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K S said

Blooming Tea Vessel

I have a small handful of blooming teas left to brew. My wife tells me pouring boiling water into a clear drinking glass will cause it to explode. Don’t want that! In the past I have used my press. It is clear but really but needs to be narrower so the water will be deeper for a better display. I could use more water and steep longer but then I would have to reheat the tea when I wanted a second cup. Anyone have any ideas for something that might be in the average home/kitchen that would work?

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Lala said

Heat up the glass first. So if you put hot water from the tap into the glass while you are boiling the kettle, then dump it out right before you put in the boiling water, then it should not break or explode.

K S said

I wondered about this. I have also heard to put a metal spoon in the glass before pouring. I’m afraid my wife will kill me if this is not true… Of course I heard it on the Internet and they can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true… Bon Jour. (Love that annoying commercial)

Nicole said

Lala is right, I believe. Warm the glass first. If it isn’t a super thin glass it should be just fine. I have heard the partially true urban legend of not boiling water in a glass in the microwave, but not of not putting already boiling water in a glass. I might hesitate to put boiling water in some of my thin, antique glasses and I probably wouldn’t put it in a thin wine glass. But a normal drinking glass should be fine.

K S said

I would be afraid to use antique anything.

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Uniquity said

I’ve seen them done in vases and large wine glasses/decanters before, though I might be hesitant to use boiling water. Pretty much anything that is clear glass of a reasonable size. I don’t use boiling water on my blooming teas, though. I find it makes them bitter, much like any other green tea. :)

K S said

I used below boiling water on my first blooming tea. It never opened, so I haven’t tried it since. Maybe I should give it another shot.

Uniquity said

This is true. It takes a couple steeps for mine to fully open when I use cooler water. I often wondered how other people get theirs fully opened in one go.

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Lala said

I have a clear glass stove top kettle that I make my blooming teas in.

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