “ballin’.” I’d have to agree.

Kitch3ntools

ur video was really cool :D

Carolyn

Breathtaking! (They should hire you to do their video promotions.)

Micah

The juxtaposition of that video and THAT song….. incredible.

And the teapot is gorgeous!

takgoti

@teaplz Aw, four loves and a ballin! I feel very special!

@kich3ntools Apple: making amateurs look cool since 1998. [Which I know is not when Apple was started, it’s when I consider the pro-tool reinventing to roughly have begun. Yes I am an Apple fangirl. I’ll admit it.]

@Carolyn Oh wow, thank you! Though really they’d need to hire iPhoto. It’s really not difficult to make the sorapot look good!

@Micah Hah, that was my favorite song this past summer. I would sooo annoy people with it. If you haven’t heard the whole thing you should go download it. There should be a link at the bottom of the post. And yes, the teapot is gorgeous. It can’t be right to love an object this much. I am completely failing at Carolyn’s previous mention of Buddhic detachment.

Kitch3ntools

@takgoti lol awesome! ive only used apples when i was in HS. nerd alert i do have an ipod touch (1st gen) that i had cracked b4 but it was a pain so i got the 2.0 update forever ago. there laptops always look so cool but i <3 my toshibas with Ubuntu on them! :D nerding over your video makes me want that teapot!

Katie Alberry

I love Four Seasons! One of the first teas I ever tried at Samovar and still one of my favorites.

How is the Sorapot? It of course looks gorgeous but my friend that serves tea said it is a little awkward to pour and is more about design than function…for the price of course.

takgoti

@kitch3ntools Apple geeks ftw! I have a Macbook Pro and I love it to death.

@Katie Alberry The day when I find an oolong that I like more than Four Seasons will be a review that will shake my tea log like an earthquake. And I love the Sorapot. There’s a slight learning curve, but Joey explains what to expect in the directions – the leaves back up against the perforated section when you tilt it, so the pour starts slowly. When air starts to push through it agitates the leaves and then it comes out like you’d expect. There was a little spillage the first couple of times I used it, but I’ve gotten accustomed to it. It’s definitely a teapot with which you have to pour confidently! Anyway, I have a couple of glass teapots, but none of them allow you to view the steep this beautifully, so I’ll be using it a lot, I imagine. I find it mesmerizing.

TeaCast

I always enjoy your quirky and somewhat sarcastic narratives :).

Katie Alberry

Sounds pretty reasonable then. I haven’t yet found a teapot that is completely flawless, and I suppose that is the beauty of tea. Even the imperfections can be charming.

takgoti

@TeaCast Hah, thanks!

@Katie Alberry Yeah, I agree. This is going to sound completely nerdy, but I almost feel like I “know” it better because of it. It’s just a little quirky, which is how I like most things in my life.

LENA

ok, your video was blocked at my office, so I’m just now getting to watch it. OMG! Total rockage! I’m thinking sorapot when my tax return comes through. yep…

takgoti

Aw, thanks Lena! I really love it a lot. And actually, just in case you and/or someone else ends up getting one and reads what Katie and I were talking about up there, I’ve found that tilting the cup towards it for the start of the pour helps a lot.

Anyhow, if it’s your style, I highly recommend it. It’s pretty magnificent.

Katie Alberry

Not nerdy at all! I feel the same.

Ricky

How does it handle rooibos / other really loose tea?

Mike

Amazing. So happy for you!

takgoti

@Ricky The holes are definitely bigger than your fine mesh or laser-cut infusing basket, so stuff definitely gets through. I haven’t tried any finer tea like rooibos yet [doesn’t seem like it would be as fun to watch], but I imagine I’d probably pour it through an infusing basket. A little extra trouble, sure, but I don’t mind it.

@Mike Thanks! I’m pretty happy, too!

Ricky

Rooibos would be very boring to watch, but we can’t discriminate tea. I’m sure rooibos would like the opportunity to float around inside a luxurious home such as the Sorapot.

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