I've been busy experimenting with new blends and giving friends one-on-one tastings. One of the questions I get asked is how much tea do I throw out. And the answer is - quite a bit :-) When I'm testing out a new blend, I create a 20 gram sample. If I do not 'like' it on the first taste - to the trash bin it goes. I repeat this process 3 times modifying the ingredients for a blend I'm working on each time. If I don't get it close to my expectations in 3 tries - I start over with a completely different recipe.