Recent Tasting Notes

reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Teaware
77 tasting notes

Seriously? I’m pretty sure some sort of sorcerer made this thing. I made a cup of tea yesterday at 9 AM.. put it in here.. forgot about it. At 3 PM, I remember it.. take it out and take a sip.. still HOT. Like, almost just as hot as it was at 9 AM. Incredible.

The only thing I took points off for is the basket. I almost never use it.. it’s just not big enough, and I wish the bottom was mesh as well instead of solid plastic.

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reviewed Matcha Sifter by Teaware
84 tasting notes

It does what it’s supposed to well, and is easy to clean. A must for serious matcha drinkers.

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I adore this! I got this at the Adagio store on State street in Chicago. I was a tad worried because I found it hard to open. But while making tea, I found it not too hard to open. I got it in a blue color, which I adore.

This is so convenient for me! I love that I am able to stop steeping tea by just pulling up the lever. The lever is very secure and holds the basket in place. This keeps the tea hot for a long time (and thanks to the double layer, the cup is very easy to hold, just hot enough to keep my sensitive hands warm). I steeped my tea in here then drove 20 minutes, ate lunch while this was in my car in the cold Chicago weather (about 1 degree outside), and came back to a pleasantly warm cup of Earl Grey. the mouthpiece it super tight so I don’t see it leaking easily. Plus, It is so pretty to watch the tea steep in this. I steeped a herbal tea in here and the red swirls were so nice to look at!

The only downside to this is that the strainer that holds the tea is a bit small. There isn’t much room for the tea to move around. When I opened it to clean it, the tea leaves completely filled the small basket. They could barely fit. I wouldn’t use tea that expands a lot. That’s okay for me though, because I mainly drink black teas. Also, this isn’t too much of a downside, but I have found one of the only ways to get the basket to drop when there is water in the cup is to open the part where you drink out of. Maybe its too hot in there and the pressure build up doesn’t allow the displacement of the water? I’ve only used boiling water in this, so I don’t know what would happen while steeping at lower temperatures. It isn’t that big of a deal, but a tad inconvenient. That will not stop me from using this.

Overall, I love this and this is most likely the only tea travel mug that I will be using. Such a good idea and works really well. Not many cons to this, and the cons are not even that big of a deal!


I have one of these in green and I love it. The basket is small but it works well enough.

Abby Noelle

That’s interesting, I saw it at Teavana the other day, and the employees there told me not to get it!


really? Thats weird. This thing rocks. It keeps my drink hot for so long! (sometimes thats a bad thing because I cant drink stuff that is too hot and it takes 20 minutes with the mouthpiece open to be able to get it cool enough for me haha). Only 20 bucks too, so it is pretty inexpensive considering the quality :)

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Got this in the family Christmas grab bag. It works pretty well! I’ve been sitting with a cup (thin bone china) of hot tea in a cold (67F) room for about 2 hours now and the tea is still hot. Not as hot as when originally brought downstairs of course, but hot enough to call it more than warm. :) Short of a cup cozy plus a lid, this is a good and inexpensive alternative.

Plus, it is sunny!

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Hello all, it is time for another Tea Gear Review! excited cheering from the audience yes yes, I know these are exciting because we tea drinkers tend to ogle and hoard gear as much as we do tea. Possibly even much so since the tea gear is what brings us our delicious cups of liquid happiness. Today we are looking at the Shudei Kyusu from Den’s Tea, yes the one that I babble about periodically.

Backstory time! I first ran into the concept of the Kyusu (or Kyuusu) when I was in high school and going through that ‘obsessed with Japan and Anime’ phase (not that I have left that phase, it just has been nerfed a bit) and studying Chado and their tea culture. I was able to find a Tetsubin pretty easily but I never saw a Kyusu outside of books and online. Of course the prices online were intensely high and I am in the mindset of ‘when I buy a new piece of equipment, don’t spend too much money on it because chances are you will break it.’ I wanted a practice piece, and while browsing I found this beauty and its lovely price.

This Kyusu is made from Shudei, or red clay which has a higher level of iron oxide (and reminds me of the clay I would play with growing up in Georgia) which gives it a lovely color. There is a mostly convenient built in metal sieve for filtering out the leaves that try to escape. I say mostly convenient because being built in means it can be a real pain to clean.

