Share Your New Tea Gifts!
Wanna show off your new tea gifts from the holidays? Do it here!!!
Here are mine:
Big Stoneware mugs:
More Stoneware Mugs from my Brother:
New teapot and accessory’s:
What all did you Steepsters get?
I got this Cuisinart kettle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLNQ/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_KuN2qb0BWP2CW
And this teapot but I was given it early: http://www.davidstea.com/bubble-teapot-24-oz-winter-tree?&TF=0C88C9665439&DEID=
Nice! Love the teapot; I have always wanted to try one of those electric tea kettles.
Oooh. I love the teapot! I have the bubble teacups but they’re black, so they don’t really match.
I got that same kettle from my brother for Christmas. I was a little skeptical since I am very old school about making tea but I really love it and it heats up water super fast. What do you think of it?
I got that same kettle….my only complaint is that I cannot set my own temp, but the preset buttons is what encouraged me to start trying green and white teas. I like it alot, and yes it is fast, unless you put alot of water in it. I only put about 1-2 cups worth in. I have yet to use the Keep Warm function because I don’t want the water to go flat.
So far I really like it. I don’t have a problem with the options for preset temperatures, worst thing that happens is it has to cool a couple degrees and that takes no time at all compared with getting boiling water down to say, 170. I’m pretty sure it’s nowhere near as fast as heating water on my gas stove (settings: hot, really hot, burn everything) but I really hate having to go back and forth from the kitchen especially when I’m using my gaiwan, and I far prefer this to trying to use a thermometer since I always break them. I really want to get home already and use it at home but at the same time I don’t want to leave LOL.
Lynxiegrl-Yeah, I don’t think I will be using the keep warm function either.
momo-This is much faster than my gas stove top but that’s funny. We have a gas/electric combo stove and our oven is the opposite of yours, it takes twice as long to cook anything but I end up burning food since I get sick of checking on food. Yeah, I don’t mind waiting to let the temperature cool down a couple degrees either. I was already using the kettle at my parents house within the hour of opening it. My husband got me a puerh cake that we got to try out though I did bring plenty of other tea with me.
I got the Breville variable temp kettle. I specifically said I did NOT want the one-touch tea maker, but since my grandparents were the ones getting it, I was a bit worried that I’d get it anyways since they’d just go in and ask for “breville for making tea”. Turns out, Nin bought it online and got the kettle! Yay!
Also got a super cute Zebra mug that has a little zebra in the bottom of the mug!
Great scores guys! I’m interested to know what you think of the kettles. I have been thinking of getting one lately.
I didn’t get anything tea related, but I did get an Amazon gift card. Problem is, none of the teas on my shopping list are sold there. Anyone know of any good tea on Amazon?
I like that the labels for the various temp buttons are on the base and not on the buttons themselves on the Breville, I feel like the on-button labels on the Cuisinart would wear off with as much use as my kettles get. I like that there is a “french press” setting because some of my lighter blacks and darker oolongs do better between “oolong” and “black” temp (because mine was bought online, it’s in Farenheit, not Celcius like i’m used to, so can’t remember the numbers off the top of my head). I like the one-touch lid – press a button and the lid pops open on its own. The base is nice and sturdy, I don’t feel like I have to worry about knocking it off of my brewing station. The 1.8L capacity is WAY nicer than the 1L capacity of my other kettle. It’s weird not having to sit and stare at my kettle to get to the right temperature, I can push the button and walk away, and it beeps when it’s done. The beep isn’t overly loud either. The buttons have a LED ring around them to indicate what temp it’s heating to, but the LEDs turn off automatically as well.
I don’t know how I managed to make a decent cup with my old kettle!!!!
I think I’ll put nail polish top coat over my Cusinart’s buttons then. I’ve heard of people having problems with them wearing off over time. I greatly enjoy that it beeps when it’s ready to go, and I had been hoping for something that had a keep warm setting, 30 minutes is perfect enough for me.
Teas I know on Amazon: Rishi, SerendipiTea, Simpson & Vail, there’s tons really: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/other?redirect=true&rh=n%3A16310101%2Cn%3A%2116310211%2Cn%3A16310231%2Cn%3A16318401&bbn=16310231&pickerToList=brandtextbin&ie=UTF8&qid=1356531734&rd=1
zhena’s gypsy tea and numi both are on amazon in both bags and some loose leaf
If you like lavender, Pelindaba Lavender (which you can find on amazon) blends their own tea. they have a Jian Green and Ceylon Black. They also have other lavender products listed.
Thanks Momo! That link makes it much easier!
Now that I’m hearing reviews on the kettles, maybe I should get one of those! I heat my water for tea in an old fashioned kettle on the stove and guestimate the temp by how much it sounds like it’s boiling.
No problem, it’s much easier to search by brand than go by the default, nothing good comes up for pages otherwise (all those k-cups, meh)!
I got a TON of tea stuff. My in-laws humor me – hubby doesn’t buy me ANY.
Got the adorable Deep Tea Diver, Vintage Tea Works tea, one of the packs from Davids Tea (other was out of stock). The most AWESOME mug from my SIL – never seen it:
You turn the lever to put the basket down and when done steeping you pull the lever up and the basket moves up. SO excited to try it!
I considered that style. after reading the reviews about how hard the lever was to deal with, went for others(some asian styles on amazon and elsewhere). can’t risk the difficulty level with chronic pain
Tried it last night and it works like a dream! The lever was not a problem at all! I was expecting it to be more time consuming but it wasn’t. Probably my only complaint is that it kept my tea hot! LOL I wanted to try it right away and was impatient so I took the cover off for awhile as I did an herbal with 208 degree water. Next I’m going to try a white or green.
I think that the first run of these cups had lever issues, but they fixed the issue in the later cups. I used mine again last night and had the same heat issue! I had to wait 25 minutes with the lid on blowing into the hold for my tea to cool to a drinkable temp.
that is very responsible of the company to address the lever issue, and good to know.
The first one I bought for my sister had the lever issue and when I called the company to ask about the difference between hers and the one I had, they sent us a free replacement! It’s an awesome company in my one time experience.
My fiancée bought me the four pack of latte mugs from David’s Tea. I love them!!!
I got two new teapots! One with a drop down loose leaf infuser (going to work with me!) And one for flowering teas :) Also got teacup measuring cups! And two new mugs; one that is pink and cowprint (my two favorites!) With a chalkboard middle, and one with an old fashioned pen quill and piece of paper (I’m an English teacher). My brother tried to give me $15 cash to go buy tea, too, but I told him to keep it, LOL.
OH, and I may or may not have bought myself a mug, too…. It is covered with paw prints and says on one side, “my little dog has a big attitude!” And the other “my dog has me wrapped around its little paw”. Oh, and the other paisley mug I got, too… And my Chico State Alumni mug my friend picked up for me… I might have to purge some mugs here soon!
Picked up a Breville Variable Temp Kettle for myself. We needed a new tea kettle anyway so with the fantastic sale i found, it was hard to say no. Looking forward to breaking it in today!
Two different types of tea but that was it. However, I got the David’s crackers for the dinner table, so we all got a tea sample as well. I got the skinny organic which seemed appropriate after stuffing myself with Christmas dinner!
I got no new tea stuff for Christmas, but I did buy myself into the Verdant reserve tea club with some Christmas money I received.