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I have had this kettle for a month or two now and I’m a little conflicted. I love the preset temp buttons. I really like that the kettle has glass sides and no plastic that touches the water. For those of you who are concerned about plastics, let me explain this kettle a little further. The sides of the kettle are glass, but the bottom is metal. Where the glass meets the metal, there is a silicone ring that the water comes in contact with. At the top of the spout there is a mesh metal and plastic filter that can be removed, which is how I use it. The lid is plastic and the water heating does create condensation that will drip back into the pot.

The kettle has maximum fill line half way up the kettle. I’m assuming it is so low so the water doesn’t boil over and out. The kettle is a little heavier than the the metal version that I previously had, so I get a little more of a workout from this thing.

The part that I’m a little baffled by and disliking is the way the water smells. In my last Breville kettle, I would have to refill it without rinsing several times to get a mineral smell and taste in my water. With this kettle I’m finding I need to rinse it out almost every time to avoid that smell and I’m not sure what the difference is. I’m still using the same source tap water filtered through a Brita. I have tried rinsing it out with vinegar, but the smell comes right back. I’d suspect it was an issue with the water, but the change happened when I switched kettles. The mineral spot build up has also happened in this kettle and I only ever got it in my old kettle when I traveled with it (something I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing with a glass kettle) and used different water sources. So is it the kettle, or my water? I have no clue! I bought this kettle (and yes, so far it is only sold through Teavana – Breville confirmed) so I’d have an all glass no plastic touching my water kettle, but what good is that if the water still tastes odd? I’m guessing I will give this a little more time and then maybe think about returning it for the metal version I had. So verdict is out, there are both good and bad points to this!

Stephanie

Weird! That is super strange. I had the same concerns about plastics when selecting my own kettle. Sorry to hear this one is a mixed bag.

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drank Ceylon Uva OP1 by Tea Horse
603 tasting notes

Ooooooh, I think I like this one! Really well rounded and balanced. It is bright with a little bit of citrus while still being hearty. Starts to get bitter as it cools tho. I added a little cream to the last of my cup and it took over. I want to try this one again!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Cream by Culinary Teas
603 tasting notes

Meehhhhhh… It’s vanilla like, yes. It is also a bit dull. The vanilla tastes very true vanilla bean like, but this tea just doesn’t have much more going on with it. Pass.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Wow, this is lovely and hearty! I have only recently started appreciating heavier, richer, non-flavored teas. This one is almost nutty and kind of creamy. The first few sips were really smooth, but it is starting to get bitter as it cools. Adding a bit of cream takes the edge off the bite. I’m not totally taken by this tea, but I may keep it out of the ATTB and try it again soon.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Smells delicious and fruity, like peaches! When I taste it, it is smooth, fruity and well balanced. The aftertaste is fruity too. Sweetening it perks up the fruit a bit. I don’t know why, but fruity teas say “drink me iced” and this one screams it! I like this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Exotic Fruit by ESP Emporium
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There is something sort of powder tasting and flat about this tea. :/ Other than that it is pretty smooth, a little fruity and mild. Nothing I’m writing home about.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Finally Summer by ESP Emporium
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Ehhhhh, I don’t think I like this one too much. It has a little bit of a citrusy taste, but it also has a Chinese herb taste too. Doesn’t make me think summer at all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Fruit Bowl by ESP Emporium
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Mmm, yeah this is fruity! It is a nice light tea with lots of fruit flavors in it, mostly strawberry. It’s pretty good, but has a little flatness to it. I bet it would be even better as an iced tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginseng Berry by ESP Emporium
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I don’t know why, but the taste of this tea reminds me of a Vegas casino. How very very strange! It is a very light and mild tea. I can taste some of the ginseng and maybe a little fruitiness too. It is okay, but isn’t anything awesome.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Almond Cookie Green by Tea Embassy
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A solidly reliable cup for to get me through a hectic day. Last day of the semester at school, after that I got two fillings at the dentist, then fought my way through traffic, now dragging myself through dinner. Early bedtime is in store for me tonight, but not before a resteep of this with dinner!

TeaBrat

boo for fillings! I need four done myself.

Dustin

Aww, that’s no fun! I’m lucky that these were small and done quickly, but man I hate the high pitched sound of that drill!

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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