I have used it quite a few times since I bought it back in late September and each time has been a treat. The size is optimal for two cups, but since I am the only one in the house that likes Japanese Green tea I usually only fill it up halfway. I like having the option of more servings should the opportunity arise. My favorite aspect of the kyusu is holding it, the handle is the perfect size for my grip and it just feels good pouring the tea.

I have noticed that it is not retaining any tea aromas or flavors (unlike Yixing) but judging by the sheen I am pretty sure this teapot has been given a glaze making it safe to use with multiple teas. Not that I am going to use it for anything other than my various Japanese greens. I am very happy with my Kyusu (it needs a name…I like naming my teapots, suggestions?) and I actually feel I do not need a fancy expensive one for my collection.

For blog and photos (and a few helpful links!) http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2013/11/dens-tea-shudei-kyusu-tea-gear-review.html


Very nice photos :) It’s an interesting looking piece!

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General Review:
This is a good tea “ball”. It is just a tad smaller than an open top steeper, so there is room for the tea to move around. The only complaint would be that it has larger holes on the top of the “ball”, so smaller teas/debris escapes easily. However, this is great for using in my favorite tea pot because if I stand it up like in the picture (it has three little pegs on the bottom so you can stand it up), I am able to fit it in my teapot perfectly. It fits so that the water stops at about the line near the top. It was like it was made for my teapot! (p.s. the teapot I am talking about is the James Sadler Teapots – Tower of London Heritage. This makes clean up way easier on me than just straining the tea.

So, overall: This has its flaws and is a tad overpriced for the product, but it worked in my situation perfectly. I would only use this for smaller/medium tea pots or single cups. I would also avoid small leaf teas with this product.

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Lets be honest, I drink a lot of tea and I am also antisocial. What does that have to do with anything, well I live in a house with other people and there are long periods of time where I don’t want to have to go to the kitchen because it almost always means interacting. The kitchen was where my stove was and if I wanted tea I had to submit to being around people. This became even more of a problem when I became a full blown tea blogger since I needed access to the kitchen more.

Luckily I have an awesome mom who got this beauty for me as an early birthday gift so I can have tea in my room. Also she knew my lament at having to use the ‘Chinese water boiling technique’ instead of having temperature control, it was a perfect gift. This kettle does a wonderful job of heating water to the desired temperature, even my most finicky greens come out perfectly. There are no weird tastes from the kettle that taint the water. There is also a function to have it turn on at a specific time so you can wake up to water ready for tea, I have not used this function yet but the idea is pretty awesome.

I have only had it about a month so I cannot really speak to durability, but I do use it multiple times a day, switching between temperatures, and using it at various water levels and it is still going strong.

Complaints? It is loud! I find the roar of the water heating up comforting because it means tea, but it has woken my boyfriend up a few times during my nocturnal tea drinking times. Also the noise terrifies my cats though they are getting used to it! The cord is pretty short, easily fixed with an extension cord.


I bought this a couple months ago and love it. I have less time to make tea, so just the few minutes this saves versus using a kettle on the stove is worth it! Love the preset temps & “keep warm” hour, haven’t tried custom settings or the programmed timer yet.

Tea Sipper

“Specific time” reminds me of Michael Scott from The Office burnt his foot on the George Forman grill he sets up the night before. :D


Hmmm. I see Walmart Canada has it for $30 and I’m really tempted, but I’m not sure about the noise. I like nocturnal tea times too…

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reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Teaware
1815 tasting notes

I am just about to head out to school but I thought I should let people know that this product is amazing! I made tea in it last night around 11 and forgot about it until this morning when I woke up and saw the timolino on my nightstand. I opened it up almost 12 hours later to find the tea had not gone cold yet. Granted it did cool some but nonetheless I got to wake up to a cup of tea ready to drink…YAY!! On a different note, my morning was also made better by the email from Teavana saying my order has been shipped!

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reviewed Libre Tea Travel Glass by Teaware
20 tasting notes

I seriously love Libre. My first bookkeeping job was with Libre Tea and having seen some of the inner workings only makes me love it more. The owner of the company is one of the reasons I’ve fallen so hard for tea. I’d go up to the office and she’d bring me some loose leaf peppermint tea in one of these beautiful little Libre glasses and it made learning the ins and outs of the job all the more enjoyable.

