debunix wrote:Unflavored tea samples might be saved for seasoning a teapot, turning into iced tea or spiced tea, or composted (my worms seem to love tea leaves); flavored tea samples don't lend themselves as well to those uses, so I'd compost them. That is, of course, assuming you don't have access to a workplace coffee table where a few bits of tea might be welcomed for a change of place.
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My workplace is definitely coffee-centric, the box of Bigalow green tea bags that sits in the break room typically goes untouched. As far as TeaSwap goes, my samples are in the back end of the 6 month guideline I read about for tea freshness, but I will be sure to keep it in mind the next time a new tea doesn't work out for me.
I haven't heard of seasoning a tea pot before, so I'll have to look into that a bit. I did read that cold brewing iced tea can change the taste, but does it really change that much? To give an idea of my preferences, oolongs make up the bulk of what I haven't cared for so far, as my tastes tend more towards the lighter greens and whites, but I've also enjoyed a couple black teas.