DOUBLE DUTYING This Review!!! A tea with a product!!!
As for the tea I am sampling at the moment…WALNUT GREEN…
LiberTEAs sent this one to me, too! :) Thanks girl!
Yes…the first thing that hits you is the SCENT! It’s every bit of Walnut Green Tea you could imagine and then some. It tastes JUST LIKE it smells! Nutty yet refreshing! This is pretty good. I’m scoring it a bit high because it really surprised me and it’s more complex than “just” your average walnut taste. I wouldn’t say it’s like Maple Walnut Ice Cream in the form of a tea but it’s fairly close.
I also happen to be drinking this in my NEW Kati Loose Tea System by Tea Forte
I just got it today!!! WOOT!
I am now a proud owner of the “GRASS” Design one.
Description on the Tea Forte Site is:
Our double-wall ceramic tumbler and integrated stainless steel infuser make brewing loose tea by the cup simple. The innovative double-wall construction keeps tea hot and the tumbler cozy to hold. Brews a generous 12 oz cup and is dishwasher safe.
My findings on the products…first the tumbler itself…
It’s heavy-duty which I like. I am keeping this at work so I tend to walk around with my WORK mug. I will say that THIS is NOW going to REPLACE my old ‘mug’ completely. I really LOVE the design! Like I said, it’s the GRASS one and it’s “so me” because some people refer to me as a tree hugger or hippie! It’s earthy, natural-looking, and FUN!
I really LOVE the fact that it has a LID. 1 because it keeps the tea itself warm(er) than if the tea is exposed while steeping or infusing like I did it before. And 2 because I am a klutz and will really be benefiting from the usage of this lid!
With the double-wall ceramic the description refers to…I also like this feature because you are still able to pick it up while hot. BUT…it still gets warm…I would have to say it cuts down on the ‘holding temperature’ at least by half…this is my estimated guess I haven’t officially or technically tested it…but to give you an idea of the ‘heat to hand’ comparison…if you know what I mean.
As for the “integrated stainless steel infuser” I would give it a thumbs up as well! I did find it a little less heavy duty than other strainers but it also allows for more movement of the loose leaf. Having said that, tho, it’s also easy to remold into the original shape…so…no worries there.
When you discard your loose leaves (the ones I have tried so far) do stick a little bit but it’s nothing I can’t deal with. The Strainer PERFECTLY fits the tumbler! Like I said before I tend to walk around the office and sometimes spill. While the loose leaf is infusing the leaves stay put regardless. They DO NOT “Jump Over Board” into the liquid…they DO stay put! YAY…NO FLOATIES!
I am going to try and review this product several times with different contacts and teas to see how it handles other ‘types of tea and tisanes" but I am here to tell you my first attempt was VERY successful! I’m such a HAPPY tea drinker at the moment!!!!
The only thing I miss is a handle on the side…but because I am so excited about the actual product and ‘know’ it’s supposed to be ‘different from a mug’ I will certainly look past that!
As for the rating of this post – I’m simply rating the TEA mentioned in the beginning of the post…as for the product from Tea Forte…So far I give it 2 thumbs up! A great addition to ANY Tea Lovers Collection!!! More reviews and ratings coming soon! I will also be posting on my personal tea blog as well a teareviewblog.com down the road!