Now that the rest of my family is catching up with tea, all of them are getting more use out of their Libre glasses. As someone who doesn’t like to oversteep tea even a little bit, I haven’t tried putting the leaves in the bottom of the glass and drinking through the strainer. I prefer just to steep and remove. But this glass is perfect for that. Minimal leakage, very hardy(I’m a dropper, I can’t help myself) and I’ve had no problems with my tea not being warm. I will always recommend this glass and this company!

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Love this thing, wish the inside was glass but other than that it’s pretty damn perfect! Had one that was flawed, teh basket popped open every time you’d flip it up, but this would be my fourth and that was the only one that is flawed. I keep buying them as gifts!

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it’s so pretty, so pretty. I want to love it, I do love it, but it’s got flaws.
Pros: SO PRETTY, especially with a gorgeous loose tea floating in there, i get a lot of people asking about it, it’s really almost a tea fashion accessory.
Love the size, and the fact that the inner is glass.
Mine was defective and the company sent a replacement which is working like a hot damn! This is with me at ALL times so I’m happy to have it without having a matching coloured tea stained shirt! Thank you Libre!
Canadian company is a huge pro, as is the holographic lid of gorgeousness. REALLY love the look of it.

Cons: Doesn’t keep tea hot for very long
expensive. I hummed and hawed over this for 2 years before buying it finally, I default to it only if I’m drinking something pretty. I’m shallow.


I have one of these and love it. Although I mostly use mine for cold shaken matcha. If you are going to flip it upside down to brew, I found that you have to let the water cool a bit first. ie, pour the boiling water in and wait about 1-2 minutes before you put the lid on and turn it upside down.

Whiskey Buzz

ooh thanks! I will keep that in mind!!

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reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Teaware
26 tasting notes

I have the 16 oz one and OMFG game changer. This is the best tea traveller I own. The extra spot in the lid to store your spare tea, the fact that this morning I poured hot tea in at 9am, forgot about it, and at 6pm it was still PIPING hot has made this my absolute FAVOURITE ever. EVER. Love this bloody thing. LOVE it.


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So I dropped by the Water Tower Place Teavana in Chicago to pick up some teaware. I’ll just be honest – I’ve never tried a Teavana tea that I’ve loved; I find them mostly plain and bland and poorly executed, and it’s vile how much sugar they put in the brewed samples they offer in-store.

Their teaware, though, is a whole other story. I think they carry beautiful tins and nice utensils and I’m all for going to Teavana just for that. I needed some filters, as I wanted to drink loose tea on my flight, and my thermos needed a proper wash before getting used again. Surprisingly, Teavana were about $2 cheaper for the same number of filters than every other store I came across, including grocery stores.

As for the function – they’re filters. Bags that filter tea. In water. They work just fine and predictably manage to do their job. No funny business.

Speaking of funny business, though, corporate culture doesn’t seem to have changed a lot since Teavana were acquired by Starbucks. I was still hounded by one of the salespeople in-shop who insisted that I try the samples.

‘Would you like a sample?’
‘No, but thanks anyway.’
‘Of course you want a sample!’
‘No, not really.’
‘But it’s amazing!’
‘Has sugar been added to the sample?’
‘No, not at all!’
‘Sorry, let me rephrase that – has any kind of sweetener been added to the sample?’
‘Well… yeah, but…’

And so on.

Hilarity ensued, of course, when there were ALL THESE TEAS that I just HAD TO BUY, and I was all, ‘Oh, but I don’t like your teas. I’m here for teaware!’. What do you even say to that? I felt like the most evil customer ever, but I swear I was really very nice and smiley about the whole thing, even as the salesperson got progressively more aggressive and rude.

Then upon checking out, I was told that these filters were ‘Pretty impractical’ (Whoa! Reverse sales technique! Mind blown!), and that the salesperson swore by this new thing.

‘Oh, but I already have your travel thermoses. They’re great.’ (But they could be easier to wash so I didn’t have to buy pretty impractical filters. )
‘This is much better, let me show you!’
And she showed me this: http://www.teavana.com/tea-gift-center/tea-gift-sets/p/tea-voyager-travel-kit which I do like a lot and have considered buying, but after researching it, I knew it wouldn’t meet my standards.
’It’s a full travel kit!’
‘Yeah, I absolutely love that, I looked at it online, and I would have bought it if the holes in the infuser had been smaller.’
‘Oh, but that’s not a problem at all! I have this product myself and that’s not an issue in any way.’
‘Yeah, but if you go read the reviews on the Teavana website, you’ll note that that’s THE MAIN COMPLAINT concerning this product.’

