I always preheat the pot, then put the leaves into the steamy pot, swish them around in the otherwise empty pot with the lid on, capturing all the aroma in the pot and not allowing any of it escape, then hold the pot to my ummm...nose, and slowly breathe
in the aroma. This is perhaps my favorite part of my personal tea ceremony. The warmed leaves give off an incredible aroma as they awaken.
If the tea experience ended there, I would be happy, but then there is much much more.
So, revelation, I have already been doing this without really thinking about it.
I are happy!!!