At this point the salesperson just stopped talking directly to me altogether.

I’m all for a hard sale, and with nice execution it can be a fun time for all. But incompetent salespeople who first talk down the product you want to buy (and which is absolutely fine – don’t cry, little filters, you’re quite adequate) all the while trying to push a product that’s obviously flawed without having the first clue about the criticism raised against said flaw..? Meh. Amateur hour.


Lol. Awesome story


Lol. I’m surprised she kept pushing. When I was in retail I would have just done the, Ok, well let me know if you have any questions!" and backed off a lot sooner.


Retail is really hard work, and from what I’ve heard, Teavana policy is very harsh on employees, so no disrespect to those who have to deal with that every day. I just wish management would realize what a worthless approach it it to customer satisfaction. Either you hassle people to death for a few quick sales, or you build a devoted, satisfied customer base that will stay around for years to come.

Of course, in this case, it would help if the teas were better…


I’ve never really got the pushy sales approach either. When I worked at ‘The Body Shop’ ( the cosmetic company, not the other one ( inside joke for those who’ve lived in Guelph)), they showed us the standard pushy sales training video. I found it quite appalling and amusing as this type of behaviour is usually the type of behaviour that would make me leave at once. Apparently this was based on some kind of study they did at some point that showed that customers wanted hyper vigilant and in your face sales people( really????). It was hilarious and not really applicable to the population that shopped at the Guelph store at that time. Many of them chose to shop at the body shop for it’s ethics, came in to discuss politics ( another supposed no-no in sales), and were most likely to purchase something if you simply engaged them in conversation. Ironically our store was regularly among the highest earning in it’s class. I like the approach I experienced in India the best, impractical here but oh well, 30 min of conversation over tea before the product even comes out!


Strange! You would think the Body Shop would be all about taking politics when they’re all eco-friendly this, and stop-poverty-that.

And I still haven’t bought any Teavana teas. I’ve gone in and looked around, but was intimidated by the staff, and didn’t like how far away the teas were from me. It doesn’t sound as though I’m missing much though – not with all those quality tea stores online!


Hahaha, yeah – getting back to Sweden is always a bit of a slap in the face. Like, what, you’re not going to offer me any kind of help or wish me a nice day and there’s only one person to assist 500 customers? Okay. And then getting back to Italy and actually getting thrown out of the store for not picking a pair of shoes to try on quickly enough… or my favourite, being refused to buy something (fairly costly) on display, because it’s too much of a hassle taking it down.


Cavo, the body shop does tend to encourage people to talk about politics. I’m just thinking about the customer service / sales jobs I’ve had. But, I’ve worked at both a corporate store and a franchise store and we were given much more freedom in the franchise store.

Anna, they actually threw you out?? Not that I could ever buy shoes in Italy ( my feet are way too huge, I’d need to get them made. My shopping experiences in Italy have generally not been that bad, either I’ve ben left alone (I generally prefer this), or pleasantly helpful (I’ve spent time in both larger and smaller places). On the other had I’ve spent time in Florence in both high and low season and it’s like a totally different city and many of the people who I met who live and work there cope with it through a wicked sense of humour thick with sarcasm.


Oh, neither of those things happened to me (although I’d love to see someone try to throw me out of anywhere at all). I think they were both small, exclusive clothing boutiques, which isn’t exactly where you’ll be finding me in retail Rome.


:)! Me neither! On the other hand I have to offer kudo’s to my experiences in Italian museums and historic sites, the level of knowledge and enthusiasm I’ve experienced in these case has been amazing. From a volunteer in Urbino, giving me a personalised art history tour of the Palazzo Ducale in a mix of Italian and French, to a guide actually closing ( briefly) the sacred steps in Rome to take us into this exquisite private chapel. I’ve had some amazing experiences.


I’m curious? Shy are you using papers instead of a finum filter or another type of stainless non-disposable filter that allows the tea leaves proper contact with water and isn’t costly/disposable? Filter papers mask the taste of tea. You don’t get the full effect. They are convenient but that’s about all.


Bonnie, this is what I wrote, “I needed some filters, as I wanted to drink loose tea on my flight, and my thermos needed a proper wash before getting used again.”

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Bought two; one for work, one for home. Needed a better way of guesstimating the water temp for tea brewing.

Negatives: Cord is too short.
Loud, very loud for an intimate office.

Positives: What a deal. Easy set up. One hour of keeping the water at set temp. No burnt leaves in my teapot.

Overall: Great buy, been using for about a month now daily with no problems in functionality. Now if only it had a muffler.

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reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Teaware
450 tasting notes

I actually purchased my timolino several weeks ago, (ok fine, I have two of them—white and purple!)but wanted to use it for a while before rating it. So far, it’s the best travel mug I’ve owned, and here’s why.
when they say it won’t leak, they really mean it. This has been upside-down and jostled quite a bit in my bag on my way to work and has not leaked a drop.
WARNING: If you remove the silicone tea storage compartment from the inside of the lid, the timolino will absolutely leak
-not too too much, but definitely several drops. I learned this by accident yesterday, when I realized that my fiance had washed my timolino and had removed the silicone underside of the lid without putting it back. Not a problem, though—as soon as it was back in place, the lid twisted on nice and tight once again.
-both the lids screw on with a few satisfying turns, each one ensuring an even tighter seal, which you can feel. That goes a long way in satisfying me that it’s truly leak-proof.
-I love love love the fact that when I twist off the top lid, I can instantly inhale my tea, even before sipping. I’ll admit that in my chilly office, I’ll sometimes just let my freezing cold nose warm up just by leaning over and inhaling the steam from my tea! but honestly, being able to smell my tea as I drink it really completes the experience for me.
-It absolutely keeps your tea hot for hours. Despite adding cream to most of my tea, it’s often too hot for me to even sip for at least an hour. The good news, however, is that when you do start sipping it, it holds the temperature really well so that your sipping doesn’t automatically turn to chugging in five minutes.
Things I don’t like as much:
-I don’t use the brewing basket. I find it rather short, and would honestly prefer it to have perforations in the bottom, which it doesn’t (only the sides do). I worry that the basket won’t necessarily “reach” the water, but I’m fine with either brewing my tea elsewhere (like in the perfectea teamaker) or just using one of David’s tea’s disposable tea filters.
-The mouth of the mug is a bit narrow,, and despite having narrow wrists and slim hands, I can’t actually get in all the way to really be satisfied that I’ve reached the bottom of the mug to clean it. Having said that, the sponge/whatever I’m using to wash dishes will always reach the bottom, and I haven’t had any problem with lingering tastes from previous types of tea at all.

I’m just waiting to get the bonavida gooseneck one liter kettle, and then I think I’ll be bringing both my timolinos to work. I’m so excited at all the different possibilities for timolino use—waiting for the bus in the freezing cold winter months, relaxing on the couch in front of the TV or with a good book, bringing it with me to appointments I’d rather not keep as a way to motivate myself to go, etc.! I’m honestly tempted to like, get these in every colour because I love mine so much.


my ONLY complaint with timolino’s are that i have to take the lid off to drink. around here that’s dangerous… i have a tendency to knock things over lol


Oh yeah, I hear you there—I’m not exactly the most graceful person myself. Still though, I prefer it to the other travel mugs that don’t let you stuff your nose in while you drink haha.




i don’t use the brewing basket either. and yo, on dire wake up early when i seriously won’t want to days, i can make tea before bed and seal it up in my timolino, and then in the morning it’s still totally warm! and i will use every get-out-from-under-the-covers motivation i can get


Wow. I’ve never tried that but that’s a great idea! It doesn’t have to be piping hot so long as it’s warm.


shmiracles, that’s a great idea! because yeah, I imagine it isn’t piping hot, but you could just sip it as you wake up! how perfect!


I spoke to a salesperson at David’s when I bought my Timolino, and they said that they recommend putting the loose tea in the main compartment, then using the basket as a strainer. This avoids any trouble with the basket not reaching the water, and gives a finer strain than the holes in the sipping lid do.

That said, I usually make my tea in a mug and then transfer it to the Timolino, to let it cool as much as I can.


I’d actually heard of that before, although wouldn’t that lead to some severe oversteeping? especially with blacks and such?
I’m actually going to start experimenting with using the basket again. It actually does reach the water, although it’d be nicer if it were even deeper, but still—it definitely does reach the water. It just seems a bit small, especially for some of the longer, twistier leaves.

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reviewed zarafina by Teaware
2 tasting notes

Yes, lots of settings to choose, and in the teapot when finished.
Lots of washing up to do afterwards however!

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This infuser is probably the most useful thing in my tea tool arsenal, it beats out all my fancy tea baskets, cups, pots, and spoons…why, you may ask? Because it is extremely versatile!

The double walled plastic allows for the tea to remain hot for quite a while and it keeps your hands from also becoming hot, a huge plus. It is one of the most frustrating things to be out and about and stop at a tea shop for a cup on the go and even when those cups have little jackets I still find them too hot. This mug is insulated! I get to have one of those adorable crocheted jackets for aesthetics for once.

Another of this infuser’s HUGE selling points is its adorable flipping basket. There is something really entertaining about flipping the basket down into the hot water, watching it steep, and then flipping the basket back up until needed again. I wish that the basket could drop lower, because the tea sometimes does not reach the bottom unless you vigorously flip the basket a few times to stir it up.

I was warned in advance that this infuser leaks (it says it on the label) so as long as it is kept up right then there is no problem. Sure at times I wish this was a ‘toss in your purse and drink later’ kinda mug, but I worry things would be lost in the process (like the precious basket!!)

I have had this lovely mug for over a year and I have not noticed any staining or weird smells, so I continue to love it. I have microwaved the mug a few times and noticed it performs just as well as when I use stove heated water.

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reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Teaware
11 tasting notes

Everything a travel mug should be. Very functional. My only reserve about it is that unless you let it cool before screwing it together, it is REALLY hot.

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reviewed Timolino (12 oz) by Teaware
358 tasting notes

First time using my new Timolino this morning and I am officially on Team Timolino! I had to drop my car off to be inspected and decided to bring my new little friend to try out. I actually steeped the tea in my IngenuiTea and then drained it into my Timolino so that it would be the perfect temperature to drink right away, and it was! It didn’t burn my tongue and actually stayed the most perfect temperature the whole time. It is still just perfect, over 2 hours later! I haven’t used the infuser basket, so I don’t know about that yet, but it seems just fine. I love the little secret space in the lid to hide more tea or even a teabag. I’m glad that I ended up keeping the 12 oz one, even though I really wanted to exchange it for one of the 16 oz ones. I like my tea with milk and sugar, so I think that I will probably just end up making all my tea in the morning at home and just keeping it in my Timolino all day. So I can see the beauty in having a couple of Timolinos full of hot wonderful tea to have throughout the day. I will definitely be purchasing a 16 oz, if not even another 12 oz once I see how many mugs I go through during my school day. Yayyyyy Timolino. I’ve been looking at these since forever, and so far am completely satisfied!


I probably use a travel mug 6 out of seven days each week – even when I’m at home all day – because they keep the tea at just the right temperature for so long. This Timolino and the Zojirushi are the greatest!

Josie Jade

I will probably start using mine at home, too. Especially if I’m doing stuff around the house, I always forget my tea and then it’s cold when I remember it! I’ll have to check out the Zojirushi mugs. Do you prefer those or the Timolino more?


Hey Josie Jade! Glad you’re enjoying your mug. Let’s hang in there and eventually upgrade to getting more LOL. And as a side note, I’m glad to find another tea-lover who likes milk and sugar/sweetener as much as I do! :). They pretty much revolutionize most teas, as far as I’m concerned.


For me, the Zojirushi is the preferred mug but they are both good. This is the review that sold me on the zojirushi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-0aq0q6j_8


Wow digniTea, that review makes the mug seem awesome! I’m going to have more travel mugs than actual mugs at the rate I’m going, and that actually doesn’t seem like that bad an idea.

Josie Jade

keychange, I’m so happy to see I’m not the only one with a milk and sugar addiction! I always try a new tea plain, but 9 times out of 10 I like it so much more once I add milk and sugar! There’s just something comforting about a cup of tea with milk and sugar added. Do you prefer strong black teas, too?

Josie Jade

DigniTea, the Zojirushi mug looks amazing! I will have to consider that one too. I have a gift certificate for Amazon so I may break down and use that to buy one! :)


I hear you on the sogirushi mug! especially when one of the reviewers on amazon said that he could drink from it while lying on his pillow at night without spilling a drop! that basically sounds like my idea of heaven.
Yes, I love love love strong black teas; I actually find many other varieties to be too weak, and often steep them significantly longer than the suggested steep time to coax all the flavor out of them that I possibly can. I used to feel like a “non purist” for preferring milk and sugar in my tea, but it really does transform the tea from what I feel is slightly flavoured warm water to a masterpiece of tasteful and comforting tea. I just don’t like very thin drinks! LOL.


I too purchased my Zojirushi from Amazon (the Timolino as well). Enjoying Verdant’s Autumn Tieguanyin in the Zojirushi right now.

Josie Jade

Wait, they sell Timolinos on Amazon? Are they the same ones that Davids Tea sell? I briefly looked on Amazon, but couldn’t find the same ones. If I can get them on Amazon them I will order them right now!


I have the 12oz Timolino mug with infuser which I purchased from Amazon six months ago. Not sure what David’s has.

Josie Jade

That sounds like exactly what David’s has, DigniTea. I am going to do another search tonight on Amazon. Another 12 oz would let me take 2 mugs of tea to get through the day until they come out with new colors of the 16 oz. :)


Hey, Josie Jade! I was at David’s today, and they said they’ll be getting new colours in of the 16 oz timolinos on November first. They mentioned a winter evergreen colour, as well as an ice blue. I am so over the moon! Are you still thinking of getting a 16 oz one?

Josie Jade

Hi keychange! Woohoo, that’s great news! Can’t wait to see the new colors. Yes I still want a 16 oz, even though I am not on campus nearly as long as I thought, so my 12 oz is working fine for just now. But it will be nice to have another one for my fiancée to use and next semester I will have 12 hour clinicals instead of just 6. I’ll be doing a countdown until November 1st. If I can stand to wait I’ll ask for one for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!


“For me, the Zojirushi is the preferred mug …”

Have you thought about writing a review of it? I for one would be interested in learning more about your experience with it and how it compares to the Timolino. Thanks!


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Well, after quite some time and a lot of use, I threw this cup away yesterday.

The plastic absorbed the jasmine scent, and started releasing a plastic scent, so everything in the cup smelled and tasted like plastic jasmine.

I’ll miss it, it was about the perfect size and shape and form, but I am leery of heating plastic these days anyway. I brought my glass double-wall bottle from Adagio (the activiTEA) to work to replace it, we will see how we get along. It’s almost too skinny – I don’t like it when I can’t really comfortably get my hand in a glass to clean it thoroughly.

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I have a Russell Hobbs kettle with tea pot and warming tray in my living room. It is plastic but works fine. When I recently set up a second station in my den I tried using a one cup drip coffee maker. It worked but it was slow and I don’t like waiting for the water to cool for green and white tea. I started to buy an inexpensive and very basic but mostly stainless kettle when I spotted this at Walmart. I am having a blast with this thing.

First the negatives:
It is 1.7L. I wanted smaller but those don’t exist in the land of super-size.
The lid is plastic as is the small viewing window. Neither of these bothers me as I only heat 12oz or less at a time so the water never hits the window anyway.
The cord is too short. You have to use a heavy duty extension cord if you aren’t on a kitchen counter with an outlet at the kettle.

Now the positives:
I did not pay $200 or even $100. It was only $40.
It heats very quickly and then holds the water temp for 1 hour unless you stop it.
There are five preset temps – it holds the last setting used in memory.
It easily can be custom set between 150F and 212F. (Can be switched to read C)

Bottom line:
I haven’t had it long so I can’t speak on the durability. It feels solid. It heats the water just like it is supposed to do. I detected no off odor or taste to the water. The price is very reasonable. Honestly, I don’t know what else I would want from a $40 kettle – except contain no plastic and be only 16 ounces. Since that is not going to happen, this will do nicely.


Ohh, you have tea stations in your living room and your den? I have some serious envy! My tea making is confined to my kitchen. You are living the dream!


I have this kettle, but the not programmable kind. I have had it for 2 years and so far works really well. I have always had good luck with Hamilton Beach. (All of the negatives are the same for this one too).


Rosehips – My wife isn’t so sure it isn’t a nightmare. It’s all in the interpretation ;)

Lala – The one you have is what I was going to get before I saw this one. Glad to hear you have had a positive experience.


I ordered this from amazon last week and I’m patiently awaiting it’s arrival. Will definitely post an initial review when I receive it :)


Looking forward to reading your review. I am still very happy with it.

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Best tea tumbler I’ve ever used. The basket has tiny holes instead of being a mesh, so I’m unlikely to break it and only the tiniest bit of tea particles get through. I love that you can flip it to stop the steeping, and you don’t have to take out the basket to drink it. Not so good for use when driving, but fantastic for drinking out and about.

180 °F / 82 °C

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